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Summary

They thought they could get away with murder, but then Keeler showed up.

Ex-Special Forces operator Tom Keeler is a rambling man. He’s just passing through the town of Alencourt, France, and in less than an hour, someone tries to kill him. Nice place, nice try. But it’s a case of mistaken identity, and they picked the wrong guy. The French police can’t be trusted, except for the beautiful Cecile Nazari. She finds out fast that keeping up with Keeler is a dangerous occupation. Because someone’s preying on the weak and unprotected. Someone murderous. But they never counted on coming up against a guy like Keeler.

©2020 Jack Lively (P)2021 W F Howes

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Poor copycat version of Jack Reacher series

This is Lee Child by numbers. Cynical ex-army vet, just retired, with intent to wander aimlessly, travelling very light, gets attacked and easily fights off three knife-wielding men before the end of the first chapter. He's having sex with a lusty woman police officer a couple of chapters later. His mother was French. Hmmm... see a pattern here? Reacher's mother was French too. Except it's not written as well as Lee Child used to write. It lacks pace, plot or, crucially, jeopardy. I didn't like or care about any of the characters. Jeff Harding did his best. But it was dull, dull, dull. I gave up in the end.

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Jack Reacher In WitPro

It’s hard to not think of Jack Reacher there’s so many similarities with Tom Keeller it’s almost plagiarism, In saying that I enjoyed the story and after the last two Reacher books that were so poor I’ll take Tom Keeller and check out the next two books

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It's as good as Reacher

I have read every Jack Reacher. I loved them. this is just as good, helped by the reader, who also read Reacher, and uses the same way of reading it. But for the name of the leading man, it could welk have been Reacher. it's a bit of a slow start, so are some Reacher's, I want more.

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its Reacher in France!

Having read all of the Jack Reacher books, this was actually better than the last one I read! maybe it's helped by the narrator!

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Very Jack Reacher

very similar to the Jack reacher books but an excellent stand alone read/listen. Characterisations were brilliant

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Airforce Reacher!

Did get a bit confused. Geoff reads it just like Reacher and I kept imagining Reacher but that he is not! Having said that that narration was good, as always and the story not too shabby. Kept me happy on my dog walks and I will get the others too.
Reacher clone but passable clone!

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Not quite a Jack Reacher but along the same lines, not bad,has the same misfortune as Reacher,trouble finds him or dose he find trouble ?

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Jack Reacher is alive elsewhere!

I am not sure whether Lee Child will be angry or flattered by Mr Lively’s efforts. It is absolutely Jack Reacher under another name - made even more like by being read by the inimitable Jeff Harding just like Reacher. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Just like Reacher it’s far fetched violent and implausible but a good yarn. Ideal for long boring holiday flights. More power to you Mr Lively I’ve bought all your others for my holiday.

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Very Jack Reacher but I think that is helped by the narrator as much as the story . But because I like Jack Reacher I liked this so will move onto the next one !!

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Copycat

The narrator is not the only thing this book shares with Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series. It’s annoying that it appears to be a copy of someone else’s work, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth listening to.

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  • 17-10-21

A Jack Reacher look-a-like

This reminds me so much of the first JR novel, "Killing Floor". There are many similar plot and character points. It's not bad, it just doesn't develop the characters as fully as Lee Child did. The narrator falls into a sing-song pattern occasionally; perhaps due to the short sentences and terse narrative of the book. He does well with the women's voices, and, not knowing otherwise, his French pronunciation sounded good to me.

And, really, you know, we can't have too many Jack Reacher-type books.

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  • T. Dunn
  • 07-02-22

The narrator ruined it

It might be a good book. I couldn’t finish. At first I thought the narrator was an automated voice, but no. There was this strange cadence to his reading. Then it reminded me of Jack Webb from Dragnet as if he was reading a grocery or to do list. But with a voice that sounded put out at the same time. The inflection of his voice at the end of sentences became annoying. I found myself listening less to the story but rather predicting in my head when he was going read the sentence with that strange inflection at the end. But I will say his voice when he was reading as a female was tolerable.