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Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in—no phone, no address, no commitments–ex–military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in—no phone, no address, no commitments–ex–military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child’s astonishing new thriller, Reacher’s arrival will change everything—about a case that isn’t what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot–and by doing so give Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.… The gunman worked from a parking structure just thirty yards away–point-blank range for a trained military sniper like James Barr. His victims were in the wrong place at the wrong time. But why does Barr want Reacher at his side? There are good reasons why Reacher is the last person Barr would want to see. But when Reacher hears Barr’s own words, he understands. And a slam-dunk case explodes. Soon Reacher is teamed with a young defense lawyer who is working against her D.A. father and dueling with a prosecution team that has an explosive secret of its own. Like most things Reacher has known in life, this case is a complex battlefield. But, as always, in battle, Reacher is at his best. Moving in the shadows, picking his spots, Reacher gets closer and closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. And for Reacher, the only way to take him down is to know his ruthlessness and respect his cunning–and then match him shot for shot…


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Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in—no phone, no address, no commitments–ex–military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in—no phone, no address, no commitments–ex–military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child’s astonishing new thriller, Reacher’s arrival will change everything—about a case that isn’t what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot–and by doing so give Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.… The gunman worked from a parking structure just thirty yards away–point-blank range for a trained military sniper like James Barr. His victims were in the wrong place at the wrong time. But why does Barr want Reacher at his side? There are good reasons why Reacher is the last person Barr would want to see. But when Reacher hears Barr’s own words, he understands. And a slam-dunk case explodes. Soon Reacher is teamed with a young defense lawyer who is working against her D.A. father and dueling with a prosecution team that has an explosive secret of its own. Like most things Reacher has known in life, this case is a complex battlefield. But, as always, in battle, Reacher is at his best. Moving in the shadows, picking his spots, Reacher gets closer and closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. And for Reacher, the only way to take him down is to know his ruthlessness and respect his cunning–and then match him shot for shot…

30 review for One Shot

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stevedutch

    Nobody should pick up a Jack Reacher novel and expect great literature. I might be wrong but I suspect that that isn’t Lee Child’s purpose. What you get instead is a good dollop of wish-fulfilment, good writing, beautiful, intelligent and feisty females who are either integral to the development of the plot or just along for the ride, and implausible story lines! One shot is no exception – why change a winning formula? In Reacher, Child has created a character who is, perhaps, not quite the guy Nobody should pick up a Jack Reacher novel and expect great literature. I might be wrong but I suspect that that isn’t Lee Child’s purpose. What you get instead is a good dollop of wish-fulfilment, good writing, beautiful, intelligent and feisty females who are either integral to the development of the plot or just along for the ride, and implausible story lines! One shot is no exception – why change a winning formula? In Reacher, Child has created a character who is, perhaps, not quite the guy who every other guy wants to be (and with whom every woman wants to be?), well, at least not permanently. But it might be nice for a couple of weeks to: be able to kick ass as effectively as he does, to never be wrong, to be able, correctly, to second guess all the villains’ moves and then to ride off into the sunset with a clear conscience and no dangling strings! But in common with all of its predecessors, and despite the implausibility of the plot, One Shot doesn’t last a few days let alone a few weeks, it’s a real page-turner. In a genre full of world weary, divorced, alcoholic, guilt ridden cops Reacher is a breath of fresh air – the closest thing to Casey Ryback outside of the movies!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alp

    4.5/5 “You going to shoot me?” Reacher asked. “Maybe.” “You should.” “Why?” “Because if you don’t, I’m going to find you and I’m going to make you sorry.” Lee Child never ceases to amaze me with the depth and cleverness of his writing. This is the ninth installment of Jack Reacher series and it still gave me a lot of thrills and chills, as same as the previous ones did. How on earth can he come up with such engaging and riveting plot? Every twist and turn literally blew me away. It’s no wonder this 4.5/5 “You going to shoot me?” Reacher asked. “Maybe.” “You should.” “Why?” “Because if you don’t, I’m going to find you and I’m going to make you sorry.” Lee Child never ceases to amaze me with the depth and cleverness of his writing. This is the ninth installment of Jack Reacher series and it still gave me a lot of thrills and chills, as same as the previous ones did. How on earth can he come up with such engaging and riveting plot? Every twist and turn literally blew me away. It’s no wonder this book was turned into movie. One Shot is such a great read! Five people were shot dead in a public plaza by the lone sniper and the shootings appeared to be entirely random. The accused man denied the charges and asked for Jack Reacher. And here’s where Reacher had become involved in this case. In this book, Reacher faced the new ruthless enemy with no mercy for anyone who dared stand in his way. But as always, this ex-military police never quits. And he would never stop until he could ultimately bring justice to those innocent victims of this vicious man. One of the things about this book that impressed me greatly was that all the dialogue kept the story moving along at a cracking pace. The last 10% of the story was full of unstoppable excitement. Reacher took “one-man army” to a whole new level! To be honest, I think his plan was crazy and it seemed to me that it was more likely to be a suicide mission, but hell if I didn’t root for him to make it to the house and take down all those bad guys. This scene had me on the edge of my seat throughout, I can tell. Read this book, people! You'll certainly never be disappointed! “I warned you,” he whispered into the darkness below. “You should have put me down when you had the chance.”

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    One shot (Jack Reacher #9), Lee Child One Shot is the ninth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. The book title is based on "One shot, one kill," the military sniper's creed. The novel was adapted into the 2012 film Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise as the title character. This book is written in the third person. In a small Indiana city, a lone gunman in a parking garage calmly fires into a rush-hour crowd in a public plaza, committing a massacre of five apparently random victims One shot (Jack Reacher #9), Lee Child One Shot is the ninth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. The book title is based on "One shot, one kill," the military sniper's creed. The novel was adapted into the 2012 film Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise as the title character. This book is written in the third person. In a small Indiana city, a lone gunman in a parking garage calmly fires into a rush-hour crowd in a public plaza, committing a massacre of five apparently random victims with six shots. The shooter leaves a perfect trail behind for the police to quickly track him down. Evidence from the scene, of a shell case and a quarter bearing the same fingerprints, points clearly to James Barr, a former Army infantry sniper. He is arrested, but will only say two things to the police: "They got the wrong guy," and "Get Jack Reacher for me." Reacher, a former Army military police officer and now a drifter, is 1500 miles away, but sees the news on CNN and gets on a bus to Indiana. Reacher has no job, no home, no car, and a shrinking savings account from his past military pay. Although Reacher has a nomadic existence, what he does have is sharp moral clarity. ... تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و یکم دسامبر سال 2016 میلادی عنوان: یک شلیک - از سری کتابهای جک ریچر؛ نویسنده: لی چایلد؛ مترجم: محمد عباس آبادی؛ ویراستار: گودرز پایکوب؛ تهران، تندیس، 1395؛ در 503 ص؛ شابک: 9786001821912؛ در ایالت ایندیانای آمریکا، تک ‌تیراندازی با شلیک شش گلوله، پنج نفر را در روز روشن به قتل می‌رساند و با آثار و مدارک زیادی که از خود بر ‌جای می‌گذارد به ‌راحتی دستگیر می‌شود. او در حین بازپرسی تنها یک جمله را تکرار می‌کند: «جک ریچر رو برام پیدا کنید.» کسی نمی‌داند او از چه حرف می‌زند، اما به‌ زودی خواهند فهمید؛ ریچر در راه ایندیاناست. «یک شلیک» نهمین کتاب از مجموعه ‌ی جک ریچر و به قلم نویسنده ‌ی بریتانیایی، لی چایلد است که در سال 2005 میلادی منتشر شد، در سال 2012 میلادی فیلمی بر اساس آن و با بازی تام کروز ساخته شد و با فروشی 218 میلیون دلاری، ساخت فیلم‌های بعدی بر اساس همین مجموعه را تضمین کرد لی چایلد تا کنون بیست عنوان از مجموعه «جک ریچر» را به رشته تحریر درآورده، و یازده کتاب اول این مجموعه به عنوانهای: قتلگاه؛ تا پای مرگ؛ قلاب؛ آخرین مهمان؛ اکو در آتش؛ سوء قصد؛ وسوسهٔ انتقام؛ دشمن؛ یک شلیک؛ راه سخت؛ و بدشانسی و دردسر با ترجمه: محمد عباس‌آبادی، توسط کتاب‌سرای تندیس در ایران به چاپ رسیده است. ا. شربیانی

  4. 5 out of 5

    David

    A sniper guns down five people. The evidence against him is overwhelming. When questioned by the police he declares bluntly that they have the wrong man. Then he says, "Get Reacher." The cops have no idea who Reacher is, but you and I should know, because, if we are reading in order this is # 9 in the series. (oops- I read this one out of order).. Reacher, however, is on the way already? Why? Because, the sniper committed the same type of crime during the Persian Gulf War and got away with it-- A sniper guns down five people. The evidence against him is overwhelming. When questioned by the police he declares bluntly that they have the wrong man. Then he says, "Get Reacher." The cops have no idea who Reacher is, but you and I should know, because, if we are reading in order this is # 9 in the series. (oops- I read this one out of order).. Reacher, however, is on the way already? Why? Because, the sniper committed the same type of crime during the Persian Gulf War and got away with it-- under Reacher's watch. Now Reacher wants nothing more than to assist with the prosecution of this man. However, something catches his eye and the whole case begins to stink. Reacher jumps in and does his stuff. If you've read any of the other novels in this series you know that his stuff includes busting heads, killing bad guys, and analyzing the heck out of every situation. This is one of the best of the series I have read and kept me up late to finish. My eyelids got heavy, but I literally could not put it down until I finished it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Good mystery-crime novel with lots of fast-paced action and even a bit of romance. If you are a Jack Reacher fan, I'm sure you will enjoy this entertaining book.As for the movie, it's kind of hard to imagine Tom Cruise as the big and tall Jack Reacher, but I still might give it a try.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    Number 9 in the Jack Reacher Series. 5/5 because this was great. This story starts out of the blocks on page one and just keeps going. There is what appears to be and random act of violence. A sniper fires 6 bullets and kills 5 people. The man accused has done this before whilst still in the army in Kuwait. Reacher was the MP that arrested him, on that occasion, but because of political intervention the assassin got off. Reacher promised the man if he ever reared his ugly head again Reacher would f Number 9 in the Jack Reacher Series. 5/5 because this was great. This story starts out of the blocks on page one and just keeps going. There is what appears to be and random act of violence. A sniper fires 6 bullets and kills 5 people. The man accused has done this before whilst still in the army in Kuwait. Reacher was the MP that arrested him, on that occasion, but because of political intervention the assassin got off. Reacher promised the man if he ever reared his ugly head again Reacher would find him and that would be the end of him. When Reacher hears the assassins name on TV he set off to fulfil his promise. The evidence against the assassin is over whelming but when Reacher hears that the one person the assassin wanted to see was Reacher himself, Reacher couldn’t believe it. Why would the assassin want to see Reacher when he knows that Reacher would kill him, given half a chance. Reacher wants answers but the assassin has been badly beaten whilst in gaol and is now in a coma. The more questions Reacher asks the more convinced he becomes that something is very wrong. When Reacher’s digging starts getting too close to the truth, someone decides it’s time for Reacher to disappear, permanently. Big mistake! Someone is about to be very, very sorry that they irritated the beast. All hell is about to break loose. This is an all action romp that you will find hard to put down. Highly recommended for lovers of full on action.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Harry

    I'm going to add the same review for all of the Reacher series, so if you've read this one, you've read 'em all. If you feel a certain affinity for the lone hero, a man of principle, of unwavering knowledge and assent as to his own actions, than Jack Reacher's your kinda guy. Lee Child has created an unforgettable and unique character in his creation of Jack Reacher. Jack seems to implicitly understand that he is a unique animal/human running around on this planet and that in spite of social con I'm going to add the same review for all of the Reacher series, so if you've read this one, you've read 'em all. If you feel a certain affinity for the lone hero, a man of principle, of unwavering knowledge and assent as to his own actions, than Jack Reacher's your kinda guy. Lee Child has created an unforgettable and unique character in his creation of Jack Reacher. Jack seems to implicitly understand that he is a unique animal/human running around on this planet and that in spite of social conventions, cultural trappings, and whatever conventions and abstractions we allow into our mind in order to alleviate this core fact of our singularity (and aloneness)...the truth of it is not something Mr. Reacher denies. He embraces it. Understands his philosophy implicitly, revels in his physical being,his conventions and values. He defends those he loves, those he does allow into his world, with a loyalty bar none while never letting go of the notion that he is alone and being perfectly comfortable with that. I read one, and within two months read all 15 books with an appetite that couldn't get enough. Enough said, HR

  8. 4 out of 5

    Samir

    The best book in the series so far.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mike Nemeth

    "One Shot" was turned into a vehicle for Tom Cruise and released to theaters late in 2012. I finally read the book and loved it. But a little background first. Watching the movie was my first exposure to author Lee Child's work. And after the opening scene and exposure to the hard-bitten dialogue, I was hooked. The back and forth got me to recall my obsession during college forays into used book stores hunting for early Mickey Spillane novels. The other memory it provoked was watching Humphrey B "One Shot" was turned into a vehicle for Tom Cruise and released to theaters late in 2012. I finally read the book and loved it. But a little background first. Watching the movie was my first exposure to author Lee Child's work. And after the opening scene and exposure to the hard-bitten dialogue, I was hooked. The back and forth got me to recall my obsession during college forays into used book stores hunting for early Mickey Spillane novels. The other memory it provoked was watching Humphrey Bogart in "The Maltese Falcon." And yes, I'm a Tom Cruise fan. He's an intense guy and so short I didn't pay any attention to him and Nicole Kidman as they walked alongside my wife and I at Universal Studios way back when. But he played Jack Reacher like he really was 6 foot 5 inches and 250 pounds. I picked up Child's first novel in the series "Killing Floor" after reading a short he'd written on the young Reacher back in his military base-hopping days. I plowed through the first five novels before realizing I'd better take a break or I'd start punching people who deserved it. And I'd be out of more Jack Reacher novels if I read them all. Ok, whew. So I read some other stuff. Got some great recommendations from fellow book enthusiasts. I took in a Reacher novel here and there and finally found a dog-eared copy of "One Shot" at the great Book Barn near my home in Clovis, Calif. Getting into it took a couple of tries. I knew the story via the Christopher McQuarrie-directed movie version. But after about three chapters, that cloud of repetition faded and I got into the story. I pounded it out over several days vacationing on the beach at my sister's in Hermosa Beach. Again, I became part of the story. That invisible guy on the sidelines watching the case unfold. Reacher, as usual, gets an impossible situation and has to make sense of it. Along the way, he's harassed by the cops and treated like a criminal. Still, it doesn't bother him. He was put on this earth with a talent. And that's setting things straight. Bad people are not his friends. But Reacher does what's right, even if that means giving somebody a second chance and a shot at justice. Great stuff, especially after body surfing all day and kicking back with a craft beer on a deck overlooking the coast.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Book Addict Shaun

    Despite owning every single Jack Reacher novel in paperback (and it’s such a beautiful looking collection) it’s shockingly been nearly a year since I read The Enemy, so I couldn’t wait to continue with the series. I just love Reacher. Honestly I could just read about him doing anything mundane and still be addicted to it. He is one of my all-time favourite characters and as with Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch, I am trying to savour these novels rather than storming through them as quickly as pos Despite owning every single Jack Reacher novel in paperback (and it’s such a beautiful looking collection) it’s shockingly been nearly a year since I read The Enemy, so I couldn’t wait to continue with the series. I just love Reacher. Honestly I could just read about him doing anything mundane and still be addicted to it. He is one of my all-time favourite characters and as with Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch, I am trying to savour these novels rather than storming through them as quickly as possible (as hard as that is at times). One Shot was another enjoyable caper, however I’m unsure why this novel was the one chosen to be made into a film because some of the earlier ones I felt were more dramatic and action-packed. However having read the plot for the film it has been changed significantly. That said I’m not even sure I’ll ever watch it but I am intrigued, Tom Cruise as Reacher is like Mr. Bean playing Harry Bosch and I feel like watching the film would make me imagine Cruise more reading these novels and that’s not something I want. I felt the ‘mystery’ element was quite weak but I enjoyed the character development of Reacher and following along with his thought processes. As always I found myself connecting with some characters only to feel a sense of melancholy as the book drew to a close and I knew I wouldn’t be meeting them again. That’s the thing about these wandering novels, we meet so many characters and some of them leave a lasting impression. There’s honestly not much else you’re going to see me say in these reviews apart from some variation of the above. I love these books and I just can’t wait to read them all.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joe Robles

    This is the first Jack Reacher book I've read, and I picked it up because of the upcoming movie. I have to say my only problem with it is that now I'm going to have to read all of Lee Child's books, and I already have a queue of over 140 "to read". It's a really great thriller. It's hard to talk about it without revealing too much, hence the spoilers warning. My favorite bit is that Jack is not some flawless superman. He's trailed throughout the book and only once picks it up. That was something This is the first Jack Reacher book I've read, and I picked it up because of the upcoming movie. I have to say my only problem with it is that now I'm going to have to read all of Lee Child's books, and I already have a queue of over 140 "to read". It's a really great thriller. It's hard to talk about it without revealing too much, hence the spoilers warning. My favorite bit is that Jack is not some flawless superman. He's trailed throughout the book and only once picks it up. That was something I'm not used to in most thrillers. Most of the time the protagonists is presented with an almost supernatural ability to pick up that they're being followed. He's also kind of flawed in that he's essentially a homeless man. He travels with only the clothes on his back and the money in his wallet, staying in shady motels. I'm don't know if this is how he is in every book, but it's also very unique. It's also a pretty good mystery (even though we know a lot) in that you get to see Reacher put all the pieces together. If all the books are this good, I'm sure I'll have no problem making my way through this series. I now only hope they don't screw up the movie.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    4 stars. You need to suspend disbelief, but it’s still a fun, tough guy story. STORY BRIEF: A sniper kills five people leaving a downtown office building. Several pieces of evidence point to James Barr a former army sniper. James says “You’ve got the wrong guy. Get Reacher for me.” Coincidentally Reacher comes to town for his own reasons. Reacher saw the story in the news. He knew Barr when they were in the army together fourteen years ago. Some bad guys don’t like Reacher being in town and try t 4 ½ stars. You need to suspend disbelief, but it’s still a fun, tough guy story. STORY BRIEF: A sniper kills five people leaving a downtown office building. Several pieces of evidence point to James Barr a former army sniper. James says “You’ve got the wrong guy. Get Reacher for me.” Coincidentally Reacher comes to town for his own reasons. Reacher saw the story in the news. He knew Barr when they were in the army together fourteen years ago. Some bad guys don’t like Reacher being in town and try to harm him. Of course that’s the worst thing they could do since now Reacher won’t leave until he finds them. REVIEWER’S OPINION: This is the ninth book in the Reacher series and one of the better ones. If you like the series, definitely do this one. The bad guys trying to harm Reacher was done well. Reacher’s investigation and solving the mystery was done well. I liked some of the things Reacher did as he was evading the bad guys and the cops. I would have liked a few more fight scenes, but I won’t complain. It’s just one of my favorite things - watching Reacher beat up thugs. In the early books the author frequently used the phrase “he shrugged.” In recent books, he is not using that phrase as much, but he’s almost overusing the phrase “Reacher said nothing.” Some reviewers complained. I was ok with it. THE SERIES: I suggest reading the books in order, but not required. All the books get 4 or more stars from me except three: Running Blind, Without Fail, and The Enemy. Save those for last if you’re NOT a die hard Reacher fan. NARRATOR: The narrator Dick Hill was very good. DATA: Unabridged audiobook reading time: 12 hrs and 13 mins. Swearing language: I don’t recall any but probably moderate. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: two referred to not shown. Setting: 2004 Indiana. Book copyright: 2005. Genre: mystery suspense thriller. Ending: Good.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rakesh

    Jack Reacher , I like this character a lot. Trust Lee Child , Trust Jack Reacher you will not disappoint. Don't know how I should put this, expectations were high and believe me that was real. On a busy day, six shots were fired and five was dead. A case seems like a massacre. The accused was caught in no time. A slam dunk case. During the interrogation , accused denies and asks to get Reacher for him. With Reacher involved how we can put this book down. The story was full of twists and turns, a thri Jack Reacher , I like this character a lot. Trust Lee Child , Trust Jack Reacher you will not disappoint. Don't know how I should put this, expectations were high and believe me that was real. On a busy day, six shots were fired and five was dead. A case seems like a massacre. The accused was caught in no time. A slam dunk case. During the interrogation , accused denies and asks to get Reacher for him. With Reacher involved how we can put this book down. The story was full of twists and turns, a thriller. Any body who likes thriller should go for this, a must read. A complete package. I am going to start Jack Reacher series from now on I am addicted to this. Thank you Lee Child for creating this character.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Subroto

    If you are already a Jack Reacher fan - the number of whom which I assume is now increasing each day (the last book - A Man Wanted debuted at NYT No 1 position this September) - then I don't need to tell you this. Jack Reacher books are entertainers - not much intelligence there - but very catchy and very interesting. Makes for great holiday / in flight reads. One Shot is very fast, very smart and totally un-put-down-able . Very vintage Reacher - coffee and eggs and diners, dollar stores, bus dep If you are already a Jack Reacher fan - the number of whom which I assume is now increasing each day (the last book - A Man Wanted debuted at NYT No 1 position this September) - then I don't need to tell you this. Jack Reacher books are entertainers - not much intelligence there - but very catchy and very interesting. Makes for great holiday / in flight reads. One Shot is very fast, very smart and totally un-put-down-able . Very vintage Reacher - coffee and eggs and diners, dollar stores, bus depots, hitch hiking and all that :) A lot of Army Vs Marine. A lot sniper related trivia. A very twisty plot and some REALLY badass bad guys - makes the whole book all the more worth it. Some interesting sense of humor. The climax is the only place where you see some action - but that's exactly what this book needed. Thankfully Lee does not use Reacher just cos he's got him and hence lets the story be the hero. This is as close to Sherlock Holmes that Reacher's ever got. The book's plot supposedly forms the base plot / inspiration plot for the Jan 2013 movie - but one look at the trailer and you can see that a lot has been played with (apart from getting that puny guy to pass off as 6'5 " and 250 lbs). A lot of things which happen in the trailer do not happen here. Do not expect what you see in the movie/ rushes here. That said ...this book with or without being associated to the movie is a total value for money / time deal. Fun read !

  15. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    The first few pages were painful. Lots of self-consciously terse sentences as if worried about scaring off slow readers. A sample from page 13: "The garage was always packed. He knew that. That was why they were extending it. They were doubling its size. It was used by shoppers. That was why it was quiet." But soon things pick up and the plot moves along swiftly and smoothly. Reacher is a bland but likeable protagonist, notable mainly for being a loner and an expert investigator, but you wouldn't The first few pages were painful. Lots of self-consciously terse sentences as if worried about scaring off slow readers. A sample from page 13: "The garage was always packed. He knew that. That was why they were extending it. They were doubling its size. It was used by shoppers. That was why it was quiet." But soon things pick up and the plot moves along swiftly and smoothly. Reacher is a bland but likeable protagonist, notable mainly for being a loner and an expert investigator, but you wouldn't want to have to make conversation with him. The climax is exciting but I felt that the ending tied things up a little too neatly and the villain gave up a little too easily. Reacher explains to him how he'd done it and I half expected the reply "And I'd have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids!" And I think the actual conspiracy as described is a little convoluted and unconvincing. For me the Zec's flashbacks to Soviet Russia were the most powerful sections, and I'd have liked more of that kind of background.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maureen DeLuca

    A 4 star read- plus I just had to add 1 more for the MC- Reacher!! I'm only on book 9 and looking forward to getting thru them ALL.... I'm guessing that Reacher doesn't get that much older as the series progresses..... *sigh* I love the guy!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    Jack Reacher (drifter & ex-military police) Jack Reacher Movie trailer IMDb’s - Movie Review Jack Reacher can do no wrong in any chase. Wikipedia review IMDb - the 2 Jack Reacher movies

  18. 4 out of 5

    Abram

    My Rating: 4.4/5 'One Shot' is definitely one of the best Jack Reacher novel. It's what you call a novel you can't put down. I read the whole 500 pages in like 10 hours. It has to be a record for me as I never done that before. The story is first class and the characters are fantastic and again please don't go around poking at the literary sense of the novel. It has good writing but not great or excellent. As always Jack Reacher kicks ass. I watched the movie a couple of times and I loved it even My Rating: 4.4/5 'One Shot' is definitely one of the best Jack Reacher novel. It's what you call a novel you can't put down. I read the whole 500 pages in like 10 hours. It has to be a record for me as I never done that before. The story is first class and the characters are fantastic and again please don't go around poking at the literary sense of the novel. It has good writing but not great or excellent. As always Jack Reacher kicks ass. I watched the movie a couple of times and I loved it even when I had watched it before, the novel felt fresh and entertaining. So I recommend this to anyone who wants a good thrill ride. So thank you for reading the review and see you guys in my next review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Corey

    Man, it seems when I finish each Jack Reacher book I keep telling myself I'm gonna take a break from the series so I don't get burned out, but I find myself already jumping to the next book, and it leaves me wanting more! The series is just so addictive! Jack Reacher is back in the action when a lone gunman senselessly guns down 5 innocent bystanders in a small Indiana city. The authorizes catch up to the shooter and take him into custody, and supposedly the case is solved, except for one small p Man, it seems when I finish each Jack Reacher book I keep telling myself I'm gonna take a break from the series so I don't get burned out, but I find myself already jumping to the next book, and it leaves me wanting more! The series is just so addictive! Jack Reacher is back in the action when a lone gunman senselessly guns down 5 innocent bystanders in a small Indiana city. The authorizes catch up to the shooter and take him into custody, and supposedly the case is solved, except for one small problem. The man says, You got the wrong guy, then says, Get me Jack Reacher. And then like a ghost, Reacher arrives in town, and he also knows the accused shooter, a trained sniper who never missed a shot. Reacher teams up with beautiful defense lawyer Helen Rodin, trying to find the holes in the system, and finding the real enemy. Jack Reacher becomes the American Sherlock Holmes in One Shot, always one step ahead of everyone, looking into all possibilities of how and why! Another winner!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan

    One Shot is the ninth book in my biggest guilty pleasure series – Jack Reacher. Since picking up Killing Floor, I have been slowly working my way through the Jack Reacher books. I say slowly, but it’s more of an ebb and flow when it comes to my reading of the series. There was a couple of weeks between Killing Floor and Die Trying; three months between Die Trying and Tripwire; four months between Tripwire and Running Blind; five months between Running Blind and Echo Burning; a couple of days bet One Shot is the ninth book in my biggest guilty pleasure series – Jack Reacher. Since picking up Killing Floor, I have been slowly working my way through the Jack Reacher books. I say slowly, but it’s more of an ebb and flow when it comes to my reading of the series. There was a couple of weeks between Killing Floor and Die Trying; three months between Die Trying and Tripwire; four months between Tripwire and Running Blind; five months between Running Blind and Echo Burning; a couple of days between Echo Burning and Without Fail; five months between Without Fail and Persuader; a month between Persuader and The Enemy; five months between The Enemy and One Shot. As you can see, it’s not a series where I jump in one after the other – I pick up the series when the mood strikes me, when the guilty pleasure comes calling. Nevertheless, it is a series I will continue to read. Despite how I will continue to read the series, part of the reason for the gaps between my reading of each book is the fact that the books never really blow me away. I enjoy them all, but I have only given three four-star ratings (Die Trying, Without Fail, and Persuader) thus far. A third isn’t all that bad, but it means my desire to read the series is not the same as my desire to read other series. I’ve said this before, it’s because of the storytelling. I enjoy the stories, but the storytelling leaves much to be desired. It is not the kind of literature I can read a lot of, the writing style being something I can deal with for short periods of time before I need something with insane prose that keep me glued to the page. These are telling it as it is kinds of stories, information without the extensive prose I prefer. I know many will enjoy this, but it’s not the kind of storytelling I lean towards. Hence, it always takes me a while to get into the story. While One Shot was the story to be picked for the Jack Reacher movie, I’m not sure why. As with the prior books it was interesting, but it was rather average compared to some of the other stories we have had in the series. There was a nice bit of mystery going on throughout, but it wasn’t my favourite from the series. In fact, while I didn’t work out all the details, quite a few things were expected. It was mediocre, and not the Jack Reacher book I would have picked to make into a movie. Overall, another fun guilty pleasure read. As this one did not blow my mind, it may well be a couple of months before I pick up another Jack Reacher novel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mitzi

    Everyone I know who has read this book (or rather series) before seeing the movie says the same thing,"I can't believe they put Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher...I mean, the guy is supposed to be huge!" But having never heard of Jack before watching the movie, I say Tom is a better Jack than Jack is. A guy that big and tall would have a much harder time melting into the crowd and being a drifter than plain old ordinary Tom. Plus, it seems more likely that 5 locals would think they could out-fight Tom Everyone I know who has read this book (or rather series) before seeing the movie says the same thing,"I can't believe they put Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher...I mean, the guy is supposed to be huge!" But having never heard of Jack before watching the movie, I say Tom is a better Jack than Jack is. A guy that big and tall would have a much harder time melting into the crowd and being a drifter than plain old ordinary Tom. Plus, it seems more likely that 5 locals would think they could out-fight Tom, than some jolly giant--so it makes a better plot point. Plus, I liked that at the climax, Tom had to really fight his way in...Jack made it look too easy...(almost no resistance from Vladimir, come on, where's the fun in a showdown?). Another better thing about the movie--they got rid of his posse. Way too many people in the climax of the book. It makes it seem more like a circus of misfits with people dialoging to themselves and running around without their shoes than a calculated attempt at rescue. They also cut out a lot of superfluous things Jack did to evade the cops. The good things they did keep--giving him a knife at the showdown, the dare at the shooting range, the quarter. I can't say I would recommend the book or the movie, but in this case the movie is better than the book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    James

    Another good entry in the Jack Reacher story. While he has some misses, the regular hits are worth the strike-outs. I came to this one after the seeing the film, so it felt a litttle like reading a novelisation rather than reading the novel the film was based on. Suddenly things are a little bit spoiled for me: for a start, I'm imagining short-arsed Tom Cruise as Reacher which just isn't working for me (although he was a lot better in the movie than I'd been expecting), and knowing what's going Another good entry in the Jack Reacher story. While he has some misses, the regular hits are worth the strike-outs. I came to this one after the seeing the film, so it felt a litttle like reading a novelisation rather than reading the novel the film was based on. Suddenly things are a little bit spoiled for me: for a start, I'm imagining short-arsed Tom Cruise as Reacher which just isn't working for me (although he was a lot better in the movie than I'd been expecting), and knowing what's going to happen takes away a lot of the point of a Reacher novel. The movie and the novel are quite similar. They didn't seem to change much of substance (apart from Reacher's height). The biggest difference being that the movie felt a bit more contrived, whereas the novel seemed a lot more natural for Reacher. These are never going to be great works of literature, but they can be well crafted thrillers with the suspense of trying to work out what's going on faster than Reacher does. But this was still a good read even with that taken away. In fact, the last three have been getting better and better. Maybe Child's misses are behind him...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pranta Ghosh Dastider

    I had always wanted to read a Jack Reacher book. Ever since I have read the lone short story Second Child, featuring kid Reacher. He was a kid in that one, but already smart and kick ass. He was action packed and no bullshit, and I liked him instantly. Now move forward to 4 years and finally I have him read. A full story, no less. One Shot. I had watched the movie before, but thanks to my dull memory, forgot all the key points, even the ending itself! Lucky me!! So I could enjoy the story anew. I had always wanted to read a Jack Reacher book. Ever since I have read the lone short story Second Child, featuring kid Reacher. He was a kid in that one, but already smart and kick ass. He was action packed and no bullshit, and I liked him instantly. Now move forward to 4 years and finally I have him read. A full story, no less. One Shot. I had watched the movie before, but thanks to my dull memory, forgot all the key points, even the ending itself! Lucky me!! So I could enjoy the story anew. It was fast in the beginning, slow in the middle and calm by the end. Reacher had his actions, but for me, mystery won me in this one. There was a good mystery going on, tables turned all the time, with agenda hidden. Reacher being Reacher endured every situation and stayed ahead. He made sure to nail the last bolt to the coffin, and closed every door by the endgame. At times I wished it were faster. But I liked Reacher nonetheless. I think I will read another book of him right away, have another in my hand already. Now, let's see!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    When the Jack Reacher movie trailer first came out, and I found out it was based on a book, I was intrigued enough to pick it up. Unfortunately, my logical brain assumed they would adapt the first book in the series, Killing Floor, and so I read the wrong book, as they took the screenplay from this book, the ninth in the series. Anyway, while I liked that book well enough (review here), this book showed how much the author has improved since writing it, his first published book. The plot was tig When the Jack Reacher movie trailer first came out, and I found out it was based on a book, I was intrigued enough to pick it up. Unfortunately, my logical brain assumed they would adapt the first book in the series, Killing Floor, and so I read the wrong book, as they took the screenplay from this book, the ninth in the series. Anyway, while I liked that book well enough (review here), this book showed how much the author has improved since writing it, his first published book. The plot was tighter, more suspenseful, and less derivative, the action scenes flowed better, and the pacing kept me engaged for the entirety of the novel. It also made it more clear in retrospect why this book was chosen to adapt into a movie, and not the first book in the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    It all began with six shots in Indiana, leaving five people dead and the locals in shock. The case seems open and shut; a suspect emerging in a few hours with evidence to match. A former military sniper is arrested and charged, with the death penalty a strong possibility. When the accused asks for Jack Reacher, locals scramble to determine what the request means and who it might be. A prison beating leaves the accused unable to remember anything and Reacher shows up, prepared to tap into his inn It all began with six shots in Indiana, leaving five people dead and the locals in shock. The case seems open and shut; a suspect emerging in a few hours with evidence to match. A former military sniper is arrested and charged, with the death penalty a strong possibility. When the accused asks for Jack Reacher, locals scramble to determine what the request means and who it might be. A prison beating leaves the accused unable to remember anything and Reacher shows up, prepared to tap into his inner investigator. It is then that the case's simplicity disappears as some form of conspiracy is apparent. As Reacher tries to piece it all together, including how those responsible may have others acting in their stead, nothing is left to chance and the conspiracy bears fruit. The randomness of the shooting and its victims disappears, but the control over others is still a mystery. Working with a young defence attorney, Reacher must keep this former sniper from being scapegoated, but also not permit a second injustice by letting him go free, unless he is as innocent as he claims to be. Child works his magic and creates another Reacher classic. While I have been pushing my way through the series by audiobook, I have neglected to tackle one of the issues I have had with Child's writing. While the plot is thick and the characters enjoyable, Child has been overly frugal with some of his dialogue development. Ending dialogue phrases repeatedly with "he said", or "she said" is not only audibly painful as one navigates these novels, but is truly a weakness of the editors as well, Perhaps easily skimming by the eye while reading, listening to the books and having the narrator use the "said" word more regularly than Reacher's own name is an Achilles' heel that ought to be mended. It was not as prevalent in this novel, but does stick out and, in a way, ruins the flow of dialogue. Of course, who am I to toss a stone at Lee Child and his success? Furthermore, I cannot overlook how varied Child has kept his Reacher novels; new crimes and approaches in each that tease out more of the Reacher character. So intricate and yet simplistic at the same time. Kudos, Mr. Child for another explosive novel. Great attention to detail and some 'ripped from the headlines' sniper themed writing.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andre

    Quite a few people didn’t like Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher in the movie. Personally I don’t think he did such a bad job though. Sure, he doesn’t look at all like the Jack Reacher described in the books. His body size, his style (or lack there-of) and his general appearance, none of those match up to the character Lee Child so carefully crafted into existence. However, it is a highly entertaining movie and that is what many critics seem to forget these days. Movies are essentially made to entertai Quite a few people didn’t like Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher in the movie. Personally I don’t think he did such a bad job though. Sure, he doesn’t look at all like the Jack Reacher described in the books. His body size, his style (or lack there-of) and his general appearance, none of those match up to the character Lee Child so carefully crafted into existence. However, it is a highly entertaining movie and that is what many critics seem to forget these days. Movies are essentially made to entertain us and occasionally provoke deeper thoughts, reflection and discussion. What’s more, this movie is not just entertaining it is based on possibly one of the best books in the series. “One Shot” is a great introduction into the world of Reacher. Albeit the ninth book in the series, if anyone wanted to start reading, this would be a great way to start. Funnily enough I had only just finished this book a couple of weeks before I saw the movie. I loved both. A guy Reacher used to know in the army, called Barr is seemingly wrongly accused of killing a number of people from a parking lot using a sniper rifle. When caught he utters “Get Reacher”. Reacher is not convinced that Barr is not the killer, but the chase begins to find out what actually happened. A great read and highly recommended.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kandice Dreama

    This is a book I came across while waiting in a hospital waiting room, I do not usually touch magazines or books at doctors or dentists but the title interested me so i picked it up, The couple of pages was this Bio of Jack Reacher this character though not extraordinary had specific skill set, Within the first couple of pages I was so engrossed in the story line and who Jack Reacher was as a person and what made him Him I did not hear my name being called, I can proudly say I am now a Lee child This is a book I came across while waiting in a hospital waiting room, I do not usually touch magazines or books at doctors or dentists but the title interested me so i picked it up, The couple of pages was this Bio of Jack Reacher this character though not extraordinary had specific skill set, Within the first couple of pages I was so engrossed in the story line and who Jack Reacher was as a person and what made him Him I did not hear my name being called, I can proudly say I am now a Lee child convert and a Jack Reacher fan, the writing style is unique and in depth it flows quite easily and leads you on an adventure that is intriguing and scary you get brought into the world of Jack and how he thinks feels and what motivates him he is such a diverse character you can't but help to feel what he feels and understand what motivates him to live how he lives and to sympathize with him when he wonders what has happened to me now do other people go through what I am going through. Jack Reacher literally comes off the page and into your heart you think with him you breathe with him you are living his life as it plays out on the page you bring the story to life in your mind and it is not until you have finished the book and put it down that the spell is broken and the book becomes a book again and you are separate and your daily life commences once more.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Mishap

    Left at work, I was reading this on breaks. Standard blah action book with the impossibly talented and cool hero. A clever set-up is wasted by too much reveal too quickly. The writing is terse but too long. I will explain, no, there is not time, let me sum up: If you think you are writing like Hemingway for your action book and you actually were, the book wouldn't be over 400 pages. He writes short sentences. Even fragments. But there are too many of them. Writes the next sentence. Notices a cat o Left at work, I was reading this on breaks. Standard blah action book with the impossibly talented and cool hero. A clever set-up is wasted by too much reveal too quickly. The writing is terse but too long. I will explain, no, there is not time, let me sum up: If you think you are writing like Hemingway for your action book and you actually were, the book wouldn't be over 400 pages. He writes short sentences. Even fragments. But there are too many of them. Writes the next sentence. Notices a cat on the windowsill. Shrugs, as if to say, yeah. The whole book. Like that. Lots of short sentences. They don't really say anything. Add any information. Examples like when they get to the hospital. Writes, they went in. No shit, they went into the place they were going? Well stop the presses!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joey

    I have a lot of books and not enough space so I read this only to get it off my bookshelf. I have 5 other Lee Childs and this book was going to decide the fate of the others. Do they stay or do they get traded in at the used book store? Not only am I keeping my 6 Lee Childs in my book collection (the wife and I have about 1200 books) I'm adding more Lee Childs (when I come across them at the used book store). This book is as Badass as Jack Reacher is. The excitement and suspense and action and m I have a lot of books and not enough space so I read this only to get it off my bookshelf. I have 5 other Lee Childs and this book was going to decide the fate of the others. Do they stay or do they get traded in at the used book store? Not only am I keeping my 6 Lee Childs in my book collection (the wife and I have about 1200 books) I'm adding more Lee Childs (when I come across them at the used book store). This book is as Badass as Jack Reacher is. The excitement and suspense and action and mystery never let up till the end. Highly recommended to those of you that like Action-Mystery-Suspense-Thrillers.

  30. 4 out of 5

    William

    I am going thru the series for the 2nd time. This time an audio narrated by Dick Hill. The story was just okay and there was not a lot of Reacher violence, but there was enough. One problem for me was that I kept seeing Tom Cruise as Reacher. As Reacher fans know, Child goes to great lengths in EVERY book to tell us just how big and imposing Jack is. So casting of Cruise, who is 10 inches shorter at 5'7", Child sold out. Another criticism, which is what you can do on a second pass, is the great obse I am going thru the series for the 2nd time. This time an audio narrated by Dick Hill. The story was just okay and there was not a lot of Reacher violence, but there was enough. One problem for me was that I kept seeing Tom Cruise as Reacher. As Reacher fans know, Child goes to great lengths in EVERY book to tell us just how big and imposing Jack is. So casting of Cruise, who is 10 inches shorter at 5'7", Child sold out. Another criticism, which is what you can do on a second pass, is the great observer Child, seems to have taken part of his story from "Enemy at the Gates" where Krushchev, played by Bob Hoskins, tells the conscripts without weapons to follow someone and pick up the rifle when that person falls. I'm still going to finish the series. Even though kissing someone the second time doesn't have the emotion as the first time, if it was good you'll go on.

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