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PERSONAL by Lee Child

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Synopsis: “Jack Reacher walks alone. Once a go-to hard man in the US military police, now he’s a drifter of no fixed abode. But the army tracks him down. Because someone has taken a long-range shot at the French president. Only one man could have done it. And Reacher is the one man who can find him.Personal

This new heart stopping, nail biting book in Lee Child’s number-one bestselling series takes Reacher across the Atlantic to Paris – and then to London. The stakes have never been higher – because this time, it’s personal.”

This is the latest offering from Lee Child with Jack Reacher again caught up in a dilemma from which he is expected to extricate himself and save the day. The State Department and the CIA enlist his expertise to track down possibly four snipers capable of shooting from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence. John Kott – an American marksman gone bad – is one of them and after fifteen years in prison, he’s out, unaccounted for, and possibly heading for a G8 summit packed with enough world leaders to tempt any assassin. Although Reacher prefers to work alone, he is teamed with a rookie analyst, Casey Nice, who keeps her cool with Zoloft. However, they are facing a rough road, full of ruthless mobsters, Serbian thugs, double-crosses – and no backup. They travel from America, to Paris and then on to London where the G8 Summit is to take place.

An added complication is that Reacher was responsible for Kott’s incarceration and Kott is planning to kill Reacher if he gets the chance. I have read all of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels and enjoyed most of them. However, this is the first time I have failed to finish one. I got about three-quarters the way through and gave up after finding my mind drifting to what I was planning for dinner! The story failed to engage my interest and I didn’t care enough about the outcome to continue reading it. The meticulous detail of every little thing they did, not to mention the in-depth description and calculation of how a sniper would plan to set up a hit – annoying in the extreme. I felt this novel is padded out with so much unnecessary chatter that it became a hard row to hoe. Personal may appeal more to men if they have an interest in guns, snipers and the like, but I found it to be a pedestrian read at best. My husband who is an avid Jack Reacher fan was not overly enamoured with this book although he did manage to finish it.

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Are you a Jack Reacher fan? Have you read Personal? Do you agree with this review?

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Laraine Fisher

Retired from Monash University, Faculty of Medicine as Personal Assistant to the Faculty Manager and assisted the Dean with Policy documentation (2006). Went back to work part-time in 2008 for Michael Hill Jewellery as an Office Assistant for 3 years and then finished up to work with my husband part-time for a Labour Hire company as an Admin Assistant. Qualified as a Professional Counsellor in 1999 and worked as a counsellor for 12 months before being offered a full-time position at the Faculty of Medicine. Prefer reading : Murder/mystery thrillers with a psychological twist. Also enjoy novels well researched and based on history. My favourite authors are Ken Follett, Kate Atkinson, Peter James, Gillian Flynn, Peter Robinson, Jeffery Deaver, Lynda Le Plante, David Baldacci and Jodi Picoult.

  1. I enjoyed Personal just like I enjoyed all of the previous Lee Child books. Can’t understand why someone wouldn’t finish it.

  2. I could not finish it either, disappointed as I have read and enjoyed all his books up to now, hope this is just the odd one out and he gets back into his groove soon.

  3. I am an avid Lee Child/Reacher fan but haven’t read this. I find a few of his books contains a lot of technical explanation that (a) goes over mu head or (b) loses my interest. When this happens, I just skim over that section. Also I am still annoyed at him for selling out to Tom Cruise to make the movie “Reacher”. Reacher is about 6’6″ tall, Cruise is about 5’4″,

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    • I totally agree with everything you said. The arrogance of Tom Cruise is beyond belief,I am sure he put pressure on to get that part. I haven.,

    • Cruise didn’t have to put pressure on anybody. He owns the production company and if he wants the part, it’s his!!

  4. I love jack reacher books , but OMG , why did TOM CRUISE think he could play the part of a man who is described as 6ft 5″?

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    • I totally agree, but have to blame the producers/directors/ casting agents. Yes, the tiny slimey Tom Cruise is ridiculous as Jack Reacher.

    • Haven’t seen the film, but I don’t actually mind Tom Cruise as an actor. Having said that, I really don’t picture him as MY idea of Jack.

    • Yep,totally agree, put me off Jack for life!!

    • The producer/director/casting agent are all the one person – Tom Cruise. His production company bought the film rights to the book.

    • Yes I haven’t seen the film I can’t bring myself to see TopGun, ooops sorry TOP cat heavens pardon… TomCat oH excuse me TOm Cruise as Jack Reacher it just doesn’t gel with me

    • Not having read books easy for me. Poor Ol Tom cruise as an actor I think he’s slagged off at a bit. I like most of his stuff. Especially 4th July and interview with vampire.

    • That’s correct Judy Green,that’s why it’s so ridiculous. Don’t mind tom cruise in many things but if you are a jack reacher fan he just dosnt cut the mustard

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