Jack Reacher is a God.
There is no other way to say it. You would think that reading about a character who has the brains to solve any mystery, and the brawn to beat up any opponent, and the balls to get any job done would be boring. Characters should be flawed in some way, broken and yet somehow able to overcome their short comings to save the day. Not Reacher. If he is flawed, then his distance from societal norms and conventions is his only flaw and it doesnt really stop him from doing absolutely anything he wants. No, Jack Reacher is a God, and that should make him boring to read about. When you pick up a Reacher novel, you know, beyond a doubt, that Reacher will kill the hell out of the baddies, shag the sexy lady and generally save the day without breaking much of a sweat. And yet, somehow, this only makes it more fun.
Gone Tomorrow is the thirteenth book in the Jack Reacher series and It was the first one I ever read. Having now read all of the books in the series, I decided to go back to the ‘start’ and see what hooked me. Frankly, I can see why. Reacher is riding a train when he sees a woman exhibiting all eleven signs on the suicide bomber check list. Not wanting to be blown up he confronts her, trying to talk her down. From there things spiral out of control, and only Reacher can save the day.
Reacher meets with a senator, a russian heiress and a ton of cops while trying to figure out the mystery, while the threat of imprisonment or death hangs over him the entire time. That isn’t enough to stop Reacher from finding the answers he wants, however, and by the end i’m sure you will agree. Reacher is a God.