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Jack Reacher

Updated on August 31, 2017

Who is Jack Reacher

You may (or may not) have heard the recent hyper over the fictional character created by Lee Child. His name is Jack Reacher and in my opinion, he's a bit of a legend!!

There are 17 Jack Reacher novels (at time of writing) in the current series and the new film came out on Boxing Day 2012 with Tom Cruise playing the main role of Reacher. I can't wait to see the film, which has had a lot of controversy over the casting of Tom Cruise (I'll talk about this later!)

There has been a huge boom lately for those wanting to find out more about the legendary character of Jack Reacher, especially since it was announced that the movie would be coming out to portray the hero's adventures throughout the USA. Sales of Jack Reacher books have gone through the roof and there is even a Jack Reacher fan site!

In this lens I will highlight some really useful information about Lee Child's heroic creation that is Jack Reacher and try and convince you to love Jack Reacher just as much as I do!

If you manage to get to the end of this lens without wanting to read the Jack Reacher books or watch the new film, then I will feel I have failed my duties! So please look through everything and take it all in - then I look forward to discussing everything Jack Reacher with you in the future! ;)

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Jack Reacher Book Series In Order

Below is the a list of the chronological release of the current books in Lee child's series which can all be found on Amazon at cracking prices (this is where I always buy my Reacher books from!)

  1. Killing Floor (March 1997)
  2. Die Trying (July 1998)
  3. Tripwire (July 1999)
  4. The Visitor (April 2000)
  5. Echo Burning (April 2001)
  6. Without Fail (April 2002)
  7. Persuader (April 2003)
  8. The Enemy (April 2004)
  9. One Shot (April 2005)
  10. The Hard Way (May 2006)
  11. Bad Luck and Trouble (April 2007)
  12. Nothing to Lose (March 2008)
  13. Gone Tomorrow (April 2009)
  14. 61 Hours (March 2010)
  15. Worth Dying For (September / October 2010)
  16. The Affair (September 2011)
  17. A Wanted Man (September 2012)
  18. Never Go Back (September 2013)
  19. Personal (August 2014)

The Jack Reacher movie (based upon the 'One Shot' novel) hit the big screen recently, and I've unfortunately not been able to see it yet! Whether it's because I'm a bit of a loner like Jack Reacher or whether it's because I'm lazy (unlike Jack Reacher!) I'll let you decide!

Anyway, how does everyone feel about Tom Cruise having been selected to play the lead character?? When I first saw it a few months ago, I was shocked! I absolutely couldn't believe it!! How is this little midget man from Hollywood going to be this lean, mean, massive hero that we all know Reacher to be!??!

There seems to have been a lot of PR from Lee Child and the producers of the film to say that Reacher's height is a metaphor for his 'immense power' but surely the decision was made on the basis that Tom Cruise is someone who will get people to watch the films. Sure, he's always been a great action man in all of his films. And who knows, maybe it'll be a great surprise to see him play Reacher really well! I'm just not convinced yet... I'll have to find some friends to go to the movies with! :)

What are your views? Is he the right man? If not, who would you have chosen?

Maybe you've seen the movie? Was he good / bad / different?

Looking forward to hearing all of your views on the subject!

If you've read some of the Jack Reacher books, which is your favourite?

I'd also love to hear your feedback as to why you chose the specific book. You don't have to join Squidoo to comment

My Favourite Jack Reacher Story - 'The Affair'

Jack Reacher
Jack Reacher

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I've been thinking about this for some time, and it's actually very difficult to say as there's usually a 6 month gap between reading each book as to when they are released.

For instance, I finished reading 'The Affair' yesterday. Although it started off slow, after the first 5/6 chapters the novel was full of twists, turns and suspense. I honestly couldn't predict the outcome of the story at all - which is something that I've usually been able to sense whilst reading the Lee Child books. Another reason why I enjoyed 'The Affair' so much is that having got to know the more current Jack Reacher over the past 15 books, this story takes you back to his career as a Military Policeman and really gives an insight into Reacher's personality in his 'hay day'. The ending to the story really gives an insight into the way that Jack Reacher became the guy he did - a loner with few possessions, hoping to explore the country he never really got to see a lot of when he was younger. One thing is for sure, his morals are always correct and in this book they were tested to the extreme... do what the army want him to do OR do what he thought was right? Either way, it made a cracking read!!

It's for this reason I'm going to say that 'The Affair' is my favourite. As it's recent, unpredictable, exciting and I was up all of Christmas Night / Boxing Day early morning unable to put it down!!!

Jack Reacher Movie Trailer - Tom Cruise stars as this cool fictional character

With the new Jack Reacher film due to hit our screens today (Boxing Day 2012), check out the super cool trailer below!

Useful Jack Reacher Links

Here are some really useful links that will give you further information about the Jack Reacher series

Jack Reacher Fan Site - Find information about the Jack Reacher fan site

Lots of people have turned to Jack Reacher fan sites to vent their frustration and views on Tom Cruise being selected as the actor for the 6'6 role! The video introduces you to the site

Once you've read all of the Lee Child series (which I nearly have) or whilst you're waiting for the new Jack Reacher book to come out, there's a book shaped whole that suddenly appears in your life. You're unable to fill it until you get the new Reacher exploits in your hand.

I know the feeling only too well.

It's for that reason my Dad and I looked at some other different books in the same genre. Now, we looked at about 10 or so different authors and I'll be honest, some of them really weren't great.

But on the other hand, we found a few great series that I would strongly recommend to temporarily fill the Jack Reacher void in your lives!

It may well be you've already them, and in that case... just ignore me! But I thought I would share my two stand out favourites anyway:

Michael Connelly Novels - Harry Bosch (& sometimes Mickey Haller)

Similar to Reacher, Harry Bosch is a bit of a lone ranger. Bosch is in the LAPD and has many issues going on in his life. He's hot headed and can often find himself in trouble (remind you of anyone?!). Although without the physical presence that Reacher has, Bosch can always hold his own when it comes to a battle!

The books are mostly set in LA with a variety of interesting police cases that sees us really get to know Harry Bosch. As with all of the best novels out there, it's tricky to put any of Michael Connelly's books down when the action starts - twists and turns galore!

Robert Crais - Elvis Cole and Joe Pike

I would say the Robert Crais novels are in between Lee Child's and Michael Connelly's. Elvis Cole is a private detective who is full of humour. He reminds me of Harry Bosch in some of his mannerisms but also his job, as a detective (kinda!). On the other hand, we've got Joe Pike - who is Jack Reacher... but more of a loner (is that even possible?!)

Anyway, the combination of the two of them seems them taking on some interesting cases which often sees trouble finding them in no time at all. Again, set in LA - these books are often a great read just to see the dynamics of Elvis and Joe working together. I assure you they'll give you a laugh like they have me, but also keep you in suspense.

What are your thoughts on my recommendations? Are there any that I've missed? Is my opinion a unique one? Looking forward to hearing what you have to say on this with huge interest as I could do with more to read!

Never Go Back!

Here I am, buzzing with anticipation to crack on with reading 'Never Go Back'
Here I am, buzzing with anticipation to crack on with reading 'Never Go Back' | Source

Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher - Jack Reacher Movie

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    • lynnegirl1 profile image


      5 years ago

      Before seeing the movie, I disagreed with the casting choice. But after watching Tom Cruise in the movie, I was satisfied. He did a great job. And with camera techniques, it seems you can make someone appear much bigger than they are in real life.

    • AG 1984 profile image

      AG 1984 

      5 years ago

      saw the movie and loved it.

    • NAIZA LM profile image

      NAIZA LM 

      6 years ago

      Haven't seen the movie yet or neither read the book.. But it sounds like a nice movie to look forward to most especially it portrayed by Tom Cruise. Terrific lens!

    • Mellithorpe profile image


      6 years ago

      By not knowing anything about the books or the movie, watching the trailer with Tom Cruise, I think he can portray this character very well.

    • Melissa Miotke profile image

      Melissa Miotke 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I haven't seen the movie or read the books but I'm interested since you speak so highly of them!

    • kimark421 profile image


      6 years ago

      I haven't read any of the books, but liked the movie so I will have to read one. Nice lens!

    • leesholden profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      @Faye Rutledge: Wow, that's very surprising actually - I've heard other people say very similar the last couple of days. I think it's a must I should go and see what all the fuss is about then! Thanks for your comments :)

    • Faye Rutledge profile image

      Faye Rutledge 

      6 years ago from Concord VA

      I just got home from watching the movie, Jack Reacher! I have read the book (in fact, most of the Jack Reacher books) and had doubts about Tom Cruise being cast as Jack Reacher. I have to say, I loved the movie, and Tom did a fantastic job! I think a larger guy would have been more "in character", but I didn't have a problem with it while watching the movie. After all, movies are seldom exactly like the book. Tom Cruise is a fantastic actor and I don't know anyone who could have done it better. Make haste and go see this movie! :)


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