Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel
Got the opening lick perfected, near as can be. Always wonder how long it takes him to write that.
Then, first few pages, seriously? Robert Frost? Anyone catch that opening — very New England — allusion? Almost too trite, and too cute by half, but there will be death and violence along the way, I’m sure.
“Maybe he’s got weed in the car. Or secret documents. Or something. Maybe he thinks you’re an agent of deep state oppression. We’re dealing with an old guy with a ponytail here.” Page 164.
Yeah, I liked that line. Dealing with an old guy with a ponytail. Paranoid old guys with ponytails. Watch out for them. (Hint: I’m not paranoid. They’re just out to get me.)
Action and tight plotting, but the author’s work, this series runs to — maybe — 20 books now?
There’s always a sense of place, and how that must be wonderful, as an author, get to explore places. A sense of place, this one is set in New Hampshire. As the license reads, “Live free or die.” Not sure what kind of message that might really be.
Always a question, should one adhere to higher moral authority than the law of the land? Rhetorical.
The other question, when this series started 20 or more books back, did the author plan this material? Was this part of what he foresaw, worked out plot and outline details, like this?