The decidedly petite Tom Cruise is back in theaters this month playing the six foot, five inch, 250 pound Jack Reacher in Never Go Back, the second movie adapted from the wildly popular series of Reacher books by author Lee Child.
A former Major in the Army Military Police Corps, Reacher quit the military in his mid-thirties, and now roams the country, living on his pension, taking odd jobs, and getting invoved in dangerously violent situations, usually in service of some townspeople under the thumb of a crooked sheriff, evil drug lord, or domineering businessman. He’s basically a one-man A-Team. A fantasy verison of the ultimate alpha male. He’s an unbeatable fighter, smarter than all his opponents (and allies), a perfect shot with any weapon, a precision driver, and a world class detective. He sees a problem, makes a plan, saves the day, and gets out of town. He does it efficiently and always stays cool.
There are twenty books in the Jack Reacher series with a twenty-first, Night School, set for release in early November. Most follow a pretty similar formula and predicting what’s going to happen next isn’t too difficult. Lee Child’s writing rumbles like a muscle car though and the Reacher books are hard to put down. It feels good to think about an old fashioned “good guy” traveling around punching out bad guys.
The entire series of books is available to borrow at Eisenhower and are listed below. But I’d really recommend the Reacher audiobooks, especially those read by the fantastic Dick Hill. We have the first movie, too.
One Shot (the basis of the first Jack Reacher movie)
The Hard Way
Bad Luck And Trouble
Worth Dying For
A Wanted Man
Never Go Back (the basis of the new Jack Reacher movie)
To celebrate the new book and movie, we’re giving away a bunch of advance reader copies of thrillers and mysteries sure to please Jack Reacher fans. Just visit our Facebook page and comment on our Reacher post before October 31st. If you’re lucky, you’ll be chosen to win a stack of books almost as tall as Tom Cruise, including The Travellers by Chris Pavone, The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson, Red Platoon by Cinton Romesha, Darktown by Thomas Mullen, Out of the Blues by Trudy Nan Boyce, Foretold by Thunder by E.M. Davey, So Say the Fallen by Stuart Nevill, Duskfall by Christopher Husberg, Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton, Sinner Man by Lawrence Block, Treason by Newt Gingrich and Pete Early, Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger, Cold Silence by James Abel, Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Fris, and The Second Life of Nick Mason by Steve Hamilton.