Becky’s Two Hundred and Thirty-Fifth Book Review: “Persuader” by Lee Child

This book was intense. I’m amazed at how not only is Lee Child able to grab your attention from the very beginning of this book (and all Jack Reacher books I have read thus far) but he keeps the story interesting. “Persuader” was entertaining throughout.

“Persuader” starts off with Reacher talking about when the cop was shot. Within moments we learn that he is the one that shot him. “Stood completely still. One thing I learned a long time ago is that it’s easy enough to shoot a man. But there’s absolutely no way to unshoot one.” (Persuader, pg 7). It was a powerful way to start a book. From there, Lee Child takes readers on a non-stop ride where not everything is as it seems.

Part of what I really like about Jack Reacher as a character is how funny he can be while being hardcore. “It was a solid punch, and a lucky one. But not for him. It crushed his larynx. He went down on the floor again and suffocated. It was reasonably quick. About a minute and a half. There was nothing I could do for him. I’m not a doctor.” (Persuader, pg 425). It’s a subtle humor that lightens the mood when shit keeps hitting the fan and Reacher is forced to use extreme and lethal measures. I also really enjoy learning bits and pieces about Reacher’s past. The further into the series we get, the more Reacher unfolds. It is really interesting to learn what events shaped him to be who he is and what makes him tick.

Would I recommend this book? Definitely, I am a huge fan of what Lee Child has built in the Jack Reacher series. “Persuader” continued to grow Reacher as a character and I am still completely hooked. It is a real challenge to not devour the entirety of the series in one sitting, but I’m trying to savor each book.


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