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Reacher makes Bond look fairly tame in comparison. His massive height and huge build seem to be one of the few defining aspects of the character. He is NOT Tom Cruise (though Cruise is passable in the film).
From what I've read so far I'd certainly recommend Child.
I like the character and I like very much the way Child writes. And always plenty of action.
What did you think of the film?
Re: Harry Hole - brilliant, intriguing, yet I find them depressing. But I have only read two.
I quite liked the film but admit its not great. Cruise is fine as an action hero and his performance in the film is ok...but from reading half of one book he just isn't Reacher. Daniel Craig might have made a better Reacher actually eventhough he's also not exactly tall.
I actually think that Jai Courtney (who's excellent as the brutal henchman) might have been good - I can at least believe see him as a bouncer.
For Cruise's weaknesses regarding his casting he does handle himself well in the fight scenes.
This really is a truly excellent Book and whatever weaknesses it might have are outweighed by far by Terry Hayes' delightfull prose and his complex and insightful Hero. It is much more an "Entwicklungsroman" as I would have expected and also had hoped that the Protagonist experiences all those things listed on the back of the Book himself and not only retells them (I'm a sucker for odysseys) but as already said it is truly superbly written and it has been quite some time since I have been that much delighted by a Novel. I have read, that some compare him to Daniel Silva,but I would rate Hayes(and the "Pilgrim") heads and shoulders above Silva and Allon. I see it much more as a blend of Trevanians Shibumi, his Hel/Hemlock Charakters and Dashiell Hammetts "Continental Op", which might seem like like a tall order to fulfil but Hayes truly delivers. I can't tell you how glad I am that in a clandestine World awash with the likes of Mitch Rapp there is still room for someone like the Pilgrim.
Again, thanks to all of you that gave it such glowing reviews here on these pages!
The biggest disappointment was in reading how sad and petty political the music business as it relates to studio involvement, and the egos of artists like Madonna, Jack White, and perhaps the recent Adele/Epworth/Newman pairing have become a detriment to Bondian music and what the people who really matter, the fans of the series, want to hear in a Bond soundtrack.
Literary archaeology. I like that term, sir!
It looks like you enjoyed it as much as me.
I don't know how it is selling but I'm quite sure it will be like Larrson's "Millennium" trilogy - it will develop a cult following and then it will explode.
I like your comparrison with 'Shibumi'. I read that one back in the day - a great book!
I've long voiced that John's Bond novels were fare from his best work and that his big Herbie books were a real testimony to his greatness. If you haven't read them I would heartily recommend you start - they are quite brilliant.
One Shot is a great book. I enjoy the Jack Reacher novels. The film that is based on One Shot is entertaining but it's nothing compared to the books. Why Child wanted Cruise to play Reacher, I'll never understand. Hugh Jackman or Gerard Butler would have been a much better choice. According to google, they're both 1.88 metres. That's not as tall as 6 foot 5, Jack Reacher's height, but it's good enough.
I've read three of the Reachers--Without Fail, Persuader, 61 Hours--and they're very good. Rather on the grim side and ultra violent. Not exactly feel-good reading, but high-quality thrillers withal.
The same. I just can't get my head around the idea of Cruise as Reacher, and I don't want to spend money trying.
Shibumi is one of my very favorite thrillers. If I taught a college level course on the thriller, Shibumi would be required reading.
Also, if you haven't read The Summer of Katya by Trevanian, you should. It may be the greatest novel I've ever read.
No he is person who does not believe in the Nazi ideoligy stuck in a society that run by the standards of the Nazi's, he is a survivor and a cynic.
The books are based in real historical situations and along the way they tell us more about living in Nazi Germany than anything I have encountered movie or bookwise. The books are a cross between police whodunnits and spy stories.
And yes he is a good policeman caught between a rock and a hard place.
Fortunately I got it with Robert Harris' 'An Officer And A Spy'. It's a really gripping take on the Alfred Dreyfuss affair - absolutely brilliant and intelligently written.
yes, just picked up 'the snowman' by jo nesbo.