Day 336: 61 Hours

Cover to 61 HoursEvery once in awhile when I want some purely escapist reading, I pick up a Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child. I haven’t read these books in order, in fact I’ve only read a few, but they are certainly exciting, to say the least. For those who are not familiar with Reacher, he is an ex-army major who has become a drifter, wandering around the country and taking care of situations that he mostly falls into.

Jack has hitched a ride on a bus full of senior citizens when an accident strands them in the small town of Bolton, South Dakota, in the middle of a snowstorm. With our inside information, we readers know that the car crash is not actually an accident. Outside of town, a Mexican drug cartel has taken over an abandoned military facility. The local police are guarding Janet Salter, an old lady who is  a key witness against the cartel.

It is simply chance that causes Reacher to become acquainted with Janet. But when he learns that the police are expecting a visit from an assassin, he decides to help protect her.

I have seen comments on Amazon from hard-core Jack Reacher fans complaining that this novel is not as action packed as the others and that the series is deteriorating. I don’t really have any complaints, but then I have only read a couple of the novels. I found the book fast paced and exciting.

6 thoughts on “Day 336: 61 Hours

  1. TheNovelReviewer June 17, 2013 / 6:34 am

    People can be very picky, wanting each book to be the same. I think this sounds great, will definitely pick it up!

    • whatmeread June 17, 2013 / 7:34 am

      Yes, that’s an insightful comment. If you enjoy thrillers, I think this is an exciting book.

      • TheNovelReviewer June 17, 2013 / 8:41 am

        I think also authors like the experiment with pace and style like any other. We’d all get bored with the same structure, right?

      • whatmeread June 17, 2013 / 8:44 am

        Yes, and you’d think that readers would welcome such experimentation, but not everyone does.

      • whatmeread June 17, 2013 / 8:45 am

        You have a very nice-looking blog, by the way.

      • TheNovelReviewer June 17, 2013 / 8:50 am

        Depends on the reader I guess!
        Yep, lots of work. My blog used to be via wordpress.com and was pretty bland and empty.
        Thought I might push it into something more. Plus, wordpress is amazing for meeting equally enthusiastic readers and up-and-coming writers. I geek out far too often!

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