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A Jack Reacher Novel

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#1  NEW YORK TIMES  BESTSELLER

Jack Reacher returns in the latest fast-moving, action-packed, suspenseful book from Lee Child.
 
You can leave the army, but the army doesn't leave you. Not always. Not completely, notes Jack Reacher--and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA.
 
Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott--an American marksman gone bad--is one of them. And after fifteen years in prison, he's out, unaccounted for, and likely drawing a bead on a G8 summit packed with enough world leaders to tempt any assassin.
 
If anyone can stop Kott, it's the man who beat him before: Reacher. And though he'd rather work alone, Reacher is teamed with Casey Nice, a rookie analyst who keeps her cool with Zoloft. But they're facing a rough road, full of ruthless mobsters, Serbian thugs, close calls, double-crosses--and no backup if they're caught. All the while Reacher can't stop thinking about the woman he once failed to save. But he won't let that that happen again. Not this time. Not Nice.
 
Reacher never gets too close. But now a killer is making it personal.

Praise for Personal
 
"The best one yet." --Stephen King
 
"Reacher is the stuff of myth, a great male fantasy. . . . One of this century's most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes . . . Child does a masterly job of bringing his adventure to life with endless surprises and fierce suspense." --The Washington Post
 
"Yet another satisfying page-turner." --Entertainment Weekly
 
"Reacher is always up for a good fight, most entertainingly when he goes mano a mano with a seven-foot, 300-pound monster of a mobster named Little Joey. But it's Reacher the Teacher who wows here." --Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
 
"Jack Reacher is today's James Bond, a thriller hero we can't get enough of. I read every one as soon as it appears." --Ken Follett
 
"Reacher's just one of fiction's great mysterious strangers." -- Maxim
 
"If you like fast-moving thrillers, you'll want to take a look at this one." --John Sandford
 
"Fans won't be disappointed by this suspense-filled, riveting thriller." -- Library Journal (starred review)
 
"Child is the alpha dog of thriller writers, each new book zooming to the top of best-seller lists with the velocity of a Reacher head butt." -- Booklist
 
"Every Reacher novel delivers a jolt to the nervous system." -- Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780804178747
Branch Call Number: FIC CHI
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 24 cm

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brianwalsh1948
Dec 06, 2016

Another great jack Reacher kick-ass novel. Couldn't put it down!

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wordpix
Sep 05, 2016

Call me crazy. I like these Jack Reacher novels. The crimes in some of them are too awful to think about and stay with me in a bad way for days, but not in this one. I love the action and the intellectual approach to taking out the bad guys. Always page turners.

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COURIER3
Nov 12, 2015

My second time to read.

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downsman
Aug 23, 2015

Though I still enjoyed it, I found too many parts of this book were a bit stale--Lee Child staying in his own comfortable, well-worn plot grooves. And the nothing-but-a-toothbrush "luggage", and the only clothes he wears being the ones he is wearing, is all getting a bit dull. Maybe I've just read too many Jack Reacher books!!

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Gary Geiserman
Jul 28, 2015

Typical Child/Reacher; which is a good thing. He is lazy, though. He has said he doesn’t re-write or plan ahead. If he did strengthen certain sections the books would be solid throughout. I do love the disdain for our new best friend, the TOOLS. Reacher is a universal man who is his own tool (as is Child). Now that is a hero who can just be. Everything else is easy.

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d050387321
Jun 22, 2015

Another good Reacher novel. Keeps you guessing all the way through.

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callig
Jun 17, 2015

A formula writer with a clever premise: an ex- military police major becomes a drifter who saves many a day and sexy lady when he regularly bumps into super-villains. [He has best of both worlds: super-training and the compulsory Lone-Wolf McQuade/Lone Ranger independence.]
The upside: fairly tight writing. The downside: read one, you've read 'em all.

This one was just silly. Super snipers try to kill country-leaders at euro conference.
[Why would such a man voluntarily become one of a very short list of suspects?]

You may have my experience: enjoy the setup, and the first few times he outwits/outfights hordes of attackers, but gradually get bored with the inevitability. I'm munching my way through a list of his titles; so far i haven't managed to finish a single one. I get attracted by the tension he builds but he just can't resolve that tautness.
A bit like Andrew Vachss, but less colorful.

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basie3
Jun 02, 2015

how do I cancel my hold on personal?

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7626dee
May 10, 2015

A milder thinking man Reacher. Still has the mandatory final mano a mano battle-just shoot him Reacher. Jack Reacher saved from sure death by a petite little blond and he never got her in the sack. Times they are a changing but he should have figured out the setup earlier-had to have a lot of high level help to get all his info etc. etc.
I think Lee Child is about to settle old Jack Reacher down-has to happen sooner or later.

PimaLib_CameronP May 06, 2015

I usually love the Jack Reacher series, but this particular book seemed to drag with the protracted descriptions. Not up to Child's usual standard.

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jimg2000
May 30, 2015

Jack's Math check:
Not so good:
A question of force, obviously, which is the product of mass times velocity squared, and the squared part puts a premium on speed, not weight. (Force is the product of mass times acceleration which is the change in velocity, not velocity square.)

Close enough:
London’s population was about eight million, and the UK’s death rate was over nine per thousand per year, so on any given day a couple hundred Londoners would breathe their last. Old age, overdoses, degenerative illnesses, cancers of every kind, car wrecks, fires, accidents, suicides, heart attacks, thrombosis and strokes. All normal. Getting shot in the head by a high-power rifle, not so much.

PimaLib_ElizabethT Nov 10, 2014

"Really? Truth is I feel pretty good right now. I'm not the one losing men left and right. That would be you, Joey. So this is a time for common sense and mature judgment, don't you think?"

"Option one is agree right now."
He said, "What's option two?"
"I advise you to choose option one."

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jimg2000
Sep 30, 2014

" ... The guy was a snake. Or worse than a snake. A snake doesn’t know it’s a snake. It can’t help itself. But that guy knew what he was choosing. Just like the other guy, yesterday, who wasn’t helping old ladies across the street, or volunteering in the library, or raising funds for Africa.”

- “We’ll find a new Hotel.”
- “Why?”
- “Rule one, change locations every day.”
-“My new toothbrush is still there.”
- “Rule two, keep your toothbrush on your pocket at all times.”

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jimg2000
Sep 30, 2014

… They wouldn’t have even have hit the right building. Plus, the round is puny. It would have barely gotten there at all. They’d have had to launch it upward about thirty degrees, like dropping a big fat curveball over the plate. Up and down, like a ballistic missile. Which is an impossible shot. And even if they had made it, the bullet would have arrived with so little energy you could have swatted it aside with a ping pong paddle. It would have bounced off Khenkin’s hair gel…

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