1-18-2020: Lee Child announces he is turning the Reacher series over to his younger brother Andrew Grant, who will be writing as Andrew Child.
Book #25: The Sentinel (10-29-2020)
A new Jack Reacher adventure, but this one is different from all the others in the series. The story is still good and it propels you along on a Jack Reacher trajectory that makes it difficult to put the book down. We still have Jack trying to help the underdog, but in this case his way through is through a huge pile of bodies. Reacher is on a bus to nowhere when he comes across a theft that makes him get off and try to help the old guy who he absolutely knows is going to get rolled for the big pile of cash in his jacket pocket. Of course, Reacher being Reacher, he can't let that happen so he saves the guy and his wad of cash, but is pushed into an enormous big pile of do-do. The city where he gets off the bus is notorious for its organized crime. Two big groups of made guys are running the place. We have the Ukrainian's west of centre and the Armenians right off Centre (Street that is). They're both into all kinds of bad sh***t, and they each rule their own kingdoms with an iron fist. With his own deep sense of justice and right and wrong, Reacher sets out to take them both down. It doesn't matter the odds against him, and it doesn't matter who he has to kill as long as he is killing bad guys. With the help of an underemployed waitress and a group of musicians (one who is ex-army, one is an ex-Marine and another an ex-anti-tank soldier), they manage to all stay alive and to keep up the body count until they are the last ones standing. The book sets the usual Lee Child quick pace, and the plot never stops. All great, but I found that the huge body count got to me by the end. This is not usual for a Jack Reacher book. Hence the 4 stars instead of 5 that I usually give for books in this series. But that does not dampen my enthusiasm for reading the next book - not one bit!