The Midnight Line

The Midnight Line

Book - 2017
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wildct2003
Apr 16, 2018

I think this is one of Reacher's worst adventures: an ok read, but the bad guys seem more like 2-bit hoods than anything else.

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KRandbarr
Apr 15, 2018

One of his best!! And they'll all good...

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talk2terih
Mar 31, 2018

I liked this book, actually rather more than I usually like the Reacher tales. The fights were still part of the story, but it was a story that contained fights, not a series of fights strung together by a story.

I don't know if Childs is moving in a different direction with Reacher or if this was a one off, but either way, I enjoyed it.

Great job in describing Wyoming and the Western mentality. He included a number of details and reactions that are common to the area and often missed by writers who have not spent much time in the Rockies and their surrounding land.

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7626dee
Mar 12, 2018

Best book in a long time in the Reacher series. Child is starting to have a discernible theme to his stories in this case the horrible treatment of our maimed and wounded warriors by an uncaring nation/political system. Always ready to throw them into the fray never ready to give a damn about them. Pentagon is equally at fault as these are their people and must be protected/cared for, forever if necessary that is the debt owed and the contract assumed.

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Dreamstime
Feb 26, 2018

Shockingly boring and ridiculously unrealistic. I think Child wrote this for the paycheck. Even Tom Cruise could not redeem this disappointing story.

dustbunny53 Feb 20, 2018

The best Jack Reacher novel in quite a while. Keep 'em comin'.

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4536o
Feb 16, 2018

Agree with the comments that this book gets back on track--the last few, following Never Go Back, have been peculiar or worse. One area in which Child excels (beyond gratuitous violence, of course) is his portrayal of settings. Here he created a fictional Wyoming environment that is fully palpable--you feel as if you'd really been there after reading. By the way, no question this plot is in at least some ways unrealistic, but then, when was the last Reacher you read that wasn't? I've never found this series shelved in non-fiction.

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bill556
Feb 10, 2018

Finally, Chlid returns to writing a decent Reacher tale.
As Jack ages, it seems he maims & kills fewer in his adventures.
And we learn what female feature charms him the most.

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goso
Feb 07, 2018

very nice Jack Reacher start. got extended almost to the end. whimpering end. Lee Child seems to have run out of steam

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avalon01
Feb 04, 2018

Totally unbelievable. I guess if you are a fan of Wonder Woman and Batman, you will like this book. Put your mind in neutral and you can get through it. I did but it was an endurance test. Don't waste your time.

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Jersey_Girl
Feb 02, 2018

I really enjoyed this book, however, I do agree with some of the comments about there being a "little fluff", too much "talk" not enough action. My one complaint, at times the plot seemed to be a little wild and unbelievable, a little contrived. But I still enjoyed the book. Don't think it's one of his best. I goofed when I gave it 5 stars. Meant to give it 4 stars.

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Dops
Jan 23, 2018

Really disappointed, not much action, a lot of geography. Actually Tom Cruise could have done this one. It is the only Jack Reacher book that this could apply to. I kept reading only because I thought there would actually be some action.

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barbc88
Jan 21, 2018

After his disappointing effort on the last book, Lee Child seems to be getting back to the style that made most of his books great. I say "seems" because there is still a little too much fluff for me as a Reacher fan. We are not used to seeing him working as a part of a team, and his fighting style is pretty tame. Maybe the aging Reacher is mellowing out?

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kastigar
Jan 20, 2018

Great book! More like some of the original Jack Reacher books. I read it within a couple of days, it was so interesting.

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Stresstested
Jan 17, 2018

Did Lee Child actually write this? He has rediscovered what made the series enjoyable. The best Reacher novel in a while.

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SeaBrill
Jan 14, 2018

Most enjoyable Reacher novel in current memory. Proof that a good story trumps mayhem. Fans of mayhem will reach the end and wonder why they are still satisfied; alright maybe we could have had a few more broken people parts.

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TechWriter1
Jan 10, 2018

Another enjoyable Reacher read. This one was a bit different from most previous books with Reacher essentially forming an impromptu team with others to resolve issues. I liked all of the characters and wouldn't mind seeing Nakamura or Bramall show up in some future story line. I didn't mind that there was less brawling than in previous books. Child's story formula usually includes a few fights but they aren't essential.

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NRBBrady
Jan 08, 2018

Lee Child always entertains, and his Jack Reacher character is at the top of my favorite serial leads. By the way --- Tom Cruise is NO Jack Reacher, no matter what Hollywood would have you believe. This character is larger than life - in attitude, in physical appearance, and in every other way you would want your good guy to be if you were eluding trouble. Story development was great, and as expected the twists when turning the pages by this author were pretty nonstop. I am always happy to see a new release by Mr. Child, and to date have not been disappointed.

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seeker472
Jan 06, 2018

Another great read from Lee Child. Jack Reacher is my favorite character and his novels are
always a treat for me. I look forward to the next one.

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harrybosch
Jan 01, 2018

Not one of Child's best. A little bit of a different Jack Reacher in this one. Not so many broken bones, and shattered ear drums from the big man in this episode. Its a bit long and drawn out, with lots of time spent driving around the backwoods and rural roads of Wyoming. It could easily have been 50 pages shorter. Several chapters appear to have been ghost written, and not too well written at that. I wonder where the copy editors were on those, as they lack Child's usual crisp and immaculate English.

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0007548100dmw
Dec 20, 2017

Another great Lee Child book....Much better than his last book which was a clunker.

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writermala
Dec 20, 2017

Jack Reacher is back much to the delight of fans like me. He does not disappoint as right at the start he finds a ring in a pawn shop and is curious about its provenance since it is a West Point (his alma mater) class ring. He feels the owner would have cherished this ring and must be in some kind of trouble for the ring to reach the pawn shop. He goes after the path of the ring to the pawn shop with a tenacity of a bulldog and ends up embroiled in a criminal ring. There are some very interesting characters in the book and it is definitely a page turner.

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21221021880833c
Dec 20, 2017

Finally a good Jack Reacher read. Much better then the last book. So I gather that Nakamura is still handcuffed to a table leg and Scorpio is still tumbling? Too funny. Thank you Lee Child. You redeemed yourself. And after this book there is no way Tom Cruise is the right actor to play Jack Reacher. Please, there must be another actor out there somewhere that can "be" Jack Reacher.

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sandymorgan
Dec 20, 2017

This book is much better than his last, Night School. It is a sad commentary on the opiod crisis in America. However, the last chapter leaves a couple of loose ends hanging with the female cop and the bad guy.

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RBabsN
Dec 16, 2017

I was hoping for much more than what I found. There really wasn't any mystery or sense of urgency in this story. Everybody (including local law enforcement) already knew who the main bad guy was... In the end, there never really was a threat to Reacher or the person he was trying to help.


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