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Ex Military Policeman Jack Reacher Is A Drifter He S Just Passing Through Margrave, Georgia, And In Less Than An Hour, He S Arrested For Murder Not Much Of A Welcome All Jack Knows Is That He Didn T Kill Anybody At Least Not Here Not Lately But He Doesn T Stand A Chance Of Convincing Anyone Not In Margrave, Georgia Not A Chance In Hell

10 thoughts on “Killing Floor

  1. says:

    This reads like an 80s action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.A big tough ex military guy drifts into a small town and is sucked into uncovering a vast criminal conspiracy through completely unbelievable coincidences Check.Hero has a cool, manly sounding name Jack Reacher CheckHero is quickly given a personal grudge against the villains CheckBad dialogue Check.Stereotypical villains including corrupt businessmen and politicians Check.Hero finds a few trustworthy allies, but is betrayed at some point CheckHero shacks up with hottest girl in town within two days of meeting her CheckHot girl gets kidnapped by bad guys at some point Check.Stuff blows up real good at the end Check.I know this is a really popular series these days, but unless it gets a lot better in later books, I just don t get it I ve read far better action scenes from guys like John Sandford who actually write thrillers that have plots that hang together and don t trot out every action movie cliche in the process Plus, there are massive gaps in logic A murder victim turns out to be a federal agent who is working on a super secret case that is so important that it literally threatens the United States Yet, after he s killed and it s reported, nobody else from the government even shows up to check it out WTF I can gloss over unrealistic procedural stuff in the interest of a good story, but since this isn t a good story, the plot loopholes are too horrible to ignore.Another problem is that Child couldn t make up his mind if he wanted to write just an action novel or a detective story, and he tried to split the difference Not good Reacher is the worst fictional detective I ve ever read Giant clues are put in front of him that anyone who has ever read a book or seen an episode of television since 1962 would instantly recognize, but he misses them Yet, when called for, he can make ludicrous leaps of intuition that would make Sherlock Holmes scratch his head at the sheer implausibility of them This might have been a better book if Reacher was just a revenge driven killing machine mowing through the bad guys without the pretense of playing detective.This would have been 1 star, but I gave it an extra star because the main piece of the criminal plot is actually kind of clever and not something I d read before Unfortunately, it s the only original thing in this book Update 4 10 16 I recently read another crime novel that used an identical idea of view spoiler bleaching 1 bills to use for counterfeiting purposes hide spoiler

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    This is not the first Jack Reacher book I have read so I did already knew who Jack Reacher is Lee Child s creation is the modern day Conan Meaning he is fully clothes, an expert on modern weapons guns, switchblades, he could probably use a sword but does not yet , as well as unarmed combat He is a big battle scared and tested fighter He lives his life as a wonderer a leaf in the wind blown from one place to another usually finding adventure trouble where he lands The slight twist on the Jack Reacher character is that he has a Sherlock Holmes type of deductive skills.Despite that fact that Jack does not use any flashy moves, his fighting style is to survive and take out the opponent as efficiently ruthlessly as possible These tend to be a head butt, snapping fingers, gorging eyes or nut shots I really do enjoy the way Lee Child through Jack Reacher s voice explains the mechanics of the fight, from the best way to strangle someone to the counter.On a whim Jack Reacher visits a sleepy small town, to look into a 63 year old murder However he finds himself railroaded for a new murder as the only stranger in town To start with the mystery is just a passing curiosity to him but when Reacher is personally involved, they mystery becomes a top priority, which must be solved even if he has to decimate half the people in town.A great story and a great starting point to introduce fans to Jack I especially like the way Child ties up all the loose ends, dealing with the aftermath as well Not just saying the story is over buy the next book The book is gripping and fast paced Despite being over 500 pages, the book just seems to fly by Very enjoyable read

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    I could not read this The prose is terrible Commas are rare Periods are abundant It s hard to read I got through one chapter I checked later books They are the same I had heard good things I cannot get past this I am not exaggerating It s actually worse than this These are all sentences Full sentences Not fragments There we go It s like this Reading a Reacher novel I considered powering through But I don t want to waste my time I bought the whole series for 1 a piece I regret it They re not even worth that much.

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    Jack Reacher is a walking, talking, 6 5 prescription strength laxative guaranteed to cause scumbags to soil their skivvies As hardboiled protagonists go, this guy is loaded with awesome and I was well and truly won over by the end of Lee Child s debut novel Reacher s a former military police officer who is cucumber cool and carries himself with a calm, quiet stoicism that reminded me a lot of Shadow from Neil Gaiman s American Gods another favorite character of mine In typical hardboiled fashion, Jack s narration of the book s events is muted and almost detached This emotionally restrained tone is employed even when he s describing scenes of grisly, gore filled carnage of which this book has plenty He keeps his feelings in check and doesn t phase easily, even when scummy douchesacks intentionally strive to work themselves under his skin That said, when the moment is right and Jack is required to muster his inner grim reaper against the human stains who have wronged him and hisman is it ever G fucking O time This guy can wetwork with the best of them PLOT SUMMARY Since leaving the army, Jack s been doing the Kung Fu drifter wanderer act across the U.S of A When he arrives at a blip on the map called Margrave, Georgia he finds himself immediately arrested for murder Seems some gentleman had his head removed with a shotgun blast and Reacher finds himself as the prime suspect So after an eventful weekend in prison during which he redecorates the faces and figures of a handful of inmates, Jack is finally released from jail At this point, the story takes a dramatic you must suspend your disbelief turn when the recent murder ends up having a very personal connection to Reacher Further, the murder seems to be only a tiny part of a massive conspiracy involving the entire town and the body count quickly begins to rise Game on From here, our giant bag of nut crushing head knockery becomes a one man Sherlock Schwarzenegger and proceeds to hunt clues, piece together evidence and unleash a batch of industrial strength payback on a whole gaggle of bad guys This is early Arnold and not the later model that comes with man boobs Game over.THOUGHTS As you can probably glean from the above, I think Jack Reacher is pretty much THE MAN What I liked most was that as big and strong as he is, this is no simple, brawn sporting lug with low voltage wiring upstairs He s intelligent, shrewd and has a gift for being able to sift through and digest information while thinking on his feet both tactically and strategically He s the complete package, A large, clever anti hero that knows how to get the job done and who has enough humanity inside him to make you want him to come out on top However.Now that I have slobbered all over this review, I do have one major gripe and it is kind of a big un Put simply, the writing was painfully bad The prose is stiffer than rigor mortis and the dialogue was accoutered with he saids and she saids than a Hollywood gossip session For much of the first half of the book it was almost terminally off putting and greatly distracted me from the story I thought I had struck out with this book and was not looking forward to doing my review as so many of my friends liked this But, as time went on, as the body count increased, as the stakes got higher and as Reacher s badass quotient approached epic status, I found myself far forgiving of the simple, connect the dots prose and clunky dialogue and realized I had been sucked headlong into the narrative From then until the wrap up, I was fully on board It was like a mini Christmas miracle.I fell right into the central mystery that was fresh and unique and than worth the price of admission for me despite having a few far fetched plot components When you add to that my increasingly bromantic bonding to Reacher and his Billy Jack against the evil townies one man army show, I was in hardboiled action Gagaville lovin me some story And thus.Overall, a great main character and an interesting central story made up for some less than stellar prose and I ended up firmly liking this tale I will certainly check out the next tale in this series as I would imagine the writing is only going to get better and the rest should stay at least as good 3.0 stars Recommended.

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    On the Flintstones, whenever there was an indoor chase scene, the background in the house never varied, it would be the same window, table, lamp running repeatedly behind the action, and the chase would go on seemingly forever a veritable cartoon mile 1.6 kilometers Watching the show as a kid, it was almost than my sugar fueled addled brain could handle.Reading this book was the same type of existentially empty experience Grafting a promising storyline onto a series of humorless, mind numbing hackneyed plot devices, punctuated by the occasional instances of brutal violence, and you end up with literary inertia, which appears to be going somewhere, but it s not Just like Fred and Dino.The book has an introduction by the author that had been added for the Tiny Tom movie release The introduction details Lee Child s life from quitting his day job to how he created Reacher The introduction was the highlight of this reading experience Child probably had a lot of ideas bouncing around in his head when he began writing this book Sadly, he picked the wrong ones A quote he repeats in the intro is, Dickens wanted what the audience wanted Sure, but Dickens was his own man, who didn t pander to his audience s fleeting whims.I don t want to totally dismiss the Reacher series out of hand The Almighty Stephen King pimps it on the cover of this edition and I ve read one other Reacher book and it was fairly entertaining Even though I ve over invested 50 cents in two other volumes, it ll be awhile before I give my time to another book in this series.

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    Are you having a bad day Do you need an Action Pick You Up Do you sometimes wish that the bad guys would get exactly what they deserve Then I have a quick solution Read a Jack Reacher novel Jack Reacher is the kind of guy who will kick some serious butt in the most brutal fashion, and it ain t pretty I admit that I wince when I see someone die violently on tv and in movies But I love action movies Yeah, I know it makes no sense Killing Floor is the kind of book that I would love to see as a movie if Hollywood didn t manage to bungle most of the movies they make Yes, it has some cringe worthy scenes, but I don t feel bad for the bad guys in this book at all They were completely loathsome While I don t consider myself a violent person, there is something deeply satisfying about reading a book with a kickbutt hero who deals with corrupt persons with no morals and no respect for human life, and deals with them hard like they deserve, but they certainly don t expect Things I like about Jack Reacher He can handle himself He is a good person, but he don t play He is both the mysterious, strong silent type and a smart aleck with unforgettable lines What a great combination He uses his brain and all the assets available I liked how he assessed the various situations and was able to come up with a good solution, thinking on his feet He has a sense of justice that I can get behind, and he doesn t let the rules get in his way of seeing justice done much like Repairman Jack from the F Paul Wilson books He treats people with respect, except for lowlives who show that they aren t worthy of it He can kick some serious butt and teach the thugs some lessons they won t ever forget Who would I pick to play Jack Reacher in a movie I immediately thought of Josh Lucas when Jack is first described Why Because Josh is hot, he s a good actor, he has the attitude and the presence to play Jack, and the coloring and physical description Yup Josh is my Jack I will not budge on that Do you still need a reason to read this book If the answer is no, I suggest you go find a copy of this book and have a ball reading it If you don t want to read Killing Floor by now, then I can tell you truly haven t been completely annoyed with how scumbags manage to take advantage of good people and get away with it Or maybe you just don t like adrenaline rushes in a book, and action packed suspense with some nifty twists and turns If that s the case, I still like you Um, Danielle You sound kind of gleeful about this violent book and I m a little scared of you right now Should I be Are you a closet vigilante Not at all, even though I love Batman and Jack is definitely going on my favorite hero list No, it s just very good wish fulfillment to read books with tough guys like Jack who can and will take care of the bad guys and have you going, Dang What can I say I grew up in the 80s, the Golden Age of action films It s too late for me now.

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    This is the book that introduced Lee Child s popular character, Jack Reacher in 1997 Reacher is a former military cop who s been made redundant by the end of the cold war After spending his entire life in the military Reacher grew up in a military family , he s now completely on his own, footloose and fancy free After spending much of his life abroad, he s wandering about the country, getting to know the U.S up close and personal As will continue to be the case, Reacher travels light, with nothing than the clothes on his back, paying cash, traveling by bus and staying off the grid.On a whim, Reacher has a bus driver drop him off at the interchange for tiny Margrave, Georgia Reacher has heard a story about an ancient Blues man who once spent time in the town and decides to check it out He walks fourteen miles into town, orders a cup of coffee in a diner, and is promptly arrested for murder.Reacher knows that he hasn t killed anyone, at least not in Margrave and not for some time, so he s obviously mystified He soon discovers that there are a lot of weird things going on in this tiny, pristine town where the townfolk, or at least a good number of them, are harboring some strange secrets Reacher couldn t care less He just wants to get clear of the murder charges, get back on the bus, and resume his wandering life But he quickly develops a personal stake in the murder case, which is decidedly bad news for the evildoers Before long, the bodies are piling up left and right, and Reacher is contributing than his fair share to the carnage This is a cleverly plotted book, although it does depend on a coincidence that s almost too huge to swallow Still, it s a fun read that sets the template for the future books in the series This is essentially Shane brought forward into the Twentieth and now the Twenty first century Jack Reacher is the mysterious stranger with something approaching mystical powers, who rides into a troubled town, albeit on a Greyhound rather than a horse He cleans up the town, disposes of the bad guys, dallies briefly with a beautiful, sexy woman that he will have to abandon in the end, and then, once his job is done, he rides off into the sunset.What s not to like The formula has worked very well through sixteen books now, and Jack Reacher has become an international favorite Those who have somehow missed him would do well to start with Killing Floor.

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    Suspension of disbelief required I was a policeman of sorts for thirteen years and I can smell a worried man a mile away.The reviews for this one are all over the place It seems that Jack Reacher is one of those either you love him or you hate him protagonists and Lee Child is one of those either you love him or you hate him writers It s also clear that these books rely heavily on action In fact, as some reviewers have already mentioned, there is a bit of the 80s Action Hero about Jack Reacher The book was conceived in the 90s, so perhaps it makes sense Well, tough shit He started it, right Attacking me was like pushing open a forbidden door What waited on the other side was his problem His risk If he didn t like it, he shouldn t have pushed open the damn door.So, Reacher He is huge yes, literally and he doesn t take any crap As in none Expect broken limbs, mashed in faces, blown up buildings, and very dead scumbags, as he sets about solving mysteries He doesn t have an alcohol problem, or domestic issues, or any other of the plethora of baggage we have gotten used to in crime fiction Some argue this makes for a one dimensional character, while others are content to sit back and enjoy the ride Both these schools of thought have merit, so it s really the plotting that makes or breaks a book like this I calculated angles and estimated distances I came up with one definite conclusion It was a hell of a problem.I read this on my wife s recommendation, and I enjoyed it It s possibly the literary equivalent of a Cinnamon Bun, not all that much nutrition but high on calories Thing is I enjoy a Cinnamon Bun every once in a while I also happened to enjoy the fact that this particular protagonist doesn t care two hoots about protocol and consequence Realistic Maybe not Fun Indeedy His skull exploded under the impact of the huge bullet His legs crumpled and he started falling I fired my last four shells into him before he hit the floor.Also, bear in mind that Jack Reacher isn t a detective Not really He is ex Military Police so he has a few skills, mostly in breaking heads to get the information he needs He also likes to travel I wanted the open road and a new place every day I wanted miles to travel and absolutely no idea where I was going I wanted to ramble I had rambling on my mind.As for the plotting it wasn t bad at all, in my humble opinion I enjoyed the mystery, and the unraveling of it, and the big reveal s , even though I have to admit that there is at least one brobdingnagian coincidence and a few things that didn t tie up all thaaat nicely May I suggest you read this as an action romp, rather than a sophisticated thriller The big question here is obviously will I read the next one hell yes I reckon I will.3.5 exploding, um, objects out of 5

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    I don t know why I never read Lee Child before Jack Reacher is a character that just grabs you and doesn t let go The story is almost irrelevant He has recently been mustered out of the only life he ever knew, the military life He grew up and lived all over the world and when he grew up, he joined up Now Jack has been mustered out and is on a mission to see the United States he defended and protected but never knew He hops on a bus and when his fancy suits him, he asks the driver to stop and let him off He walks into a small town, Musgrave, that is immaculately clean on the surface, but very, very dirty underneath He stops at a diner and is almost immediately arrested for murder One of the victims turns out to be his brother, Joe When they were growing up on military bases all over the world, Joe and Jack always had each other s backs Now Jack has to find out who killed his brother and make them pay, big time Virtually non stop action and Jack s the good guy No matter what he does to the bad guys, they deserved it and you keep cheering him on I just knew that no matter what the villains threw against him, he would come on top He s the hero and he will save the day Wow What a rush I will need another fix of Jack Reacher soon.

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    A good action mystery.To be clear, the real success here is that writer Lee Child introduced us to his ultra cool, badass drifter hero Jack Reacher Described as 6 5, lean and strong, this former Army MP has left the service, taken his severance pay and is just walking the earth, kind of like Jules from Pulp Fiction And like Jules and Jedi Knights the galaxy over, he finds adventure, beats the crap of bad guys, solves problems with Sherlock Holmes grandeur and generally has a big time doing it.Reacher happens upon a murder in rural Georgia, gets mixed up in a huge underworld criminal activity and must FIGHT and WIN He also has to stay alive and Childs does a damn good job of describing scenes that keep the octane burning and the action coming This is an entertaining page turner, a fun book to read.There s also plenty of partially credible coincidence, some deus ex machina solutions and Hollywoodesque melodrama but if you re picking up a Reacher book, chances are you were not curious about Mr Darcy, Heathcliff on the moors, or a sensitive character study about a single mom It is what it is, and does the action hero thing quite well Like Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon, no one from the academy was paying attention to the wit of the dialogue or the intelligence of the cinematography you want to see the hero kick ass and that s what you get Damn straight and pass the bourbon.I ve already started the next in the series.