Make Me

Make Me

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"Jack Reacher has no place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote railroad stop with the curious name of Mother's Rest seems perfect for an aimless one-day stopover. He expects to find a lonely tombstone in a sea of nearly-ripe wheat ... but instead there is a woman waiting for a missing private investigator, a cryptic note about two hundred deaths, and a small town full of silent, watchful people"--Goodreads.com.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780804178792
9780804178778
Characteristics: 402 pages ;,24 cm.

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Mattou
Nov 28, 2017

This is classic Lee Child in his Jack Reacher mode. More recently, for those of us who still read without researching in advance, Child has added depth and complexity with the hint of a relationship (really Reacher?), suspense with a potential death (seriously? This cannot happen!) and drama in cold-blooded murders perpetrated by the other J Reacher. What could possibly go wrong?

One of the best Reacher novels that I have read in a long time.

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halo1111
Nov 07, 2017

Kinda surprised with this book. I thought it was one of his earlier books since it was not as thrilling. I found the story to be great but not told right. He also spends heavy details on things that have no significance to the plot for several chapters.

The character of Reacher continues to entertain by being totally immune to the disease of political-correctness. He is unabashedly out for himself and will do anything to achieve his goals. His matter of fact logic in the face of extreme situations is refreshing in an age of morality-by-committee.

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kmre_37
Mar 16, 2017

The title says it all as in you'd have to " make me " ever want to finish reading this !

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toby65
Feb 11, 2017

I am a Jack Reacher fan but this one too dark for me. Images near the end are gruesome.

lenteach Oct 12, 2016

Reacher never disappoints.that's why we read Lee Child.
everything that's real falls short.isn't that why fiction exists? it allows you to forget the evening news,the horrors of daily life, for a while. super Reacher doesn't need to fly or have x-ray vision. he just needs a shower,some new clothes,and a worthy enemy.

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ChaChaRobin
Sep 26, 2016

Jack Reacher novels are always a pleasure -- formulaic, yes, but absolutely tops.

akasq Sep 16, 2016

Page after page of action.
great charactors only add
to a thriller.

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BLACKSQUIRREL_1
Jun 17, 2016

Always a good read

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nomes16
Apr 09, 2016

one of my favourite writers, but was so disappointed this time,

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PimaLib_ElizabethT Oct 27, 2015

Threats had to be answered, which meant he was going to have to take their guns away, because probing pawns had to be sent back beaten, and because folks in Mother's Rest needed to know for sure the next time he came to town he would be armed. He wanted to tell them it was their own fault. He wanted to tell them they had brought it on themselves.

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jimg2000
Oct 16, 2015

Reacher's way:

Chang said, “What are you doing?”
“Compressing the arteries that feed his brain.”
“You can’t do that.”
“What, it was OK to murder him the first time, but not the second time?”
“It’s wrong.”
“It was right the first time, when he was a piece of shit who was about to rape you at gunpoint. Did he change? Did he suddenly become some kind of a saintly martyr we should rush straight to the hospital? When did that part happen?”

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jimg2000
Oct 16, 2015

Chang: Like Pascal’s Wager.
Reacher: Costs us nothing if we’re wrong, but saves us plenty if we’re right.
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Reacher: Hope for the best, plan for the worst.
Chang: That wouldn’t get us a warrant.
Reacher: Warrants are about what you can prove. Not what you know.
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Martial arts didn’t work in the real world. Judo and karate were useless without the mats and the referee and the special pajamas. So unarmed combat was brawling, basically. Like a bar fight. Whatever worked.
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The guy’s face was turned away high and back, so Reacher;s boot caught him under the chin, like a monstrous uppercut from a heavyweight with a horsehoe in his glove.
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You started a war. Which was dumb. Because you’ll lose. And it won’t be pretty. We’re going to beat you so hard your kids will be born dizzy.

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jimg2000
Oct 16, 2015

“Conspiracies,” Westwood said. …
“Give me an example.”
“Smoke alarms are compulsory in homes because they contain cameras and microphones wirelessly linked to the government, with poison gas capsules too, in case the government doesn’t like what you’re saying or doing.”
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Reacher said, “What kind of beams?”
“Mind-controlling beams. They come off the bottom of civilian airliners. The FAA requires the. That’s why they charge for checked bags now, so people will use carry-on instead, which leaves more space in the hold for the equipment …

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jimg2000
Oct 16, 2015

… a single scribbled number 4. Which was a number of moderate technical interest, and most famous for being the only number in the entire universe that matched the number of letters in its own world in English: four.

Wagon trains went dead straight when they could. Why wouldn’t they? No one put in extra miles just for the fun of it.

The diner was clean and pleasant and attractively decorated, but it was above all else a working place, designed to swap calories for money as fast as possible.

Let’s eat first. Eat when you can. That’s the golden rule.
“They call it anhedonia. The inability to experience pleasure.”

Reacher put his toothbrush in his pocket, and she packed her suitcase, with her comb, and her computer, and its charger and her phone charger.

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jimg2000
Oct 16, 2015

Either way Reacher figured he might as well find out. He had no place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, so detours cost him nothing.

Forty thousand suicides every year in America. One every thirteen minutes. Statistically we’re more likely to kill ourselves than each other. Who knew?

The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, and that’s good news for the bodyguard business.

Pre-natal care, perinatal care, post-natal care, pediatrics, nutrition, education, orthodontics, vacations, college, postgrad, a fiancé, the whole nine yards. Her assembly line had worked just fine. The American dream, a spectacular result.

We live in strange times. Poor people are fat, and rich people are thin. That never happened before.

The only fights you truly win are the ones you don’t have.

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jimg2000
Oct 16, 2015

There is several pages inside the book on the "Silk Road" type of high tech criminal communities. Here is a short introduction:

http://money.cnn.com/2014/03/10/technology/deep-web/
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… It was a Zen question. Was a weapon you couldn’t trust a weapon at all?
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He liked fiction better than fact, because fact often wasn’t. Like most people he knew a couple of things for sure, up close and eyeballed, and when he saw them in books they were wrong. So he liked made-up stories better, because everyone knew where they were from the get-go.
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Once he had read a book about a cartel accountant, who spent five grand a month on rubber bands alone, just to package all the cash.

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Feb 27, 2016

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BradfordCaslon
Nov 15, 2015

Jack Reacher stops in a mysterious town in middle Oklahoma, ultimately discovering a horror outside the town.

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