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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Without Fail

By Lee Childs
5 Stars

I read my first Lee Child/Jack Reacher novel sometime last year. I got it out of the library. I did enjoy the read and in the name of making her pappy happy my daughter kept an eye out for similar books in the used book piles she visits now and then. She found a couple for me and this is the first one that gets my review.

This time around Jack Reacher is actually hired to troubleshoot vice-presidential security by M. E Froelich, who is a former flame of Reacher's dead brother. He has a female helper Neagley and they make a devastating team. Someone is out to assassinate the vice-president and Reacher has to find out who they are and stop them.

The story pulled me in from the very first line. Superbly executed. Child is a bestselling author for a reason. He is good at his craft. I did have to read the ending several times over because I do have a bone to pick there. Neagley is military trained like Reacher and all through the book her competence is highlighted. She ends up inexplicably defenseless in the climax of the story and plays damsel in distress. I see it and I don't see it. I like it and I don't like it. I was tempted to deduct half a star but after rereading it several times, I can't really justify it. Child gets a pass on that and my full recommendation of the book. 

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