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Jack Reacher series, 21 books and counting

Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel - Lee Child Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel - Lee Child Personal - Lee Child Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel - Lee Child A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher, #17) - Lee Child The Affair (Jack Reacher, #16) - Lee Child Worth Dying For - Lee Child Gone Tomorrow - Lee Child Nothing to Lose - Lee Child Without Fail - Lee Child, Dick Hill

21 books in order. And I finished them all. 

 

 

Killing Floor #1
Die Trying - Lee Child #2
Tripwire - Lee Child#3
Running Blind - Lee Child = The Vistor #4
Echo Burning #5
Without Fail - Lee Child #6
Persuader - Lee Child #7
The Enemy - Lee Child #8
One Shot - Lee Child #9
The Hard Way #10
Bad Luck and Trouble #11
Nothing to Lose #12
Gone Tomorrow - Lee Child #13
61 Hours - Lee Child #14
Worth Dying For - Lee Child #15
The Affair (Jack Reacher, #16)
A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher, #17)
Never Go Back #18
Personal - Lee Child #19
Make Me #20
Night School #21

 

This is not my photo. But I do have them all in different sizes. 

 

 

Jack Reacher is the main characters. Lee Child wrote pretty okay stories. Sometimes good, sometimes not so much. But it is still good enough for me. I like a certain consistency in books, like the character could not jump for being mature and calm one minutes and a juvenile person in the next few chapters. Jack Reacher is a person with no future plan, with no real planning and as a drifter, he got the freedom, and the escape for someone who are tied down with schedule and some sort of plan.

 

It is an escape.

 

Fighting a good fight, and a kind of avoidance of messy relationship and emotion blackmail.

 

I do read women books and some are not bad. Many are not so good. I finally found in Reacher what I dislike in books. Lies, manipulation, and pettiness. That's I found in many of the chick-lit I read that turn me off. I would like women getting in hot water, not because she secretly fancy her best friend's boyfriend, but see someone in trouble and try to give a hand. The kind of trouble beyond make-up, hair-do, and style change.

 

I read Lee Child as an escape as it doesn't require a lot of thinking, and it would not irritate like chick-lit.

 

Not all escape novel read the same way.

 

I read some other escape man-lit and they didn't go down as smoothly as Reacher.  

 

The plots are mostly involved with some form of detective work. And Reacher role is to get the job done. Reacher has a strong sense of justice. And he would act out this internal compass. He is more like a Batman without the dark past and the gadgets. And of course, without the rich man resource.

 

And he is vanilla. I don't know why he is vanilla, but he is. He didn't talk dirty, and he didn't do dirty things. It is not a lot of grey area for Reacher. 

 

The hidden tone of being loyal to the cause is there. But not so much. 

 

 

The world is a mess and sometimes we need to escape into a world where order is being restored. 

 

And Lee Child offers just that. 

 

Carry on.