“A real page-turner! This was my first Lee Child book. The story moves at a very decent pace. Halfway through though, you can predict the outcome! But, the climax was a bit filmy (as they would say it in India). I personally would have liked a bit more complexity to be thrown in; a bit more conspiracies to be added. As for the characters, Jack Reacher seems to be Sherlock Holmes and Rambo rolled as one! Elizabeth Deveraux in the end, turned out to be a very plain character. The way her character was built-up surely demanded a bit more complexities to it. The book is a thriller but the mystery element is almost broken halfway through! But all things said, I think I will go ahead and enjoy another Jack Reacher series!”Naveen Nair wrote this review Saturday, November 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Book 16, in the Jack Reacher series
“The Affair” is effectively a step back in time to 1997, the single most crucial point in Reacher’s life, when he gave up his structured career as a military cop and decided to become a drifter with skills to offer. In this undercover adventure, he lets his hair grown long, lets his beard grow and adopts a minimalist way to travel. This eventually sets the stage for his new life.
The plot is uncomplicated and exciting, it sends Reacher to Mississippi, where he will impersonate a care free traveller in order to ferret out those responsible for a secret American military mission in Kosovo that was totally botched and covered up by those involved.
While in Carter Crossing, a small town near the military base, Reacher makes friends with the local sheriff, Elizabeth Deveraux and subsequently gets drawn into another mystery hence a sub-plot comes to life. Elizabeth’s concern about the killings of several beautiful young women and the gruesome manner in which they were left to die piqued Reacher’s interest, he felt he could be of assistance and could not resist getting involved even though he had a full plate with his primary mission.
The author skillfully sets the atmosphere with strategically placed crisp strokes of the pen and the dialogue contains just enough slang to fit the scenes. There is no shortage of action, some very gruesome but each case is handled with tack without slowing the momentum. Our intrepid protagonist is definitely in full, over-the-top form, I like the testosterone driven anatomy comments that add a touch of humour while Reacher faces down two red neck tough guys in a pickup truck. The description of Reacher’s amorous side is also a hoot…. I couldn't help but laugh at times …..
I am a fan of this series and can’t wait to see what will come next.”
“Another classic Reacher tale from Lee Child - going back to the start of Reacher's story...”bulphan wrote this review Monday, October 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Affair by Lee Child. I never miss one of his Jack Reacher books which are impeccably crafted suspense/mystery thrillers. In fact, all his titles have been opted to be made into major motion pictures. This story begins in 1997 with Reacher still an elite military cop. A young woman is dead and solid evidence points to a soldier at a military base in Mississippi who has powerful friends in Washington. Now undercover, Reacher discovers layers no one saw coming and the investigation spins out of control. Sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux is on a mission for justice and reluctantly joins forces with the MP. Reacher works to uncover the truth while others try to bury it forever. The conspiracy threatens to shatter his faith in the military and turn him into a man to be feared.
I highly recommend any and all of these books...
“Excellent book.... sets up the rest of the books - Jack Reacher's last assignment in the army before becoming a wandering man. ”Kat P wrote this review Wednesday, October 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Just like all of his books, a good read. Interesting to finally get the "front story", so to speak.”Michelle F wrote this review Tuesday, October 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Reacher before he left the Army...where it all begins! Great look back into Reacher's past.”Jen Watson wrote this review Thursday, October 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“As my second book in the Jack Reacher series (although #16 in publication and a prequel in sequence), The Affair wasn't a shabby audio read at all. The narrator Dick Hill has a terse, noirish delivery that adds to the story. He sounds a bit older than I would associate with Reacher, but he definitely has Reacher's 'you ain't the boss of me' attitude and conveys his ruthless, efficient approach to solving injustices. I think he is a good choice to narrate for the Jack Reacher books. I do have to admit that I was giggling like a schoolgirl on the love scenes. I can't help it. Audiobook love scenes always strike me that way, and especially with an older male narrator who sort of gave them a 'dirty old man' vibe!
It's interesting. This seems like a simplistic storyline, but when everything came together, it wasn't. The Affair is the story of small town secrets tied in with the bigger and murkier waters of powerful people who feel the impunity to do whatever they want. Child kept me guessing. I went back and forth about what was going on and who was behind it. He really had me going and thinking that the killer was someone I really didn't want it to be. In the end, I was like, "So that's not the killer?" That was well done.
Child has an interesting way of being very brisk about describing some aspects of his narrative, but descriptive in a vivid, emotive way about others. I felt immersed in this small town with its racial divisions, brutal poverty and a seething sense of injustice that comes from the eternal 'haves versus the have nots'. As it does to Reacher, injustice sits heavy on my stomach, so even though Reacher can be highly ruthless, in a way it's a rewarding thing to know that there is an avenging angel out there at least in the fictional world to fight for those who have been disenfranchised and denied of their rights and their voices. I suppose that's why Reacher is around. When you have these kinds of situations with so much brutality and casual discarding of lives, it makes you want a meaty fist of vengeance like Reacher who is there to clean up the mess. His descriptions of Army/military life also grabbed my interest. I don't know if he got all that right, but it sounded plausible to me. At least some of the governmental parts struck a familiar note.
Reacher is an interesting character. He's really kind of a basic sort. His view of life is so simple and without the extra qualifiers that most characters seem to have. He understands authority, but he also has a habit of doing what he thinks is right even if that's against the dictates of authority.
Sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux was an intriguing character. Ex-marine and sheriff of Carter's Crossing, the daughter of the long-term sheriff. She's a bit of a study in contrasts. The romance between Reacher and Deveraux was fairly basic, although Child effectively conveys the attraction and mutual respect between them. Neither is a good bet for a long-term relationship, but I still wished that things might work out in that direction (view spoiler).
The Affair was a good book, but I felt an emptiness when it ended. I don't know if it was just the stripped down nature of the overall plot or that I felt unsatisfied with the overall nature of things that went down. It bothered me to see those people die like that and how it was handled. And while Reacher did what he could to make things right, it doesn't bring those people back, or prevent it from happening again. And Reacher pays a heavy price in the end to do what he did, or maybe for being the kind of man he is. Was that a deliberate thing on Child's part? Maybe. Overall, a pretty good book that I'd recommend to fans of thriller/suspense and kickbutt heroes. ”
“I love the Reacher series! My friend Mande got me started and I have many more to go, thank goodness!”Deborah R. Wilcox wrote this review Monday, October 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My first Lee Child book - had fairly low expectations - but the book exceeded them easily. The story is fairly standard, but manages to hold your attention right till the end. Will definitely read more Lee Child in future.”Amit S wrote this review Sunday, September 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No