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Reacher never backs down from a problem.

And he's about to find a big one, on a deserted road in Arizona, where a car has crashed into the only tree for miles around.

Minutes later, Reacher is heading into town. To introduce himself to the shadowy crew who made it happen.

Their boss has a terrifying reputation, and the stakes are high. Just to get in and meet him, Reacher is going to have to achieve the impossible.

To get answers will be even harder. There are people in this hostile, empty place who would rather die than reveal their secrets.

But then, if Reacher is coming after you, you might be better off dead.

©2021 Lee Child, Andrew Child (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Better than the last one

This story was in first person, and it seemed to take away the edge. I love Jack Reacher stories and the narrator always makes it good but the story was lack lustre. The essence that makes Reacher who he is is missing. It's like I'm reading about his ghost. The feeling is there but the guts and glory are gone.

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Ugghhh

Just terrible in comparison to previous work. It’s a stuttering mess with boring plot line, Bond villains and completely unrealistic. Loved Lee Child’s Jack Reacher…Andrew not so much! The cashing in on the name is not a worthy pursuit. Also, hate the Reacher in the first person approach. Every second sentence starts with “I”. Took me a couple of weeks to get through (yes, I could put it down) and I was frankly glad that I’d finished.

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  • 11-01-21

Finished more due to loyalty than enjoyment.

Nothing gelled in this story.
The characters were thin, the situations implausible and the story line moronic. Even Jeff Harding seemed less than enthusiastic.
Ether Lee is tiring of Reacher as a character, or the co-writing hampered his normal style, but page turner this wasn’t.
Well less than satisfied, well left alone.

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  • Clare
  • 10-30-21

Time for a new storyline, please!

Love Jack Reacher and this jointly written edition is no let down in terms of writing, which I’m impressed by. Andrew can definitely replicate the Jack Reacher we know and love… but, here is the rub, I’m bored with the same Jack Reacher storyline… yet another story of Jack turning up in a crime-ridden backwater town where he is drawn into helping someone fight an injustice. Please can the record change? Bring back his old army mates, draw on past political connections, send him overseas on a mission, have Jack need help from a friend… whatever… but, time to mix it up a bit, please.

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  • Argybargy
  • 11-05-21

Oh dear...

Never thought I would be returning a Lee Child novel. I simply could not finish this book and sadly will be returning for a refund. The plot was too weak and meandering, Not the usual crispy Reacheresque escapism. I have been a Reacher fan and read most in the series. But this one just did not work for me.

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  • Mr K
  • 10-29-21

Better Off Unpublished

A very poor attempt at recreating a worthy Reacher adventure. A good Reacher book has always been a little far fetched but this has an utterly preposterous story line. No one ever spots these daytime murders and the subsequent bodies bundled into the trunks of numerous cars. The writing feels lazy and rushed with a distinct lack of any meaningful relationships. First Reacher book that I didn’t really care how it ended. So very disappointed!!

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  • mr j preston
  • 10-29-21

A long way from the killing floor

I usually love the Jack Reacher books.
Fast paced with a good story.
This one was pretty weak, I couldn’t really get into the other characters and for a short book it seemed to drag on.
Narrated well as usual.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-28-21

Superb

After a long wait, book 26 has arrived, possibly the best yet. Classic narration and a strong story line.

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  • D. Dykes
  • 11-06-21

Lost his touch

Usually live Reacher and have listened to everyone. His previous book was poor but this was dull. If i can work out how to return this I will!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-21

Lazy writing and outdated narration

I love the jack reacher books. I read most of the books but have listened to the last couple on audible. The story on this book is a mixture of many other reacher stories and the narrative is dull and slow. I found myself not really bothered about what was going to happen as I knew that reacher would win in the end with no real problems. Whilst that is why we love the character as he is the hardest man alive, it’s all becoming very predictable. I would strongly suggest changing the narrator for the next book, and maybe making reacher a little more human. The book was ok but certainly not the best reacher story. Felt a bit like just going through the motions.

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  • Shirley mcgough
  • 10-28-21

Great Reacher story again 😃

I liked the storyline albeit a little far fetched, not sure about the favor owed by the agent in the story :( would have loved Jack to have more of a love interest is these last 2 📚s , I would recommend. And as usual Jack wouldn’t be Jack without the voice of Jeff Harding.

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  • Kay
  • 10-30-21

spoiled by narrator

I finished the book because I wanted to know how it ended but it was a hard slog with this narrator.

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  • Ste Webb
  • 11-21-21

Reacher by Numbers

This was a bit of a disappointment for me. I’ve read and listened to every Jack Reacher escapade and am a big fan. There are flashes of the old Reacher magic and brilliance but they were few and far between. I love Lee Child’s formula but it felt tired and predictable here. You’d be better off listening to any of the first 10 books rather than this. I’ll still stay with Reacher wherever he goes but think my old friend needs to go on a path less travelled.

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  • Ben Owens
  • 11-05-21

Crap narrator. This is the worst Reacher novel.

give me back my money. so bad. Don't buy. it's shit. so. shit. don't buy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-21

Rinse and Repeat

If you have heard any previous Jack Reach books then you have pretty much heard this one. The story is pretty bland and predictable, just a re-hash of the same structure.....was a real struggle to finish. The book seems to maintain a flatline throughout, never peaking at any point. Jeff Harding does his usual thing which is fine, If you are looking for something exciting then I suggest you look elsewhere.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-17-22

Same old stuff

same storyline as every Jack reacher book.
find something else to read and save your money

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  • Jen
  • 01-07-22

narration

narrator put me off the book, only book of his I havnt finished, won't ever get another audio

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  • Ben
  • 01-03-22

Narrator absolutely awful

I have read every Reacher book and been listening to Audible for a couple of years now. I thought I would listen to a Reacher book via Audible for the first time. What a mistake. The narration is absolutely awful. Grating voice that doesn’t tell the story at all well. I have tried to push through thinking I will get used to it but I give up. I will consider getting the paperback book to finish the story and look for another Audible book with a different narrator.

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  • Brett Rees
  • 12-31-21

as ever entertaining

with Reacher stories you know what you are going to get so don't be disappointed

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-21-21

Great to have another book!

Overall, I enjoyed this book. The only criticism I'd have is the speed it wrapped up. It felt like a rushed end, but everything resolved itself as expected.

Enjoy the ride.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-21-21

First ever Reacher disappointment

Story was weak, characters confusing.
Narrator did not come close to fitting.
My first disappointment after all these Reacher stories.

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  • Sarah
  • 12-20-21

getting repetitive

I have now listened to 12 jack reacher books and this is the first time I've felt that they are repetitive.

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  • wendy spindler
  • 12-13-21

Disappointing

I didn’t enjoy this book at all. The narration was stilted and did not draw you into the story. I always try to finish a book but gave up half way through. Would not recommend. Very disappointing.