A long time fan of Lee Child I’ve read all the Jack Reacher stories, when on form there is no better thriller writer. There have been a couple of books that were a bit dud (in my opinion) and I’m afraid that’s how this one ended up for me.
It started really strong with all the features we look for in a Reacher story plus the twist of him going back to his old command. In fact the story is really strong for at least half the book with the usual pace and cliffhanger or twist at each chapter change, but as the book draws in there really isn’t any substance to the plot. He is on the run (or chasing down leads) but with no real reason to anything. When the final reveal happens and we find out what has been going on all this time – who the bad guys are and what they are up to – it is fairly week and I just thought ‘oh is that all’
In the end it felt like a bit of a waste of time, which is a shame when the first part of the book was ok but the pay-off wasn’t very interesting or as clever as I’ve come to expect from Lee Child. Still a great character and worth a read but not his best story.