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Jack Reacher hunts the hunter in the third novel in Lee
Child’s New York Times bestselling
series.

Ex military policeman Jack Reacher is enjoying the
lazy anonymity of Key West when a stranger shows up asking for him.
He’s got a lot of questions. Reacher does too, especially after
the guy turns up dead. The answers lead Reacher on a cold trail back to
New York, to the tenuous confidence of an alluring woman, and the
dangerous corners of his own past.

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May 26, 2010

This isn't a review, because I just started reading this book, but I couldn't help sharing my irritation.

I like Lee Child's storytelling skills, and Jack Reacher is a fun character to read about.

Unfortunately, his prose is like fingernails on a chalkboard. Most irritating of all, it's not irredeemably bad, it just needs a good editor. Who is Lee Child's editor? Does he even have one?

For instance:

"Are you Jack Reacher?" the guy asked for the third time.
Reacher set his bottle on the table and This isn't a review, because I just started reading this book, but I couldn't help sharing my irritation.

I like Lee Child's storytelling skills, and Jack Reacher is a fun character to read about.

Unfortunately, his prose is like fingernails on a chalkboard. Most irritating of all, it's not irredeemably bad, it just needs a good editor. Who is Lee Child's editor? Does he even have one?

For instance:

"Are you Jack Reacher?" the guy asked for the third time.
Reacher set his bottle on the table and shook his head.
"No," he lied.

We, the readers, are fully aware this man is Reacher, because we've been told so at least a dozen times in the past three pages. "He lied" is unnecessary and stupid. It would have had more impact had Child simply written "No," he said."

"Who wants him?" Reacher asked.
"My client," Costello said. "Lady called Mrs. Jacob."
Reacher sipped water. The name meant nothing to him. Jacob? Never heard of any such person.

The line "Jacob? Never heard of any such person," should be deleted from the page, burned, and flushed down the toilet.

A few pages later, Reacher enjoys a "steak that hung off both sides of the plate at once."

Is there any way for a steak to hang off both sides of a plate not at once? Are these two, irritating little words there to ensure we know that this isn't one of those steaks that hangs off both sides of the plate, but not at the same time, because it has legs and walks back and forth?

I could go on and on, but I won't. Tough guy characters need tough-guy prose. To properly craft terse, tough-guy prose, Child needs a good editor. He doesn't have one.

--update--

OK, I finished. Of the first three novels about Jack Reacher, this was far and away my least favorite. Besides the poorly edited, hackneyed prose, the story takes forever to get going. The first two Reacher books both have slam-bang openings that carry the reader through some of the more boring bits, but this one doesn't, which makes all the repeated verbs and interminably long descriptions of people doing things harder to get through. The first 200 pages could have been edited down to 75, and pages 200-400 could have been edited down to 100. The climactic 150 pages are pretty good, but it takes too long to get there. The first two Reacher books weren't great, but they weren't boring. Unfortunately this one is. It could have been a tight 325-page thriller, but it's a bloated 550-page snoozer. Comparisons to Hammett and Chandler are way off. If anything, Lee Child is a higher quality Don Pendleton. ...more
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May 07, 2018

Somewhere on Lee Child’s desk there is a formula that looks something like this:

1. Remind the reader that Jack Reacher is an ex-MP drifter; he’s tall and strong and dangerous – a tough guy’s tough guy, damn near bullet proof.

2. Through no fault of his own, and without looking for trouble, Reacher gets in trouble.

3. There will be a pretty woman and she will be attracted to Reacher.

4. Create a sadistic bastard as an antagonist.

5. Construct a thriller with mystery elements to keep the pages Somewhere on Lee Child’s desk there is a formula that looks something like this:

1. Remind the reader that Jack Reacher is an ex-MP drifter; he’s tall and strong and dangerous – a tough guy’s tough guy, damn near bullet proof.

2. Through no fault of his own, and without looking for trouble, Reacher gets in trouble.

3. There will be a pretty woman and she will be attracted to Reacher.

4. Create a sadistic bastard as an antagonist.

5. Construct a thriller with mystery elements to keep the pages turning.

6. Reacher kicks ass.

7. Submit to publisher.

8. Pick up royalties check.

9. Repeat steps 1 through 8.

And I’m not complaining. It works and is fun to read. This time around we find Reacher doing some manual labor in the Keys, getting tanned and even more Hulk-like when an investigator comes looking for him. He follows the trouble up to New York, kicks ass, does some good, works on solving problems, gets the girl, kicks some more ass and then the denouement. The villain in Tripwire is an especially nasty and unlikeable cretin - with a hook for a hand! - and we get to see some military intrigue and some Vietnam secrets revealed.

As in other Reacher novels, there is a fair amount of unbelievability, but we’re having fun so where’s the harm? In this one, most veterans will have a few eye roiling moments and there was one military scene that was almost laughable and made me consider that maybe British writer Child was confusing English bureaucracy with ours.

One of the joys of reading fiction is discovering new characters and one of the even greater joys is finding a character who steals the show. In film parlance, this is usually a supporting actor or actress but can even be a scene stealing bit player with only a few lines. Estelle Reiner in When Harry Met Sally did just that when she famously stated, “I’ll have what she’s having.” Supporting actor Christian Bale took over “The Fighter” and I actually had to look up the star of that film – Mark Wahlberg – because Bale’s performance was all I could remember. Likewise, Joe Pesci’s performance stands out in Goodfellas, more so than De Niro or Ray Liotta. And I cannot forget John Goodman’s portrayal of Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski, nor the actor who won the Academy that same year in the best supporting actor category for his role in Good Will Hunting – Robin Williams.

So we come to this show stealer, Marilyn Stone. With enough lines to garner her a nod from the Academy, she did more than steal a scene or two; I began to look forward to her scenes as Child drew her as tough and resourceful as a certain 6’5 former MP. Child’s characterization and dialogue are usually good and with Mrs. Stone, he outdid himself.

Another fun outing and Reacher fans will enjoy.

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Nov 23, 2016

My reading record for Lee Child’s Reacher series hasn’t been stellar – The first book in the series, and the second of the two I had read, was a dreadful regurgitation of genre clichés and one of the worst books I’ve ever read. The other book (#7), which comes later in the series was better – entertaining enough, and if the reader gets past the asshat-clever, narrative tomfoolery, not a bad read.

So why continue with the series?

The trailer for the second Reacher movie starring Tom Cruise looked My reading record for Lee Child’s Reacher series hasn’t been stellar – The first book in the series, and the second of the two I had read, was a dreadful regurgitation of genre clichés and one of the worst books I’ve ever read. The other book (#7), which comes later in the series was better – entertaining enough, and if the reader gets past the asshat-clever, narrative tomfoolery, not a bad read.

So why continue with the series?

The trailer for the second Reacher movie starring Tom Cruise looked promising, so…

This book, number three in the collection and the third one I’ve read will be closing the chapter on Child’s Reacher books.



Much was made of the size differential between Tiny Tom Cruise and the Reacher character – Reacher is 6’5” or something and Cruise comes in at 3’11” soaking wet, yet with CGI tricks, smoke and mirrors, a well-placed soap box, the casting of midgets, and some acting chops, Cruise does manage to give the character some gravitas, a certain real human being-like quality that Child can’t seem to carry off in the books. The only book that worked for me (#7) was told via first person and Reacher didn’t come across as a walking cardboard sieve. Maybe that narrative device is something Child should employ more.

The story:

Greedy, evil, loan shark villain has a detective killed who had come in search of Reacher, who happened to be keeping a low profile as a shirtless bouncer in a strip club. This evil deed messes with Reacher’s world order and he goes to track down greedy, evil, loan shark dude and runs into a woman he lusted after when he was twenty-four and she was fifteen. Insert sexual tension that drags on for hundreds of pages.

Reacher, as written here, is a character that I simply can’t invest my time in. In another life, he was an army cop, yet his deductive skills seem to come out of nowhere, without reason, logic or a clue as to how a conclusion was drawn. He’s a mannequin that I just hoped would do something – beat on thugs or get in a shootout, instead, I get bogged down in Child’s lifeless prose.

Say what you will about Robert B. Parker’s terse writing style (he could write the Spenser books on the head of a pin), you never failed to get a sense of what the main character was about in fifty words or less. This is the third Reacher book and I still don’t have a clear picture as to what makes the guy tick. He’s handy with his fists, weapons and the ladies, but beyond that….

Bad guy math-Reacher version:



+ more scars

– right hand

+ hook

+/- sinisterish bad guy patter

- Nehru jacket

– pussycat = Child's cheesy villain

If you’re a Reacher fan and believe that there’s a four star book (or another three star book) out there, I don’t want to know about it and maybe we shouldn’t have lunch. ;) ...more
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Sep 25, 2018

“What kind of book is this?” he asked.

I thought about the answer to that a moment.

“What kind of book is this?” he asked again.

There are many ways to respond to that question. I should think about this for a second longer.

“What kind of book is this?” he asked a third time.

It’s the kind of book that has somebody repeating questions a whole bunch of times while other characters ponder things so if you’re already irritated you should probably avoid it.

Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher has been “What kind of book is this?” he asked.

I thought about the answer to that a moment.

“What kind of book is this?” he asked again.

There are many ways to respond to that question. I should think about this for a second longer.

“What kind of book is this?” he asked a third time.

It’s the kind of book that has somebody repeating questions a whole bunch of times while other characters ponder things so if you’re already irritated you should probably avoid it.

Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher has been living in Key West where he’s earning a living digging swimming pools, and his idea of a good time is drinking a bunch of mineral water. (No, seriously.) Reacher has no interest in disrupting his quiet routine, but when a private investigator comes around looking for him it kicks off a chain of events which eventually lead Reacher into digging up the secrets of a murderous man in New York City with a dark history that leads back to the Vietnam War.

My experience with this series is weird. I hated the first book, but people I trust told me the series gets much better. Then I saw the Jack Reacher movie and enjoyed it quite a bit so I tried the second book, and it was OK but still didn’t blow my hair back. So here I am trying the third one, and it had about two dozen things that made me roll my eyes. Yet I didn’t absolutely hate it.

I get the appeal of these. The idea of the manliest man to ever walk the face of the earth randomly stumbling into adventures is fun if you like a certain style of action thriller. Child has made big improvements in these early books already like moving from first person to third means that I don’t have Reacher himself telling me how awesome he is on every page. Plus, he’s scaled back the idea that Reacher is a Sherlock Holmes level of detective genius who can make incredible leaps based on the slimmest of clues.

The core story here is pretty good, but as with the first couple of books there’s a constant parade of things that are just so ridiculous or outright stupid that they take me out of the story. One of the biggies is that the main villain in this is a complete cartoon sadist straight out of James Bond with a burned and scarred face as well as a hook used in place of an amputated hand, and it’s so far over the top that it’s hard to take him or the book seriously.

There’s also a very icky subplot where Reacher reconnects with the daughter of his old Army mentor who has recently died. Jodie was a teenage girl, and Reacher was in his mid- twenties when they were around each other back in the day. Yet it becomes very clear that they both had that the hots for each other, and they both still have these old feelings. Child spends a lot of time justifying and rationalizing this plot, and yeah, now they’re both adults and nothing physical happened when she was underage. But it’s just so unnecessary to play it this way.

Why couldn’t Jodie have been in college and Reacher only a few years older when they met and were attracted to each other? Then it’s not an issue at all and makes Reacher far less creepy. (The only thing I can think of is that Child had a Hollywood idea of what a couple in this kind of story looks like, and god forbid we have a lady over thirty hooking up with the hero even though he’s pushing forty himself.)

Another thing is that the book constantly contradicts itself and then goes out of its way to underline that it’s doing so in the most forehead slapping way possible. For example, at one point Reacher thought he knew how some thugs would come after him and Jodie. Yet they use a different tactic which takes him by surprise and almost works. Afterword, Reacher calmly notes that he hadn’t thought about them doing that which was almost a fatal mistake. Yet later in the book when it looks like an assumption that he made was wrong Reacher has a complete meltdown about it where he bemoans the loss of his once perfect record at following his hunches and wonders what he’s supposed to do in life now that his skills have so obviously failed him. So Reacher shrugs off making an error that almost gets them killed, and yet when a blue sky guess he made that has no immediate potential impact looks like it might be wrong he falls apart.

There’s lots more like that, but I’m going to spoiler tag these next few. I’m not giving up the ending, just some things that happen along the way. (view spoiler)[

I mentioned at the start of this review how Child had a habit of characters repeating questions constantly. Reacher is as bad as anyone else in the book about making people ask the same question over and over without answering as well as repeating himself multiple times. In fact, at a climatic point in the book when someone has called him with critical information Child has Reacher asks this person to explain it to him FOUR TIMES to be sure he understands it.

Then in the next chapter Reacher has beaten up a bad guy that he desperately needs information from. He essentially tells the guy to help him or die. The bad guy refuses. Reacher again states that the guy will either help him or die. Then Reacher remembers how his mentor once told him, “Ask once. Ask twice if you have to, but by God never ask a third time!” And so he immediately breaks this guy's neck.

I guess it’s a good thing Reacher decided to ignore that rule when he made someone repeat themselves FOUR TIMES in the previous chapter or else he might have had to kill himself on the spot.

Another example, at one point Reacher and Jodie do some traveling as part of their investigation. First they go to St. Louis where Reacher makes buddies with an Army guy named Conrad in charge of a records department. This leads them to Dallas, and the next clue makes Reacher insist that they have to go to Hawaii even though Jodie has to be back in New York the following day for her job. (They have been attacked by bad guys so it does make sense that Reacher doesn’t want her traveling alone.) This trip involves a whole lot of airline miles, and only gives them four hours in Honolulu before having to jump on another plane back to New York.

There is absolutely no reason that they couldn’t go to New York to keep Jodie’s appointment first, and then fly to Honolulu. There is a clock on the bad guy’s side of things, but Reacher doesn’t know that. There’s no logical story reason for him to demand that they go to Hawaii right that second, but that’s what Child needs for the plot to work so that’s what they do.

In Hawaii they meet an old Army friend of Reacher’s and eventually some information is gathered in another ridiculous scene where the guy at first won’t tell him anything because it’s classified, then he makes Reacher deduce a few things from looking at some recovered remains of servicemen, and then he just goes ahead and tells them the whole story anyhow. Then they jump on a plane to New York. After arriving there Reacher gets some more information which causes him to say, “I have to go back to St. Louis.”

What we learn later as part of the twist at the climactic moment is that Reacher doesn’t actually go to St. Louis but is still in New York. Why didn’t he go? And this is the actual quote in the book: “Why fly himself all the way down there when there were telephones, and he had already built a working relationship with Conrad?”

So the guy who made another person fly from Dallas to Honolulu to New York just to meet with an old friend of his for four hours suddenly realizes that telephones exist and that he can call up people to get information on them, particularly if you actually know the person at the other end of the line.

And you can’t even say that Reacher viewing the remains in Honolulu was critical because he just figures out what his old buddy already knew, and that’s not even the really important part of the story. The classified stuff that the guy finally gives up is the key stuff. Which he could have done OVER THE GODDAMN TELEPHONE!

Jesus wept. (hide spoiler)]

There’s another factor that made me cringe a few times while reading, but this wasn’t Child's fault. The book was published in 1999, and the main villain has an office in the World Trade Center which is where a lot of the action takes place. Plus, at one point Reacher pays cash an airline ticket to New York using a fake name. Those were big reminders that the world was a very different place back then, and while there’s no way Child could have known what was coming it does give the book an uncomfortable vibe at times.

There are other nitpicks to make, but these are the major ones that took what started out as a very solid action thriller/mystery and turned into a hot mess. Child has storytelling skills, and at their best these books are a hoot. But did no editor every look at this and suggest some changes that would tighten up the story and keep him from highlighting the things that don’t make sense? It would have helped a lot. ...more
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Mar 23, 2010

After tangling with an extremist militia group in far northwestern Montana in his last outing, the third Jack Reacher novel finds the ex-MP digging swimming pools in Key West--about as far away from Northwestern Montana as one can get without leaving the United States. When a private investigator from New York named Costello shows up in Key West looking for him, Reacher has no idea who might have sent the guy looking for him or for what purpose, and so he tells Costello that he never heard of After tangling with an extremist militia group in far northwestern Montana in his last outing, the third Jack Reacher novel finds the ex-MP digging swimming pools in Key West--about as far away from Northwestern Montana as one can get without leaving the United States. When a private investigator from New York named Costello shows up in Key West looking for him, Reacher has no idea who might have sent the guy looking for him or for what purpose, and so he tells Costello that he never heard of Jack Reacher.

Reacher is also working as security at a strip club and that same night two extremely unpleasant-looking guys come in looking for Jack Reacher. Again, Reacher denies knowing the guy. But then Costello, the P.I., turns up murdered with his fingertips cut off, and Reacher decides he'd better hightail it to New York to figure out what's going on here.

He quickly discovers that the client who hired Costello was none other than Reacher's old Army mentor and close friend, General Leon Garber. But Garber has just died and Reacher arrives as the funeral is underway. Garber's deliciously beautiful daughter, Jodie, tells Reacher that her father had been looking into the case of an MIA from the Vietnam War. The man, Victor Hobie, was piloting a helicopter that crashed in an inaccessible mountain region, and everyone on board was presumed dead, even though their remains were not recovered. For some reason, though, the military refuses to acknowledge Hobie as MIA, and they will not put his name on the memorial wall in Washington, D.C. Hobie's elderly parents are still grieving and Garber was attempting to resolve the mystery for them. Naturally, Reacher will take up the crusade.

Meanwhile, in New York City, a nasty corporate loan shark named "Hook" Hobie has gotten his hooks, literally and figuratively, into a desperate businessman named Chester Stone, who badly needs eleven million bucks on a short-term loan in order to save his company. Stone has no inkling that Hobie has every intention of stripping him of everything he possesses, right down to his boxer shorts.

Inevitably, of course, these two stories will intersect in a massive and very inventive climax. Along the way, there will be lots of action and violence and Reacher will have to be on top of his game all the way along. "Hook" Hobie is truly a deliciously nasty villain and, all in all, Tripwire is a lot of fun.

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Jun 25, 2016

4.75/5

There wasn’t as much action in this book as there was in the previous one, but it was full of suspense which helped move the story right along. The investigation was incredibly intense and thrilling. It kept me wondering and guessing almost up until the end.

The author did it to me again! On the one hand, I really wanted to know the truth after being kept in suspense, but on the other hand, I didn’t want to turn the next page because I was too afraid something very bad would happen to those 4.75/5

There wasn’t as much action in this book as there was in the previous one, but it was full of suspense which helped move the story right along. The investigation was incredibly intense and thrilling. It kept me wondering and guessing almost up until the end.

The author did it to me again! On the one hand, I really wanted to know the truth after being kept in suspense, but on the other hand, I didn’t want to turn the next page because I was too afraid something very bad would happen to those characters. Oh, my poor nerves!

Although the ending wasn’t an earth-shattering surprise, I can tell that it was a very ingenious plot twist. Tripwire is another one of my favorites in this series. I really did enjoy it!
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Feb 21, 2017

Tripwire (Jack Reacher #3), Lee Child
Tripwire is the third book in the Jack Reacher series written in the third person, by Lee Child. It was published in 1999 by Putnam in America and Bantam in the United Kingdom.
Jack Reacher, ex-military policeman relaxed in Key West until Costello turned up dead. The amiable PI was hired in New York by the daughter of Reacher's mentor and former commanding officer, General Garber. Garber's investigation into a Vietnam MIA (Missing in action) sets Reacher on Tripwire (Jack Reacher #3), Lee Child
Tripwire is the third book in the Jack Reacher series written in the third person, by Lee Child. It was published in 1999 by Putnam in America and Bantam in the United Kingdom.
Jack Reacher, ex-military policeman relaxed in Key West until Costello turned up dead. The amiable PI was hired in New York by the daughter of Reacher's mentor and former commanding officer, General Garber. Garber's investigation into a Vietnam MIA (Missing in action) sets Reacher on collision with hand-less "Hook" Hobie, hours away from his biggest score.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و دوم ژوئن سال 2016 میلادی
عنوان: قلاب - کتاب 03 - از سری جک ریچر؛ نویسنده: لی چایلد؛ مترجم: محمد عباس آبادی؛ تهران، تندیس، 1393؛ در 551 ص؛ شابک: 9786001821356؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان بریتانیائی - سده 20 م
در سومین کتاب، از سری: «جک ریچر»، با عنوان: « قلاب»، که در سال 1999 میلادی، به قلم «لی چایلد»، نویسنده ‌ی بریتانیایی نگاشته شده است، «جک ریچر»، در یکی از جزایر «فلوریدا»، به نام: «کی وست»، از گمنامی خود لذت می‌برد، که سر و کله‌ ی مردی غریبه، برای یافتن او پیدا می‌شود. مرد پرسشهای بسیاری دارد. او ساعاتی بعد می‌میرد، و «ریچر»، مجبور می‌شود، رد او را به سمت «نیویورک» دنبال کند، تا افرادی را که او را فرستاده ‌اند پیدا نماید. ا. شربیانی ...more
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Jan 08, 2017

I'll be honest with you..I enjoy reading thriller books but I don't know how to write reviews for them so if you're looking for an extensive analysis of this book I'm sorry to disappoint you.

I've read second half of the book in one sitting so it is suffice to say that it was very interesting. Not much action scenes in this one but it was filled with suspense and intriguing investigations with a very well executed plot twist.
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Oct 04, 2018

Tripwire is the third novel in the Jack Reacher series. For those who are not familiar with this character, Reacher is an-ex major in Military Police of the US Army. After losing his job due to downsizing, he leads the life of a vagabond, never living in the same place for long. In fact, he has gone off the grid.

Now what really makes Reacher someone special? He is Sherlock Holmes – John Rambo combined!!

Reacher is living as a swimming pool digger and minding his own business, when a private Tripwire is the third novel in the Jack Reacher series. For those who are not familiar with this character, Reacher is an-ex major in Military Police of the US Army. After losing his job due to downsizing, he leads the life of a vagabond, never living in the same place for long. In fact, he has gone off the grid.

Now what really makes Reacher someone special? He is Sherlock Holmes – John Rambo combined!!

Reacher is living as a swimming pool digger and minding his own business, when a private detective comes looking for him. And very soon – yes, you have guessed it! – the detective is tortured to death, and thus begins the adventure.

The detective had been hired by Reacher’s old friend and commanding officer’s beautiful daughter Jodie. Garber had been conducting an investigation into a MIA American soldier in Vietnam, and now Reacher and Jodie must continue.

This book is escapist fiction at its very best! The action, mystery, suspense and twists would keep you hooked. There are other sub-plots which are equally entertaining to a thriller lover. You just need to - borrowing the clichéd phrase- suspend your disbelief, that’s all.

I really liked the villain in this novel. He is cunning, psychotic and has extraordinary mental strength and physical prowess. A worthy adversary to our hero!

My recommendation – if you want to while away some time with a action-packed thriller, then you can pick it up.
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Feb 13, 2017

A more realistic book, in comparison to all the very unrealistic things he does in this series. It's probably because this plot follows more of a crime show storyline of detective work by Reacher and lady vs the previous books he was in situations without all the info or a way to investigate through normal channels.

The story starts off with some guys finding Jack in the Florida Keys where he's been living and digging swimming pools. One guy is killed by two other guys and Jack investigates it A more realistic book, in comparison to all the very unrealistic things he does in this series. It's probably because this plot follows more of a crime show storyline of detective work by Reacher and lady vs the previous books he was in situations without all the info or a way to investigate through normal channels.

The story starts off with some guys finding Jack in the Florida Keys where he's been living and digging swimming pools. One guy is killed by two other guys and Jack investigates it because he feels guilty. It leads him to the home of his former mentor, Garber, and it's his funeral. He reconnects with Garber's daughter, who's the female lead for this book. The mystery is left to Reacher and Jodie by Garber, about a missing Vietnam soldier. The MIA soldier's parents were friends of Garber's and sought his help to finally find out what happened to their son.

Reacher knows there's more going on than meets the eye due to the multiple attacks of violence upon his person and Jodie's. Kind of a giveaway. They set out to finish what Garber started concerning the missing soldier and hopefully figure out who's out for them as well.

I think what I liked best about this book was the more usual format of doing detective work and plotting ahead what you're going to look up next vs reacting to a situation (how the other books were). Maybe it's because I'm a fan of crime shows and like that procedural element or maybe it's due to it being a change of pace.

The second thing that seemed to define this book was Reacher not having full confidence about everything. He seems more human in this and at the same time even more awesome than regular humans. It looks like he's wrong about a lot of things and he still keeps at it, like a sledgehammer.

Very good ending and leaves a lot open for the next book. ...more
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May 10, 2018

3-star. My somewhat lacklustre review follows:

This could have been 4 stars, if not for the repetitive and excessively overwritten sections.

Wow, the prose has improved a lot since books 1 and 2. More economical, better rhythm. ... but a different rookie mistake: Changing viewpoint between Reacher and thugs every paragraph. Sucks the tension and pacing right out of it"

And the economical prose doesn't last. The last half of the book has lots of car and plane rides with uber-detail of seats and 3-star. My somewhat lacklustre review follows:

This could have been 4 stars, if not for the repetitive and excessively overwritten sections.

Wow, the prose has improved a lot since books 1 and 2. More economical, better rhythm. ... but a different rookie mistake: Changing viewpoint between Reacher and thugs every paragraph. Sucks the tension and pacing right out of it"

And the economical prose doesn't last. The last half of the book has lots of car and plane rides with uber-detail of seats and steering and baloney to fill pages. Ugh.

The climax is badly overwritten.

(The woman blushes only once in this book)

Okay, don't get too excited now. According to Child, Reacher is 6' 5" and about 250 lbs of hard muscle. This is what that might look like.



On Jodie's apartment wall, painting by Piet Mondrian
Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow (1930)

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I really like how Child presents and develops the character of Marilyn Stone. Very smart and capable. Another strong female character !

Reacher's gun (this book)
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Child still has a tendency to slip into excessive detail now and then. I bet he loves to blather on and on at parties.

Hobie looks out the window of an apartment in Manhattan and thinks this UTTERLY RIDICULOUS thought:
The Twin Towers looked shorter than they should, because of the curvature of the earth.
Where did Child get this? OMG stooopid.

Jodie calls a hotel, a new experience for Reacher.
He had never called a hotel. The places he stayed always had a room, no matter when. They were delirious if their occupancy rates ever made it above 50 per cent.

The hotel was a medium-sized old mansion set on a wide quiet street lined with chestnut trees. It had a big door painted shiny black and oak floors the colour of honey. Reception was an antique mahogany desk standing alone in the corner of the hallway. Reacher stared at it. The places he normally stayed, reception was behind a wire grille or boxed in with bulletproof plexiglas.

Lazy writing, plot event failure, stoopid AGAIN...
(view spoiler)[ I totally don't buy that Reacher would tell a total stranger so much private personal info over Jodie's cellphone. (hide spoiler)]

60% done
The figured out the secret mystery. (view spoiler)[ “Hobie” NYC version stole Victor Hobie's identity tags in Viet Nam (hide spoiler)]


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Jan 08, 2013

I'm reading the Reacher series in order from 1 to whatever and this is my third. Loved #1. Liked #2. Not happy with #3. On the positive side, I read it pretty quickly and was just interested enough in the story that I didn't quit and throw it back on the shelf. That being said, this story was a pale comparison to the first two.

I have several criticisms of this book, some major and some minor. On the minor side, the prose was suspect, redundant and often lazy. As some other reviewers have I'm reading the Reacher series in order from 1 to whatever and this is my third. Loved #1. Liked #2. Not happy with #3. On the positive side, I read it pretty quickly and was just interested enough in the story that I didn't quit and throw it back on the shelf. That being said, this story was a pale comparison to the first two.

I have several criticisms of this book, some major and some minor. On the minor side, the prose was suspect, redundant and often lazy. As some other reviewers have pointed out, there were plenty of instances where I would read a sentence twice and say out loud to myself "where the hell was the editor?" I also couldn't understand Child's sudden penchant for describing every scene and every action to exhaustion. I really didn't need to know every facet of Jodie's wardrobe or every detail associated with Marilyn's sale of her home or a full recap of how long it takes Reacher to take a shower. These were run-on paragraphs that added nothing to the story and I found myself simply skipping over them. This happened over and over again and probably added a good 100 pages to the book.

My major issues start with how Child diminished the character of Jack Reacher in this book. Instead of the brilliant and brave investigator hero from the first two novels, the Reacher of Tripwire came across as a bit of an oafish rube . . . clueless about the ways of the world. It was almost laughable. Issue two is that the story just seemed to plod along for no reason. Issue three is that the story itself was absurd and there were a lot of open holes at the end of the book. Now I understand that the Reacher novels require a suspension of disbelief when it comes to the villains and storylines, but this one was just beyond silly and, when I sat and reflected on the book after finishing it, it really made no sense.

I'm going to give #4 a shot, but if the series continues the downward progression, then that will be my last. ...more
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Nov 19, 2012

This is the third Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child. My husband and I "buddy" read these. My husband loves Jack Reacher. After reading the first two in the series, I can see why the Reacher novels are so appealing to the male population. Lots of details on guns and weapons and lots of action. I enjoyed the first two as well, but not like my husband did. This one though made me a bigger fan. This is one of the third person novels.
Jack is in Florida digging ditches for swimming pools when a private This is the third Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child. My husband and I "buddy" read these. My husband loves Jack Reacher. After reading the first two in the series, I can see why the Reacher novels are so appealing to the male population. Lots of details on guns and weapons and lots of action. I enjoyed the first two as well, but not like my husband did. This one though made me a bigger fan. This is one of the third person novels.
Jack is in Florida digging ditches for swimming pools when a private detective shows up asking for a Jack Reacher. At first Jack denies knowledge of anyone by that name, but then the detective turns up dead and Jack decides he better find out who is looking for him.
This leads him sadly to discover the death of an old friend, Leon Garber. Leon was working on something and he had been wanting Jack to help him. As Jack and Garber's daughter start investigating Leon's case, they find themselves being followed, shot at and disturbed by the possibility that a former war vet presumed dead might have turned bad.

This one is still really fast paced, but it's more plot driven than the previous two. The action scenes didn't turn up nearly as often and the suspense was more intense as a result. I suppose that's more my style than non stop action scenes. So, my husband and I disagreed just a little about this one. He complained about the lack of action and I praised the more intelligent plot. Overall we both liked the book very much and are excited about reading the next one in line.
Overall an A. ...more
4

Jan 17, 2017

Okay, more like it. I have found myself running hot and cold in the Reacher series. There can be a huge eye roll factor in some of them...and there is a bit of that here. However...this one is very well constructed and the story pulled me in and wouldn't let go.

Okay a bit more detail (as I liked this one). So, what's the eye roll factor?

Well, let's look at an example. Reacher has been in Florida when he's drawn into the "mystery" (no spoilers, sorry). He's been making a living hand digging Okay, more like it. I have found myself running hot and cold in the Reacher series. There can be a huge eye roll factor in some of them...and there is a bit of that here. However...this one is very well constructed and the story pulled me in and wouldn't let go.

Okay a bit more detail (as I liked this one). So, what's the eye roll factor?

Well, let's look at an example. Reacher has been in Florida when he's drawn into the "mystery" (no spoilers, sorry). He's been making a living hand digging swimming pools. Once he's drawn into said mystery however events demand he leave, at once.

Now see Reacher doesn't carry anything, a pack, an overnight bag...nothing. He doesn't go to laundromats he just buys new clothes when he needs them. So he travels and then shows up at a funeral, not having bathed in 3 or so days, in the clothes he's worn for maybe a week without having shaved or cut his hair in "who knows when".... And the girl from his past whom he meets there practically falls into his arms (well that takes a couple of days but she wants to right away).

The girl? Oh yeah she's lovely...beautiful...described as "achingly beautiful".

Get the picture?

But that said the book itself takes off and the plot is an excellent one. This one (in spite of the logic straining Reacher details) is a great read. I can and do recommend it. You get some multilayered thinking here and we leave a lot of the somewhat formulaic plotting that showed up in the last book in the series behind. Reacher and his "achingly beautiful" co-protagonist have a mystery to solve, a puzzle to unravel and a wrong to right.

Good book. ...more
4

Aug 27, 2017

Ok, so despite all the advice and my own thoughts , I went ahead and read another Jack Reacher, so that's 3 in just over 2 weeks. Did I find it boring and/or formulaic as I worried I might ? No, in fact I actually enjoyed this one the most of the 3 so far. A good story well written. Bring on the next, but maybe in a few weeks eh ???
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Jan 16, 2014

5.5/10

This was a disappointment after the solid 2nd novel "Die Trying". The plot was flat and offered no twists or turns for quite a lengthy book. The characters were standard for this type of genre also; the good guys were properly good at avoiding death at every turn and the bad guys were paint by numbers villains failing to get their man. The main bad guy has a hook, that's about as scary as it gets here.

Reacher is dragged across the country trying to help a long lost friend/daughter of his 5.5/10

This was a disappointment after the solid 2nd novel "Die Trying". The plot was flat and offered no twists or turns for quite a lengthy book. The characters were standard for this type of genre also; the good guys were properly good at avoiding death at every turn and the bad guys were paint by numbers villains failing to get their man. The main bad guy has a hook, that's about as scary as it gets here.

Reacher is dragged across the country trying to help a long lost friend/daughter of his favourite boss from his army days. There was no chemistry between these two and you knew they would hook up before the end as soon as they met. Women seem to swoon at Reacher and it all seems to be following a pattern. One description that made me laugh though was "like a condom stuffed with walnuts" to describe Reacher’s physique.

I will read the next in the series hoping for a bit more of a story but I can guess there will be a bad guy who Reacher doesn't know at first then gets entangled with and defeats whilst bedding a gorgeous female (but not defeating the bad guy whilst bedding the female – just to clear that up). The next book could decide if I continue with the series or not. I will definitely be having a break whatever happens.

If you enjoy this try: "A Prisoner of Birth" by Jeffery Archer

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Mar 15, 2019

This was a great book. I wasn’t able to read it as fast as I would have liked but maybe savouring it was the best idea. Hook Hobie has been keeping secrets for 30 years and is determined to stay hidden. That is until Jack Reacher and Jodie Garber turn up. Although I pretty much guessed Hobie’s secret very early on, it did not spoil the book at all. I prefer the army based Jack Reachers but this had a bit of both so it was win win.
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Dec 28, 2011

The best Reacher in the series so far, by a fairly long shot. Reacher is drifting (poorly as he's actually holding down two jobs) in the Florida Keys when he's tracked down by a Private Investigator. Denying that he's the main the man is searching for, he turns up dead pretty quickly. Suddenly Reacher (it's always Reacher, apparently, never Jack) decides he needs to track the killers down and get to the bottom of the whole affair - he feels a level of responsibility for the man's death. Before The best Reacher in the series so far, by a fairly long shot. Reacher is drifting (poorly as he's actually holding down two jobs) in the Florida Keys when he's tracked down by a Private Investigator. Denying that he's the main the man is searching for, he turns up dead pretty quickly. Suddenly Reacher (it's always Reacher, apparently, never Jack) decides he needs to track the killers down and get to the bottom of the whole affair - he feels a level of responsibility for the man's death. Before we know it we're jetting all over the country, hunting down bad guys, hooking up with good girls and generally saving the day...

Obviously, it's a Jack Reacher novel, so some suspension of disbelief is a must. But, it is a relief to see the mystical coincidences that plagued the first two books noted by their absence. The back story is much more believable, the reasons for Jack being just in the right place and time as well (beyond the initial 360 degree turn from not being interested to needing to avenge the death of the investigator) and the carry-over character of General Garber from the previous novel provides a nice piece of continuity. The secondary characters all seem a little more rounded this time as well - Marilyn Stone being a classic example (although do we need to be continually reminded of the fact that she's not wearing any underwear?). Hopefully these improvements bode well for the rest of the series.

Flies in the ointment however (and some spoilers), the 360 degree start and Marilyn's dress/underwear situation aside – how do Jack and Jodie go from fifteen years of unrequited love to an obviously doomed relationship (she's a lawyer and he's a drifter - is that even a real job?) without Jodie asking herself any half-way serious questions about her own state of mind? No loose ends are really tied up at all - what was Tony's relationship with Hobie (he's surprisingly loyal if there isn't one)? And what happens to Marilyn and Chester Stone? Does she ever wear underwear again? ...more
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Nov 06, 2016

RATING: 3 STARS
(Review Not on Blog)

I really enjoyed the first book, and thought the second book was not as good, but still a decent read. This one just dragged for me. I did finish the book but it was bit of a slog. I am in the minority, so check other reviews.
5

Nov 16, 2018

I read this a long time ago. This is second time was just as enjoyable. Things I forget. Regardless, it confirms why I love Jack Reacher.
5

Dec 15, 2012

Child's book 'Tripwire' is an absolutely amazing read!! It seems each of his Jack Reacher novels is so unique all by itself; every time I read one, I think it can't get any better, and yet it does. Contrary to opinions by others about some of his books, I've loved every single one of them. I have nearly completed reading all that he's written, and that makes me sad because 'Reacher' is my hero.

My husband and I also saw the movie 'Jack Reacher' in December and we both enjoyed it.
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Jan 25, 2013

Reacher, Reacher, he's our man! If he can't do it, NO ONE CAN! Move over James Bond and all you other wannabe heroes, old Reacher is the real deal, and he's got your back.

Having spent an inordinate amount of my reading years going back and forth between fluff fiction, non-fiction, thrillers, and history, it was a pleasure to stumble upon Lee Child's "Tripwire." I probably never would have found this series if it were not for all the television hype about the Tom Cruise screen version of Child's Reacher, Reacher, he's our man! If he can't do it, NO ONE CAN! Move over James Bond and all you other wannabe heroes, old Reacher is the real deal, and he's got your back.

Having spent an inordinate amount of my reading years going back and forth between fluff fiction, non-fiction, thrillers, and history, it was a pleasure to stumble upon Lee Child's "Tripwire." I probably never would have found this series if it were not for all the television hype about the Tom Cruise screen version of Child's central character, Jack Reacher. Typically unimaginative, the Cruise screen version of a multi-book series is entitled "Reacher." But, somehow, after reading Tripwire, I cannot fathom what the casting director of the movie was thinking when they cast Tom Cruise (5'7") as Jack Reacher (6'5")! Reeeeeally?

Oh well, Hollywood aside, Jack Reacher is a star and this book was fantastic. First of all, this is a guy you can ALMOST relate to, because Lee Child is very deft at showing Reacher's human side(s) in this novel. And the development of the antagonist's character in Tripwire is masterful. Several times during the course the read, I just wanted to walk into the pages and stop this Hook Hobie myself. But Reacher is much better at that kind of stuff than I could ever be, so you really have to wait until the end to find out how things all turn out.

This was my first Reacher thriller, but I can assure you it certainly will not be my last. So, go to your library, book store, kindle, nook, IPad or wherever you can, find a Lee Child novel starring Jack Reacher and start reading. Oh, and BTW, fasten your seat belt and keep your hands and legs inside the vehicle at all times before liftoff! ...more
5

May 20, 2015

One of the best jack reacher stories going u get to hear a fair bit about his past the story is fast paced and gets u hooked really early on 5 out of 5 stars
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Aug 14, 2017

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Early Jack Reacher and it has some serious issues.

The author is still learning about his character and Jack isn't fully formed. At one stage he begs someone for help. Jack Reacher never begged anybody for anything.

Then he lets his girlfriend explain the plot to him. That's not the way it works. She asks questions and Jack explains stuff.

Finally, Jack doesn't do the David Banner walk down a lonely road at the end. He always does that.
5

Jun 25, 2012

Third in the Jack Reacher thriller series revolving around a retired military policeman, checking out the country and fixing wrongs. The action starts in Key West, Florida, and veers toward the military thriller end of the spectrum.

My Take
I do love Child's writing. He grabs me and pulls me immediately into the story. The story's basic concept may be a bit of a cliché, but Child has a lovely way of twisting it into something so much more interesting, especially with a character who understands Third in the Jack Reacher thriller series revolving around a retired military policeman, checking out the country and fixing wrongs. The action starts in Key West, Florida, and veers toward the military thriller end of the spectrum.

My Take
I do love Child's writing. He grabs me and pulls me immediately into the story. The story's basic concept may be a bit of a cliché, but Child has a lovely way of twisting it into something so much more interesting, especially with a character who understands fear and tucks it away as we get to observe from inside Reacher's mind, discover how he dissects a situation and plans ahead. It's also full of tips in how not to be observed or tracked in our increasingly watched society.

Child does a very frustrating job intriguing us with Hobie's early warning system. Do be sure to read the Prologue---it's a tiny, but very useful set-up for your understanding later on in the story. A classic bait-and-switch in a new application.

I am rather frustrated about the receptionist's relationship with Hobie…? But not nearly as frustrated as Jack and Jodie were in the first part of the story!

Child provides a good bit of backstory on Reacher and his relationship to the general and Jodie; with Jodie's thoughts about Reacher while we careen around corners and bash through doors on their hunt for the truth to save Jodie's life and bring peace to a patriotic, yet unhappy old couple.

I love "watching" Jack in action. Whether it's the confrontation with Rutter, his reactions to the car crash, his now-civilian interactions with military personnel, or the denouement with Hobie. After the last two stories, it's rather fun to see Jack off his stride and slipping into Jodie's world. I do wonder if, with his emotions running so high, if he'll change his romantic routine and stick around this time. He's certainly different emotionally this time around.

The Story
It's the CEO who introduces us to Hook Hobie's services. He's also the one who further enlightens us as to the full extent of those services.

Meanwhile Jack is content to be digging pools by hand during the day and playing half-naked bouncer in a titty bar at night. At least until Costello shows up in Key West. Looking for Jack Reacher. It's enough to set off Reacher's curiosity. Who or what could be interested in his whereabouts?

It's the next group which comes looking for Reacher followed by murder that sets Reacher off, hunting for whoever is so very concerned with finding him.

It's a hunt that finds Reacher experiencing a great many emotions. General Leon Garber whom we first met in Die Trying and around whom a great deal of Tripwire revolves even if we never meet him in it. But it's Mr. and Mrs. Hobie whose distress about their son, MIA in Vietnam, that is the crucial point of the real drama. One that points to a much deeper secret, carefully held within the military.

The Characters
Jack Reacher didn't want to stay in a military police without any excitement and so he retired. Now, he's exploring the countryside, playing tourist, content not to settle in anywhere. Or, is he? He has certainly found that the tricks he learned as an MP come in extremely handy in civilian life.

Mrs. Jacob is also Jodie Garber. A dream from Reacher's past. One he had thought was unattainable. Now she's a financial lawyer with Spencer Gutman. And a lot older than the last time he saw her. General Garber was Jack's CO for years. CO and mentor. Almost a father figure to him.

Hook Hobie has a singular gift, not one that he utilizes for anyone's benefit but his own. Tony is his receptionist and obviously knee-deep in the important aspects of Hobie's life. But we never really discover their back history. General DeWitt has his particular memories of the chopper that went down while General Nash Newman came later with his own particular contribution.

Mr. and Mrs. Hobie want closure. They just know their son is still being held in Vietnam even though the war is long over. The man they hired, Rutter, even has proof. A proof that Reacher easily dispels.

The finance manager who leads the not-too-bright Chester Stone III, CEO, into this mess is important only in that he's the pivotal figure for Stone's downfall and I guess Child didn't figure he merited a name. Stone's company is in distress, bad enough that he'll accept help with few questions asked. It's too bad that his wife Marilyn wasn't in charge...she certainly takes over when it's necessary. A woman to admire. Sheryl is a realtor in Pound Ridge. A woman in the wrong place, but capable of playing a critical part. David Forster is the Stone's lawyer. A very capable man, but neither he nor ex-cop, now private detective William Curry, are too bright in the undercover department.

Officers O'Hallinan and Sark work the domestic abuse side in the police department. They're very good at detecting; not so good at communicating with their home base. A pity, that.

The Cover and Cover
The cover is greens and blues with a bar of barbed wire in front of what appears to be a bullet-ridden license plate.

The title is all about the alarms Hobie has set, several Tripwires to warn him. ...more

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