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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?


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KEYWORDS: books; fiction; jackreacher; leechild
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To: hampdenkid

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.


21 posted on 04/23/2012 7:15:48 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: gorush

I have read all but the latest one. I love them. Jack Reacher does the right thing every time. My son loves them also.


22 posted on 04/23/2012 7:16:07 PM PDT by midcop402
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To: hampdenkid
By the way, i was real disappointed to see that Tom Cruise is going to play Reacher in the movie coming out in December. Reacher is 6’5”, Cruise barely reaches 5’7”. Reacher is 225 pounds, Cruise tips the scales at 150 soak and wet.

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.

23 posted on 04/23/2012 7:18:23 PM PDT by and so? (If it angers you, a sarcasm or irony tag after everything I post should be assumed)
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To: hampdenkid

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.


24 posted on 04/23/2012 7:30:12 PM PDT by GOPBiker (Thank a veteran, with a smile, every chance you get. You do more good than you can know.)
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To: hampdenkid

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???


25 posted on 04/23/2012 7:32:11 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: Rightwingacademic

He doesn’t ask them why, he just takes care of them.


26 posted on 04/23/2012 7:32:54 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: hampdenkid
He's not really a liberal, but tends to be an arrogant Brit with an East Coast attitude. He can't help himself. Pretty decent novels, as series novels go. He has said some pretty wacky things about firearms, indicating a real lack of familiarity, but I think he is getting better researchers or advisors in that area as time goes on. Maybe. Stephen Hunter he is not.

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.

27 posted on 04/23/2012 8:08:31 PM PDT by Cincinnatus.45-70 (What do DemocRats enjoy more than a truckload of dead babies? Unloading them with a pitchfork!)
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To: SkyDancer

Stallone is only 5’9”.


28 posted on 04/23/2012 8:09:54 PM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: eddiespaghetti

The movie is based on the novel One Shot.

Here’s the IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0790724/


29 posted on 04/23/2012 8:15:54 PM PDT by ApeStyle
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To: irishtenor

Nominations to play Reacher: Brock Lessner.


30 posted on 04/23/2012 8:36:49 PM PDT by Hootowl
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To: hampdenkid

“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.


31 posted on 04/23/2012 9:43:01 PM PDT by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: SkyDancer

While I agree with Jason Statham, I also like Hugh Jackman.


32 posted on 04/23/2012 10:50:45 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: raybbr

Okay, Stallone at 5’9 vs fancy pants Cruise???? I go for Mel Gibson if they want to use short guys too. But Cruise????


33 posted on 04/23/2012 11:02:41 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: irishtenor

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”


34 posted on 04/23/2012 11:05:16 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: SkyDancer

They may as well have cast Pee Wee Herman. What a horrible decision.


35 posted on 04/23/2012 11:08:25 PM PDT by ApeStyle
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To: ApeStyle

Maybe with enough people writing to complain they might change. Nah, don’t think so. Even Arnie sounds good.


36 posted on 04/23/2012 11:15:16 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: SkyDancer

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.


37 posted on 04/23/2012 11:18:48 PM PDT by ApeStyle
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To: Hootowl

I think the guy that played the Comedian in Watchmen could do it if he bulked up. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0604747/


38 posted on 04/23/2012 11:30:30 PM PDT by ApeStyle
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To: SkyDancer
Okay, Stallone at 5’9 vs fancy pants Cruise???? I go for Mel Gibson if they want to use short guys too. But Cruise????

Cruise must have bought the rights. Or, Child wants a "name" for his movie to do well. Neither one will fill Reacher's shoes.

39 posted on 04/24/2012 3:38:37 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: SkyDancer

The movie’s already made.


40 posted on 04/24/2012 3:43:37 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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