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Old 02-02-2020, 01:23 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Jack Reacher author Lee Child passes writing baton to brother 1-18-20

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The author of the best-selling Jack Reacher novels is handing over the writing duties to his younger brother.

Lee Child, 65, reportedly considered killing off the 6ft 5ins vigilante hero, who is played by actor Tom Cruise in film adaptations.

But the writer said: "I love my readers and know they want many, many more Reacher stories in the future."

His brother Andrew Grant, 51, who will write under the pen name Andrew Child, is already an established author.



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Old 02-12-2020, 02:31 AM
 
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I've never read any of Lee Child's books.

If anyone can give me their opinion (I'm an adult, late 40s) please chime in.

I'd prefer to hear from board members than (perhaps dubious) Amaz reviews.

If you recommend his Jack Reacher books, which oneare your favorites?


TIA.
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Old 02-12-2020, 07:05 AM
 
Location: So Ca
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I LOVE Lee Child's books. I finished a jack Reacher novel a couple of weeks ago, and thought about what Child might do with his protagonist. Thank goodness he isn't going to finish him off. (I was so disappointed when Reacher's brother and only sibling died in one of his novels.)

I hope that Andrew Grant is as gifted a crime fiction writer as Child is.

Five reasons why the Jack Reacher novels are brilliant:
https://life.spectator.co.uk/article...els-brilliant/
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Old 02-12-2020, 12:43 PM
 
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I've never read any of Lee Child's books.

If anyone can give me their opinion (I'm an adult, late 40s) please chime in.

I'd prefer to hear from board members than (perhaps dubious) Amaz reviews.

If you recommend his Jack Reacher books, which oneare your favorites?


TIA.
I like them and have read them all. My recommendation is to read them in order of publication.

https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/jack-reacher/
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Old 02-12-2020, 11:54 PM
 
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Thank you CA4 and Preson.

I'm taking a stab.
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Old 02-14-2020, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Minnesota (SLP)
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I've read every one of them. I would consider myself a huge Lee Child fan. When I read about his brother taking over it made sense. Got to be hard to crank out story after story using the same character doing the same things and staying relevant. In a sense it does seem like a good idea to try and maintain a seamless flow while keeping a franchise alive. Guess the editor will be kept busy looking for flaws in the mix or for cracks in the foundation.

A am also looking forward to the (cable series) based on the Reacher stories.
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Old 02-14-2020, 10:29 AM
 
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I've read every one of them. I would consider myself a huge Lee Child fan. When I read about his brother taking over it made sense. Got to be hard to crank out story after story using the same character doing the same things and staying relevant. In a sense it does seem like a good idea to try and maintain a seamless flow while keeping a franchise alive. Guess the editor will be kept busy looking for flaws in the mix or for cracks in the foundation.

A am also looking forward to the (cable series) based on the Reacher stories.
Thanks, slamont.

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Old 02-16-2020, 09:04 AM
 
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.......If you recommend his Jack Reacher books, which oneare your favorites?......


I enjoy them. There is not one better than the other. Each one is a repeat of the same story, but Lee Child is a good writer and the characters are well done and interesting.


My problem with Reacher is that they are books that are hard to put down and result in late night reading and getting finished with the book too soon.


I suggest that you try one and see if it appeals to you.
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Old 02-16-2020, 07:21 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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When I read about his brother taking over it made sense. Got to be hard to crank out story after story using the same character doing the same things and staying relevant. In a sense it does seem like a good idea to try and maintain a seamless flow while keeping a franchise alive.
Yes, and it seems that with other crime fiction, Michael Connelly is moving toward retiring Harry Bosch and has brought in a younger female protagonist. And Patricia Cornwell, who wrote for over 2 decades about Kay Scarpetta, has retired that character.
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Old 02-16-2020, 07:26 PM
 
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If you recommend his Jack Reacher books, which ones are your favorites?
I finished Persuader (2002) a few weeks ago. It was one of the few I hadn't read, and I had to buy it at Barnes and Noble since my library didn't have that one. I couldn't put it down, although many of Child's books are like that. They're great for escape reading. (FWIW, I did not read the Reacher series in order.)

https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-385-33666-6
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