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Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel

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Written By: Lee Child

Narrated By: Dick Hill

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: September 2014

Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes

Summary:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Jack Reacher returns in another 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





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  • Michael B

    It's an interesting story. Not a huge nail biter. But as always, Dick Hill puts in a tremendous performance. He IS Jack Reacher.

  • Ronald A

    Love all the books, much better than the movies. Tom Cruise ruins the movies, should have used Chris Hemsworth.

  • Craig Temczuk

    I liked this book, I thought it was interesting, I thought it was as good as any of Child's Jack Reacher books and I have read every one of them. I recommend this book.

  • Sandra Mauws

    Boring, the plot was weak. Everytime now I listen to a Reacher book, I can't think how they got away with putting Tom Cruise in the movie, what an insult.

  • Craig Markley

    The narrator is awful. He completely ruins Reacher as a character and his attempts at female voices are comical.

  • Bob Kedge

    I have to agree with the other reviewers. This is not one of Lee Child's best efforts. Too much talk and not enough "Reacher" action.

  • kathy underwood

    It could have been a good book. It should have been a good book. Instead, it was a tired, overworked, poorly planned work that I wish I had not spent money on. I feel (and have felt for some time, sadly) that the author has lost the formula for Successful writing. I've always considered these books to be light reading, lacking much depth - yet, entertaining enough to pass the time. As much as I feel that "Reacher" could be a successful long-lived series, instead, there seems to be a painful shallowness to the last handful of books. Is it time that Reacher walked off into the sunset? The narrator: as much as I love listening to this narrator, it seems that he is "overacting/over reading" in the last books. I have found myself wincing at the over emphasis and sometimes poor timing of his reading. Obviously, it is easy to see that I am disappointed (and have been for some time) in this book. (Always hoping that the next book will pleasantly surprise me as I've been a faithful reader through the years.)

  • Larry the Woodson

    I have enjoyed Child's writing and Mr. Hill's narrations but on this book everything, voice, story, all of the things that have enthralled me before seemed tired and worn out. Save yourself the agony of listening to this unfocused, sadly under read story. I have come to expect so much more. Go back and re-listen the first book in the series, the difference is night and day. Save your credit, save your time, stay away from this stinker.

  • Carol Empie

    I have always enjoyed the Jack Reacher stories. I was very disappointed in this one Very mundane, predictable and unexpectedly boring.