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November 14, 2017
This is my first time delving into the world of Jack Reacher beyond the lackluster movie. I was prepared, based on reviews, to be wowed by Mr. Child's one-man-against-all-odds novel. Unfortunately it was more "meh" than "wow". While the story itself was interesting, with a unique take on a global counterfeiting ring and one man's quest to avenge a brother who strayed too close, the writing itself got to be downright painful. There are just some things I found in this novel that you should never, ever, read from a talented author:
"It was as distinctive as the most distinctive thing you could ever think of" -literally made me cringe
"We high-fived, whooped and hollered" - Once is bad enough, but when this is used 4 and 5 times, with "high-ten" as the only variation, it leaves me scanning pages trying to skip beyond the sophomoric attempt at a written bromance and get back into the actual story.
My hope is, with this being an early novel, the writer has matured through subsequent releases. I will be moving on to the next novel still hoping for a "WOW" moment; let's hope it comes with fewer cringe-worthy passages.