Jack non Reacher……. Enough said.
We’ve been a fan of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series for a while now, perhaps for a decade or more? It sounds like a long time, but I do believe that we’re still late to join the fan band wagon.
And Lee Child’s 2017 anthology of Jack Reacher short stories simply adds to the legend that is Reacher. The mish-mash of stories give us a glimpse into his pre-pubescent life; the character he was as a late teen; filling in some gaps in his military service; and of course more examples of his nomadic wanderings in the United States.
The anthology is made up of 2 novellas (definition of a novella is a short long story, or a long short story….. *shrug*); and 10 properly short stories.
My favourite from the collection of shorts were ‘Second son’ a snap-shot of when Reacher was but a boy, newly arriving on the island of Okinawa as a military brat, and how he handles business with the local bully-boys in the only way he knows how.
‘Deep Down’, when Reacher is still in the service of Uncle Sam, he goes under-cover to weasel out a mole within the US Military Core.
While we liked ‘Everyone Talks’, just for the shear fact that to this day the ending still remains a mystery to us. Nothing like a story which keeps you baffled right to the very end and beyond!
So if you’re a fan of Jack Reacher, and you’ve read all of the novels in the long and still ongoing series, but you haven’t read this anthology? It’s definitely worth you’re while! Getting Reacher in small, easier to consume portions is definitely the way to go! To pick up a copy of ‘No Middle Name’, click HERE!
And while I still have your attention, here are my thoughts on the Jack Reacher motion picture……..
Prior to watching it, I was convinced that I’d hate it- as Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher…… Enough said? Right? Like Reacher is a hulking 6’3 being- I’d imagine an actor like Kevin Sorbo-est might be better suited to play the indestructible Reacher in a live action drama. But little old Tommy?
But I’m here to let you know, that Tom Cruise actually pulls-off quite a convincing role as Reacher. So much so that you forget that he’s meant to be invincible. Haaha. To say that he made the role his own, is an understatement. In the end, ‘Jack Reacher’ in the hands of Tom Cruise has turned the film into another action thriller franchise, with a surprisingly cool collection of cars and action scenes involving cars. And we enjoyed it so much that now we’re purposefully searching the Netflix library for films starring Tom Cruise, as we’re secretly a new convert of Tom’s.
To watch Tom Cruise as ‘Jack Reacher’, click HERE!