Lee Child

A story of American soldiers like no other. It makes one pause to consider the other casualties of America’s war efforts. An interesting read.

Jack Reacher hunts the hunter in the third novel in Lee Child’s New York Times bestselling series.

Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is enjoying the lazy anonymity of Key West when a stranger shows up asking for him. He’s got a lot of questions. Reacher does too, especially after the guy turns up dead. The answers lead Reacher on a cold trail back to New York, to the tenuous confidence of an alluring woman, and to the dangerous corners of his own past.

Richard says
Lee Child never fails at writing a story with more than just suspense. This one makes one pause to think about the tremendous number of casualties of America’s war efforts, casualties who truly are unsung heroes.

Ever think about the many American combatants who get listed as MIAs, presumably killed on the battlefield with nothing left behind? This is the story of one of these MIAs who is killed in a helicopter crash in Vietnam. His grieving parents never stopped believing their son survived and was a Vietnamese prisoner for decades after the crash.

Reacher is recruited into pursuing the real story of the lost son. Did he really survive? Was he imprisoned for decades? Reacher’s job is to find the truth and in doing so he encounters a nemesis unmatched in intelligence and malevolence,  a hook-armed disfigured psycho who brutalizes women in the pursuit of his goal of overwhelming everyone who tangles with him.

Reacher digs into his past and inherits an unexpected legacy from a military mentor, a former commander who leaves him with a home and a new love, his daughter, Jodie.

Reacher digs deeper than in any other story. He gets shot, a seemingly fatal wound. But Child must resurrect Reacher somehow, miraculously to finish out the story of the MIA veteran.

The story is captivating and suspenseful as Lee Child pays tribute to the many soldiers who never returned. Worse, no one ever knows what happened to them, forgotten and Missing in Action.

A good read as expected.

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