The Affair by Lee Child

Well friends, it is time for another patented Patz quick book review.  As you know by now, I love listening to audio books in the car and Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books are consistently my favorites.  You can read a review of another in the series as well as a link to all the books in order here.

The Affair is a good book.  It might even be the best of the Reacher series.  Melanie and I both really liked the setting and the plot.  As usual, there were not an overwhelming number of characters and each was distinct and fairly believable.  The pacing was excellent.  It was a nice change to go back in time to a point when Reacher was still in the Army.

Unfortunately, this book has at least three extended sex scenes.  I guess Child had to make up for so little kissy touchy in the previous book.  I have absolutely nothing against sex, but I don’t need or want it described to me in a book – especially one primarily about action and solving mysteries.  It just seems like such a sharp turn in the story whenever it happens.  It would be easy enough to suggest what was happening and quickly move on.  We just fast forwarded through them.  I guess that is the biggest benefit of listening to the audiobook instead of reading it.

Overall, both Melanie and I really enjoyed this book and I recommend it to anyone looking for a quick action mystery read.

Worth Dying For by Lee Child

We traveled last week and like to listen to audio books while driving.  At the top of the heap sits Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series (he’s in my book hall of fame in the right side bar).  The latest in the series is Worth Dying For.

As with all of the previous books, there is plenty of action and an unusual story to keep your attention.  The characters are distinct and interesting so the story never gets muddled.  It is perfect for times when you need to put plenty of interstate miles on your car.  Best of all, no romance in this book.  Occasionally Child will slip in a love interest and  Melanie and I agree this is always the weakest part of any of his books.

I don’t want to give anything away since each story is always a mystery but know that this book is as good as any of the others in the series.

If you’ve never read a Jack Reacher book, start at the beginning with Killing Floor.  Each story builds on the last (or at least contains spoilers from previous books).

Jack Reacher Books in Chronological Order.

Quick Reviews of Two Books: 61 Hours by Lee Child and The Making of Star Wars by J. W. Rinzler

61 Hours by Lee Child is the 14th book in the Jack Reacher series (recommended in my recommended books section in the right sidebar).  Just like all of the others in the series this one makes a great companion as an audio book while traveling.  The action is almost non-stop, the characters are easily identifiable and the plot has some nice twists and turns.  Melanie and I both agree that this is our favorite one in the series or favorite one in a long time.  It isn’t preachy or overly focused on a love interest, but you do figure out the ending before it arrives.  A recommended fun read.

The Making of Star Wars by J. W. Rinzler is not exactly what you’d expect.  I decided to burn through this book because of my recent lightsaber purchases and because a fellow SW aficionado said it had stuff in it that he didn’t already know.  I thought that this subject had been bled dry a couple of decades ago.

The title implies yet another book focusing on design and special effects tricks when it actually tells the tale of how the movie came to be.  It deals with the persons and personalities that made it all happen.  You learn about the contractual details between Fox and Lucas, the working conditions, etc.  There are lots of pictures that I hadn’t seen before that focus on the people.  It is a little like looking at a scrapbook from an ILM or Lucasfilm employee.  Perhaps the most interesting things are the quotes from the various people taken from interviews immediately before and after the movie’s release.

It is an expensive book and a must have for any SW completest.  For the rest of us, I recommend checking it out from the local library.