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Jack Reacher takes an undercover assignment to investigate the disappearance of a federal agent from the home of a notorious drug dealer, but Reacher soon discovers that the dealer has ties to a man from Reacher's own past.
Publisher: New York : Dell, 2013, c2003
Edition: Dell mass market edition
ISBN: 9780440245988
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 480 pages ; 19 cm


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Aug 03, 2019

Book #15 chronologically, after Without Fail (2002) and before One Shot (2005):

Jul 07, 2019

This review discusses two Lee Child novels in the Reacher series: The Persuader (pub. 2017) and Past Tense (pub. 2019)

I was fascinated to read several negative reviews of Past Tense; including one that suggested that it was not up to par with author Lee Child's previous work and another that said it was a 'same-old' plot line for a Jack Reacher thriller. Suffice it to say I disagree wholeheartedly with both, and here is why:
I took a bit of a Reacher break after A Wanted Man (pub. 2012), to which I gave halfhearted reviews. The first I picked up thereafter was Make Me (pub. 2015), which I very much enjoyed and blame for a certain amount of bedtime anxiety I experienced in the months following. A few months later it was The Midnight Line (pub. 2017); this choice influenced mostly by what I was finding available on library shelves, but one I found rewarding if not spectacular.
More recently I’ve delved more deeply into my neighbors’ shelves, as here in Portland, Oregon we have a wonderful network of little lending libraries where anyone can take or leave a book at will, with no commitment or paperwork of any kind. Someone in my ‘hood is obviously a Reacher fan and I have unearthed The Persuader (pub. 2017) and Past Tense (pub. 2019) in immediate and pulse-quickening succession; in such a way that I had hardly put down the former before picking up and finishing the latter. Thus, I am combining the two reviews here:
Both of these titles bring me fully back into the Lee Child camp, I believe fully again both in Reacher and that the world may somehow be OK, despite all the baddies out there. The Persuader is a legitimate heart-accelerating page turner, even if the more assiduous Reacherites will notice some plot similarities between this and at least one previous Child creation. Nothing worthy of a Pulitzer, but a lot of ways to be entertained, and I highly recommend it.
Past Tense is a different animal in the Child stable, not because it is lacking the signature quick readability and accessible excitement that the English author has built a career upon (it has both), but because it’s the first Reacher novel I’ve read that manages completely parallel plot lines, both interesting, keeping them far enough apart to maintain the mystery but close enough that their eventual reunion makes perfect Reacher sense. I loved this book and continue to be enthralled by Child’s mastery of various literary devices, in particular his unique way abridging of dialog and grammar that hastens the read and deepens the reader’s engagement.

Aug 26, 2018

Lone Wolf Reacher actually working as part of a team. True he is trying to rectify a past mistake, when you try to kill someone especially with a .22 pistol be very sure they are dead. The locale is very film noir, only shades of grey and you will feel like you are on Shutter Island. A very different novel in the Reacher series

karcoldelharvic5 May 29, 2014

This book really kept me interested. One of Childs best

Jul 16, 2013

The Persuader has a lot of fights and shootouts. It's kind of like Dark Shadows, but with guns and some sexual violence.

I have only read one other Jack Reacher novel so far, The Hard Way, and I like this book second-best.

Lots of clever suspense. Good job by Lee Childs with this one.

May 22, 2013

Great addition to the Reacher series. Fast-paced with lots of action.

Oct 20, 2012

What a story! All of the puzzle pieces fit so neatly! Expect to read a lot about handguns (a Persuader is the name of a gun) and about hand to hand moves to take out a person. I never knew that fist fighting could be so deadly. Here, Reacher is like the pink energizer bunny...he just keeps on going and stopping him in a fight. In this story, Reacher is able to get his revenge on someone from his past while helping federal agents release their kidnapped undercover agent held by this very same person. He does this by going undercover. He gets hired by the racketeers who are selling handguns on the black market to druggies, terrorists, etc. After much action, Reacher eventually puts them out of business. Sad to see how a family of a criminal can be affected by the father's actions/decisons.

marlene1433 Oct 16, 2012

book # 7

Aug 03, 2011

Intense. Compare the fist duel in this book with the one in Stieg Larsson's
"The Girl Who Played with Fire". Both involved a super strong opponent.

Sep 14, 2009

Thrilling and suspenseful. Lee Child always gets it right!

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Dec 03, 2015

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May 22, 2013

In his usual drifter way Reacher finds himself on the wrong side of the law and acting as a bodyguard to a family that is keeping far more secrets then its rug trading fortune warrants.

When Reacher digs deeper he discovers a link to his past as an army MP that makes him focus on his new mission.


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