I started reading Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels quite late in the day. Early 2012, I think. And when I did, I was hooked and read the first 14 in about 6 weeks! I then took a break. Not because I’d had enough. No, far from it. More because I thought I needed to ration them a little better. Okay, a lot better. I read book 15 last year, and after a 2-year break, I did well to resist the next one. But I did. Until now. Because I was given books 16, 17 and 18 for Christmas. They’re pictured above. I had some ARCs to read and review, so they lay unopened until two weeks ago. Well, a week and a half. And then I read The Affair. It’s a Jack Reacher novel. It’s fantastic. I love Jack Reacher novels. So I read A Wanted Man. It’s fantastic. I love Jack Reacher novels. So I read Never Go Back. It’s fantastic. I love Jack Reacher novels. Can you sense a theme here?
I don’t have Personal (book 19), which is a good job, otherwise I would be reading that instead of typing this. I’m going to wait for a little bit before I buy that. A few weeks, maybe.
And I hadn’t realised that Never Go Back is the next Jack Reacher movie. Did you see the first? Based on the book One Shot. Now a lot of people were not happy with the choice of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. I mean 5′ 7″ vs 6′ 5″; it’s quite a difference. But actually I like Tom Cruise, and I like Tom Cruise movies. So did he make a good Jack Reacher for me? Yes, I think he did. Obviously a different Jack Reacher to the character in the books, but nevertheless, I think he was good, so I enjoyed the movie. A lot.
Anyway, one thing’s for certain. I will have read Personal by Saturday 25th April. Because that’s when I’m going to see Lee Child, in conversation with another of my favourite authors, Mark Billingham, at ChipLitFest: http://www.chiplitfest.com/events/lee-child-in-conversation-with-mark-billingham.