The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher, #22)by Published 07 Nov 2017
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Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?
So begins a harrowing journey that takes Reacher through the upper Midwest, from a lowlife bar on the sad side of small town to a dirt-blown crossroads in the middle of nowhere, encountering bikers, cops, crooks, muscle, and a missing persons PI who wears a suit and a tie in the Wyoming wilderness.
The deeper Reacher digs, and the more he learns, the more dangerous the terrain becomes. Turns out the ring was just a small link in a far darker chain. Powerful forces are guarding a vast criminal enterprise. Some lines should never be crossed. But then, neither should Reacher.
"The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher, #22)" Reviews
This is one of the best Jack Reacher books ever. It's not even in comparison to the last two so-so books. It is simply one of the best and has everything in it that has made us fall in love with Reacher and follow the 6'5", 250 pound former military policeman who ambles across America with no real destination or goal in mind. He travels lightly with only a toothbrush and buys his clothes at thrift stores rather than launder him. He has that American wanderlust that has led to the settlement of our country.
Reacher wanders by a pawn shop in a small town in Wisconsin and notices a West Point Academy ring. What stands out is how small it is. It is a woman's ring. Reacher knows what has gone into getting that ring and wonders what hard times have befallen a veteran that they would pawn a ring paid for in blood, sweat and tears. So he decides to find her and see if he can help. It's as simple and complex as that.
He follows the ring through South Dakota and into the wilderness of Wyoming. He comes to a bump in the road called Mules Crossing that consists of a fireworks store and a flea market. Houses are 5-10 miles apart and people are isolated. They think nothing of driving an hour to get groceries. What really surprised me is that Child is an Englishman who now lives in NYC and yet he so perfectly captures that isolated life and geography of rural Wyoming that you would think he grew up there.
There are stories of veterans who return home from the Wars and how they are treated that would break your heart. Used and discarded to live a life of pain with little or no support, they struggle to maintain. They often feel like outsiders and end up in places so far off the map that it's hard to find them. As Reacher is a vet, he understands the struggle and sets off on his mission- to find the owner of that ring who was desperate as to pawn her West Point ring.
This was really a touching book that just reminded me why I got hooked on this series in the first place. I read it in two days as I couldn't put it down. This is a must read for fans and a book that can get you hooked if you haven't read him before.
The Midnight Line is all about honor. Jack Reacher comes upon a West Point ring in a pawn shop and wants to return it to it’s owner. The book is set in the wide open Midwest and Lee Child makes you feel as if you are there. The dialogue is smart and very entertaining. Terrific repertoire.
The series usually has one intelligent woman involved in Reacher’s story, but this time there are three: a wounded West Point grad, her sister, and a local detective.
I read all the Reacher books and love them all. I really enjoy how Reacher values intelligent women and treats them so well.
4.5 out of 5 stars
I’d taken a brief sojourn from the Reacher books. For a while they’d felt samey and contrived. The big man was also starting to feel way too predictable with his habits, his and his incessant coffee drinking and the like. And not only that, the stories were now clearly formulaic and, frankly, dull. But then a friend lent me this book and I was glad to have it, pleased to be meeting up with the modern day knight errant again.
This time he’s in Wyoming, a state bigger than the United Kingdom but with a population less than 1% of that in the UK. Yes, there are lots of wide open spaces and empty roads here. Reacher has found a class ring in a pawn shop window, it’s a West Point ring – an establishment he’d also attended. The ring has initials engraved on it and it’s dated: 2005. He now knows that his next mission will be to track down the original owner of the ring, for surely she (it’s a small ring, definitely a woman) must have fallen on hard times to have disposed of such an item.
The setting lends itself perfectly to the type of story Lee Child likes to tell. There are not many people about, so he can keep the cast small, and the geography is simple – the empty roads, a small town and not much else – and this means he can allow Reacher free rein with little interference into his movements or his actions.
The characters we are introduced to are a mixed and interesting bunch and the story does have the compelling draw that such a crusade can have on me (a bit like a reading a Dan Brown novel but without the hyperbole). Is it all wrapped up a little too neatly in the end? Perhaps. But I confess I enjoyed it and was a little sad when it ended. I’d missed Jack Reacher. It was good to have him back.
For the 22nd time, Lee Child's creation of Jack Reacher, came rip-roaring back to life onto the streets, alleyways and bars. Right at home. Although getting a little played out, I'm still captivated by the life of the fifty-something year-old wandering nomad - American Hero. The main draw of this popular character-driven narrative. At the drop of a hat, he went whenever and wherever the wind blew. Sounds like retirement. Although I can't say much for his choice of lifestyle. No suitcase, a toothbrush. Every few days an exchange of new clothes for old. Stays in hotels if convenient. Must be rolling in dough. This well-written installment could pass muster as a stand-alone. Essentially, he's an open book. It's all spelled out as the storyline progresses. Having read all the previous editions - same old, same old. Hooked for life.
Another romance gone bust. The place - Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Another woman fell victim to the Reacher curse. Couldn't wrap her head around his aimless, rambling lifestyle. Nothing new there. So he resorted to his usual standby. Headed out on the first bus to anywhere, USA. So long Milwaukee.
Destiny was about to march in. At a rest stop along the way, he got off to stretch his legs. He stumbled upon a pawn shop whereupon he spied a 2005 West Point ring. His alma mater. Engraved with the initials S.R.S. it was tiny. Most likely belonged to a woman. He knew from past experience she would have had to endure hell to graduate from the academy. Figured the ring would be one of the last things she'd ever sell. Intrigued, he bought it for forty bucks. Reacher wanted to find her. Just talk to her. The elementary plot is born.
When questioned, the pawn shop owner said the ring had been purchased from Jimmy Rat. Gotta love the name. Member of a local motorcycle gang. Predictably, it was time to pay Jimmy a visit. He and his buddies were at a bar. As expected, Reacher was not welcomed with open arms. It didn't take the aging Bone Crusher long to find some heads to crack. Seven total. All at the same time. Actually one right after another. Like factory work. Reacher walked away without a scratch. Miraculous. Just another walk in the park. For someone never looking for trouble, it surely seemed to find him frequently. The bus pulled away.
What first started off as idle curiosity as to the provenance of a ring, turned into a manhunt throughout the Midwest. The storyline collided with many twists and turns. It was a whole new ballgame now. The stakes had been raised. What Reacher discovered was much more than what he had bargained for. A deadly one. Never one to back down. Hope for the best - plan for the worst.
The Midnight Line
Jack Reacher #22
An immensely satisfying and emotional journey with America’s giant hero, Jack Reacher and his tooth brush.
Reacher is off to another unknown destination when sees a 2005 West Point class ring in the window of a pawnshop in a small town in Wisconsin. It’s a small ring, made for a woman and has a black stone in the middle. Some initials are engraved inside the ring. Reacher ponders what circumstances could possible make a West Pointer give up a ring they had worked so hard for. The year 2005 was a tough one for graduates: Iraq and then Afghanistan. Reacher wants to know the story and decides to find the woman and return her ring. Reacher’s journey takes him through the upper Midwest where he encounters bikers, cops, crooks, muscle and a private investigator. The further Reacher digs and the more he learns, the more dangerous the journey becomes.
“We have to make decisions fast here. We can’t let perfect be the enemy of the good.”
“The Incredible Hulk? I thought I was Big Foot. These guys need to make up their minds.”
I have been a huge Jack no middle name Reacher fan since he got off the bus and walked into Margrave, Georgia. The thing I like most about Reacher is his uncanny strategic capability, always thinking of all possible options and outcomes. He is three steps ahead of everyone. It must be his West Point training. His adventures are always entertaining and intense and THE MIDNIGHT LINE is no different. It is another first rate journey with Big Foot, er, I mean Reacher. LEE CHILD’s writing is wonderfully descriptive and the dialog is amusing. And of course six-foot-five Reacher, gets into a fight or two...he has to do something with those “chicken-sized” fists. What is different about this book is the emotional pull of finding the woman who gave up her ring. Reacher’s journey takes us from Wisconsin to a laundromat in South Dakota to the remote corner of Wyoming. It’s a good place to be if you don’t want any neighbors close by. Overall, it’s a perfect blend of characters, setting and story. I listened to the Audible version, and it’s good, but I am not a huge fan of Dick Hill’s voice for Jack Reacher. It’s like the Tom Cruise thing, I just don’t hear him like that.
Publisher Random House Audio
Publication November 7, 2017
Narrator Dick Hill
“This is Wyoming. They drive epic distances for a loaf of bread. For a girlfriend, two hours, maybe a hundred miles.”