Book Review: Without Fail by Lee Child

without failTitle: Without Fail
Author: Lee Child
Genre: Thriller
2011 (2002)
Publisher: Bantam Press
Pages: 560
Started: 25th January 2017
Completed: 12th February 2017
Rating: 4/5
Summary: Jack Reacher walks alone. No job, no ID, no last known address. But he never turns down a plea for help. Now a woman tracks him down. A woman serving at the very heart of US power. A woman who needs Reacher’s assistance in her new job. Her job? Protecting the Vice-President of the United States. Her problem? Someone wants the VP dead.

Without Fail is the sixth book in Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series. I have previously reviewed Killing FloorDie TryingTripwire, The Visitor, and Echo Burning.

I thought that this book was very different to the other Jack Reacher novels I have read but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

In this book Reacher is working alongside the US Secret Service in order to project the Vice President who has been receiving various death threats. Reacher, along with an old colleague of his, attempt to track down the would-be assassin to ensure that the Vice President stays alive. Reacher is limited by the government’s rules and regulations during this novel so we don’t often see his full abilities but this makes the plot more nuanced and it emphasises his strength and skill when he can use it. I found the plot engaging and well thought-out.

The characters were a mixed bag for me. As always, I enjoyed Reacher’s character because of the adventure he takes the reader on. I also liked Frances Neagley, once Jack’s colleague in the army but now a private investigator. She was fun but highly professional and incredibly skilled. However, I didn’t like M. E. Froelich. She’s the one who requests Jack’s help and becomes Reacher’s ‘love interest’. I just found her to be a tad annoying at times and I also found their relationship to be incredibly weird since M.E. used to date Joe, Jack Reacher’s brother. I think it was the relationship that I disliked more than her actual character.

Lee Child always manages to make his book easy to read without compromising on detail or action and I think that’s something that I really enjoy about this series. The writing is easy to understand and the plot is fast-paced so you never feel like it’s a chore to read even if it does take a few weeks of fragmented reading to get through (like it did for me).

Overall, this is an enjoyable novel which I’d definitely recommend. It’s an action-packed thriller with great characters and smooth writing.

I’ll be reviewing Persuader, the next book in the series, on Thursday so look out for that!


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