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A Few Words of Caution
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2017
I don't often write negative reviews on the theory that if you can't say something positive, keep quiet, nobody likes a drag down. But as a fan of Lee Child's Reacher books and of the supporting character, Lauren Pauling, he created for "The Hard Way", I feel compelled to offer at least a caution here. It's not that this is bad work. It won't do you any harm and the cost is limited, but there is simply no substance to it. You will know nothing more about Pauling after reading this than you knew going in if you've read "The Hard Way", and her "side-kick" here (the Reacher act alike - he leaves bodies all over the place), Michael Tallon,, is as shallow and surface a character as you'll encounter (other than he's ex-military, you're told absolutely nothing of his background or of his history with Pauling beyond the bare fact there is one). The plot is sophomoric and terribly implausible. I would recommend against it, but as others have observed, it moves quickly and is an easy, if unrewarding, read. If you're thinking about buying this because you love the Reacher stories, do yourself a favor, don't. If you're just looking for some easy diversion, I think you could do much better than this, but, like I said, it won't hurt you any.