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Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments. And without fear. Which is good, because trouble--big, violent, complicated trouble--finds Reacher wherever he goes. And when trouble finds him, Reacher does not quit, not once...not ever. Bu Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments. And without fear. Which is good, because trouble--big, violent, complicated trouble--finds Reacher wherever he goes. And when trouble finds him, Reacher does not quit, not once...not ever. But some unfinished business has now found Reacher. And Reacher is a man who hates unfinished business. Ten years ago, a key investigation went sour and someone got away with murder. Now a chance encounter brings it all back. Now Reacher sees his one last shot. Some would call it vengeance. Some would call it redemption. Reacher would call it...justice.


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Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments. And without fear. Which is good, because trouble--big, violent, complicated trouble--finds Reacher wherever he goes. And when trouble finds him, Reacher does not quit, not once...not ever. Bu Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments. And without fear. Which is good, because trouble--big, violent, complicated trouble--finds Reacher wherever he goes. And when trouble finds him, Reacher does not quit, not once...not ever. But some unfinished business has now found Reacher. And Reacher is a man who hates unfinished business. Ten years ago, a key investigation went sour and someone got away with murder. Now a chance encounter brings it all back. Now Reacher sees his one last shot. Some would call it vengeance. Some would call it redemption. Reacher would call it...justice.

30 review for Persuader

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alp

    People were depending on me. I had been beaten many times. But I had never just quit. Not once. Not ever. This book! OMG, my heart is still beating so fast as though it's going to jump out of my chest! What an adrenaline-pumping ride! Ok, take a deep breath... Alright, I will keep this short as I know that there's no way I can write this review without going into detail, in which will ultimately give the story all away. So, no spoilers here. Once again, Lee Child dazzles me with this top-notch sto People were depending on me. I had been beaten many times. But I had never just quit. Not once. Not ever. This book! OMG, my heart is still beating so fast as though it's going to jump out of my chest! What an adrenaline-pumping ride! Ok, take a deep breath... Alright, I will keep this short as I know that there's no way I can write this review without going into detail, in which will ultimately give the story all away. So, no spoilers here. Once again, Lee Child dazzles me with this top-notch story, filled with the thrill of the unforeseeable events and dangerous situations that Reacher had to face. This installment contains strong elements of mystery, suspense, and thriller, all rolled into one. The book started off great, with a heart-pounding abduction scene, which had me hooked right off the bat. As the story went on, there were so many thoughts and questions racing through my mind and every exciting turn of events made my head spin. I can tell you that this book kept me on the edge of my seat for almost the entire story. And as always, Jack Reacher has yet to fail me. With his intelligence, fearlessness, confidence, toughness, determination, and competence, he’s definitely made himself one of the most kick-ass alpha heroes I've ever read. And the best part of this book was the scene where he finished the unfinished task, which should have been done ten years ago. It was one hell of an execution! Quick and certain. No room for mercy here! I stood up. Water sluiced off me. I staggered a couple of steps. Heard Leon Garber in my head: What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. All in all, this was an engaging read that gripped me and didn’t let go until the very last page. I enjoyed it immensely. **Persuader is the seventh installment in Jack Reacher series. It can be read as a standalone.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Persuader (Jack Reacher #7), Lee Child Persuader is the seventh book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It is written in the first person. Jack Reacher is working unofficially, with the DEA to bring down a boy's father, Zachary Beck, who is suspected of smuggling drugs, under the pretext of trading in oriental carpets. They stage a kidnap effort on Zachary's son, Richard Beck. A frightened Richard places in his trust on Reacher, and asks him to take him back home. Reacher gains The Persuader‎ (Jack Reacher #7), Lee Child Persuader is the seventh book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It is written in the first person. Jack Reacher is working unofficially, with the DEA to bring down a boy's father, Zachary Beck, who is suspected of smuggling drugs, under the pretext of trading in oriental carpets. They stage a kidnap effort on Zachary's son, Richard Beck. A frightened Richard places in his trust on Reacher, and asks him to take him back home. Reacher gains access to Beck and gradually gains his confidence by working as a hired gun/bodyguard. .... تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز هشتم ماه جولای سال 2016 میلادی عنوان: وسوسه ی انتقام - کتاب 07 - از سری جک ریچر؛ نویسنده: لی چایلد؛ مترجم: محمد عباس آبادی؛ تهران، تندیس، 1394؛ در 524 ص؛ شابک: 9786001821691؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی - سده 21 م هفتمین کتاب از سر­ی «جک ریچر» با عنوان: «وسوسه‌ ی انتقام» است، که در سال 2003 میلادی، برای نخستین بار منتشر شد. این داستان با روایت اول شخص، و از زبان خود «جک ریچر» نوشته شده است. «جک ریچر»، پلیس پیشین ارتش، سال­‌هاست که ارتش را ترک کرده، و زندگی پرماجرایی را بدون خانواده، بدون دارایی، و بدون هیچ تعهدی، و البته بدون هیچ ترسی، آغاز کرده است. با اینکه «ریچر»، به دنبال دردسر نیست، دردسر همه‌­ جا به دنبالش می­‌گردد. و آنگاه که دردسر او را پیدا می­‌کند، «ریچر» اهل جا زدن نیست. ‌ده سال پیشتر، در یکی از مأموریت‌­های «ریچر»، برای کشتن یک افسر اطلاعات ارتش، که قصد فروختن طرح­‌های یک سلاح سری به «عراق» را داشت، و یکی از همکاران نزدیک «ریچر» را به قتل رساند، کارها خوب پیش نرفت. حالا، پس از یک رویارویی تصادفی، همه ­‌چیز برایش دوباره زنده می­‌شود. اینجاست که با آخرین شانس خود، روبرو می­‌شود. بعضی‌­ها به آن می­‌گویند: «انتقام»، بعضی دیگر هم شاید نام: «رستگاری» را روی آن بگذارند؛ اما برای «ریچر» چیزی نیست، جز: «عدالت». ا. شربیانی

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I am totally loving this series. (Although I think it must be best NOT to read them back to back because then the formula wears through.) This is a good one -- tense, claustrophobic, and non-stop action. Two quibbles -- the romance between Reacher and Duffy seems...unmotivated. Like the author says to himself, "And this is the place where I start the romance," and proceeded to have Reacher make out with the nearest available female character. Also, the last 20 percent of the novel seems unduly l I am totally loving this series. (Although I think it must be best NOT to read them back to back because then the formula wears through.) This is a good one -- tense, claustrophobic, and non-stop action. Two quibbles -- the romance between Reacher and Duffy seems...unmotivated. Like the author says to himself, "And this is the place where I start the romance," and proceeded to have Reacher make out with the nearest available female character. Also, the last 20 percent of the novel seems unduly long...and a bit confusing. Some tighter editing would have sharpened it up nicely. I love it when a plan comes together.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    This is the first Jack Reacher book I’ve read. Maybe I should have started with the first one in the series, but I picked up this one used. For fifty cents. Reading some of the Goodreads comments about the varied quality of the Reacher series, I was probably better off starting with this one. The tricksy misdirection at the beginning of the book aside, this was a decent read. Reacher, reminded me of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser, big, tough, smart, can handle himself in any situation. But he’s not a This is the first Jack Reacher book I’ve read. Maybe I should have started with the first one in the series, but I picked up this one used. For fifty cents. Reading some of the Goodreads comments about the varied quality of the Reacher series, I was probably better off starting with this one. The tricksy misdirection at the beginning of the book aside, this was a decent read. Reacher, reminded me of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser, big, tough, smart, can handle himself in any situation. But he’s not a private investigator and he has fewer scruples than Spenser. Plot summary: Things go awry, people die. Usually the bad guys. In creative ways. I should read something cheery and positive next. I probably won’t.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    To me this was the best of the series after Killing Floor.

  6. 4 out of 5

    smetchie

    This bad-ass walks around with an anaconda in his pants (apparently, that's a type of revolver but it's still pretty impressive) He has an AOL device hidden in his shoe. He says nothing a lot. So does everyone else in this novel. I'm not cut out for crime fiction. It bugs me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cameron Mitchell

    I would have to rank this as one of my favourite Lee Child books, even if I thoughs the start was dubious. For the first chapter or two, I worried this might even be a Reacher novel of a standard to rival the disaster that was Nothing to Lose. Then, of course, we got a little farther into the book and I was able to reassure myself that no book could be as bad as Nothing to Lose. I think if Lee Child were to write another book as bad as Nothing to Lose, I'd have to give up on him. Anyway, Persuad I would have to rank this as one of my favourite Lee Child books, even if I thoughs the start was dubious. For the first chapter or two, I worried this might even be a Reacher novel of a standard to rival the disaster that was Nothing to Lose. Then, of course, we got a little farther into the book and I was able to reassure myself that no book could be as bad as Nothing to Lose. I think if Lee Child were to write another book as bad as Nothing to Lose, I'd have to give up on him. Anyway, Persuader was a terrific novel, definitely up there with the best of Reacher. The book begins with Reacher witnessing and intervening in a kidnapping. Immediately, we know something about the situation is not quite right. Reacher is acting in ways that we know are not congruent with his character. For instance, Reacher doesn't stroll around with two huge revolvers in his pants on any normal day, and (this was the most alarming) he most definitely does not drive a van. Also, without giving anything away, his reactions to certain events do not fit with what we know of the character. For these reasons, I feared that Child may have, for some unknown reason, decided to disregard everything we know about the character, just so events would fit the story. But I should have known better than to doubt Child. Soon enough, we were back to the Reacher we know and love. Soon after the chaotic events of the first two chapters, Reacher is working undercover, infiltrating a heavily guarded mansion in an attempt to rescue a DEA agent held hostage by a ruthless criminal. Reacher's motives in taking part in this operation are slowly revealed throughout the book, as we learn that he is trying to settle an old score with an old enemy figure from his past, one long thought dead. One of the main reasons I found this book to be one of my favourite in the series was that this role had good deal of character building for Reacher. His desire for justice and the lengths he will go to achieve it play a huge part of the story, particularly in the final chapters. The other reason I like it is that Reacher comes up against a situation we very rarely (if ever) see. In most instances, Reacher is the biggest and strongest guy in the room. He's able to knock down enemies with only one or two blows, easily defeating those who get in his way. However, in Persuader, there is (get ready for it) someone bigger than Reacher! Our hero comes up against a huge mountain of a man, a four-hundred-pound, seven foot tall, steroid using thug with arms that look as though they've had basketballs stuffed inside of them. This is a guy who makes Reacher feel as Reacher makes most other people feel. This scenario reveals a completely new side of the character. Not many people could take one of Reacher's kicks and stay standing. However much I enjoyed this book, there is one or two little problems I had with it. First of all, the romance seemed rather pointless. I didn't like the character Duffy in the first place (she seemed rather dim witted) and it appeared to me that the romance between her and Reacher was placed only so Child could have a sex scene in the book. It didn't really seem to mean anything, and both characters acted as though it had never happened afterwards. Saying this, I did, however, enjoy the scenes between Reacher and Kohl (a character I liked much better than Duffy). This romance was actually relevant to the plot, and it seemed more meaningful than the Duffy-Reacher romance. My second minor problem was was that there was a sequence of scenes towards the end of the book that seemed drawn out and pointless. Basically, it involved a few of the characters running around looking for the bad guys only to end up back where they started. This just seemed dumb, and served only to set up the next sequence of scenes (which I admittedly loved; I just think Child could have found a far better way to get to them). Overall, Persuader was an excellent edition to a series I love and a great development to a character I love. There were a few minor things that annoyed me, but not enough to drop my rating from five stars to four. Overall, a great read for any thriller fans.

  8. 5 out of 5

    William

    4-stars, perhaps a bit more. This and "Echo Burning" are by far Child's best books in the series (so far). The pacing is terrific, mostly. The dialogue and action are very good, mostly. The climax is good, but too drawn-out in parts. The plot is very, very clever. This would have been 5-stars if not for Child's momentary returns to excessive detail and repetitive prose. As usual with my reviews, please first read the publisher’s blurb/summary of the book. Thank you. Lots and lots of guns in this 4-stars, perhaps a bit more. This and "Echo Burning" are by far Child's best books in the series (so far). The pacing is terrific, mostly. The dialogue and action are very good, mostly. The climax is good, but too drawn-out in parts. The plot is very, very clever. This would have been 5-stars if not for Child's momentary returns to excessive detail and repetitive prose. As usual with my reviews, please first read the publisher’s blurb/summary of the book. Thank you. Lots and lots of guns in this one. The book opens with Reacher wearing a Colt Anaconda, which is a huge stainless steel revolver chambered for the .44 Magnum cartridge. It was thirteen and a half inches long and weighed almost four pounds. Full size image Agent Duffy to Reacher: "You’re going to be my very own long-rod penetrator.” Duke's machine pistol, Steyr SPP Full size image Angel Doll's old Soviet PSM, with the rare ammo Full size image Paulie, the gatehouse guard, is like this guy An NSV is more than five feet long and weighs more than fifty-five pounds. It uses cartridges four and a half inches long and a half-inch wide. It can fire twelve of them in a second. It has no safety mechanism. The combination of [the giant] Paulie and an NSV would be nobody’s idea of fun. Full size image Zachary's gun, Heckler & Koch MP5K Full size image Nice quote. True for politicians, today, too. ... the British Army in India, during the Raj, at the height of their empire. Young subalterns trapped in junior ranks had their own mess. They would dine together in splendid dress uniforms and talk about their chances of promotion. But they had none, unless a superior officer died. Dead men’s shoes was the rule. So they would raise their crystal glasses of fine French wine and toast bloody wars and dread diseases , because a casualty further up the chain of command was their only way to get ahead. Zachary's gift to Reacher, Beretta M9 Special Edition Full size image An English expression I'd never heard before I moved to the UK. Reacher says it to goad Paulie: - - “You’re a big girl’s blouse,” I said. It means you're a coward, a weakling, a wimp, etc The title character, the Mossberg M500 Persuader Full size image .

  9. 5 out of 5

    Krycek

    Gigantic hobo detective Jack Reacher once again wanders into more trouble than any happy-go-lucky wanderer would reasonably expect. This time, after encountering a ghost from his past, a man named Quinn who should be dead, Reacher gets involved in an undercover DEA operation to take the man and his smuggling operation down. Reacher poses as a gun-for-hire in order to infiltrate Quinn's operation. The DEA wants him to go in and recover an agent who went missing and is presumably held captive. Rea Gigantic hobo detective Jack Reacher once again wanders into more trouble than any happy-go-lucky wanderer would reasonably expect. This time, after encountering a ghost from his past, a man named Quinn who should be dead, Reacher gets involved in an undercover DEA operation to take the man and his smuggling operation down. Reacher poses as a gun-for-hire in order to infiltrate Quinn's operation. The DEA wants him to go in and recover an agent who went missing and is presumably held captive. Reacher is going in for personal reasons. Quinn was supposed to be dead and Reacher is going to make sure he stays that way.  Child's Reacher series is fairly reliable. After reading a couple, you pretty much know what you're going to get, and you keep reading more because what you want is what Child delivers. That is, action, thrills, a little sex, despicable villains and a big-ass juggernaut of justice willing to crack skulls and shoot people until all the bad guys are dead. Persuader is no different, and that's a good thing. Replace any of the items above with Reacher learning to crochet or taking a yoga class and…no I would not want to read that. The Reacher novels are, as Zwolf says over in The Mighty Blow Hole, the literary equivalent of a BDAM, or "Big Dumb Action Movie. I have to agree (and, by the way, he also thinks that Dolph Lundgren would be an awesome film Reacher). Persuader is a BDAM, that's for BDAM sure, and it's a heck of a lot of fun.  You do have to be able to overlook a certain amount of goofiness, however. This goofiness is stuff that's pretty consistent with Child's other Reacher books. For example, dialogues often have that rapid-fire back-and-forth Dragnet quality that is sometimes unintentionally hilarious. Child doesn't write convincingly about army life, cop life or guns. During his investigations, Reacher often seems to just stumble through it pulling some of the most far-fetched subterfuges, like (view spoiler)[flipping a car over to simulate a car wreck, which is not in itself far fetched, but he still had to keep the car looking somewhat okay, so he put coats on the pavement to keep the roof from scratching! And he almost couldn't get the car flipped back over… (hide spoiler)] and his investigative methods often include such subtle "techniques" as breaking a guy's neck and shooting a guy in the head. I often wonder if Reacher really thinks thing through first. So if you're looking for a clever, delicately nuanced thriller with a plot as tangled a spider's web, Persuader ain't it. Persuader is about as subtle as a six-feet-five, two-hundred-and-fifty pound ex-military policeman can be. It does, however, offer a good amount of effective suspense thrown in with the action, and Child is quite good at pacing his novels. Ultimately, the most satisfying aspect of Persuader (and the Reacher novels overall) is the fact that Child has a talent for creating some of the most evil, repulsive, despicably vile bad guys, all who receive suitably brutal comeuppances courtesy of Jack Reacher. It may be a bit of wish-fulfillment on my part but I like seeing bullies put in their place, and so does Reacher: I don't really care about the little guy. I just hate the big guy. I hate big smug people who think they can get away with things. Persuader's an effective thriller and a long as you don't take the minor gaffes too seriously it's a lot of fun. 3.5 stars, rounded to 4.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Abram

    An awesome Novel. My RATING: 4.4/5 The Novel is in full throttle. The flashback story line is awesome and the twist in the flashback is great. The novel is fun and intriguing. Back to awesomeness ! See u guys at next, Thank you.

  11. 5 out of 5

    James

    My name is James, and it's been seven months since my last Jack Reacher. The seventh in the series, Persuader should follow the same, increasingly predictable formula. Except, something feels wrong; it doesn't feel like Reacher – from the unusual eagerness to get involved, and the carrying of two guns, to the shooting of a cop. These things are totally out of character for the man we've spent six novels getting to barely know. Then I realised, the biggest thing that feels wrong about this Reac My name is James, and it's been seven months since my last Jack Reacher. The seventh in the series, Persuader should follow the same, increasingly predictable formula. Except, something feels wrong; it doesn't feel like Reacher – from the unusual eagerness to get involved, and the carrying of two guns, to the shooting of a cop. These things are totally out of character for the man we've spent six novels getting to barely know. Then I realised, the biggest thing that feels wrong about this Reacher is the narrative. This first-person just isn't Jack Reacher. Yes the first one, Killing Floor , was also written as first-person, but the last five books have all been solidly third-person. And, to be honest, Reacher feels more of a third-person personality. His detachment and taciturnity almost requires third-person – once we get in his head we'll get to know far too much about him, and that will just destroy the mystique. The book itself? Rescuing a child about to be kidnapped, Reacher is slowly taken into their family protection unit. In true Reacher style, that generally means he's replacing people who just weren't good enough. Oh, and of course, the family is far from normal – they're clearly into some bad schtuff. Reacher obviously has his reasons for getting involved, getting stuck into other people's business is rarely something that Reacher volunteers for. In lieu of spoilers, anybody who saw the BBC spy series Hunted will pretty much know exactly what's going on here. While I kinda think I understand why Child went with the first-person here, in that it allows a much more tightly controlled narrative – we aren't aware of anything going on outside of Reacher's direct experience, and that leaves the other characters motives much less well defined and cranks up the suspense. Ultimately I don't think it was necessary and it just feels too 'personal' to be in Reacher's head like that. Plus it allows Child to get a little carried away with his exaggerations in the fight scenes. I was running out of patience with the continual running commentary in Reacher's head during his fight with Paulie where every punch or kick would have killed a lesser man – really?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Freda Malone

    As always Lee Child is an exceptional writer. I think this one is going to be tabbed a favorite of mine. Reacher has met his match with the character, Paulie, who is just a lowly bodyguard, or so it seems. Finally, my hero (Reacher) isn't so tough and perfect. I love the thinking process in the writing as Reacher tries to solve yet another mystery, but this time, he's a bit slower figuring out the clues. There was more suspense and a little more wit, I had to laugh at the reasoning behind tippin As always Lee Child is an exceptional writer. I think this one is going to be tabbed a favorite of mine. Reacher has met his match with the character, Paulie, who is just a lowly bodyguard, or so it seems. Finally, my hero (Reacher) isn't so tough and perfect. I love the thinking process in the writing as Reacher tries to solve yet another mystery, but this time, he's a bit slower figuring out the clues. There was more suspense and a little more wit, I had to laugh at the reasoning behind tipping the car over onto the coats. HUH? I said to myself? What the hell is he thinking? Well, you'll find out soon enough when you read this. I really enjoy how Reacher's past is written and incorporated into some of these books. Experiences and crimes he recalls in his past as an MP puts Reacher in situations that have me yelling "Go get him Reacher and make him hurt!". The butchering of the women is enough to make you cringe, but not so bad that you regret this read. Reacher has come across a nemesis 10 years after he supposedly killed him, but this bad dude didn't die. Reacher, no longer an MP, pulled out his superman suit and said "Time for round two" and I was hooked.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karin Slaughter

    This is the book that put Lee Child on my must-always-read list. I hated Killing Floor because (1) obviously Lee had never been to Georgia when he wrote this and (2) I wasn't yet published when it came out, so I had to be a jealous hater. Both were remedied by the time I read Persuader, and I could love this book for the pure reading pleasure that it is. Also, I had met Lee by then and he is so handsome and dreamy that it's hard not to see his beautiful, sensitive eyes whenever I think of Jack Re This is the book that put Lee Child on my must-always-read list. I hated Killing Floor because (1) obviously Lee had never been to Georgia when he wrote this and (2) I wasn't yet published when it came out, so I had to be a jealous hater. Both were remedied by the time I read Persuader, and I could love this book for the pure reading pleasure that it is. Also, I had met Lee by then and he is so handsome and dreamy that it's hard not to see his beautiful, sensitive eyes whenever I think of Jack Reacher. Of note: Lee told me that his research for Killing Floor was watching My Cousin Vinny over and over again and I figured that was punishment enough (and it's set in Alabama, so that makes more sense that people would be so stupid; haha, I'm playin' you, big AL. War Eagle!)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Maureen DeLuca

    A 4 star read - but I just had to throw in another star for such a great series - and of course- a great character!!! I know I'm behind in this series- I started with book 1 and I am reading them all in order- looking forward to book number 8 !!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Harry

    I'm going to add the same review for all of the Reacher series, so if you've read this one, you've read 'em all. If you feel a certain affinity for the lone hero, a man of principle, of unwavering knowledge and assent as to his own actions, than Jack Reacher's your kinda guy. Lee Child has created an unforgettable and unique character in his creation of Jack Reacher. Jack seems to implicitly understand that he is a unique animal/human running around on this planet and that in spite of social con I'm going to add the same review for all of the Reacher series, so if you've read this one, you've read 'em all. If you feel a certain affinity for the lone hero, a man of principle, of unwavering knowledge and assent as to his own actions, than Jack Reacher's your kinda guy. Lee Child has created an unforgettable and unique character in his creation of Jack Reacher. Jack seems to implicitly understand that he is a unique animal/human running around on this planet and that in spite of social conventions, cultural trappings, and whatever conventions and abstractions we allow into our mind in order to alleviate this core fact of our singularity (and aloneness)...the truth of it is not something Mr. Reacher denies. He embraces it. Understands his philosophy implicitly, revels in his physical being,his conventions and values. He defends those he loves, those he does allow into his world, with a loyalty bar none while never letting go of the notion that he is alone and being perfectly comfortable with that. I read one, and within two months read all 15 books with an appetite that couldn't get enough. Enough said, HR

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sloane Howell

    Reacher fights a man the size of Texas, and fires shotguns that could blow a drug tunnel to Mexico. What more can you ask for?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    2 stars for the back story. 4 stars for the rest. Another fun tough guy Reacher story. Several scenes where he takes out bad guys, my favorite parts. STORY BRIEF: Reacher thought he killed bad guy Quinn ten years ago. He recently saw Quinn on the street. He learns that FBI agents are trying to catch Quinn and Beck who work together. They believe Beck is into drug smuggling. Reacher gets hired by Beck and is now undercover. REVIEWER’S OPINION: There is a great scene in the beginning with Reacher thwa 2 stars for the back story. 4 stars for the rest. Another fun tough guy Reacher story. Several scenes where he takes out bad guys, my favorite parts. STORY BRIEF: Reacher thought he killed bad guy Quinn ten years ago. He recently saw Quinn on the street. He learns that FBI agents are trying to catch Quinn and Beck who work together. They believe Beck is into drug smuggling. Reacher gets hired by Beck and is now undercover. REVIEWER’S OPINION: There is a great scene in the beginning with Reacher thwarting a kidnaping attempt. There’s a fun scene later where Reacher kills two men with one stone. It weighed ten pounds. I still laugh when I think about it. What a tough guy. Ok so this is another typical Reacher story. It’s fun. It’s escapist. There are some really bad guys, and Reacher does them in. There were a few parts where I was thinking, don’t do that, or why are you doing that, or this is illogical. But it’s best if I try not to be too logical or analytical. Just enjoy it. It’s revenge, justice, and vigilantism. If civil and legal rights for bad guys are important to you, you may not like this. Even though I had a few grumbles about the book, as soon as I finished it, I went straight to the next one. These Reacher books keep me entertained and engaged. I did not like the way the author told the back story from ten years ago. I would have preferred the author tell it completely at the beginning of the book and then do the current day story without interruption. The back story was broken into about a dozen pieces, with little chunks thrown at us throughout the book. It was distracting and interrupting. At times I was confused until a character’s name was said which told me whether it was now or then. And, the back story was not very good. Also, I would have liked an epilogue to find out what happened to Beck and his family. THE SERIES: This is book 7 in the Jack Reacher series. I gave 4 or more stars to all of the first 6 books except for Running Blind, gave that one 2 ½. NARRATOR: The narrator Dick Hill was very good. DATA: Unabridged audiobook reading time: 13 hrs and 51 mins. Swearing language: moderate. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: one referred to not shown. Setting: late April, 2003, mostly Maine plus other east coast locations in the U.S. Book copyright: 2003. Genre: mystery suspense thriller. Ending: Good.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    Number 7 in the Jack Reacher series. Jack Reacher at his best, heart pumping thrills and spills from page one to the very end. Jack can't believe who he has just seen, someone that he killed ten years ago. Jack is quick enough to get the number plate of the car that the dead man just got into. He phones a friend that he knows in the military police to see if a trace can be put on the number plate. Not long after the FBI are knocking on Jack's door. Jack explains his interest in the number plate a Number 7 in the Jack Reacher series. Jack Reacher at his best, heart pumping thrills and spills from page one to the very end. Jack can't believe who he has just seen, someone that he killed ten years ago. Jack is quick enough to get the number plate of the car that the dead man just got into. He phones a friend that he knows in the military police to see if a trace can be put on the number plate. Not long after the FBI are knocking on Jack's door. Jack explains his interest in the number plate and the FBI explain to Jack their interest in same plate. Not to give too much away Jack and the FBI team up for the common good. A scenario is set in motion that gets Jack inside working for the criminals as a security guard. From this point on Jack is dancing with death for the next 400 pages. The tension is unrelenting and will, at times, leave you breathless. Whilst this number 7 in the series it can be read as a stand alone. Highly recommended.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    I thought Killing Floor was a fun novel that showed a lot of promise. Its sequel, Die Trying, had very genuinely good shit but also bloated horribly and killed the momentum with the FBI agent plotline. Tripwire had a shamefully obvious mystery and a glacial plot with flashes of true suspense. So I was not really jazzed on the Reacher series. But ever since I started them, I liked Child's overall style, pacing, and prose. But I gotta admit, when I saw Make Me on the shelf, I thought to myself Tha I thought Killing Floor was a fun novel that showed a lot of promise. Its sequel, Die Trying, had very genuinely good shit but also bloated horribly and killed the momentum with the FBI agent plotline. Tripwire had a shamefully obvious mystery and a glacial plot with flashes of true suspense. So I was not really jazzed on the Reacher series. But ever since I started them, I liked Child's overall style, pacing, and prose. But I gotta admit, when I saw Make Me on the shelf, I thought to myself That's some real shit. I took it home and had a blast with it. I knew I had finally gelled with Child. None of the early bloated, pointless sub-plots and minutiae were there. The probably-legally-obligated-to-existence cool, tough, smart and ruthless professional female interest was there, but she is, truly unfortunately, just one in a sea of many. But I did really enjoy it. So I went out to the store and found the most over-the-top sounding Reacher novel I could find. And that was Persuader. Essentially, Reacher hooks up with some, uh, you know, FBI, CIA or the standard Unidentified G-Men over a single enemy: Quinn. Suffice it to say that Reacher and Quinn were not bros, and good people died. However, Reacher spots this ancient (and long thought dead) enemy in a completely random event. The g-woman picks up Reacher's calling in old favors on Quinn's car, and asks him what the hell his interest is. Frankly, Reacher, of course being a 6'5, 250-pound modern day hedge knight on a quest to right wrongs, agrees to go on an undercover mission in Zachary Beck's fortress mansion to recover an agent who was sent in before before losing contact, but Beck is connected to Quinn and is involved in a mysterious illicit trade of some kind. Just to make it more epic, dude lives on a peninsula guarded by a huge wall and a giant, steroid-addled disgusting fuck named Paulie, so physically intimidating that Reacher admits Paulie's outsizing him "put him squarely in the freak category." This is the perfect Reacher book: truly vile villains that deserve Reacher's own brand of justice, several criminal conspiracies going on to be revealed, Child's stylistic, utilitarian elegance, and a fantastic and liberal deployment of true tension, as well as mysteries: Where's the missing agent? What really is Beck into? What happened with Reacher and Quinn back in the day? Sure, you know Reacher's gonna make it, but who else isn't? The action in the book is sharp, well choreographed, and visceral as hell. Not sure if there was a typically cookie cutter Reacher love story in this book (which I fucking hate, as it'd probably shave 50-100 pages from these typically 500-page books.) but I was very pleased with it, so I'm pretty sure there wasn't, or at least was super ignorable. I recommend those who consider this series to be vapid trash possibly give this book a shot. It's much better and tightly focused than the earlier Child books, and does even possess a bit of educational value (even if most of it's on lots of tough guy shit and gun-porn.)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Manuel Antão

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Shit, This Thing Is Selling Millions: "Persuader" by Lee Child   I’m taking two risks here by writing this review. The first risk sounds repetitive. I have the distinct impression that I’ve written about this in several of my previous texts. The second risk might be because you might incur a waste of my (and your) time by reading this diatribe. After reading one more Reacher book, I just had to write (again) about this.   Imagine the follo If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Shit, This Thing Is Selling Millions: "Persuader" by Lee Child   I’m taking two risks here by writing this review. The first risk sounds repetitive. I have the distinct impression that I’ve written about this in several of my previous texts. The second risk might be because you might incur a waste of my (and your) time by reading this diatribe. After reading one more Reacher book, I just had to write (again) about this.   Imagine the following dialogue with the author of this text: “Shit, this thing is selling millions. Anyone of us could have written it. I don’t believe we can put Lee Child on the same shelf along with some of Mervyn Peake's books, sadly being eaten away by moths.”   I agree that Peake's prose is much more enticing than Child’s or Meyer’s. Peake's reflections have much more inner depth. This would tempt us to say that Peake “has” more inherent quality than Child or Stephanie Meyer.   The rest of this diatribe can be found elsewhere.

  21. 5 out of 5

    ✨Susan✨

    Another exciting Jack Reacher adventure. Each time I pick one of these up on a Daily Deal I always think that it will be my last, but Lee Child has a great pen for action-adventure. In this addition Jack finds himself knee deep in a covert mission where he is to extract an under cover operative that is caught up in a drug opperation, however, all things are not what they may seem. When he infiltrates and gains the trust of some of the key players involved, he starts to realize that the whole con Another exciting Jack Reacher adventure. Each time I pick one of these up on a Daily Deal I always think that it will be my last, but Lee Child has a great pen for action-adventure. In this addition Jack finds himself knee deep in a covert mission where he is to extract an under cover operative that is caught up in a drug opperation, however, all things are not what they may seem. When he infiltrates and gains the trust of some of the key players involved, he starts to realize that the whole convoluted mission leads him back into his past. A lot of gun fights and the normal Reacher bravado, surrounded by some pretty interesting characters and a good, twisting plot. As always Dick Hill's narration added something extra to the story. I will be picking up the next Daily Deal in this series. It always keeps me wanting for more.

  22. 4 out of 5

    James Fearn

    Nice title. Easy read, not very challenging either. Plot was great. Written like this review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Jack Reacher books by Lee Child are like crack. The action is fast paced, the writing quick. The novels read like the fast paced action thrillers they are. I've read two of Child's Reacher novels (the first and the second) and while I wanted to read them in order my experience with them is that each is self contained. These are not sequential novels per se: one need not read the previous to understand the current. Begin a Reacher novel and you are instantly brought into a world that every ch The Jack Reacher books by Lee Child are like crack. The action is fast paced, the writing quick. The novels read like the fast paced action thrillers they are. I've read two of Child's Reacher novels (the first and the second) and while I wanted to read them in order my experience with them is that each is self contained. These are not sequential novels per se: one need not read the previous to understand the current. Begin a Reacher novel and you are instantly brought into a world that every child, at one point, has dreamed of entering. Reacher's world is singular, elusive, wandering. He's a man who roams from place to place, who stays almost completely off the grid, and yet somehow manages to get himself into the most remarkable amount of trouble. Persuader sucks in the reader from the first page, from the first line. "The cop climbed out of his car exactly four minutes before he got shot." At that moment, fourteen words into the novel, you know you'll only put this book down under extreme duress. I was lucky to have started this book on the final day of my trip to Mexico and had an extra three days before my wife went back to work in order to finish it. Still, reading it was an endurance test that Reacher himself would be proud of. In Persuader, our everyman hero finds himself working undercover in the house of a rug importer who may or may not be working with a man Reacher thought he had killed ten years before. For the first half of this breathless novel we discover nothing about the man Reacher is seeking other than he had done something very bad during Reacher's time as an army MP. As usual, Reacher is alone amid a sea of unknowns: who is a friend, who an enemy, and how long can he remain hidden in plain sight. Ostensibly he has no more than a week at the most to accomplish his goals. But this is a Lee Child novel. The sands of time will run out much quicker than Reacher would like. It's a pun for me to say he's lost in a sea of unknowns, because much of the action of the novel takes place in or around a mansion perched on the edge of the cold Atlantic on the outskirts of Portland, Maine. There Reacher has managed to get himself hired as a bodyguard. The action unfolds both slowly and rapidly as Reacher plays both sides of the fence and tries to save the real undercover federal agent who went missing weeks ago while uncovering the secrets of this mansion and the family who occupy it. It's hard to write too much about the story without giving anything away. I can say that I was completely drawn into the story until about 80% into the book when I was reading only to get the reading done. It was like running my first marathon: the beginning smooth and easy and fun and you feel like you can run forever, but when you hit mile 20 you don't want to pay attention to the scenery anymore, don't want to enjoy the run, you just want the thing to be over. Part of that feeling had to do with a few weeknesses in the plot itself. "They were glaring errors in our thinking and they all came back to haunt me." I can suspend much disbelief in the abilities of Jack Reacher, the tasks he can perform and the ordeals he can survive. But there are other aspects of the novel that are weaker. The bad guy, for example, who smartly had a very brief physical appearance. Quinn is talked about often but rarely seen and by the time we catch our first glimpse of him we already hate him, not for his actions but for the things we're told he has done without being told what those bad things were. In the end we discover the kind of monster he can be when we learn what he has done. And he does it again. Brutality that knows no bounds. Still, his reasons for doing what he did the first time seemed pretty thin. He was a petty criminal who got caught, but the way he is described in the novel makes him seem like the kind of man who has done that sort of thing repeatedly in his life. (Which he might have--perhaps that's the implication I didn't get.) It's a minor quibble and certainly one that did not detract from my sheer enjoyment of this novel. And learning a bit about the mystery man's past added an extra layer of thrill to this novel. I don't know how much about Reacher we learn in novels three through six but in this one we discover a little of his past and learn a little about what makes the man tick. In the end it is Reacher himself who tells us everything we really need to know about him. "I try to do the right thing. I think the reasons don't really matter. Whatever, I like to see the right thing done."

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Tenth chronologically in the Jack Reacher thriller series (and seventh publication-wise) revolving around a retired MP roaming the country and rescuing the threatened. What can I say? Reacher just hates "big smug people who think they can get away with things". My Take Reacher is hot for vengeance and talk about TENSION. Sneaky, too. A grand scheme to get Reacher inside the house so he can search for a missing agent. A plan with so many ways it could backfire…and it does in ways expected and not. D Tenth chronologically in the Jack Reacher thriller series (and seventh publication-wise) revolving around a retired MP roaming the country and rescuing the threatened. What can I say? Reacher just hates "big smug people who think they can get away with things". My Take Reacher is hot for vengeance and talk about TENSION. Sneaky, too. A grand scheme to get Reacher inside the house so he can search for a missing agent. A plan with so many ways it could backfire…and it does in ways expected and not. Duke's got some cheek, dissin' on Reacher just 'cause he killed a cop. I don't think his record holds up very well. These bad guys are careful, though. All sorts of tests to see what kind of man Reacher is. It was so clever how Reacher and his crew got around their "failsafes". Child certainly does give value for money, LOL! The situation inside the house is so twisted. Nothing is as it seems. Well, that's certainly something I've never considered. The fashion sense of drug dealers with the latest must-have jacket, shoes, or gun. Yeah...why didn't Reacher ever check out the mechanic? What does a "big girl's blouse" mean?? Yet another excellent Reacher tale---even though it's not my favorite. Whewwww. The Story It's a kidnapping. Smooth, clean until Jack Reacher steps in to interfere, but it all goes to hell when he accidentally shoots a cop. The kid's safe and Reacher just wants to dump the kid at the nearest bus station as soon as possible. Sooner if he can. He's gotta get outta town before the cop's body is found. Richard, however, panics. He can't. It isn't safe. Please. He promises that his father will keep him safe. He'll help. Just get him home. Just the way they planned it. The Characters Jack Reacher retired from the army a few years ago when they were shrinking it down. He'd never had the opportunity to see the country he protected. Now he hitchhikes or takes the bus wherever his fancy strikes. Always there is someone in need of Reacher's kind of help. Richard Beck is terrified of being kidnapped again. Elizabeth Beck is his mother, a housewife with much bigger concerns. His father, Zachary Beck, is a rug importer. Meeting a big player from L.A. which brings him onto the DEA's radar. Duke is in charge of the Becks' security. Angel Doll is more security and more dangerous with his inquiring mind. Paulie is the security on the gate and way bigger than Reacher and no sense of pain. Only, he takes a lot of liberties and doesn't seem to actually work for Beck. And he has got a hard-on for Reacher. Harley is also security who doesn't work for Beck. Cold bastard. Susan Duffy and Steven Eliot are DEA. Tipped off through Reacher's request for a friend to run a plate. They'd like to make a deal with Reacher to help them rescue a colleague, Teresa Daniels. Terry Villanueva is the member of the team who played cop. Francis Xavier Quinn was a traitor whom Reacher thought he'd killed. A lieutenant colonel working in Military Intelligence and specializing in the Middle East. Smart. Ruthless. A butcher. Dominique Kohl was a promising sergeant first class. Smart, intuitive. And Reacher refused to sleep with her since he was her CO. Lieutenant Anthony Frasconi is working with Kohl. He's solid, but not too bright. Gorowski is the traitor they're watching. The Cover and Title The cover is the reader looking through a windshield damaged from a single point of impact. The view is of a long lonely highway, flat land on either side of it, and either a mountain range or a forest in the distance. The title refers to the gun Reacher and company discover in Beck's warehouse, a Persuader. And from the sound of it, it only takes one shot.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hobart

    It's really hard to say something about a Jack Reacher book--in a very real sense, if you've read one, you've read 'em all (maybe this changes after book 7, but I doubt it). But dang it all if you don't come back for more and more and more--like Pringles, or Fritos, etc. Great action; totally outlandish, but (in the moment definitely) believable plot; lots of testosterone-y fun. Two things I'd like to mention about this book. First, there's this fad in TV lately where you watch a scene or two at It's really hard to say something about a Jack Reacher book--in a very real sense, if you've read one, you've read 'em all (maybe this changes after book 7, but I doubt it). But dang it all if you don't come back for more and more and more--like Pringles, or Fritos, etc. Great action; totally outlandish, but (in the moment definitely) believable plot; lots of testosterone-y fun. Two things I'd like to mention about this book. First, there's this fad in TV lately where you watch a scene or two at the top of the show, and then the chyron flashes "X days earlier" and you get to see how events led up to this, and even get a better picture of what happened. It's a tired and overused gimmick. But in '03 when this was published, it wasn't. And even if it was tired then, Child does it right, and I would've been totally on board with it then. Great hook to begin the book. Really great. Secondly, I couldn't help but be impressed with the way that Child laid out Reacher's motivation to hunt down this particular criminal in bits and pieces, scattered throughout the present day action. Sure, it was predictable after a certain point, but it was skillfully done. Giving Reacher the proper motivation each time to go after the baddie has to be a struggle, especially since it has to be sufficient motivation to get him to perform superhuman tasks. This was one of Child's best efforts in that regard. One more thing that I just thought of--since Parker's God Save the Child and The Judas Goat I've been a sucker for a fight between big, tough hero and impossibly huge, strong, psychotic villain, and the one here delivers the goods in spades. Loved it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    It's nice to see a recurring character series where the author isn't afraid to take narrative risks - in this case altering his established structural style by using a parallel flashback storyline.** ** I used this exact same review for Another Man's Moccasins, the 4th book in the Longmire series. Lee Child did it half a decade earlier (and I'd be surprised if he was the first) but its just as impressive, and just as well done.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Audible. I listened to the end, so I must give it at least two stars. Interested in getting a sense of genre fiction. REacher the hero. Mainly the lonely guy, can't see much else here. Lover. Loyal. A certain ethic about who it's okay to slaughter. A long painful history your'e supposed to care about. Can't even count all of the folks he kills in the book. The main evil guy he kills twice, pretty clever I suppose--once in the flashback but obviously not really and once in the present of the stor Audible. I listened to the end, so I must give it at least two stars. Interested in getting a sense of genre fiction. REacher the hero. Mainly the lonely guy, can't see much else here. Lover. Loyal. A certain ethic about who it's okay to slaughter. A long painful history your'e supposed to care about. Can't even count all of the folks he kills in the book. The main evil guy he kills twice, pretty clever I suppose--once in the flashback but obviously not really and once in the present of the story. In both ladies he beds and also "mentors" or supports. And tries to save, sometimes succesful sometimes not, that helps propels the story. Failure to save the damsel. Why do I read to the end. I'm propelled by a plot. And also just interested in how folks write novels that make them rich and popular. The violence here just wasn't balanced by something in terms of social or psychology that some novels aspire too. Don't think I'll read that many more Childs. But I did listen to the whole thing. . . . . .

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    And here we go again. Jack is (in this volume) the ex-MP (as opposed to the books where we get stories during his time as active duty MP). The book opens with a scene that sets up our story and leaves us wondering in what "our hero" is involved. What is happening has to do with JR seeing someone from his past, someone who is supposed dead. As a matter of fact Reacher had no doubts he was dead (view spoiler)[ as Jack shot him...in the head. (hide spoiler)] From here Reacher gets sucked into a...we And here we go again. Jack is (in this volume) the ex-MP (as opposed to the books where we get stories during his time as active duty MP). The book opens with a scene that sets up our story and leaves us wondering in what "our hero" is involved. What is happening has to do with JR seeing someone from his past, someone who is supposed dead. As a matter of fact Reacher had no doubts he was dead (view spoiler)[ as Jack shot him...in the head. (hide spoiler)] From here Reacher gets sucked into a...well into stuff and if I say what it would constitute a major or several major spoiler/spoilers. So , I won't say more except that this is a pretty good book. As with the other Reacher books I could be a little picky about some logical flaws but aside from that we get what is usually called a "rollicking good adventure". As always good reliable storytelling so...you know..enjoy.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Riju Ganguly

    Books can cause real pain. As the world beyond the room goes silently into the embrace of Morpheus, hapless guys stuck with an unputdownable read, keep rubbing their eyes, and carry on. It happens whenever a Jack Reacher novel gets picked up by me. It happens especially if Reacher has some unfinished business, that must be settled NOW. Because, right then the book becomes an unfinished business, and I become Jack Reacher. Unfortunately, the climax of this book came as a massive disappointment. Pr Books can cause real pain. As the world beyond the room goes silently into the embrace of Morpheus, hapless guys stuck with an unputdownable read, keep rubbing their eyes, and carry on. It happens whenever a Jack Reacher novel gets picked up by me. It happens especially if Reacher has some unfinished business, that must be settled NOW. Because, right then the book becomes an unfinished business, and I become Jack Reacher. Unfortunately, the climax of this book came as a massive disappointment. Prior to that, the vicious and bloody narrative had pushed me to the edge like a true sadist, but then..... Great beginning. Awesome arc of characters and story developed over hundreds of pages. Just don't read the last forty odd pages, and imagine the conclusion yourself. That would be better.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andy Knights

    I loved this book. It kept me gripped from beginning to end. One of the best so far in the series.

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