Friday, April 4, 2014

61 Hours by Lee Child

The fans of Lee Child's Jack Reacher series are among the most devoted in all of series novels. On the surface, Reacher seems an unbelievable character--in addition to being frighteningly intelligent and strong, he is a Christ-like figure with his refusal to own any possessions and his devotion to charity.

While these characteristics would seem to make a character into a caricature, in Child's capable hands, Reacher becomes not only real but extremely likable.

And while Child has created a character that has a legion of fans, his writing is also in the first rate of thriller writers.

In 61 Hours, Reacher has hitched a ride on a tour bus traveling through the northern tier of states during the coldest time of the year. Of course, the bus crashes and the elderly tourist are saved by Reacher and the local police. While stranded in a small town in South Dakota, Reacher is enlisted by the locals to solve an international crime that reaches from South Dakota to Mexico and Russia via the CIA and the Pentagon.

Child's Reacher books have been described as "airport thrillers." And while I suspect those critics mean that as an insult, I think it is a great description--the books are fast moving, exciting and well written with believable characters that the reader cares about. If you like thrillers and haven't discovered Jack Reacher, do yourself a favor and pick up any of the books.

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