Funny, I haven't even looked at Non Aviation in ages but when I finally do I see this. How weird? Suffice to say then that I'm a big Lee Child fan and to be fair, I never really read fiction before I read 'Echo Burning' in 2006. Apparently I'd just never found a genre or style that I'd liked!
Whilst we're talking about '61 hours' I want to bring up something that LHRjc and I were talking about the other day. In this book the character 'Plato' has a B737 that is 20 years old and was designed to hold 180 passengers. I'm sorry but the geek in me is just crying out and saying, "nooooo!" Back then we had the B737-300/400/500 in production but the 400 being the biggest never carried that many passengers did it? Ahh well, I suppose not many readers really noticed that error.
Trying to think of my favourite moment then I'd have to say that in 'The Hard Way' I thought it was amusing when Reacher flew on BA in Club World but for action type moments then I'd have to say that the first one I came across in Echo Burning is always a favourite. (The gun battle at the end of the book). It was quite shocking to me back then that you could get that much enjoyment from a book! Awful to admit I know.
To be honest there are too many parts to mention them all. I liked the fat crazy bad guy in 'Die Trying' that killed the workman who had built that secure wood hut for him. That sent shivers down my spine. I really enjoyed the prequel aspect of 'The Enemy' and I enjoyed the ending part of 'Tripwire' where Reacher was shot with a 9mm and put in a coma but only after himself shooting and seeing the bad guy's (bloke with the hook hand) head explode in a pink mist. In fact just thinking about these is making me want to go back and re-read them! Finding the time is hard though.
I have to say also that I thought 'Back Luck And Trouble' was the worst book, in my opinion, that I've read of his. It just seemed to drag on a bit and never really went anywhere. Bit of a shame really although it wasn't a terrible read.
I actually met Lee Child last year at Waterstones on Deansgate, Manchester, and got a photo with him. He was promoting 'Nothing to Lose' and really is a great guy. He was doing a talk there with around 90 other Reacher fans in attendance one of which was Johnny Briggs from Coronation Street. That was quite something seeing him there.
I recall Child was saying that he intends to do around 19 or so books and that he will
kill off Reacher in the end as no other way would be suitable. I figure that could change with regards to how many books he will do in total but since he has just started to release two books in one year, the end will only arrive sooner. To be honest I hope he only releases one book in 2011.
I've also been collecting signed 1st Editions of all his books for a while now which I'm quite proud of. Saying that I've only got four so far! Still, eBay is my friend although I intend to go see Lee on tour again in the comings months for 'Worth Dying For'. I'll be sure to get another signed copy or two again then!
One Life, Live it.