Running Blind by Lee Child
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reacher is so cool!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌏
Character development: 😳🤬😏🤓☺️
The Hero: Reacher – he is 6’5” and built like a brick outhouse. He is a former Military Policeman who was great at his job. Now he is retired from the military and has traveled the country on his own terms, stopping for periods of times in different towns. Now he is a homeowner, who has spent the summer fixing up his home and yard. He feels anchored now which he doesn’t like since he has lived like a hobo, traveling the country with the clothes on his back, a watch, a toothbrush and very little else.
The love interest: Jodi Garber – she is a New York corporate lawyer and the daughter of Leon Garber, Reacher’s old commanding officer who died recently leaving his half million dollar home to Reacher. She had feelings for Reacher since she was fifteen and they met on a base in the Philippines.
The Story: Reacher had feelings for Jodi when they first met, but dampened them down since she was the daughter of a man he respected and thought of like a father. When Leon Garber died, Reacher came to the funeral and was surprised to see Jodi and find her divorced and that she had feelings for him as well.
While helping out a local restauranteur who is being shaken down by a local gang, Reacher is picked up by the FBI and questioned about a series of murders across the company. The victims of the murders all happened to know Reacher.
I thought I would listen to this audiobook after binging Reacher season 1 on Amazon Prime. I loved it and wanted more so decided to try one of the audiobooks. Listening to this made me appreciate a lot about the script and the way Alan Ritchson played the character. I could see so many of the same characteristics in this Reacher as in the Amazon TV Show.
Reacher has the same confidence and is just as irreverent and arrogant in the books as in the show. I love the way that sometimes Reacher is so nice and selfless like he is for the local restauranteur and other times when people ask for his help he just flat out says No and when they ask why, he says because he doesn’t want to. It doesn’t benefit him at all, so why should he? Even when he helped the restauranteur he was indirectly helping himself because he enjoyed eating there and if it closed he wouldn’t be able to.
I also love how he gets back at people that try to use him or back him into a corner. I like this guy and picturing him as Alan Ritchson doesn’t hurt either. I didn’t really like the narrator, I thought he should have a deeper voice to match such a big guy. However, Jonathon Mcclain is a good reader with good cadence and tempo, so I still enjoyed the audiobook pretty well.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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