Someone is hunting Jack Reacher, and he – not surprisingly – want to know who, and why. The mystery deepens as Reacher realises his life is in danger. With reference to earlier Reacher stories, Don’t Know Jack (The Hunt For Reacher Series #1) also comes at a time when the franchise looks set for a big boost thanks to a current movie starring Tom Cruise. But is Diane Capri’s take on the character going to satisfy Reacher fans?
There are some moments in this novel when I felt characters were acting inconsistently and were making decisions that made no sense. I was also surprised at the actions of the FBI, who seemed to have little or no information about Reacher. But if you can put these things aside and avoid the urge to nit-pick, you’re left with a decent thriller that takes the character of Jack Reacher out for another spin. It’s a testament to the strength of that character that he can lift this narrative and give it a little more life than it might otherwise have had.
Diane Capri’s take on the Jack Reacher character is a curious beast. The Reacher character is well-established and strong, and has many fans. Capri’s writing is pretty good, even if she never quite seems to reach the same stylistic flourishes that have made Lee Child a household name. And while the plot of Don’t Know Jack (The Hunt For Reacher Series #1) might not be astoundingly original, it serves as the perfect premise to bring Reacher out for some more action.
Star rating for Don’t Know Jack (The Hunt For Reacher Series #1): 3 stars.
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