Rating: 4.5 / 5
It’s difficult to believe that Lee Child’s hard-hitting former Army major Jack Reacher has existed in the public’s imagination for nearly 20 years. That being said, this reviewer hadn’t met this iconic character before, but it didn’t take long for Child to entice me with the 21st instalment of Reacher’s spine-tingling escapades.
Set in 1996, Reacher is charged by the American government to cooperate with the FBI and CIA in a highly classified mission. International tension is at a high as countries reel from the end of the Cold War and pre-empt the coming millennium, yet Reacher remains as reliable, yet enticingly unpredictable, as ever.
With clever and astute storytelling, this novel depicts the coming decade’s political and social turmoil personably and with detail. In this, Child masterfully retains the charisma of Reacher, packing a punch with his fast-paced action sequences and just a hint of romance.