World News – GB – Book review: Despite the changes, Jack Reacher stays on course


The cover of « The Sentinel », the 25th thriller in the hugely popular Jack Reacher series, states that it was written by Lee Child and Andrew Child, but neither name actually wrote the book

Reacher creator Lee Child, real name Lee Grant, says his days as a novelist are over Lately he worked with Amazon to develop a Jack Reacher TV show starring Alan Ritchson, an actor as huge and menacing as the character from the books – a welcome change from the pipsqueak (Tom Cruise) who played the role in two Hollywood movies

But Reacher, the mythical avenger who wanders the back roads of America like a modern day Lone Ranger, is too popular to disappear, so Grant (aka Child), ceded the series to his younger brother Andrew Grant, the author of nine thrillers published under his real name

Andrew wrote most of « The Sentinel, » but as the names « Child » and « Reacher » are forever linked, he adopted the subname Andrew Child to carry the series into the future.

The change of authors is subtle but detectable On the one hand, the technologically opposed Reacher has acquired a cell phone For another, the hero has become a little chatty, talking more with other characters and telling more to the readers on his thinking, including how he plans hand-to-hand combat in advance with thugs outnumbering him

The story begins when Reacher walks around the small town of Pleasantville, Tennessee There, Rusty Rutherford, a nerdy IT manager, is accused of a cyber attack that wiped out the town’s computer data. After saving Rutherford from a kidnapping attempt, Reacher gradually discovers that the seemingly isolated attack is part of a plot to undermine the upcoming national election As always, the bad guys – this time Russian spies and American-Nazi thugs – find out too late that they don’t measure up to Reacher

Despite the change of authors, the writing remains tight and the non-stop action is still just as propulsive

Jack Reacher, Lee Child, Andrew Child

World News – UK – Book Review: Despite the changes, Jack Reacher stays on track
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