Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, Book 1) by Lee Child (Epub)


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  • Published: 2006
  • Number of pages: 562 pages
  • Format: Epub
  • File Size: 0.39 MB
  • Authors: Lee Child


Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He’s just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he’s arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Reacher knows is that he didn’t kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn’t stand a chance of convincing anyone. Not in Margrave, Georgia. Not a chance in hell.


“From its jolting opening scene to its fiery final confrontation, Killing Floor is irresistible.”—People

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⭐ I really hate quitting books. I always try to push through and hope it’s just a slow build up to something great. After about 300 pages (after the scene in the airport) I realized I had gone from vaguely uninterested to downright annoyed and aggravated. The plot progression is slow, far-fetched, and the characters are boring. After more than half the book, I couldn’t have cared less if any of the main characters died, including Jack Reacher. As for the writing style, I completely understand how short, direct, even fragmented sentences can add power to a scene, but the ENTIRE book is written this way even when completely unnecessary. Couldn’t do it. Not me. The short sentences. They get to you after awhile. Feels too choppy. Like a robot. Well, I ain’t a robot. Never have been. Never will be. Sad, really. Great reviews. Short sentences. Can’t figure it out. Recommend this book? Not me. No way. No how.

⭐ This is my first time delving into the world of Jack Reacher beyond the lackluster movie. I was prepared, based on reviews, to be wowed by Mr. Child’s one-man-against-all-odds novel. Unfortunately it was more “meh” than “wow”. While the story itself was interesting, with a unique take on a global counterfeiting ring and one man’s quest to avenge a brother who strayed too close, the writing itself got to be downright painful. There are just some things I found in this novel that you should never, ever, read from a talented author: “It was as distinctive as the most distinctive thing you could ever think of” -literally made me cringe “We high-fived, whooped and hollered” – Once is bad enough, but when this is used 4 and 5 times, with “high-ten” as the only variation, it leaves me scanning pages trying to skip beyond the sophomoric attempt at a written bromance and get back into the actual story.My hope is, with this being an early novel, the writer has matured through subsequent releases. I will be moving on to the next novel still hoping for a “WOW” moment; let’s hope it comes with fewer cringe-worthy passages.

⭐ Considering that it’s been 20 years since Lee Child’s first Jack Reacher novel, “Killing Floor” was published I acknowledge I’m late to the party with this review. I’ve avoided this genre for years as there are a dozen guys out there writing this type of fiction. They all seem cut from the same cloth; a former military Spec Ops guy who suffers personal loss and is damaged drops off the grid and drifts around getting embroiled in various subterfuge. He’s big, bad, a master of ‘special skills’, and is just one rung down from having lineage traceable to the planet Krypton. They all seem the same and the stories contrived so they failed to appeal to me. Well, guess I’ve been wrong because “Killing Floor” grabbed me from the first page. Ex-Army Military Policeman Jack Reacher is 6 foot 6 inches of bad mamma-jama and yes he’s damaged goods, wandering through Georgia when he’s arrested in a diner for a murder which he’s not committed. The story rockets along at a blistering pace with plenty of action, twists and turns, and excitement for 529 pages. I’ve already bought the next two in the 21 (and counting) book series. In the forward to this paperback edition Child tells the readers his objective when creating the Reacher character was to have someone who was pretty much indestructible- a guy who does not lose and vanquishes every bad guy he meets. He wanted someone different from the flawed and vulnerable heroes in other books and find themselves in mortal jeopardy at every turn and in Jack Reacher he succeeds. Knowing the hero isn’t going to fail does not lessen the suspense and it’s fun watching how Reacher takes down the scum. It’s kind of like satisfaction you get watching a Jason Bourne movie.

⭐ I started reading the Jack Reacher books years ago and after the movie came out, decided I’d go back and read them again. I realize that Killing Floor is the first book, and they’ll probably improve, but this one was not well written. The same phrases are used repeatedly, and “said” tags are so numerous they distract from the story. The plot is interesting, but Child needed a beta reader to catch the inconsistencies: Reacher is uncomfortable sitting in the Hubble house because he never lived in one. But later, we learn he lived in houses on military bases all over the world. He dons a banker’s thin leather gloves (doubtful, since he’s such a big man and the banker isn’t). At the end, he leaves because he “has to ramble.” He wouldn’t get far, with all the various law enforcement agencies in town. He’d be hunted down and arrested for murder. He’s military;’ his prints are on file. Yet, at the copse of trees where he kills the men, he searches for and picks up his cartridges and wipes down the steering wheel and transmission, but apparently forgot about the door handle, the shoes of one of his victims, the phone he removed the batteries from, and the revolvers of the men he killed. He tosses all this in the trunk, along with the bodies and his own blood-stained clothing. I bought the boxed set of the first 6 books, so am hoping they improve as I keep reading.

⭐ Coming back to this novel after all these years is illuminating. The adventure/thriller genre has changed a bit, but Jack Reacher is still there on the top of the heap. What I have always enjoyed is the classic PI independent vibe, with a dash of military “breaking things and killing people.” I started re-reading these novels after breaking my long standing policy of not watching movies based on novels I like. I got what I expected. Tom, your Jack Reacher is not bad for a movie character, but not big enough or tough enough to match the character as written. My advice to those who loved the movie “Jack Reacher” should go back to the source and meet the “real” lonesome Jack. Only trouble for me is now he looks like Tom Cruise instead of Fred Dryer. I guess I can get used to that.

⭐ If you’re like me, you don’t read the introductions of a novel. Here’s some advice: don’t be like me. I’m not like me anymore! I read this book from cover to cover, as one should. As a writer, it’s great to see the story behind the story, the thought processes that went into creating the person you’re reading about. It prepares you to really invest in the character. This is especially important when you’re on book one of a twenty-one book series. Now, this isn’t my first Jack Reacher novel, but the first time I’ve read the first Jack Reacher novel, “Killing Floor,” and the first in my quest to read them all, from one to twenty-one.I already knew Jack Reacher from the three or four books I’ve read but now I know his origin, or at least the origin of his series, considering this first publication isn’t really the first chronologically. Right away, Lee Child establishes Reacher’s quirks. No ID. No credit cards. And Child establishes his experience, not just by telling us, “Reacher served 13 years in the military and during that time he took this class and that class, and he solved this case and that case.” No, Child tells us through dialogue, through Reacher’s appreciation of how other cops conducted their business, and then annoyance at their faults. He establishes Reacher’s intelligence and intuition (a co-worker once described him as being a six-foot five-inch savage who was also cerebral). So, while I already knew who the giant genius was, it was great to learn why he was the way he was.What did I love about the novel? I loved the fast, pithy sentences. The action, the descriptions. The feel of Georgia, of small towns near big cities. The danger. The mystery. That feeling like you’ve figured it out and then BAM! Childs throws a curve. I loved how Childs took the title from the most gripping scene in the novel. I love that Reacher didn’t just love music but he also knew something about gear. This is a smart novel. I took my time reading it. And it didn’t take too long to do it.What did I hate about the novel? Absolutely nothing at all.

⭐ I picked this up on the hunt for a new series to really dive into and was excited to check out the hype around this long-established character – Jack Reacher. The author does well in developing the main character ex-MP turned journeyman, slowly exposing you to his complex history. The story itself launches right into a small-town murder mystery layered with twists and suspense, albeit w/some highly improbable coincidences as well; however, my expectations may have been far too high as the book ultimately disappoints despite its promising premise.The story was extremely drawn out, probably about 150 pages longer than needed, plagued by meandering/repetitive dialogue, incomplete thoughts/sentences, and an overall choppy progression. Recognizing that the novel is about 20 years old now, the dialogue at times felt a bit out-dated even for then, with awkward phrases and thoughts invoking the soliloquies of Adam West’s ‘Batman.’ In instances the excitement begins to build, the author frequently pumps the brakes unnecessarily, undoing building suspense and turning stretches of the book into a chore rather than intrigue.All of that said, I have continued the series based on the interesting foundations laid here and giving the author the ability to grow beyond the clutter of this debut.UPDATE: Have read the next few novels and the author’s shortfalls generally improve from one to the next!

⭐ Having read this first Reacher novel years ago in paperback, I wanted to read it again to see how well it holds up. Happily, it holds up pretty well. I could nitpick about a couple things, but it’s not worth it. This is fiction after all, and I’ve decided Reacher can still be my book boyfriend. His personality really comes out in “Killing Floor”; out of the service for six months, he feels free for the first time in his life, and this is the happiest he’s ever been. Wandering into Margrave, Georgia, he is immediately arrested for murder, and the bizarre adventure begins. He doesn’t talk about carrying only a toothbrush, but he does buy new cheap clothes when he needs to clean up. He has a passionate love connection also. Sigh.So many books, so little time, but I think I have to read this series all over again!

⭐ The writing is very choppy and the story drags on in many places. I picked this up because I liked the Jack Reacher movies and there weee enough good reviews that made it seem worth reading. I may try the second Jack Reacher book and hope it’s written better because the premise of the main character is interesting.Also worth noting is that the original book I ordered arrived damaged. The book was cut on a very bizarre angle. The replacement book also arrived with damage to one of the pages making it unreadable. Please see the photos. I feel like the quality control is severely lacking when two copies of a damaged product is sent to a customer.

⭐ STORY SUMMARYJack Reacher, ex-military cop: rough, tough and independent. A loner. Is introduced to readers in Child’s first novel, Killing Floor. Reacher, gulping coffee and shoveling eggs hears tires skid across the gravel parking lot, screech to a halt, and minutes later after refusing to get on the floor (stubborn) his wrists bangle handcuffs. Reacher didn’t visit Margrave to fall in love or murder anyone. He walked fourteen miles into Margrave, Georgia to find the grave of Blind Blake, a guitar player, who died (¿murdered?) in Margrave sixty years before.Intrigue, family tragedy, romance, a twist now and then line up in Child’s first novel that wins him the 1998 Barry Award (awarded by Deadly Pleasures magazine), the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, and in 2000, the Japan Adventure Fiction Association Prize winner, Best Translated Novel. The rest is history with twenty-two Reacher novels thrilling Child readers.Lee Child writes between James Patterson and David Ellis. Not as fast paced as Patterson. Not as drawling as Ellis. More detail than Patterson. Not as much as Ellis. His story is intriguing. His writing style an easy flow pacing readers forward with fast action scenes. Writers could find his style an interesting. Readers will like Child/Reacher or not — their insouciant attitudes. In the end, neither of them probably give a flip.


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