There are some authors whose books I feel compelled to read, no matter how many books they write. One of those is Lee Child and his Jack Reacher series. He has written 22 of these, and if you like mysteries and action heroes, I recommend them. When I knew I was going to write this post, I checked and found out I need to read a few to catch up. Fortunately, my local library has Kindle copies I checked out or reserved.
The first of the series is Killing Floor, in which we are introduced to Jack, a former military cop with a clock in his head. There are certain things Jack can do that make him unique: sometimes he walks for miles and miles; he is rootless and seldom has a destination in mind, just takes a bus or whatever; he never washes his clothes, just buys new ones; he always uses cash; and he can fall asleep and wake up exactly when he wants to.
Physically, he’s like a superman, 6’5″ tall and about 250 lbs.He’s hulking but also very intelligent. He does this thing when threatened with a fight: he maps out all his moves in his head and ends up pulverizing the opposition, sometimes several people. In spite of that, he can be sweet and caring, protecting the innocent. He started out with parents and an older brother, but now he’s alone in the world.
I saw the movie, and no, I didn’t like Tom Cruise as Jack in the 2012 film. He’s the wrong size and not nearly fierce-looking enough to be Reacher. There are several actors who look the part and are better actors. I was in disbelief during the whole movie, regretting that so many of his important character traits were ignored completely. It’s OK if you liked it, but may I recommend reading at least a few of the books and then revisiting the issue? I doubt if the newer movie is any better, but I haven’t seen it, so…. whatever.
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