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LordGrover

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The thread in Films & TV got me started on this, yet when I mentioned it down the pub, just about everyone I know is telling me to start reading this series. Though it's not my usual fare, I've downloaded Killing Floor and expect to start it later this week.

Mr E

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143 months

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Read a couple. Fairly passable holiday fare, but I doubt you'll feel the need to revisit any of them.

rumple

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I read one year's ago, can't even remember its title, didn't finish it, since I served in the army I can't stand military/ex forces type thrillers, because they are st. only auther I can read is Andy mcnab. I feel the same about films, only war films I can watch are Full metal jacket and at a push Platoon, just can't tolerate unrealistic ex army man on a mission crap, or war books/films, but thats me, Jack reacher may be good to someone who enjoys that sort of cake.

tenohfive

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66 months

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I love them. I've read just about every one. Yes, they aren't particularly accurate - but I read non fiction if I want accuracy. They're fluidly written and fast paced without being OTT. It took him two or so books before he got into the groove but I found them all to be readable.

I find they make a pleasant change from whatever random non fiction subject has taken my interest (polar exploration at the moment.)

ApexJimi

9,570 posts

127 months

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Lord, great brain-out stuff yes

A fellow PH'er posted me a pile of the books, FOC. I'd like to return the favor, so if you PM me your address, I'll post you a pile?
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LordGrover

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Thanks for kind offer, but I'm all kindled up these days.
Hopefully your generosity extends to all PHers. wink

Quite looking forward to some light entertainment now. nerd

ApexJimi

9,570 posts

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LordGrover said:
Hopefully your generosity extends to all PHers. wink
Absolutely smile

LordGrover

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beer feelin' the love, bro'. hehe

CaptiV8ted

800 posts

95 months

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I love 'em. His way of doing things is very military and he delivers a thorough a$$ kicking when needed. I like the way the books are written - good action without too much yank, over the top bks. I believe they're making a film of one of the books. Great idea, however in the books, Jack is about 6'6" and built like a brick 5h1thouse, but some goon has put Tom Cruise in it!!

Jack Reacher?! Tom Cruise can't reach the pedals of his car!

mig25_foxbat2003

2,269 posts

95 months

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I've read one, it was about two towns called Hope and Despair. Despair was st. Clever bit of metaphor there, see.

There are two other things I remember about the book. The first is that he got stuck somewhere and had to get a lift back to town with a drunk bloke; and that the bloke drove a Chevy Blazer which wouldn't do more than 70mph. When Reacher tried to push it beyond that, he (somehow) blew the head gasket. Technical detail, you'll note.

The second is him going all Chuck Norris on half the town, and putting a goon in hospital. For some reason he's then taken to see said goon. Through bleeding lips, goon intimates "You did this to me", which would appear to be rather facile, even for someone who's had half of their already sparse sense beaten out of them. Later, it transpires that goon ACTUALLY meant "U did this to me," meaning Uranium. Because all goons communicate in chemical symbols. One later asks for payment in AU. Gripping plot twist, eh?

In short it was laughably, painfully and memorably awful. This from someone whose favourite book is Red Storm Rising, so I'm not proud, but this was a complete steaming turd of a book.

Ross1988

1,212 posts

67 months

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ApexJimi said:
Lord, great brain-out stuff yes

A fellow PH'er posted me a pile of the books, FOC. I'd like to return the favor, so if you PM me your address, I'll post you a pile?
Oh ste, I have another one Lieing around for you somewhere. I totally forgot about it. Exams, new house and new job will do that. I'll find it and pass it on again.

Glad I read this thread now!

Timbuk2

1,179 posts

39 months

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ApexJimi said:
Lord, great brain-out stuff yes

A fellow PH'er posted me a pile of the books, FOC. I'd like to return the favor, so if you PM me your address, I'll post you a pile?
I really enjoyed the series!

I've got a few of them but not all, I'd swap you some if you haven't read the ones I've got or vice versa? I will see which ones I have.

Timbuk2

1,179 posts

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Just to add, people who enjoyed the Jack Reacher books might also like the John Rain series by Barry Eisler. Just as good if not better!

I would send them out for free but I'd like to read them again at some point when I've forgotten them enough!

DoctorX

1,815 posts

51 months

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mig25_foxbat2003 said:
I've read one, it was about two towns called Hope and Despair. Despair was st. Clever bit of metaphor there, see.

There are two other things I remember about the book. The first is that he got stuck somewhere and had to get a lift back to town with a drunk bloke; and that the bloke drove a Chevy Blazer which wouldn't do more than 70mph. When Reacher tried to push it beyond that, he (somehow) blew the head gasket. Technical detail, you'll note.

The second is him going all Chuck Norris on half the town, and putting a goon in hospital. For some reason he's then taken to see said goon. Through bleeding lips, goon intimates "You did this to me", which would appear to be rather facile, even for someone who's had half of their already sparse sense beaten out of them. Later, it transpires that goon ACTUALLY meant "U did this to me," meaning Uranium. Because all goons communicate in chemical symbols. One later asks for payment in AU. Gripping plot twist, eh?

In short it was laughably, painfully and memorably awful. This from someone whose favourite book is Red Storm Rising, so I'm not proud, but this was a complete steaming turd of a book.
I've read them all and I would say that is the worst by far. They're getting a bit samey but enjoyable enough.

DoctorX

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Timbuk2 said:
Just to add, people who enjoyed the Jack Reacher books might also like the John Rain series by Barry Eisler. Just as good if not better!

I would send them out for free but I'd like to read them again at some point when I've forgotten them enough!
Similarly, the Scott Mariani Ben Hope books are quite entertaining. Similar premise, ex-special forces dude who can get out of ANY situation in a most unbelievable way. Very cheap kindle versions available.

mattviatura

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CaptiV8ted said:
good action without too much yank, over the top bks.
Lee Child is British.

I can't agree with the rest of your post though, I've only read a couple but I found the character completely over-the-top with the hero that can beat all opponents with his bare hands persona.

Each to their own though and I appreciate I'm in a tiny minority, Mr Child is certainly doing something right.


Huff

1,494 posts

75 months

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Have tried a couple and couldn't abide the writing. Even for brain-in-the-jar pulp action thrillers they are awful.

Davey S2

9,825 posts

138 months

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I like them but have gone off Lee Child since he chose Tom Cruise to play Reacher in the upcoming films.

CraigMST

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49 months

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I've never actually heard of Jack Reacher before reading about it on here.
Seems like it is up my street. I'll definitely have to get a hold of a book or two smile

LordGrover

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I'm reading Killing Floor - quite enjoying it.
Easy reading but no nasty, ridiculous twists you sometimes find in some 'low-brow' fiction. Haven't finished it yet though so I may yet be disappointed. hehe
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