When The Midnight Line begins, Reacher
is in a spiritual nowhere, after having managed to spend three whole days with Michelle Chang, his simpatico partner from Make Me.
is back to his beginnings and Lee Child does him justice.
As readers know, Reacher
is a military cop, at present 35 years old, a major with twelve years in, with rare attributes: He is brilliant, with admirable reserves of intelligence and strengths (both mental and physical, at 6' 5" and 250 pounds.
From the opening scene which sees Reacher
being arrested by an arrogant country sheriff, only for Reacher
to then turn the tables and say that soon enough a phone's going to ring and he's going to be the one in the cuffs, Zwick lays out the tone of the sequel well.
Against the odds, Reacher
springs Turner from her high-security holding cell so they can expose corruption within the Army ranks.
While the first film did well owing to explosive performances as well and convincing characters, Jack Reacher
2 has neither of these elements.
is handily upstaged by the other characters here, most notably his 20-years-younger replacement, Maj.
The daughter in this improvised family is also effective, the film pausing for an interlude at a posh girls' school and an in-flight conversation between Sam and Turner -- two scenes not involving Reacher
which might've been thrown away in most action films but get surprising attention here.
You don't see Reacher
scaling skyscrapers, but the adrenaline is just as high when he battles his pursuers in inventively staged fisticuffs.
also learns he may have a 16-year-old daughter he's never met before.
Following a law degree and 18 years at Granada Television, he penned the first of 21 Jack Reacher
books in 1997.
Child's novels feature ex-military policeman Jack Reacher
and 'Night School', the twenty-first Reacher
book, is to be published by Transworld imprint Bantam Press on 7 November this year.
In the last installment of the best-selling Jack Reacher
series, Personal (*** Nov/Dec 2014), the former military cop and loner hero hunted down an old nemesis, a sniper who tried to kill the French president.
British thriller writer Lee Child returns with the 20th instalment of his Jack Reacher
makes his appearance on the very next page, as he finds himself on a train slowing down and coming down to a stop in a town apparently called Mother's Rest, "which he had seen on a map and which he thought was a great name for a railroad stop .