Thursday, September 13, 2018
Past Tense by Lee Child
This is the 22nd Jack Reacher novel, and this one doesn't disappoint. Reacher novels all pretty much have the same structure and story line: Reacher hitchhikes; he investigates a problem that is of only minor interest to the reader, but of major interest to Reacher; he runs afowl of some nasty characters who he beats up; then his investigation leads to saving the day with some tangentially related characters. In the end, Reacher resumes hitchhiking.
Still, despite the hackneyed plot structure, "Past Tense" remains an interesting and compelling read. You can't publish a boring book 22 times; in this one Reacher is searching for information about his father in New Hampshire (on the way from Maine to San Diego) and runs across a criminal conspiracy involving hunters of human beings. I won't say more, except that the story is captivating and interesting in only the way a Jack Reacher novel can be. Highly recommended. 5/5 Stars. Read this and other reviews of upcoming novels at bookgeist.blogspot.com.
Publication Date: November 5, 2018