The Affair: A Reacher Novel (Jack Reacher)

by Lee Child | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0385344325 Global Overview for this book
Registered by buffyfan of Rochester, New York USA on 9/27/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by buffyfan from Rochester, New York USA on Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I'm reading this now. :O)

Journal Entry 2 by buffyfan at -- Wild released somewhere in the state, New York USA on Tuesday, September 27, 2011
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Perryfran - USA Shipping
Southernfryed - USA Shipping
Mellion108 -
Storm- Europe Shipping.

Journal Entry 3 by buffyfan at -- Wild released somewhere in the state, New York USA on Tuesday, October 4, 2011
It's with a heavy heart that I have to write this review. I'm a Jack Reacher/Lee Child fan. However, in The Affair, Child really dropped the ball.

This is about when Reacher was still a MP in the army, and was sent undercover. His job is to work with the local police to solve a murder. Reacher has a counterpart that's doing the same thing, but that person is trying to solve the murder by not going undercover, and trying to solve the murder by working at a local army base. Soon, Reacher is in the middle of the case and trying to sort things out and soon learns that things aren't as what they seem, and someone else is pulling certain strings. That's all I really want to say about the plot without giving to much away.

There are a lot of things wrong with The Affair. What draws me to Reacher, is that fact that he sees things in a way that the rest of us do not, and is able to piece together clues in a logical way and solve any problem. I guess what I'm saying is that Reacher is smart. He's a few steps ahead of the bad guy and is waiting for him, then just smacks the crap out of them or kills them. Game over, next game. In this, we really don't get to see that. We sort of get to see him sort somethings out, but never that "wow factor" that hooks us in. He doesn't really do it that much. He's kind of stumbling along and figures things out in a much slower way. I just miss the old Reacher. He does smack some people around, but he could have done it much more. I won't say if he kills anyone, I don't want to spoil anything. This just isn't the Reacher that we all know and love.

A second problem is that this is so dang wordy. There's a lot of description of things that we don't need to read about. It's not like it moves the story along. It's just the opposite, it slows down the pace of the story. There's also a lot of needless redundancy to it. We get told over and over and over how Reacher is eating Peach Pie. UG! There's a lot more redundancy that just the Peach Pie. There is just so much that is slows the plot down.

Child tried to put in a few plot twists that never really worked. I think that Child had them there, just to have them and take up space.

It seems that the plot was weak as well. The plot was weak and the outcome was weak. I just don't think that Child put in a lot of effort in this book. Child started off good, but soon lost it's momentum.

If you haven't read any of the Reacher books, please don't start with this one. This isn't a good reflection on what a Reacher Adventure really is.

For me, it was a major let down and it's one I won't be reading again.

I'll still continue to read the next Reacher Adventure that comes out, I just hope it's the old Reacher.

Journal Entry 4 by wingperryfranwing at North Ogden, Utah USA on Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The new Reacher arrived today! Looking forward to reading it. Will get to it soon.

Journal Entry 5 by wingperryfranwing at North Ogden, Utah USA on Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I really enjoyed this latest Reacher thriller and thought it was on par with most of the other Reacher novels that I have read (I still have 5 or 6 left to read). This one takes place while Reacher is still in the army immediately before his discharge and the events of The Killing Floor. In fact it nicely ties up how Reacher happened to go to the little town in Georgia where the Killing Floor takes place and how his brother happened to be there. I always thought this was way too coincidental when I first read Floor. As far as the events in The Affair, Reacher sifts through the evidence and even with some misdirection comes to the right conclusions as usual and handles the outcome in the usual Reacher way! I would recommend this one! Now I need to finish reading the other books in the series.

Thanks again buffyfan for sharing. I have Southernfryed's address and will get this out to her today.

Journal Entry 6 by wingperryfranwing at Lexington, South Carolina USA on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (10/19/2011 UTC) at Lexington, South Carolina USA

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Off to Southernfryed in SC to continue this ray. Enjoy!

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Journal Entry 7 by wingSouthernfryedwing at Lexington, South Carolina USA on Monday, October 24, 2011
Book arrived today-can't wait to get started!

10/31/2011
Like Perryfran, I enjoyed this book-maybe moreso than some of the early ones. I thought it was a typical Reacher adventure. Hubby will be reading it this week.

11/23/2011
Pm'd mellion108 for her address. Will get the book in the mail by the first of the month.

Journal Entry 8 by wingSouthernfryedwing at Lexington, South Carolina USA on Friday, December 2, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (12/2/2011 UTC) at Lexington, South Carolina USA

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Dropped in the mail today :)

Journal Entry 9 by mellion108 at Bloomfield Hills, Michigan USA on Saturday, December 10, 2011
Thanks for sharing this, buffyfan, and thank you, southernfryed, for sending this my way (and for the extra treats! so nice!).

I'm reading very, very slowly these days, so I might have to keep this one with me for a while. However, if I don't get to it and it looks like I'll have it for too long (more than a month?), I'll go ahead and ship it to Storm.

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