Edward Hahn, February 18, 2015 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
I'm an unabashed Child/Reacher fan. I have heard all the criticism of the series and on an intellectual level, I realize these books are not great literature but they are immensely entertaining. Every once in a while, I like to pretend that there are heroes walking around who are committed to righting wrongs and dispensing justice without needing to be featured on TV.
This story, which was made into a movie I have not seen, involves an assassination of five people leaving a downtown office building. The evidence points to James Barr a former army sniper. James keeps saying, “You’ve got the wrong guy. Get Reacher for me.” Turns out Reacher is headed to town for his own reasons. He saw the story in the news and remembered Barr from 14 years ago in Iraq when he shot a number of civilians in a similar situation and got away with it. While Reacher at first wants to make sure Barr gets convicted, eventually he realizes that maybe, in this case, Barr is telling the truth. This, of course, upsets the real perpetrators who try to silence Reacher with predictable results. It's so much fun following Reacher as he turns the tables on those who believe themselves too powerful to be thwarted.
I highly recommend this volume, #9 in the series but also suggest, if you are interested, to start with volume 1, "Killing Floor" and work your way through the series. I'm sure there are lots of used and new Mass Market Paper Backs around. This is a very popular series of stories.
redrockbookworm, July 22, 2008 (view all comments by redrockbookworm)
When you're in a tight spot...... being handed a bad rap...... and need someone who, once committed to your case, will relentlessly pursue the truth, the man to call on is Jack Reacher.
Large in physical stature, expert in weaponry and hand to hand combat, an ex-military investigator with an analytical mind and the deductive powers to ferret out the truth no matter how convoluted the clues, Reacher is a man to be reckoned with.
A man's man; he's a strong, silent, low-maintenance kind of guy, who travels the country with just the clothes on his back, a few bucks in his pocket, and a penchant for checking into hotels and registering under the names of obscure baseball players. The fact that he wears each set of clothes for four days and then buys new duds at a local second hand store may be a bit of a turn off for the ladies in the audience......but the females in the story don't seem to have a problem with his personal hygiene.
Called upon by a defense attorney to investigate what appears to be a random act of violence committed by a sniper, he slowly becomes convinced that the air tight, slam-dunk case the cops have built against the accused is just a little too perfect and proceeds, in typical Reacher fashion, to chip away at the "details.
The story itself really strains at the bounds of credibility.....but we're here to be amused and entertained, and author, Lee Child delivers on that count. He manages to occupy our interest, keep us engaged, and in the process gives his readers a lot of "bang for the buck".
Oh yes, one last thing.........if you think I was exaggerating when I said that Reacher was the strong, silent type.......count how many times you read the phrase "Reacher said nothing" in this book!!!
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Pam Cassel, September 26, 2007 (view all comments by Pam Cassel)
One Shot is one of Lee Childs best books. His main character is a man named Reacher. Reacher is an ex military cop turner wanderer. He doesn't own a car, a house, or anything that can tie him down. When he needs to be found it's usually through his bank account, the only thing he does have. He's tough, he's mean, he's smart, and he can get the job done when nobody else can. You will be ending the book saying to yourself "How'd he do that"?
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by Publishers Weekly,
"Nothing is what it seems in the riveting puzzle, as vivid set pieces and rapid-fire dialogue culminate in a slam-bang showdown in the villains' lair. As usual, Child makes the most of Reacher's dry wit, cut-to-the-chase psychology and stubborn taciturnity — in short, this is a vintage double play for author and leading man."
by Library Journal,
"Another taut thriller with plot twists and tension to the very end; fans will be torn between reading slowly to prolong their pleasure or skimming quickly to see how Reacher makes it out alive. Superlative suspense fiction by a master."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Reacher's back...gonzo action...canny plotting, tight prose, swift tempo."
by Deadly Pleasures,
"[R]eading entertainment at its very best. Lee Child can set the hook into the reader faster and deeper than any other writer... I defy you to read the first chapter or two of this book and then set it down. Just not gonna happen."
by Janet Maslin, the New York Times,
"In marked contrast to the brooding figures who otherwise dominate contemporary detective stories, Reacher is not one for self-doubt. His is a two-fisted decency. But Mr. Child also gives him amazing powers of deduction, a serious conscience and the occasional touch of tenderness. It's a wildly improbable mixture, one that can't be beat."
by St. Petersburg Times,
"[W]ithout question Lee Childs' best outing with protagonist Jack Reacher in several years. From the opening sniper sequence to the final surprising disclosures about the bad guys, this one crackles with excitement."
New York Times bestseller Lee Child sends Jack Reacher on his most relentless quest for justice yet. Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours, the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. In Lee Child's astonishing new thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything...about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot — and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.
This astonishing "New York Times" bestseller takes Jack Reacher on his most relentless quest for justice yet. The case isn't what it seems; lives are tangled in baffling ways; and the killer missed one shot--giving Reacher one shot at the truth.
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