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Old 06-07-2011, 09:37 PM   #1
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Anyone read Lee Childs?

On a B&N blog on my Nook, author Lee Child was mentioned. I checked on B&N and found he has quite a few books that seem like they may be decent. Most are part of the Jack Reacher series. Anyone have an opinion of the series and which are the better choices? Thanks.

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Old 06-07-2011, 09:47 PM   #2
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Yeah, I've read all of the Jack Reacher series and have really like every one. Start with the first one and read them in order. You will not be disappointed!
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:57 PM   #3
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I'll second what Cassidy said. I've read and re-read ALL of Lee Child's books. The 'Reacher' series is a total page turner from cover to cover, first book to last. Not quite as 'deep' as Sandford's "Prey" series (much more characterization in those as there are simply more characters) but every bit as entertaining. As suggested, try to read the 'Reacher' series in order if you can. While they will each stand on their own, there is a continuity to them that adds to the story lines.

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Old 06-07-2011, 11:09 PM   #4
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+3. Lee Child is one of the best current thriller writers out there. The Reacher series reminds me of Sandford's Prey series, in terms of its compulsive page-turnability.

Jack Reacher is the epitome of the strong, silent, deadly.
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:21 AM   #5
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Also check out Jack DuBrul. Series of books about a mining engineer who gets involved in world-class plots.

In one episode he is staying at the Luxor in Las Vegas and assassins are outside his room. He escapes by breaking a window and wetting a bedsheet and dragging it behind him as he slides down the glass pyramid.

I was staying at the Luxor a few weeks ago and I was eyeing the outside and my wife gave me "the look" that ment "Dont even think about it Mister."
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:32 AM   #6
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+4 I've also read the entire Reacher series. Some where better than others but no reason to skip any.
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Old 06-08-2011, 04:34 AM   #7
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My husband just loves the Jack Reacher series, but I'm not so keen.
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My husband just loves the Jack Reacher series, but I'm not so keen.
It's a 'guy' thing. Reacher is definitely NOT 'chick-lit.'


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^ For the most part, true! But I do know a few femmes who go crazy for Mr. Reacher.
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^ For the most part, true! But I do know a few femmes who go crazy for Mr. Reacher.

I can imagine.


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Old 06-08-2011, 08:58 AM   #11
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Thanks a million guys. I'm looking forward to reading the series. I'll read them in order but since there are like 16 of them I'll probably read other books in between. I think I'll get bored if I read nothing but Jack Reacher. The downside is that with the B&N ebook editions, the first 6 books of the series come in a package for $60. Amazon has them all individually so I may have to use my Wife's Amazon account for her Kindle to buy the first 6 and convert them for my Nook. Thanks again.

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Old 06-08-2011, 09:10 AM   #12
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Very enjoyable series.

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... I'll read them in order ...
You might want to consider reading The Enemy first, it is the first chronologically and gives a little background on Jack. But you could read the series in any order and miss very little.

Do you use the library? The books are probably available to most ebook libraries. The Philadelphia Free Library has some books in the series.
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IMO, the Reacher series, like the Prey series, is best enjoyed in chronological order. Not a requirement but...

I read them that way. And no spoilers, but the last few books should definitely be read in order.

Enjoy!
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Very enjoyable series.


Do you use the library? The books are probably available to most ebook libraries. The Philadelphia Free Library has some books in the series.
I use my County library for ebooks but very rarely. Most are in PDF format which I'm not a big fan of. I checked the County and they have only one of the Reacher series listed and there is a 9 people waiting list. Since you can hold on to them for 2 weeks that's a very long wait. I guess the County library is allowed to lend out but so many ebooks copies. I considered the Phila library in the past but I never joined. Maybe I'll give it a try now. Not that it matters but I was born in Phila and live an hour away.

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I really enjoy these books, but I recommend putting several other books in between each Jack Reacher novel. They can get pretty repetitive if you read several of them back to back to back. I treat them like ice cream sundaes—ice cream sundaes that occasionally feed my "ass-kicking" tooth. A great occasional treat, but I wouldn't want to try to live on a steady diet of it.
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