1. We find Reacher in a strip club working as a bouncer going by another name and there are people searching for him. One of the men is killed by the other two leaving Reacher curious. Did you find him going to New York to find out the truth make sense knowing Reacher?
It made sense to me. Reacher likes to live anonymously, so someone looking for him and getting that close would make him go to the source.
2. Reacher finds out the dead man was a PI hired by someone from his past – his mentor’s daughter and the woman he has romantic feelings for. Was this look at Reacher’s past helpful to getting to know him?
Yes. You can always learn about someone by finding out who their mentor is.
I agree...it helped to know that he thought of this man more of a father than just a mentor.
3. Did the affection and romance between Reacher and Jodie add to the story?
I think it did. Plus, it made the attempt on Jodie's life much more personal to Reacher.
I really liked them as a couple...he is generally a protective type of guy but there was more a personal affection between them.
4. Hobie is the exact opposite of Reacher in that he will hurt someone just for his own personal amusement. Did this character seem realistic?
Yes. Many serial killers kill for the enjoyment. Hobie is a man without a soul.
I liked the realism just because it added to the suspense. He could literally kill/hurt anyone anytime.
5. The possibility of Reacher becoming a more official PI – good idea or bad?
I think he could help a lot of people. I also think that it would return purpose to Reacher's life. So far, he's just been drifting alone with no direction.
I totally agree with that.
6. Even though Chester got them into this mess it is Marilyn who tries to get them out. Although Child writes about a man he shows women as more than just victims to be rescued by men. Do you think this is true?
Absolutely. I don't wonder if Child didn't start to get some flak for his seemingly masogonistic hero always saving some woman. Could be why he put stronger females in this book.
hahaha...or he has strong woman in his life. I like that women are not just calling for help all the time.
7. We also are transported to Vietnam during the War years. Hobie was thought to be dead but his name was not on the list among others. Did you think Hobie was alive or dead?
I thought Hobie was alive. It wasn't until Jack went to Hawaii that I even suspected a stolen identity.
Same here...I did not see that coming till Jack started to suspect.
8. When we find out that Hobie is not the real Hobie – did this seem realistic?
Sure. Who was going to say he wasn't. Child showed a good reason for the army to go along, and the army has been known to hide things in the past.
yeah, Child seemed to explain it well enough.
9. What did you think of the cover-up?
Not unreasonable. I'm sure that the army was just glad to get the fake Hobie (can't remember his real name) off their hands.
lol, I cannot remember his real name either...
10. Do you think Reacher and Jodie will be able to make it work?
I think it is possible if Reacher becomes on "official" PI. It won't work if he continues his aimless drifting.
She is the type of woman to understand him and maybe ground him.
I also think she has a better understanding of him because she knew him when he was military. Also, they were friends first, which is always a good basis for a relationship.
That is so true. She has the background of what it is like for an military man and insight in his past.
11. Any favourite scenes?
12. Any further comments?
I read Killing Floor and thought it was just OK. I started Die Trying but just couldn't finish it. I kept telling myself that the books had to get better. After all, there are how many of them now?? This was Reacher's last chance. I LIKED this one. The character of Reacher was more filled out. He seemed less like a cardboard ex-special forces/superhero and more like a real person. The dialog in this one was also better, as was the believabilty factor. It is because of this one that I will continue to read Reacher books. YAY!
I really liked the first book and the second one fell a little flat for me...and like you, Erika this one had me gripped. Yay...we will read them together...help each other thru it ;)
Sounds good to me!! Gotta go find a copy of the next one...
No worries we can play it by ear :)