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Publication Order of Jack Reacher Books

Killing Floor (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Die Trying (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tripwire (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Running Blind (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Echo Burning (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Without Fail (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Persuader (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Enemy (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One Shot (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hard Way (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bad Luck And Trouble (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nothing To Lose (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gone Tomorrow (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
61 Hours (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Worth Dying For (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Affair (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Wanted Man (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Never Go Back (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Personal (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Make Me (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Jack Reacher Books

In chronological order, The Enemy would be the first book to read, as it takes place while Reacher is still in the Military. The Affair would be the next book to read, as it covers the end of Reachers Military career, and leads into Killing Floor.

After that, all books would go by the order that they were published. Persuader also had flashbacks to during Reacher's military career.

Publication Order of Jack Reacher Short Stories

Second Son (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deep Down (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
High Heat (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Not a Drill (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Jack Reacher's Rules (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Jack Reacher Biography:

Many individuals may be familiar with the Tom Cruise One Shot movie featuring the character of Jack Reacher. Jack Reacher is the lead character and the protagonist in the series of books by British author Jim Grant who writes under the pseudonym of Lee Child. The books in the series follows Reacher as he goes through a number of exploits in his world. Lee child has been called a “master of his craft” by publications such as Entertainment weekly. One of his early novels (in fact the first) that has gotten outstanding acclaim is the Killing Floor. In his debut Reacher novel,in 1997, Child won the Barry award for the book of the year, and also the Anthony award for literary work. This book wowed readers and critics alike. Child is the author of 17 novels featuring the character of Reacher and goes on to detail his exploits in several books that detail the title character,drifter and assumed possible low life Reacher. Jack does show a number of redeeming characteristics however, and is a reminder not to judge a book by it’s cover.

The Jack Reacher books are well written, gripping, and allow individuals to identify with the title character. Thee are many ways to enjoy a good book and the action of Reacher allows you to do so. The books have continued to attract a certain segment of the population that enjoy mystery and adventure stories. These are quality books by a quality author.

The Killing Floor details the story of a ex military policeman and a drifter by the name of Jack Reacher. Reacher is just passing through a town by the name of Margrave, Georgia to find out information about a musician by the name of Blind Blake, and finds himself arrested for murder in less than an hour. Reacher is quite aware he did not kill anybody. The detective finds the phone number of a man named Hubble in the shoe of the dead man. Both Reacher and the next defendant Hubble are arrested for murder,and sent to the state prison. While in prison Reacher meets Roscoe a female police offiicer who helps with the two individuals defense.As Reacher alone is not about to convince anyone in Margrave, Georgia of his innocence.

The book details some of the exploits of Reacher as he tries to convince an unwilling populace that he is not guilty of the crime he is accused of committing. The book details Reacher’s interactions with a detective by the name of Findlay one of his main accusers.There are other characters that feature prominently in the novel as well. Some of the other characters of note that are part of the plot in the Kililng Floor include Chief Morrison and his wife who also are murder victims. There is also a multi billion dollar counterfeiting ring that comes in play in the action of this award wining book. There are other sorts of interesting plot twists within this novel that many people will read. Use this story for a great summer read and enjoy the time to delve into this exciting and powerfully written novel.

Some of the acclaim attached to this book includes USA today who stated the “indomitable Reacher burns up the pages. The New York Times called the action “Smart and Breathless.” Newsweek also called the action in he Killing floor “Subtle and nuanced with seductive writing and irresistible plot twists.” This book was followed by a succession of other novels featuring Reacher. All of them have been well regarded and well read. This book is something that you can find and take advantage of when you are looking for classic mysteries. This is one great read, and the Jack Reacher story The Killing Floor is a real page turner as literary critics and readers both agree.

The second Reacher novel to hit the scene was Die Trying. Although, the first novel the Killing Floor was widely acclaimed it did fall party to some critics who stated that the character of Jack Reacher was an unconvincing protagonist.Child attempted to address some of those concerns, in the second novel, lathough he largely paid no heed to the voices of the critics. The second novel may be one of the attempts to get the support of both readers and the voices of the critics.

In the second novel the ex military policeman Reacher is walking by a Chicago dry cleaner when an FBI agent also attractive and young, by the name of Holly comes by carrying some large packages. Holly is also the daughter of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. she is Kidnapped off the street along with Reacher. Only Reacher has the complex finely honed instincts to foil the kidnapping plot, and to see beyond the complex deadly plan of the Montana militia group that has kidnapped him and this young woman. The leader of the military group is a dangerous and charismatic leader who has some brutal action planned for both the kidnapped, and ruthless plans for the United States as a whole. This is a thrilling novel that has numerous plot twists to keep the reader entertained.

This novel is one of the things that you can look forward to when you are looking to find novels that have great stories and the great action that you need to stay involved This novel is one that will thrill the individual. It is one that makes a great summer time read.Readers will be stunned by the action with Die Trying when they decide to read this novel.
Both of these novels follows the larger than life character 6’5 Reacher as he gets very involved in the action and is a hero in his own way. His military training comes in handy within these novels. Read both of these novels as an introduction to the Jack Reacher character, and you may find that you wish to read more. These are some of the amazing novels by Child and can really be interesting and easy to find.

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  • Praveen

    Why isn’t “The Visitor” mentioned in the List of Books?

    • http://www.bookseriesinorder.com/ Graeme

      Hi Praveen,

      The Visitor is the UK title for “Running Blind”, Jack Reacher #4. They are both the same book. However the list SHOULD note that I’ll make a note to update that.

    • wes

      it is under the america name

  • Henry Wolpert

    Whoever wrote the Biography above needs to hire a good editor.

  • babygirl

    Anyone know what the chronological order of the jack reacher books is??

  • MSMOMMYGJ

    My absolute favorite author! Thanks for the great reads!!

  • Steve Speidel

    The poll below puzzles me. Really? A plurality of readers think “Tom Cruise ruined the series”? That’s just weird. I enjoyed the movie and started reading lee child novels because of it. I’m about half-way through everything he’s written. His direct prose reminds me of Hemingway.
    About Cruise. Although he’s a short guy, he has the presence to carry off a big role like jack reacher. Cruise inhabits a role. I’m never aware I’m watching a big shot movie star, but the character he’s playing. Ok, that’s my defense of Tom Cruise, like he needs my defense: he’s the richest guy in Hollywood!

    • charmain

      It would not be weird if you had read the books first. After 10 plus books of picturing a 6’5 hunk whose powerful body is a character of its own, an image gets ingrained in your head. You love it and want to keep it. Watching someone 5’7 shatters the image and makes it hard to reconnect to the person in the book, especially when the author tries to reemphasize that image after he has sold out.

      • Anona Mouse

        Guess Mr. Cruise must be one hell of an actor to shatter the image of a literary character in the hearts and minds of men/women readers. I expect most readers can get past the movie, and enjoy it too. So every author whose book is made into a movie has ‘sold out’? I suppose that could be seen as literally true, no double meaning intended… Jim Grant/Lee Child was co-writer on the screenplay, but usually selling out means either no product left on the shelf, or some kind of disservice for personal gain. Have the two books since the movie been compromised by the movie release somehow? Did the literary character get chopped off at the knees? Do authors have to ‘pass’ on movie deals to keep their ‘integrity’? Mr. Cruise is a producer on the movie and may have been the force to get the first movie of a Reacher book made… And so perhaps wanted to star in it himself. Oh well… too bad for fragile mental images. Just pretend the movie is about Jack Creature and let it go… and stop blaming the author for his payday.

        • Grannys42

          Anona, we are not blaming Lee for selling the rights to Tom Cruise, but Tom as an actor and producer, should have realised he was wrong for the role and given the part to somebody more suitable. As somebody said, Jack is a badass with bruises and scars all over his body. He inevitably breaks the law and kills someone. Tom does not have that look.

          • Anona Mouse

            Tom’s not 6’2″ and 250lbs, yes. And yes, the post I responded too DID blame Lee for having “sold out”. I was not responding to “we”, I responded to charmain. Still there are lots of characters done by actors who don’t ‘fit’ the part. I have some in mind myself, but indignation and slapping the author who gave us all the stories in the first place… doesn’t play well.

          • Yorkshire Lass

            Exactly, and Jack Reacher wouldn’t need a step stool to reach his opponents neck to break it in one swift move. Poor old Tom would be elbowing his victim in the kahunas instead of his windpipe!:-)

      • http://david-molliere.net/en/ david_molliere

        I wouldn’t say it shatters the image but it certainly falls short of the character, as you say the way he is described is very much part of his character. Also Reacher is quite the “good bad guy” and no matter how hard he’ll try, it’s not Tom Cruise forte. My take is, Hugh Jackman would have been perfect for the role, Viggo Mortensen or maybe Russel Crowe but definitely not Tom Cruise.

        • James Hoffman

          The books came out long before the movie. The movie and word of mouth got me interested in the books. However, I made sure I watched the movie first, and I preach this, if at all possible, always always watch the movie first. Inevitably the books are almost always better. If one reads the books first, the movie will probably be a letdown. IMO this is a classic example. Hollywood likes to take liberties with a story that avid readers will frown upon.

          • Teresa

            Well said…I couldn’t agree more. The movie all most always is a true let down unless you have a horrible writer. I first noticed this many years ago I believe in Junior High where I read Gorillas In The Mist…based on a true story. Sigourney Weaver played the main character and although she is a fantastic actress…the story lacked like so many others. Details are left out for time allotment. Which is disappointing to say the least.

          • Yorkshire Lass

            Absolutely, unfortunately as we’ve all between reading the books for the past how many years, watching the film first wasn’t an option, also, without all the loyal followers of Jack Reacher they wouldn’t have been a film in the first place. As every book without exception mentions his 6`5″ 250lb frame the last three film makers could do is find an actor to fit the bill. Personall, I wouldn’t have been able to have watched Tom Cruise as JR without laughing out loud :-)

        • Dean Dear

          I think Dolph Lundgren would be the absolute best actor to portray Jack. He has the Height, the build, the presence and whilst not widely recognized as being extremely handsome, he has charm. Tom Cruise did an amazing job playing the character, however through no fault of his own he was not the right choice. The height and build of Jack play such a major part in the books that it simply cannot be brushed off. Also tom cruise is a “pretty boy” or Hollywood hunk” or once was whilst i don’t recall Dolph ever being called these things. Make another movie, use Dolph and the readers, i think, will recognize him as the Jack they have pictured.

          • Jealith

            Dolph can’t act though and that would definately ruin the story.

        • Mary Wilson

          I so very much agree. I will stick to the books and my idea of Jack Reacher ( a young Tom Selleck would work for me!)

          • Yorkshire Lass

            A young Liam Neeson for me :-)

        • Bill Hom

          When I read about Jack Reacher, I instantly think of Dwayne Johnson playing him. The Rock is 6’5″ and 270 lbs and ripped. The Rock could crush Tom Cruise with his shadow. Dolph Lundgren would be a good physical choice but a poor acting choice. The Rock can definitely act better than Dolph. At the very least, I would be understand him when the Rock spoke.

        • Ava

          I can’t see any of the actors you listed as Reacher. Maybe Jensen Ackles? He’s the right height, right age, good looks, and he’s proven he can do action.

        • Jeremy

          Generally I prefer to read the book first.
          Obviously books take longer than a movie and that makes the thrill of being
          sucked into the story a much longer experience and much more exciting. I
          enjoy movies a great deal as well. I love to pick out things that don’t
          belong…cars too new for the period and such. Having read the book I
          get to find things out of place in that regard as well. I got turned on
          to the Reacher series just before the movie…I think I was half way thru the
          second one. My wife rented the movie so I went ahead and watched it and
          intend on skipping One Shot because of this. I just don’t like reading
          the book AFTER I have seen the movie.

          In the case of Jack himself I am in the anti
          Cruise camp. First, I just don’t like the little twerp in general.
          Second, while he didn’t ruin the character for me (and thankfully I do
          not picture him when reading either) I think he was a lousy choice. We
          don’t need much of an actor to play Reacher. His character is not
          demanding and I kind of picture him as somewhat awkward as a character now in
          the civilian world after being military for so long. As such I don’t
          think we need much beyond the typical ‘action hero’ type acting ability.
          Not Crowe, not Jackman and or Mortensen. The all have too much
          ‘type cast’ vibes and are not the right type of down-home-good-looking-farm boy
          type I think Reacher should be. Not Johnson because I he is the wrong
          ethnicity for Reacher. Lundgren and Neeson are both too old and too
          foreign (which is ironic in a way) How about someone we really dont know
          as an actor, painfully farm boy…John Cena. Johnson proved you could come
          out of wrestling and shake that prejudice off pretty quick.

          It is somewhat pointless because we will never
          know but Cena is the kind of guy I picture as Reacher and definitely not the
          runt who got the job.

        • alveolarnasal

          No offence to Hugh but he just doesn’t have the look of a smart, tactical-thinker, kinda guy.

    • Scott in MN

      Before “One Shot” was made, a friend and I discussed who would be the perfect Jack Reacher. We’re about 50 years late, but the perfect Jack Reacher would have been Chuck Connors, hands down.

      • Jim in OR

        I agree with that.

        • Grannys42

          Me too.

      • Yorkshire Lass

        Still think Liam Neeson, he was impressive in Taken!

      • tanka

        oh yeah

    • Jealith

      I actually had the book for years on my kindle and never bothered to read them until I saw the movie. I agree that Tom Cruise isn’t the ideal body shape but he’s probably the only one who didn’t turn it down. I would have loved Daniel Craig in the part. Shame though, I would have loved to see a series of movies made from the books. But I guess since they already have Bond they don’t need another bad boy.

    • Grannys42

      Lucky you Steve. Unfortunately for me, I have been a fan of Lee Child for many years and eagerly await his new book each year. Yes, Tom Cruise played a good part, but as an actor, he should have realised he was the wrong choice.

    • Yorkshire Lass

      Rubbish, Reacher should have been played by a younger version of Liam Neeson. To put vertically challenged Tom Cruise to play 6`5″ 250lb Reacher is ludicrous and totally unbelievable to every avid Reacher follower

    • Mary Jane Rice Meaney

      Tom Cruise may be too short, but he has the attitude down. His production company, Cruise/Wagner, is the one who finally got the books into film. Something several other companies had failed to do. He brought to the screen “Jack Reacher” in more ways than one. Tom Cruise is one of the very few actors that could have pulled “Jack Reacher” off right. So, he is too short, we have seen this kind of thing going from books to movies a million times. I want the personality, the drive, the attitude. Truely, size, in this case, doesn’t matter! I am still buying and reading the books… I am a Jack Reacher Junkie!!!

    • Toby Belch

      i just finished the entire series, and, while Tom Cruise is not who I would cast as Jack Reacher, the film is very good. A famous author was once asked if he liked what Hollywood had done with his novels. He gestured toward his library collection and replied, “Hollywood didn’t do anything with my novels. They’re all right there.”

  • Josh

    Can we include the short stories too? I’m trying to figure out where in the series each belongs and when they were released.

    • ben10011

      They are all over. Second son is when reacher is 13 and is about him and his brother in Okinawa. High heat reacher is 16 or 17. Attending west point but the story takes place in Manhattan during the heatwave/blackout of the summer of Sam. Deep Down
      reacher is a captain MP he’s undercover trying to figure out who is selling secrets to the Russians. They are good stories but nit add great as the books.

  • MissCassieAnn

    Ive been a Michael Connelly fan for about ten years…just read FACEOFF (head to head short story thrillers) looking for new authors to get interested in and came away starting with Lee Child’s Jack Reacher… I’m thrilled with the Reacher series … in about a month I’m through to the seventh book. Great Stuff … look for faceoff it is good stuff

  • Kat Denton

    I also stgarted reading the books after the movie. I almost didn’t see the movie because I dislike Tom Cruise as an actor. (Sorry, Steve Speidel, he just doesn’t work for me.) However, I enjoyed the movie, started reading the books and discovered that I, too, would have prefered an actor with the same stature as Reacher. I am reading the books in order and have just finished The Persuader. It’s almost like being addicted. I can’t wait to start The Enemy!!

    • Teresa

      Im reading ny very first Jack Reacher and it us Persuaded. It is Awesome! Have been checking online to get books at a good price considering there are 19 Jack Reacher books….one fan states readers should read The Enemy first and The Affair 2nd and then read the rest in order. I hope thats true

  • mormorme

    Why do the audio books use someone with a gruff, old man’s voice?..

  • Shannon

    I have to agree and disagree about Tom Cruise portraying Jack Reacher. I did enjoy the movie, he may not have been the best pick for it, but he did do a very good job. It was disappointing to see that the character we’ve all come to know and love in the books was not shown on the screen. But unlike a few of the comments I’ve read, he didn’t ruin the literary character for me. I like the books and the author enough to move past Tom Cruise as the visual character. As would anyone that is an avid Reacher reader.

    • Bill Morris

      I have not and will never watch the movie. In my mind the Jack Reacher that Lee Childs built and which dominates the entire scenario and context of the stories could never be portrayed by a runt.

      • Deb

        I regret watching the movie. I watched it a few weeks ago, after reading the first 12 Reacher books. Tom Cruise did not fit the image.

      • Yorkshire Lass

        Here here! Brigit the Midget yes, Jack Reacher never!

  • Harbourcay

    Let me get this straight— Tom Cruise agrees to star in your movie— and you turn him down? Good thinking—! Who would your pick be— John Cenna,? Hulk Hogan? The Rock? uhh I think I will take my chances with Tom Cruise.

  • Joseph Southen

    Love the Reacher books! My vote for Reacher in the movie would have been Tom Selleck, in his prime. Without the mustache, of couse. Movie wasn’t bad, but Cruise just isn’t Reacher.

  • Joel Clarke-Morgan

    Why is it that the short stories are only ebooks, what about us luddites who don’t want to read e stuff

    • Gil Gilman

      I thought the shorts were on the line in certain paperback novels as well…

  • Dan Matthews

    For me Sam Elliott should be Jack Reacher. Plain and simple – Sam Elliott. At 6′ 2″ he is tall enough (Cruise is 5″ 7″ and it is evident when he is frame with about any common object) and he certainly has the deep serious voice that is required. Well, that’s just me . . .

    • Brenda Murrey

      Great choice… he fits the physical description in addition to having a face that shows life’s challenges well met and he has the voice & physical presence you take seriously. Cruise is a light weight by comparison. Reacher is never a light weight!

  • Grannys42

    I read Jack Reacher books as soon as they are published and Tom Cruise as Jack is ridiculous. Liam Neeson would have been a perfect choice, but someone who wears lifts in his shoes isn’t. The first impression of Jack is his sheer size and ruggedness. Tom Cruise with perfect face, perfect body and short stature, never. Sorry Lee, but you duded us.

  • Gil Gilman

    I am currently reading Gone Tomorrow, was disappointed with Nothing To Lose, after having read the previous books in order. The flaws in the series thus far, I consider to be 1) formulaic 2) every woman is the most awesome babe you ever met…except for the ugly ones leading into 3) Reacher being as horny as a rooster. Well, what do expect from all that testosterone? We certainly don’t expect a casual nomad to be monogamous. Gone Tomorrow also has the big three for the big man, but at least the story is back on track with rock solid storytelling. Having some little experience in depicted experience, I would have to say that some of it comes across spot on while the beautiful babe angle seems totally designed with “equal parts brilliant cunning and sheer testosterone (Man Who Knew Too Little)” for the eventual Hollywood extravaganza. Don’t laugh now when I tell you that I am reading Jack’s lines with the voice of a young Arnold Schwarznegger. It gives many of his quips the panache of the one liners good old Arnie was so fond of in his heyday. It also obliterates the voice in my head of Tom Cruise, who much like Kevin Costner plays the same character in every movie, just with different names. In my mind there are numerous big men in the industry who could act Reacher, as long as you don’t insist on the fair hair, without relying on a shrimp, Russell Crowe excluded from those who could do it.

    • Reading Bum

      I agree with your bullet points, but…

      Regarding point #1: Child does a better job than most. BUT it is a series, and series after a while, tend to become a little predictable. Knowing there were more books to read in the series gave me a clue that he wasn’t going to die, and he was going to take out the bad guys. It’s about the story of the journey from point A to B.

      Regarding point #2: Maybe his spectrum of beauty is not as narrow as some.

      Regarding point #3: “Running Blind” was my first Lee Child book, there wasn’t any sex in that story. Not that that was a bad thing but it was refreshing to read a story where the author didn’t have the need to have an oversexed bull roaming the country; breaking noses, fingers, skulls and occasionally shooting some one to sell his books. Now that I am about to begin his latest release “Personal” I am sure that I will not be surprised to read …coitous as usual …with the hottest babe in town. Oh well.

      All women want to be with him …all men want to be him.

      • Gil Gilman

        After getting involved in reading the November Man series, I can say without doubt, that if I had to take a space shuttle to find a Lee Child book, and could walk across the room to pick up a Bill Granger book…well, I’m sure you get my meaning. I’m a Pierce Brosnan fan, so I thought I’d give the series a run through…took me ten days to get through the first one, not a page turner, and swore that was it, but here I am reading Schism, going on a week and only a third of the way through…so Child better than most? At least that…

    • thia1013

      I am shocked that no one has mentioned how well Jim caviezel fits the description – both in physique and attitude.

      • Gil Gilman

        I am amazed that no one has mentioned his chilling performance as the terrorist Carroll Oerstadt in Deja Vu with Denzel Washington. He is no blondie, but neither is the shrimp. Yes…he could do it…but he is almost 50.

  • Kimberly Joseph

    Mr. Speidel- Add me to the “plurality of readers.” After ripping through the first 14 books in the series, I stopped cold right in the middle of Worth Dying For and haven’t read a word of Lee Child since. I was so turned off by Tom Cruise playing Reacher that I felt I could never look at Reacher in the same light again. And I normally look forward to Tom Cruise movies!!
    I am not sure that we can blame Child on this, since no one CHOSE Cruise to play Reacher. Cruise simply bought the rights and cast himself. Child was anxious to get one of his movies to the screen and he did not object. Still, it has been a couple of years since I bought and read a Reacher novel. I have now decided that I will not let Tim Cruise ruin something I enjoy, I have recently purchased The Affair and A Wanted Man. But I will never watch the movie, or any sequel that Cruise has planned.

  • Kimberly Joseph

    By the way, I am in the minority here but I have always thought that Dwayne Johnson would be the perfect actor to play Reacher. First of all, he is already a 6’5″ 250lb badass. The Rock is used to playing taciturn characters (Driven, Snitch) as well as tough smart-ass military guys (Gi Joe, Fast & Furious 5-7) and he has gotten much better as an actor over the past few years. Changing the character to a mixed race person is a minor detail, since race has never played a role in any of Child’s books. The right size and body type trumps everything else.

    • Grannys42

      But could take Dwayne seriously. He always strike me as a tongue in chi type of actor. I thought Chris Hemsworth or Liam Neeson. Liam is my favourite.

  • Jeff Griz

    I actually had a conversation in New Orleans with Mr Lee Childs about Tom playing the role of Jack Reacher and I actually ended up with an answer that struck me a bit odd. Lee explained to me that there is a shortage of A-List actors with any kind of height, rather interesting when you get right down to it…marketing was the point. I also asked why so many facts about the Marine Corps was so far off considering his passion for getting the Army facts nailed to the tee, after all Jack’s father was a Marine. He just said that the average citizen didn’t understand the difference or organizational disparity between the services and he would rather not stir the pot of public perception. All in all, I like the series and I’ll continue to read them as he publishes more in the series. Thanks for the smoke Lee. Top Griz

  • Tim D

    I always use a disconnect when watching a movie based on a series of books I like. As an example I could use the Hobbit series of movies – I like them, but they are not the book, which I loved… same goes for the Lord of the Rings, excellent movies, but not the books. I watched the Tom Cruise movie, it was ok. Mr Cruise is not even close to my favorite actor. The book is not even close to my favorite Reacher novel. To me they came out even. I hope they choose another actor if they go forward with making the Reacher novels into movies. I would probably watch them, on DVD or Cable even if Mr Cruise is Reacher. Books, to me, are better.. they let the mind’s eye work. Movies show both too much and too little. And being 2 hour time slots, more or less, they cannot go into all the things a book does, and will leave stuff out or put stuff in(again the Hobbit is a good example – 3 movies out of a fairly small book?). As far as who could play Jack Reacher? I am not sure the previous choises all have their merits. Of them I like Vigo. To add one – Timothy Olyphant(spelling?).

  • jnr2223

    Having Cruise play the role of 6′ 5″, 250 lb Jack Reacher – is even WORSE than if Cruise played the role of John Wayne. Wayne, 6′ 4″ and maybe 230 lb. Utterly contemptuous. There can be no defense of having Cruise in that role. It’s Hollywood’s way of denigrating a white 6′ 5″ super strong hero. That is that. Jewry’s unmitigated hatred of the Caucasian race. See: http://www.medicaldaily.com/population-white-americans-declining-first-time-ever-what-will-race-look-americas-future-246815
    Check up on WHO lobbied & pushed the 1965 changes to our immigration law. Also – see how long they worked on it. But – it did NOT happen until they aced JFK. Soon after! Kennedy was absolutely antithetical to THEIR plans for America. But – look at Europe – see how they are doing the same to them also.

    • Grannys42

      And here was me thinking it was just because Tom Cruise bought the film rights to the book. Shows you how dumb I am.

  • Mike McMahon

    One name…Duane “the Rock” Johnson. That’s who I envisioned while reading the books. Tom Cruise? Great actor, but not Reacher.

  • Vicky Eldridge

    Am a huge Jack Reacher fan…Started reading Book 10. Very disappointed with the movie, though. I would have chosen Hugh Jackman, Dwayne Johnson or even Vin Diesel. They have the BODY and the TOUGH LOOK. But hey, who could refuse TOM CRUISE?
    Well… If only Jack Reacher is younger, my choice would have been THOR! Chris Hemsworth, you Rock!

  • Reading Bum

    Clint is my all time hero and a better choice, even at 85, than Cruise anytime, then again anyone over 6 foot tall is a better choice.

    But, not so much Clint Eastwood but some of the ‘Clint’ characters like; Josey Wales or Jim Duncan (High Plains Drifter) …minding their own, doing what needs to be done to live their lives …then they made it personal”. Even Harry with the appropriate sense of justice, using “HIS rules”.

    …And built like Dwayne Johnson… Huge! …with a huge presence. Tommy, not so much. I don’t think there is anyone with enough talent to make up for such a huge disparity.

    When I saw the first attraction for the movie, laughed! …thought it to be a joke. The more I saw the angrier I became …I ranted and raved. explained it to my wife dozens of times …why it was so wrong! I boycotted the movie. Sneered when it came to cable.

    However, I think the upside of the movie it brought a lot more exposure to Lee Child and Jack Reacher. I know people who began reading the series. It was interesting to hear how they felt about Cruise playing the part of Jack. They thought he he did a good job. But shocked at how differently Jack was portrayed in the books. It became a whole different experience. Seldom does the movie do the book justice.

    It would be great if Mr. Grant could get Eastwood to produce/direct his series. Then you know we’d get the right casting! I think Clint can pull it off!

    • Gil Gilman

      Agreed

    • Grannys42

      Well said. I reacted exactly the same and my husband, who isn’t a great reader couldn’t understand. Mr. Child makes such an issue about Jack’s size and weight that I couldn’t believe it when they said Cruise would play the part. Agreed, Jack will get more exposure to more people, and Cruise was the one who bought the book rights, but he is so full of himself, he couldn’t see he was wrong for the part. Or, maybe he suffers from small man syndrome and thinks he is that big, who knows, I do know that I was bitterly disappointed and walked out midway through .the movie

  • Anna Berry

    My take… Movies and books, at best can they complement each other. It’s like coffee and dessert. You can order pumpkin spice coffee, but it will never be pumkin pie. But still, each is enjoyable…. Obviously, books and movies are totally different forms of entertainment. But even if you think of a movie in terms of literature, a it’s a short story.

    So for me, I am able to enjoy them seperatley. The short story version… A shorter, slimmed down, slightly oversimplified, “cleaned up” version… starring Tom Cruise. Filtered and molded by the artistic/financial vision of many… 2 hours in and out. And the real thing, the novel, bigger, beefier, complicated by backstory scars and a larger cast of characters… Hours and hours of reading to let Lee Child’s vision (of mostly one) unfold before me, one page at time.

  • Greg Parks

    Jim Caviezel is who I see as Jack Reacher.

    • Anna Berry

      Funny… I used to swim with Jim Caviezel before A Thin Red Line was released. He’s no Jack Reacher. Tall, yes. Blue eyes, yes. But that’s it. Certainly not the physical presence of Jack… Or even Tom Cruise.

      • Greg Parks

        Anna, I have never met Mr Caviezel so I can’t comment on him first hand. My reasoning is based on his role in “Person of Intrest “. The soft-spoken tough guy image he plays is how I see Reacher in my minds eye. Based on your first hand description of him leds me to believe he might be a better actor than I thought. There are few who could be Reacher and I am not saying Caviezel is one of them. I only think he can play the part.

        • Anna Berry

          Since I met him “before”… In fact I interacted far more with his wife, I’ve enjoyed watching his career. Yes, I agree, Jim Caviezel’s acting keeps getting better and better.

  • Anlin Asha

    i love yr books i became a book addicted because of u love u lee child and i hate blake in the character and love reacher and harper

  • Jon Rzepecki

    Honestly, I don’t think the movies get made without Cruise. Yes, Reacher is larger than life, but as an actor, who is a bigger star than Tom Cruise? I though he played it very well. There just aren’t many actors who are above 6’2″. Most often they don’t fit into frame, and don’t have the same talent or range to pull of a total badass AND someone who is smarter than most everyone in the room.

  • Denise

    Jim Cavaziel from Person of Interest. Tough, tall and handsome, in great shape and could bulk up a little. And excellent actor.

  • Vicki Osborn

    Max Martini of “The Unit” . I pictured him as Jack Reacher from the first Jack Reacher novel…tall, sandy hair, rugged, bad ass and looks like Army.

  • Billy Gray

    Neil Flynn the tall actor Mike Heck from The Middle. I can not get his image out of my head when I think of what Jack Reacher should look like.

  • Evon Hoogeveen

    Where dose “the visitor ” fit in the series?

    • http://www.8amBeerPong.com Graeme

      The Visitor is known as Running Blind in North America. It is the 4th in the Jack Reacher series, after Tripwire and before Echo Burning.

  • Andrew Sheehan

    Here’s a few for you all to consider…
    Clive Owen 6’2.5
    Gerard Butler 6’2
    Eric Bana 6’3
    These gents all have the “rugged” look I believe needed to play JR.

  • woooooyawhoooooo

    Yikes, lots of complaining about Cruise in this role. He did a great job with the role, if you couldn’t get passed the size that’s unfortunate. I don’t understand people talking about the rock in this role, Cruise played a great character, the rock is big but he doesn’t have the chops and he’s ripped in a way Reacher wouldn’t be caught dead. If you guys are Reacher fans then you know he’s naturally athletic and big, gets in shape through physical work but doesn’t lift weights. The rock would have ruined it for me, Reacher’s character is about no bs, getting it done, buffing up in the gymn is not his style at all, it’s the kind of self focus that is the opposite of who he is. Jackman could do it well, tone down the workouts.
    Cruise brought life to the character. There’s so many characters that get re-invented over time. How many different versions of superhero adaptations have there been, in print and in film? Someone reimagines it and goes with it. James Bond films are filled with different takes on the hero.
    If Cruise ruined it for you then that’s too bad but he seemed to capture the character. Someone like the rock couldn’t do it. The rock is the type of gymn rat that Reacher would take down because he’s smarter,, more trained and a badass. Reacher is big and strong just not in the beach body muscle way.

  • Brooke Quinn

    I literally stopped reading Reacher novels for a year after the movie. I have a very vivid imagination and I kept seeing his face in the same sceneries and senarios of this other faceless yet hunky tall man that was hard to miss. Tom Cruise has one of those blends in with the crowd looks. It made it hard to enjoy the jokes of how he stood above everyone and picked out of a crowd easily. Its like we read a book on little people and how they live in their house with the conviences of a little person and then the movie is made with an average size person. It just takes away some of the context. Good movie, great books, just two different things.

  • kimiata90

    The perfect Jack Reacher would be Gerald Butler. All 6’2″ of him. His 45 years are also right on. AND he can act.

  • Carl

    I’m not a Tom Cruise fan at all. But I have to say, even though I wish they would’ve gone with a different actor (Gerard Butler, Hugh Jackman, even John Travolta -loved him in General’s Daughter), Cruise did a good job. He wasn’t his normal, grinning-idiot self, which made him a little more sullen and matter-of-fact.

  • John Zepplin

    A young Fess Parker is a perfect Jack Reacher. Dwayne Johnson ok or maybe the actor that played Longmire. I like tom cruise. But not for reacher.

  • John Zepplin

    ok. I decided after saying I thought Cruise was a bad cast for Reacher. So, after reading five of the books, I watched the Reacher movie again. Cruise actually does a great job in that movie. The only mistake he made was not putting his hand over the rifle barrel when he shoots at the range. Jack does that when he shoots long distance. Guess I am ok with Cruise after all. Just saying.

  • Travis Matthew Finley

    OK. I just hafta say it. LC sold out. How old is Reacher? How tall is Reacher? What ethnicity is Reacher? Getting a 50+yr old to play a 35-45 year old is just s setup up for having to get someone else in another 5 years. But I guess they do it with Bond and Batman. Any way, I think they should just get Dick Hill to do it.

    • Grannys42

      I also thought Tom Cruise was a bad choice, but who is Tim Hill, I’ve never heard of him?

  • Alan Klaffke

    Sean Bean would have made a great Jack Reacher….