61 HOURS -Jack Reacher by Lee, Child

Given how much I love mystery thrillers I can’t believe I never read any Lee Child’s books especially his popular Jack Reacher series. I have to tell you, all the accolades given to these series are well deserved. I borrowed an ebook copy from my local library which I read over the weekend.

Already, there are a lot of reviews about this book so I will go ahead and list some important take aways – From the title – 61 Hours you can already tell this is a count down to a major event. Jack Reacher the protagonist, an ex military man turned private investigator is a drifter. This time he hitches a ride and finds himself in a rural small town that has very limited police capabilities. As things begin to happen, a sense of an impending doom is imminent. The count down is already on which keeps you at the edge of the seat.

The author writes in simple and straight forward language – only facts that are relevant to the story – no fluff, all read meat. The book starts at a break neck speed and continues that way. The writing is third person POV, so the reader sees every angle which increases suspense.

The plot is complex where you peel away the narrative like an onion. The author creates various plot threads with each chapter ending in a cliff hanger. I love that the author takes time to build relatable characters. The reader gets to know the characters well enough where you establish some connection. As a result, I really found it hard letting some of the characters go at the end of the book.

This is a book to read when you have enough time to devote to it because you can’t put it down. Your heart’s racing and you feel you’re on roller coaster ride!

I’m not usually a huge fan of series, but I like that Jack Reacher series do not have to be read in order. Even though this is #14 in the Jack Reacher series, you can start from any book without feeling as though you’re missing anything.

If you’re a mystery thriller fan and haven’t read this book, please do yourself a great favor by grabbing one!

I really would like to read a similar book from a new author, please feel free to suggest anyone, I would really appreciate it!!

Author – Child, Lee
Publication – 2010
Pages – 528
Location – South Dakota

About the Author:

“Lee Child is the #1 internationally bestselling author of the Jack Reacher thrillers. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and the Nero awards for Best Novel. “Jack Reacher”, the film based on the 9th novel, One Shot, stars Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike, Jai Courtney, and David Oyelowo and debuted in December 2012. Child, a native of England and a former television director, lives in New York City and the south of France with his wife and daughter”~ Amazon


Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

As soon as the news of President Mandela’s death broke last December, I was compelled to read this book to get a better understanding of this great man not just as president, but as an ordinary human being – a son, a father, a husband and a political activist.

This is Mandela’s compelling autobiography starting from his early days in his rural home town in South Africa through his incarceration for 27 years and eventual release in 1990. This book not only gives detailed account of the events of apartheid in South Africa, but it also takes a comprehensive look into the history of South Africa, Mandela’s lineage, the various tribal groups as well as the culture of the people of South Africa.

Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom goes on to recount the enactment of apartheid laws, institutionalization of racial discrimination and subsequent formation of the various political parties. This book is very informative with lots of shocking facts and horrendous revelations of oppressions suffered by blacks under the colonial regime. The fact that the story is from Mandela’s perspective make this book the more heart-wrenching. You will find a lot of important detail not generally known out there that occurred during this time in history. I find this a well written book which totally immerses the reader into the in humanities suffered by the black the people in South Africa and the resilience of the human spirit. I also love that Mandela bares his mind as he discusses his strengths while at the same time, talks about his weaknesses, his regrets and failures – all without any reservations.

This story is done in clear, frank and convincing tone. The conversational style employed by Mandela make Long Walk to Freedom a quick and easy read.

Highly recommended for anyone still curious about apartheid in South Africa. Engrossing, introspective, and thought-provoking!

Author – Nelson Mandela
Pages – 565
Published – 1995
South Africa