Friday 22 November 2019

Jack the Reaper - Diane Capri - Hunt For Reacher Book 5

Jack The Reaper
Hunt For Reacher Book 5
Diane Capri
August Books
eISBN 9781940768946

I have now read 8 of the 12 Hunt for Reacher books, trying to stick to the pace of a book a week. For the first time in the series there is a gap in time. This story picks up three weeks after the previous. And once again Agents Otto and Gaspar are put on the trail of Reacher by the elusive Cooper. But many things in this story are different than others in the series, and not just the gap in time.

The story begins with Otto waking up and being certain that Reacher was in her apartment. Then within minutes Cooper arrives on her doorstep to reactivate the search, but this time in person. This story looks at events and people from the novel The Hard Way. It is interesting in my review of that novel I stated it felt different than all the other Reacher stories. And this one feels different than all the other Hunt for Reacher Stories. For one Otto is becoming bolder and more brazen especially in her communications with Cooper. This time not only are Gaspar and Otto trying to track down Reacher, but also retired Army General ‘Nitro’ Mack Parnell is after him and millions of dollars. And he is leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. 

The main cast of characters in this story are:

Kim L. Otto
Carlos M. Gaspar
Charles Cooper
Lamont Finlay
Nitro Mack Parnell
Lauren Pauling
Greg Brewer
Nick Scavo
John Lawton

and of course
Jack Reacher

This novel hints at some interesting things to come. And reveals some pieces from the past. It also has Otto thinking about Reacher in a very different light.  With murders in multiple locations, an attack on Lauren Pauling. A plane crash and explosion, and more. This story reads more like an action adventure than mystery or crime literature. And yet it maintains that Crime lit feel and vibe.

I am very intrigued to see where the story will go next. And how the investigation will proceed. In the six months before reading this series I read 29 Jack Reacher Novels and short stories by Lee Child. And somehow, 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. And I am very thankful that I did. 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. But they 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 that is something that I often do not do, but in this case am sticking to the order. Lee Child himself has even plugged these books in the Reacher Report. And they deserve the applause. 

A very intriguing story in an excellent series. And as always leaves us wondering where the Hunt for Reacher will take us next!

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
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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