An immensely satisfying and emotional journey with America’s giant hero, Jack Reacher and his tooth brush.
Reacher is off to another unknown destination when sees a 2005 West Point class ring in the window of a pawnshop in a small town in Wisconsin. It’s a small ring, made for a woman and has a black stone in the middle. Some initials are engraved inside the ring. Reacher ponders what circumstances could possible make a West Pointer give up a ring they had worked so hard for. The year 2005 was a tough one for graduates: Iraq and then Afghanistan. Reacher wants to know the story and decides to find the woman and return her ring. Reacher’s journey takes him through the upper Midwest where he encounters bikers, cops, crooks, muscle and a private investigator. The further Reacher digs and the more he learns, the more dangerous the journey becomes.
“We have to make decisions fast here. We can’t let perfect be the enemy of the good.”
“The Incredible Hulk? I thought I was Big Foot. These guys need to make up their minds.”
I have been a huge Jack no middle name Reacher fan since he got off the bus and walked into Margrave, Georgia. The thing I like most about Reacher is his uncanny strategic capability, always thinking of all possible options and outcomes. He is three steps ahead of everyone. It must be his West Point training. His adventures are always entertaining and intense and THE MIDNIGHT LINE is no different. It is another first rate journey with Big Foot, er, I mean Reacher. LEE CHILD’s writing is wonderfully descriptive and the dialog is amusing. And of course six-foot-five Reacher, gets into a fight or two...he has to do something with those “chicken-sized” fists. What is different about this book is the emotional pull of finding the woman who gave up her ring. Reacher’s journey takes us from Wisconsin to a laundromat in South Dakota to the remote corner of Wyoming. It’s a good place to be if you don’t want any neighbors close by. Overall, it’s a perfect blend of characters, setting and story. I listened to the Audible version, and it’s good, but I am not a huge fan of Dick Hill’s voice for Jack Reacher. It’s like the Tom Cruise thing, I just don’t hear him like that.
Publisher Random House Audio
Publication November 7, 2017
Narrator Dick Hill
“This is Wyoming. They drive epic distances for a loaf of bread. For a girlfriend, two hours, maybe a hundred miles.”