“The Affair” Book Review

The Story

Take a step back in time to 1997 and Jack Reacher‘s last job as a Military Police Officer and learn why he left the military.

An, incredibly beautiful, young woman is found dead in a small town that houses a large military base.

Reacher is send undercover to determine the situation, contain local law enforcement and then disappear. Unfortunately for the Pentagon, Jack Reacher never sees things that simply and peels back the layers of a government/military cover up to uncover the truth and bring his own brand of justice to the situation.

My Impression

This novel is supposed to give the back story of why Jack Reacher left the military. I had hoped it would maybe give a little more insight into what makes Reacher tick. I feel that The Enemy: A Reacher Novel does a much better job of explaining Reacher’s background and I would love to see a novel dedicated to his mother’s story.

I’m not saying The Affair: A Reacher Novel  wasn’t a good read. It was a very exciting, sexually charged, murder mystery filled with enough twists and turns to give you whiplash. But, this time Reacher seemed more like a brutal killer letting the wrong head lead his investigation. He killed several times, not as acts of self defense, but of vengeance and without remorse. It just didn’t seem like how Reacher has been portrayed in all the other novels.

I also found it strange that Lee Child didn’t really stress Reacher’s size as he has in all the other books. In one scene, when Reacher is waiting in line at the Pentagon to go through security Child wrote “I stretched up tall and peered ahead and tried to get a look at their shoes.” Seriously, Reacher is 6’5″. If he stretched up tall he’d be like 7-feet tall and I doubt a person 6’5″ ever has to stand on his tiptoes  to see over someone’s head, unless he’s surrounded by NBA players.

I’m a fan of the Jack Reacher series and yes, I know he’s a man-whore but this book seemed like it was written with the main intent of turning it into a psycho-sexual murder mystery staring Halle Berry as Sheriff Deveraux. I can’t help but wonder how many readers decided to “park” by the train tracks after reading this book.

Speaking of turning Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels into movies…There has been a lot of talk amongst fans on Goodreads, IMDB and other fan pages regarding Lee Child “selling out” by literally selling the screen rights to his Jack Reacher books to Tom Cruise, who is portraying Reacher in the soon to be released movie One Shot. I’ve never been a fan of Tom Cruise, and no matter his box office draw,which Hollywood exec still strangely he has, I don’t think he can play a believable Jack Reacher. There are so many other actors who could bring this character to life, physically, emotionally and mentally better than Cruise. But, what’s done is done and I, like many other Reacher fans, will not be seeing this movie.

But, I digress. The The Affair: A Reacher Novel  is a suspenseful thrill ride and does show you the dark underbelly of the Jack Reacher character. I recommend reading all of the Jack Reacher novels. According to The Washington Post The Affair is “a thriller that takes Reacher—and his readers—right to the edge . . . and beyond”, and I would have to agree.



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