Ranking: The Jack Reacher Books
This post has been some time in the writing as it was going to be a ranking of all 22 Jack Reacher books but that proved to be way too difficult , so here’s a more reasonable top 5:
1: Bad Luck and trouble
Bad Luck And Trouble sees Reacher reunited with his old army buddies to get revenge after one of their old unit was thrown out of a helicopter. From start to finish its classic Reacher, small wonder it’s the world’s second favourite Reacher book and is , apparently the next in line to be made for the big screen. Bring it on.
2.Worth Dying For
Worth dying for follows 61 hours in a sort of series within the series with Reacher, trying to get back to his old military unit in Virginia to meet up with his successor Major Susan Turner. He does get there but not in worth dying for or the book after that. Worth dying for is a completely stand alone story apart from the Turner connection.
Like all good Reacher books this one starts with Jack minding his own business when he stumbles across trouble ,a small farming village is being terrorised and blackmailed by the Duncan family who use violence and intimidation to keep people in line . naturally Reacher is pissed off by this and sets about busting the rich family and their thugs heads one by one , but it’s the 20 year old case of a missing young girl that Reacher can’t let go .
When a sniper attempts to assassinate the president if France from an impossibly long distance Reacher knows there are only 4 men who could possibly have done it, 3 are accounted for . 1 isn’t. The main suspect is a man who Reacher put away any years ago and only Reacher can find him. Personal is bit different form the other books in the series as Reacher finds himself in Paris where amongst some almost spy like action there’s a rather sweet scene where Reacher visits his mother’s grave. Afterwards its a hop over the channel for Reacher’s second visit to England for a grand finale in the glamourous English holiday resort of erm, Romford, where Reacher faces down a gang imaginatively named The Romford boys. And his biggest enemy yet . literally.
Its classic Reacher and feels almost like a James Bond novel
4.The Midnight Line
The Midnight Line starts with Reacher stumbling across a tiny westpoint class ring in a pawn shop, Reacher immediately realises it belongs to a woman . he buys the ring and sets about getting it back to its rightful owner . Naturally , being a Reacher novel it gets more complicated than that , the result being one of the best Reacher books In years.
5. Gone Tomorrow
Gone Tomorrow starts in an unusual fashion Reacher is one a subway train and spots one of his fellow passengers displaying all the signs of a potential suicide bomber , who refuses Reacher’s encouragement to give herself in and decides to explode instead. And that’s just the first chapter. The rest ? its classic reacher and in a refreshing change the main villain is a woman , the fabulously deranged and deadly Lila Hoth.