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Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel de Lee…
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Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel (edició 2019)

de Lee Child (Autor)

Sèrie: Jack Reacher (23)

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"Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child, "a superb craftsman of suspense" (Entertainment Weekly). Jack Reacher has extended his thumb and hit the pavement. His plan is to follow the autumn sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road in rural New Hampshire, deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: The town where his father was born. He thinks, What's one extra day? and takes the detour. At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians are trying to drive to New York City to sell a treasure. Now they're stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. The owners almost seem too friendly. It's a strange place. but it's all there is. The next morning in the city clerk's office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He's told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He knows his father left and never returned. Now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place? As Reacher explores his father's life, and strands of different stories begin to merge, he makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense. and deadly"--… (més)
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Títol:Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel
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Confusion in New Hampshire

Laconia is a small city in New Hampshire located between two lakes, Winnipesaukee, the largest in the state, and Winnisquam. It’s the county seat of Belknap County and a noted resort center. Among other things, it hosts one of the United States’ largest annual motorcycle rallies annually in June. In short, Laconia offered bestselling Jack Reacher author Lee Child any number of opportunities for weaving another exciting outing for America’s renowned tough guy and Judge Dredd style street judge. Instead, sorry to report, Child chose to concoct a truly befuddling mash up of genealogy and ritualized hunting for bored rich guys. The whole thing is quite a mess that will have the most avid Reacher fans wondering if the big block of a guy has finally run out of steam. We’ll have to wait for number 24, and for certain there will be a number 24, to see how much oomph the ex-MP major has left in him. Why oh why couldn’t our hero have tackled a bunch of renegade, pillaging motorcycle gang members intent on spoiling everybody’s fun at Laconia Motorcycle Week?

So, Jack Reacher and his famous thump find him stopping off in Laconia on the trail of a little family history. Turns out that his father, ex-Marine Stan Reacher, grew up in Laconia, or just outside town in a small, now defunct tin milling settlement. As is the case with Reacher, he finds offensive individuals lurking about in the resort town, namely an obnoxious rich kid imposing himself on a waitress, whom he dispatches handily. Of course, he ticks off the kid’s father, a rich guy who seeks to teach Reacher a lesson. Fat chance, old man, no matter how many henchmen you can assemble. He also inadvertently acts as a matchmaker for a lawyer and county employee, sort of Reacher as a Shadchan, if you can believe that. There’s also something about a Boston mob hunting for Reacher for some reason or another.

Parallel to this, two young people from Canada, Patty and Shorty, are trying to make their way to Florida in a jalopy, lugging a giant and heavy suitcase with them, a suitcase we are left to speculate as to its contents, nefarious, perhaps. While they want to drive straight through, the car doesn’t, and they land in a ratty motel twenty miles outside Laconia. The owner of the motel and his cohorts conspire to permanently disable the car and keep them on premise. One is named Mark Reacher, a very distant relative of Reacher. Mark and the gang have a very sophisticated operation set up in the big house on the property from which they surveil the pair while they await their real customers, the aforementioned bored rich guys. Most readers will know the intent of Mark, his gang, and the rich guests almost from the beginning. It’s only the form of mayhem they plan that might be a bit of a mystery.

Naturally, eventually, after much walking and driving here, there, and everywhere, an inordinate amount of smart mouth dialogue (usually fun but here just annoying), and an exhibition of innate smartness on the part of Patty and Shorty that will stretch even the biggest Reacher fans’ credulity, action ensues and Reacher dispenses his brand of brutal justice.

If you are a Reacher fan, you’ll read Past Tense regardless of what anybody says to the negative. If you are new to Reacher novels, spare yourself this. Go to the earliest novels in the series, which are all terrific adventures. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Confusion in New Hampshire

Laconia is a small city in New Hampshire located between two lakes, Winnipesaukee, the largest in the state, and Winnisquam. It’s the county seat of Belknap County and a noted resort center. Among other things, it hosts one of the United States’ largest annual motorcycle rallies annually in June. In short, Laconia offered bestselling Jack Reacher author Lee Child any number of opportunities for weaving another exciting outing for America’s renowned tough guy and Judge Dredd style street judge. Instead, sorry to report, Child chose to concoct a truly befuddling mash up of genealogy and ritualized hunting for bored rich guys. The whole thing is quite a mess that will have the most avid Reacher fans wondering if the big block of a guy has finally run out of steam. We’ll have to wait for number 24, and for certain there will be a number 24, to see how much oomph the ex-MP major has left in him. Why oh why couldn’t our hero have tackled a bunch of renegade, pillaging motorcycle gang members intent on spoiling everybody’s fun at Laconia Motorcycle Week?

So, Jack Reacher and his famous thump find him stopping off in Laconia on the trail of a little family history. Turns out that his father, ex-Marine Stan Reacher, grew up in Laconia, or just outside town in a small, now defunct tin milling settlement. As is the case with Reacher, he finds offensive individuals lurking about in the resort town, namely an obnoxious rich kid imposing himself on a waitress, whom he dispatches handily. Of course, he ticks off the kid’s father, a rich guy who seeks to teach Reacher a lesson. Fat chance, old man, no matter how many henchmen you can assemble. He also inadvertently acts as a matchmaker for a lawyer and county employee, sort of Reacher as a Shadchan, if you can believe that. There’s also something about a Boston mob hunting for Reacher for some reason or another.

Parallel to this, two young people from Canada, Patty and Shorty, are trying to make their way to Florida in a jalopy, lugging a giant and heavy suitcase with them, a suitcase we are left to speculate as to its contents, nefarious, perhaps. While they want to drive straight through, the car doesn’t, and they land in a ratty motel twenty miles outside Laconia. The owner of the motel and his cohorts conspire to permanently disable the car and keep them on premise. One is named Mark Reacher, a very distant relative of Reacher. Mark and the gang have a very sophisticated operation set up in the big house on the property from which they surveil the pair while they await their real customers, the aforementioned bored rich guys. Most readers will know the intent of Mark, his gang, and the rich guests almost from the beginning. It’s only the form of mayhem they plan that might be a bit of a mystery.

Naturally, eventually, after much walking and driving here, there, and everywhere, an inordinate amount of smart mouth dialogue (usually fun but here just annoying), and an exhibition of innate smartness on the part of Patty and Shorty that will stretch even the biggest Reacher fans’ credulity, action ensues and Reacher dispenses his brand of brutal justice.

If you are a Reacher fan, you’ll read Past Tense regardless of what anybody says to the negative. If you are new to Reacher novels, spare yourself this. Go to the earliest novels in the series, which are all terrific adventures. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
I have been a BIG Lee Child and Reacher fan from book one, but this edition in the series seems a bit tired, like Child had run out of ideas... plus, why do most of the characters sound and act like Reacher in this book? Pretty disappointed, but I know this book is one of the last before Child's brother took over the series. Hoping the next one will be better. ( )
  Randall.Hansen | Nov 3, 2021 |
Two mostly unrelated stories, based in Laconia, NH, that converge about three quarters of the way through to me in a seemingly forced manner. One is slightly interesting, the other an overused and completely predictable trope. Jack Reacher is hitchhiking from Maine to San Diego, and decides to go through Laconia, his father’s birthplace to examine his roots. Very little can be found in the public records, except that it seems that Stan's predilection for justice was passed on to son, Jack. Jack's traipsing around the public records office and the oldest members of the local community is a bore. He visits various public records offices, and gets a lot of help from the locals when dad Stan Reacher doesn't show up right away in the town’s 80-year-old census records. At the same time, a young Canadian couple on its way to NYC has car trouble, and ends up at a remote motel. They are marooned, because the weird motel owners are not helpful, using a litany of excuses. Eventually, the couple finds themselves imprisoned, because the motel owners have secret, nefarious plans for them. (The couple was about the interesting part of the book.) In the final quarter, the pace finally accelerates from a crawl, making the book okay. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
reacher 23, bow hunting of Patty and Shorty; night vision, family history. publ & read 2018; hard
  18cran | Jul 4, 2021 |
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"Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child, "a superb craftsman of suspense" (Entertainment Weekly). Jack Reacher has extended his thumb and hit the pavement. His plan is to follow the autumn sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road in rural New Hampshire, deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: The town where his father was born. He thinks, What's one extra day? and takes the detour. At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians are trying to drive to New York City to sell a treasure. Now they're stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. The owners almost seem too friendly. It's a strange place. but it's all there is. The next morning in the city clerk's office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He's told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He knows his father left and never returned. Now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place? As Reacher explores his father's life, and strands of different stories begin to merge, he makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense. and deadly"--

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