Past Tense — Jack Reacher #23, by Lee Child

Past Tense (Jack Reacher, #23)Past Tense by Lee Child
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a review of the NetGalley e-book version, so there may be subsequent changes.

First off, it’s Lee Child, and so you know the story is going to be good. I stayed up until 2AM finishing the last few chapters.

The character of Jack Reacher is well established from prior novels, but from this novel the reader gets a strong feel for his ability, sense of responsibility, and duty. Characters on both sides of the good-evil spectrum are also well developed, as one would expect.

The setting is my home state of New Hampshire, so I was able to better appreciate the behavior of some of the people in the book.

There are a few things I didn’t like. Using half sentences. And starting them with conjunctions. Furthermore, there were times when the message he was trying to send inside a single sentence was one which could have been demonstrated much more easily if he had broken the lines into two or even more, and therefore they sounded somewhat wordy. Also, especially early, the vast descriptions of irrelevant details made me skip paragraphs at a time.

Once the action started, though, I was riveted and couldn’t put it down. The action part easily gets 5 stars, but the rest brings it down a notch. Reacher fans will definitely enjoy it and forgive the “mistakes” of grammar, which are surely intentional.

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