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Better Off Dead by Andrew Child, Lee Child
Series: Jack Reacher #26
Published by Ballantine on October 26, 2021
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Reacher isn’t one to back down from a fight. And when a shadowy crew raises the stakes, he won’t hesitate to teach them a lesson: When you pick a fight with Reacher, you’re better off dead.
I have really enjoyed the Jack Reacher series and have read them all, including novellas. Jack Reacher started out wandering when he was maybe mid-thirties, and as the books went along he aged. Then, the books seemed to go back in time and cover times when he was in the military or freshly a civilian. I’m uncertain as to his age in Better Off Dead. I would read the earlier books in order but later books could be read standalone.
Now, Lee Child is joined by his younger brother, Andrew to write these adventures. It seems to be going well. I liked The Sentinel. The world events and modern conveniences suggest Reacher is somewhat older. He doesn’t have many specific plans but he was headed to the Pacific Ocean this time.
I didn’t like the start because it gave a dire situation and then went back in time leading up to the situation. This only went on for a few chapter but it didn’t work for me. The rest of the book was pure Reacher style. He is always helping the underdog, making things right, jamming up the bad guys. Luckily, he has his old military type contacts to handle some aspects, be it information or arrests.
He is not afraid of a fight and uses excellent strategy which we get to hear about half in his stream of thoughts. Even when he gets into a dire place, he works out of it. He isn’t worried about just disposing of villains, particularly if they try to kill him. It seems like he perhaps has had more violent fights when not in the military, first when he was growing up and now once he has retired from the military. He doesn’t carry a gun but he has skills with them and often ends up with one from the bad guys.
Reacher is a classic for me with compassion, thrilling action, and intelligent strategy. It’s also great to see the good guys or the innocent win and the bad guys get taken down.
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