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Superior escapist reading for men and women
le 25 juin 2010
During the past 10 years Jack Reacher (JR) has been living a nomadic existence in the US. His ID- and ATM-cards and the clothes he wears are his only earthly possessions. No mobile phone, but with a head full of telephone numbers of former colleagues. The Pentagon used to transfer him from one US army base to another of its 800+ facilities worldwide as an MP. As LC explains, US soldiers are trained to kill. To contain them wherever they are, MPs Military Policemen)have to be trained even better. JR was born on a US army base in West Berlin and until his retirement (with a golden handshake), he was ignorant of the conventions of living outside of the armed forces. After being made redundant from army after the fall of the Berlin Wall, JR decides against a civilian career.
Instead, he embarks on an Odyssey of the US, doing odd jobs and solving other people's problems. His personal network from the past, his fitness, powers of intuition and thought, fighting power and sheer courage, prove quite helpful in keeping his bank account in the black.
In this adventure, a former colleague contacts JR in a unique manner, because she does not know where he is. JR understands from her message that the elite unit of 8 top crime investigators they were both once part of, is under threat, with one man down (the chief) and two missing... To see if JR is still competent, she does not send clear instructions where he can find her. But JR has the ability to think and move about very quickly and soon they face each other across a Formica-topped table in an eatery on the West Coast to plan the counterattack against an unknown, powerful and rancorous enemy...
LC has published 12 bestsellers with JR as the hero. This book is part 11. The books can be read separately. They are very authentic, credible and believable thanks to the atmosphere created by the description of the procedures and anecdotes from JR's previous life. Most important of all, the books are wonderful escape literature for stressed males. JR represents a dream life full of adventure and valour, without unwanted daily routines and attachments, monthly or annual financial sacrifices. LC has built a fan base far beyond the police or the military. Over time JR has proven to be a politically-correct problem solver who does not shun blunt violence, if and when appropriate. His followers include female readers too.