Tripwire (Jack Reacher, Book 3)

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Tripwire (Jack Reacher, Book 3)

Tripwire (Jack Reacher, Book 3)

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In one novel, Reacher recalled that he mostly finished near the top and once won in series of world-wide military long-range shooting competitions. This foreshadowed the rare instance in which hitting targets at 1000-yards was important to the plot. More often he makes do at seemingly "long odds" with pistols. In those cases 4-to-1 is nowhere near an even fight.

I think what I liked best about this book was the more usual format of doing detective work and plotting ahead what you're going to look up next vs reacting to a situation (how the other books were). Maybe it's because I'm a fan of crime shows and like that procedural element or maybe it's due to it being a change of pace. Reacher wins a final fight. He says “You’re not Victor Hobie. You’re Carl Allen.” Reacher beats & kills Carl Allen. He also has disdain for most law-enforcement personnel - not just officers - mostly because they are ruining his day. Exceptions are those he needs and teams with. The kidnapped lady FBI agent is one. Others include the various clerical experts who can tweak databases, call in favors, cajole other police/military clerks, and generally do what it takes to get Reacher his information. The reason why lies with his post-Army lifestyle. He is "homeless", but is the least-homeless homeless-man you will ever see, in that he is homeless by design - at least intermittently. Previously, Jodie & Reacher research found the dead crew were “skeletons” from a Vietnam fighter helicopter crash. There were survivors from the helicopter crash.This was a disappointment after the solid 2nd novel "Die Trying". The plot was flat and offered no twists or turns for quite a lengthy book. The characters were standard for this type of genre also; the good guys were properly good at avoiding death at every turn and the bad guys were paint by numbers villains failing to get their man. The main bad guy has a hook, that's about as scary as it gets here. The second thing that seemed to define this book was Reacher not having full confidence about everything. He seems more human in this and at the same time even more awesome than regular humans. It looks like he's wrong about a lot of things and he still keeps at it, like a sledgehammer.

Reacher grew up as the son of a Marine officer so always lived in military housing. This continued when he joined the Army. He started his wandering right after he mustered out, so has never "owned a house" - until now.Tracing the dead man's trail to New York, Reacher discovers the PI was working for Reacher's former commanding officer, mentor and close friend Leon Garber. Reacher teams up with Garber's daughter Jodie, a sharp Wall Street lawyer, to find out why Leon needed Reacher's help and they find themselves embroiled in a life-threatening search for the truth—and the deeper they dig, the more dangerous and twisted their path becomes. This isn't a review, because I just started reading this book, but I couldn't help sharing my irritation. I have seen self-described conservatives object to Child's "liberal" leanings. This is manifested by Reacher's predilection for competent women in the military and law-enforcement. Other "objections" accrue to Child/Reacher's occasional comment on US foreign policy and perhaps to Child's general critique of the police and the military. I think Child's view, as an Englishman and as expressed through his hero, is more subtle.

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