Jack Reach = crack cocaine of the crime world

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  1. wookielover

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    Just started reading the first novel , my god these are certainly addicted . Last set of novels I got this in to was the Rebus series , and they where grew , but Reacher is so well written.
    Has anyone else got in to these ? Does the series of books stay this good ?
     
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    Read them all and whilst a little formulaic they are very enjoyable reads.
    (Just don't watch the trailer to the film that's due out soon. They couldn't have got it more wrong:facepalm: :suicide:)
     
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    Upto Worth Dying For (No. 15 ish), have read them in order. There are certainly some crackers in the series.
     
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    cheers guys.

    I've watched the trailer. and although i don't mind Cruise he isn't Reacher . and the film would be a 18 because Reacher wouldnt be having a fist fight ( like at the end of the trailer ) he would have poked someones eyes out and headbutted them. brutal
     
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    Sent a sample of the first book to my Kindle - reviews look good :)

    Don't know if they are in a similar vein but the Ben Hope books by Scott Mariani are a good, easy crime thriller read
     
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    I've listened to all of them on audiobook up to the latest (A Wanted man), which I have on eBook, and will read on holiday next week.
    I'm completely hooked. Yes, they're formulaic, but they're an easy read - no doubt about that! ;)
     
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    I've read all the Reacher books and was lucky enough to read the first one when it first came out so have been reading them ever since.

    I will not watch any part of the upcoming film because it will ruin the books forever for me. How the hell could they cast a poncey looking dwarf as Reacher :mad: :confused:
     
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    Just to add a little more to my rant! I remember a couple of years ago Lee Child being interviewed and when he was asked what Reacher looked like he said that he always pictures him looking like Lawrence Dallaglio.

    That to me says that he sold out for the film.
     
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    I've just looked him up. i could see that . certainly better then cruise !!
    I've just finished the first book and i imaged him as a Brock lesner type.
     
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    Thanks for this, after reading Rebus and Bosch this sounds right up my street!
     
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    I loved Rebus. Idid the whole series in a bout a month. Cracking books each one a winner. I think my favourite was the cold case one , I forget the name. Reacher appears in the same vein but maybe a little less thinking and a lot more violence ! Easy read and addictive .

    Talking of rebus , ken Scott . Now that's perfect casting .
     
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    There has been filming recently in Edinburgh of a Stephen Fry production of one of the Rebus novels. Don't know which novel or who is cast but will be keeping an eye out for it.

    Also watched an interview with Ian Rankin recently and apparently there will be another Rebus novel soon!

    Sorry, off topic! Looking forward to starting this series though, just bought Killing Floor on eBay!
     
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    .........and on the flip side you have John Hannah!
     
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    Are they. All written. In such. Short sentences ?
     
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    Definitely will be :) I've read most Rebus and all the Bosch books and Reacher is on a par with them. Lee Child has a writing style that keeps you reading, just like Michael Connelly does.
     
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    I think Cruise bought the rights a while ago didn't he. I just can't fathom how he thought he was suitable for the role, narcissism in the extreme!
    There's a few good suggestions for alternative leads on the trailer on You Tube; even Tom Hardy.
    Horrendous casting.
     
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    I think for an older jack ,- maybe lNesson. But then he his pretty much playing the same role as in Taken
    Hardy , while wider and bulkier , still is quite short . Certainly not 6,5
    I thought maybe lundgren , but your not going to get the audience and he can't really act.
    Bruce willis , too old and not big enough. Plus same role as die hard
    Back in the day , Arnie would have made a ( to look at ) good reacher, but would have bought cheesy comedy to it
    Actors in today who old play him , and still draw an audience , are few and far between .
    Who was the bloke who played wolverines brother in wolverine. He could do it . Maybe m about e right size and could bulk up.
     
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    Fair point, but he'd be more convincing than Cruise:smashin:
    Couple of leftfield ones - "The Rock", who is now apparently an actor and certainly has the stature, or the fella who played Drogo in Game of Thrones?
     
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    Yeah I'd I'd go with the rock or vin diesel ?
     
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    I'd always pictured him a bit like Everett McGill was in Under Siege 2. But he's only 6 foot 2 and a half so still a bit on the short side ....... are you reading this Mr Cruise!!!

    What next? A remake of Dirty Harry with Alan Carr playing him? ;)
     
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    Ha ha, gives new meaning to "make my day"
    Ps good shout on McGill (with a shaved head.)
     
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    In my opinion Lee Child has been coasting with the last few books.
    As others have said, they are all very formulaic, not that I object to that.

    In one he had pushed Reachers abilty in maths and mental time clock to ridiculous levels but he did reign back in the next book.
    Also - in one of the later books Reacher had no way of escaping being blown to death at the end. In the next book he is alive and slightly bruised but no explanation how he escaped - Lazy writing and a bit insulting to readers IMHO

    Despite my criticisms I still enjoy them as bedtime easy reading.

    I have to say say another favourite author of mine - Michael Connelly - Also seems to be taking the easy route and coasting. The intelligent plotting of the earlier books is now gone.
    It's always a warning when the the blurb reads "This time it's personal"
     
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    There certainly was an explanation as to how he escaped the explosion in the underground bunker, I remember descriptions of him running up the stairs with flames licking around him etc.

    Anyway, I just finished the latest Reacher two nights ago, I found it one of my favourites. :)
     
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    I can't say I've noticed that. One or two of them are written in the first person, which I'm not really a fan of. I find it a bit (forgive the pun) childish - The Hunger Games being another example.
     
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    Great to hear he's back on form :)

    Lets agree to differ re Reachers escape.
    He does run down passages, stairs etc. But Childs makes it clear that no-one could escape the blast.
    I just expected, like in an old time cliffhanger, that all would be explained in the next installment :)
     
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    I've noticed that too in a couple of his books - a slightly restricting technique IMHO, but not really a big deal for me.
     
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    One thing I like about the Reacher and the Bosch books is the way that the story flows and there's no unnecessary crap like you get with authors like Tom Clancy. Mr Clancy would gladly write a whole chapter on the family history of the person who picked the coffee beans for the morning drink our hero is having if it meant filling 700 pages ;)
     
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    :D :D

    Couldn't agree more.
     
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    Well, I only had s few chapters from the first book on a kindle sample but it really struck me how short the sentences were during the arrest in the diner. Maybe it was done for effect and changed as the book went on. Think ill give the entire book a try now as I'm intrigued where its going :)
     
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    It's a good book , certainly gives you the taste for the series. Some nice twists
     

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