Friday 11 October 2019

Jack in a Box - Diane Capri - Hunt For Reacher Book 1.1

Jack in a Box
Hunt For Reacher Book 1.1
Diane Capri
August Books
eISBN 9780983729860

This was the second of Diane Capri’s Jack books that I have read. This one is more of a short story, or even chapter in the large Hunt for Reacher story. The paperback is listed at 100 pages, but the formatting must be very generous. The eBook is 35 pages. I read this volume one day on my commute home from work. Having now read the first three Hunt For Reacher stories I see better where this one fits in, even with its brevity. In the six months before reading this series I read 29 Jack Reacher Novels and short stories by Lee Child. I stumbled upon these books while preparing one of my reviews and recalled my dad having mentioned them. So, I decided to give one a try. I typically read a couple hundred books a year, and the last few years have been over 300 a year. And at the pace I am going I will finish off this series un under a year from my first Reacher read. These stories are great reads for Reacher fans, and yet are written well enough that they could be read on their own. But they really ought to be read in order, something I must admit I often do not do. Lee Child himself has plugged these books in the Reacher Report. And they deserve the applause. 

This story begins with FBI special agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar working separately. One in the FBI archives, and the other the military records. Both receive envelopes with a large print of Reacher’s head shot and a not on the back with a date and time. In this story we find out a lot more about both agent’s families. And what makes them tick. And both are warned off the trail of Reacher. So now they are stuck in a hard place. A very senior officer in their agency driving them forward, and they have been warned that many will not like Reacher being looked into, and some will likely be hostile. But neither can give up. They are warned by Duffy:

“Suit yourself,” her disembodied voice seemed to echo too loudly. She softened her tone. “But know this: you risk everything if you keep looking. Everything. And Reacher risks nothing while he waits. That doesn't sound like a winning equation to me. Does it to you?”

An interesting twist in the hunt for Jack Reacher. A good story that will keep you coming back for more. A good read for a quiet afternoon or evening but it will end just as you get really vested in the story. But don’t worry there are already 10 other volumes after this one. I look forward to more in this series and sampling other series by Capri in the future. So if you are a fan of Reacher or just love a good mystery give this series a try. 

Books by Diane Capri:
Hunt for Reacher Series:

1.0 Don’t Know Jack
1.1 Jack in a Box
1.2 Jack and Kill
2.0 Get Back Jack
2.5 Jack in the Green
3.0 Jack and Joe
4.0 Deep Cover Jack
5.0 Jack the Reaper
6.0 Black Jack
7.0 Ten Two Jack
8.0 Jack of Spades
9.0 Prepper Jack

10.0 Full Metal Jack
18.0 Jack on a Wire

Justice Series:
1.0 Due Justice
2.0 Twisted Justice
3.0 Secret Justice
4.0 Wasted Justice
5.0 Raw Justice
5.5 Mistaken Justice
6.0 Cold Justice
6.1 False Justice
6.2 Fair Justice
6.3 True Justice
7.0 Hunt for Justice
8.0 Night Justice

Jess Kimball Series:
0.5 Fatal Enemy
1.0 Fatal Distraction
2.0 Fatal Demand
3.0 Fatal Error
4.0 Fatal Fall
4.5 Fatal Edge
5.0 Fatal Game
6.0 Fatal Bond
6.5 Fatal Past
7.0 Fatal Dawn

Heir Hunter Series:
1.0 Blood Trials
2.0 Trace Evidence

Jordan Fox Mysteries:
False Truth Part One
False Truth Part Two
False Truth Part Three
False Truth Part Four
False Truth Part Five
False Truth Part Six
False Truth Part Seven
False Truth Part Eight
False Truth Part Nine
False Truth Part Ten
False Truth Part Eleven

The Park Hotel Mysteries Series:
1.0 Reservation with Death
2.0 Early Check Out
3.0 Room with a Clue
4.0 Late Arrival

Other Books:
Angel of Music

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