Skip to comments.Seeking opinions about Lee Child's Reacher novels
Posted on 04/23/2012 6:01:48 PM PDT by hampdenkid
Have any of my fellow Freepers read Lee Child's Reacher novels, and if so, did you feel like he had a political agenda? The first two I read seemed to have a definite bias against mid-America, but I thought maybe it was coincidental. The one I'm reading now -- "Echo Burning" -- goes out of its way to slam white people, Protestants, and Texans.
If Child is a liberal bigot, I want ditch his novels. Anyone here have a feel for the guy?
He sucks when it comes to writing about guns. All the stupid he puts in his books could be fixed by 5 minutes of even Google about calibers and ballistics.
I think he’s a pandering hack.
I have read all but the latest one. I love them. Jack Reacher does the right thing every time. My son loves them also.
That pi$$ed me off...Reacher gets in a lot of physical scrapes and part of the solutions is that Reacher is bigger or equal in size to the bad guys...and he kicks butt...Chuck Norris would run from Jack Reacher.
There is no way Tom Cruise can pull it off and even though I have the entire series in hardbound (love 'em), I won't go to see the movie.
I like his books and have detected no agenda except individual responsibility and the desire to be left alone.
I will say Child does not know about firearms and should get a proof reader who can help him with obvious errors. That would increase the enjoyment for me and other savvy gun owners without compromising the stories at all.
Studio magic, I guess. My thought on who would make a good Reacher... Liam Neisen, Tom Selik (maybe too old), Maybe even the guy who played Aragorn in LOTR.
BUt NOT Tom Cruise!!! no way no how!
Any more thoughts???
He doesn’t ask them why, he just takes care of them.
He's not preaching liberal tripe, but sometimes I get the feeling he is not far from wanting to do it. Again, I put it down to his being a Brit and not understanding the basis for some American viewpoints.
Stallone is only 5’9”.
The movie is based on the novel One Shot.
Here’s the IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0790724/
Nominations to play Reacher: Brock Lessner.
“Echo Burning” is my favorite Reacher book, perhaps because it was the first one I read. I absolutely love the scene in the beginning of the book where he messes up that cop at the bar (not knowing he was a cop—just thought he was a regular creep) and sneaks out of town.
I’ve read them all now. His latest is excellent; he’s had a couple clunkers, too, IMO. In fact, I told myself if his latest book wasn’t better than the last two, I wasn’t going to read any more of them. But he was back in form and I’m still a fan.
I absolutely understand where you’re coming from about the liberal bias of some authors these days. I’ve erased several authors from my read list because they just couldn’t keep their liberal idiocy out of their fiction. Guess they have enough readers and don’t need me.
While I agree with Jason Statham, I also like Hugh Jackman.
Okay, Stallone at 5’9 vs fancy pants Cruise???? I go for Mel Gibson if they want to use short guys too. But Cruise????
My only thing with Stratham though would be his accent. Reacher is American so that would be a problem. I’m still gagging over the fact that Cruise will play the part. Leave it to Holly-gag to totally mess up a good character/story. “Shooter” comes to mind - based on the book “Point of Impact”
They may as well have cast Pee Wee Herman. What a horrible decision.
Maybe with enough people writing to complain they might change. Nah, don’t think so. Even Arnie sounds good.
Plus the fact that he also doesn’t have the size.
Jack Reacher is a 6’5”, 250 lbs bad ass that will throw a piece of furniture at your head if nothing else is handy.
It’s the very essence of his character; he’s huge, intimidating, and uncontrollable. He is a force of nature.
I just cannot believe that Lee Child supports this choice.
I think the guy that played the Comedian in Watchmen could do it if he bulked up. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0604747/
Cruise must have bought the rights. Or, Child wants a "name" for his movie to do well. Neither one will fill Reacher's shoes.
The movie’s already made.
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