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Wow.... Good Book for a "Start-Up"
August 21, 2015
Right off the bat, two things to address.
Number one: I am the world's number one Jack Reacher fan (I also love Richard Sharpe and a few other characters, but none more so that Reacher).
Number two: I received this Kindle book free in exchange for an honest product review as part of an established Review program not associated with Amazon or any other e-book dealer.
That said, I had bought one of the "Hunt for Jack Reacher" series before getting this offer. Fortunately I held off reading until I picked up this first book.
IMO, a reader will get more out of this book by having read the Jack Reacher series (and for this book, especially "The Killing Floor")... as it is important that you DO know Jack (pun intended).
Because in this book the main (and future) protagonists - a female and male FBI agent - clearly do NOT know Jack. And their lack of knowledge of Reacher complicates things for them tremendously. At times that makes for interest to the story line (but at other times is infuriating as one finds themselves wondering why characters in the book who did know Reacher aren't more forthcoming in regard their knowledge about him... And yet another reason to have read up on the Jack Reacher series - characters from his continuing storyline pop up, with some major roles, in this book and presumably in future one).
With this being basically Book One in the series, I feel that it is off to a relatively good start. It definitely holds one's interest. There are plot twists galore (sometimes too many? But then the Jack Reacher series was often famous for that also). If one is the type to try and keep up with the (known) facts and try to "figure out the case", then you will definitely be on their toes (and doing a lot of backtracking).
On the negative side, I'm not sure that I am a big fan yet of the two protagonists. They are FBI agents but seem to get overly fixated on a specific theory rather than constantly keeping all options open (I have, aside from military experience, a 29-year career in law enforcement so things like procedures, weapons, gun fighting techniques and tactics, combatives, crime procedures, reviewing evidence constantly, thinking out potentials, etcetera, are always at the forefront when reading things like this). I agree that often they were not provided information that they could have been - whether by their superiors, high level "shadowy figures", and important book characters - about particulars of both the story and Reacher that they could have been provided (and sometimes for no really noticeable reason).
So my "attachment" to the protagonists will be something that I will have to see how it develops as I continue through the series.
Which I definitely will be (as well as starting up my 3rd, or 4th?, re-read of the Jack Reacher series... it's that time again!).