Nov-List:#2 – Book: The Hard Way by Lee Child

This is the third book from Lee Child I’ve read. Though I enjoyed Bad Luck and Trouble more compared to this book, it is still a book that I would recommend.

I give 4/5 stars to this book.
From Goodreads <Links>
In Lee Child’s astonishing thriller, ex–military cop Reacher sees more than most people would…and because of that, he’s thrust into an explosive situation that’s about to blow up in his face. For the only way to find the truth—and save two innocent lives—is to do it the way Jack Reacher does it best: the hard way….

Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, soaking up the hot, electric New York City night, watching a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it away. The car contained one million dollars in ransom money. And Edward Lane, the man who paid it, will pay even more to get his family back. Lane runs a highly illegal soldiers-for-hire operation. He will use any amount of money and any tool to find his beautiful wife and child. And then he’ll turn Jack Reacher loose with a vengeance—because Reacher is the best man hunter in the world.

On the trail of a vicious kidnapper, Reacher is learning the chilling secrets of his employer’s past…and of a horrific drama in the heart of a nasty little war. He’s beginning to realize that Edward Lane is hiding something. Something dirty. Something big. But Reacher also knows this: he’s already in way too deep to stop now.

1. I love the suspend, the twist and the thrill of not knowing which the good guys and the bad guys. On the surface, it looked like Lane was the victim. Set to save the kidnapped wife and step-daughter for the husband, it ended 180 degree to saving them from the husband. The twist was very not expected and became more and more interesting. I love that my predictions have to be reassessed few times along the way.

2. Given the above comment, of course to say I love the plot. I like how the relationship between Reacher and Pauling developed. Not too messy and cheesy but the link was there. (Maybe because the author was a guy??) And I love the ending too. Good wrapped up.

3. The characters – Jack Reacher is the hero alright. Lee Child has this inclination of making that all Navy, Marines, Seal, SAS or all of those military units were so superior. It was like a common opinion that once a person said he was from xxx unit, then he must be exceptionally good soldier (I don’t know what else to call except soldier). I don’t really have a problem with that. Just a note.

4. Like both previous books I read, I am still cannot visualize how Reacher can live that way. Without luggage. Without routines. Without contacts. Though I am much a loner myself, I totally cannot imagine taking turn like that. At least I have families that I am always in contacts especially my father which I visited almost religiously once a month.

Lee Child’s One Shot has been adapted to a motion picture a.k.a a movie. I haven’t read the book and most probably wont but I watched the movie. Result:Okayish. Tom Cruise definitely not my choice to play Jack Reacher because I imagine, he supposed to be taller and rogue, not a pretty face.

My colleagues watched the movie too and they totally not liking it. At all. One of them even fell asleep in the cinema. ^_^


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