History Literature / JackReacher

26th Aug '16 8:13:47 PM maximsk
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Leon Garber, Jack Reacher's commanding officer.


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* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Willard in ''The Enemy''.
25th Aug '16 12:32:56 PM maximsk
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* MathematiciansAnswer: Reacher does this sometimes when he doesn't feel like sharing information. In ''The Enemy'', an officer is asking him about a general's death, to which he replies that the general had a heart attack. Where? In his chest cavity. (The officer is not amused.)
9th Aug '16 8:26:02 PM forsetipurge
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* AndThisIsFor: Subverted in ''Killing Floor'', where Reacher contemplates how, if he were a movie character, he would avenge his brother by dramatically confronting the killer and explaining the exact reason he wants vengeance before fighting honorably. Then Reacher dismisses that idea and instead decides to just smash the guy's head in, without any warning or explanation.

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* AndThisIsFor: AndThisIsFor:
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Subverted in ''Killing Floor'', where Reacher contemplates how, if he were a movie character, he would avenge his brother by dramatically confronting the killer and explaining the exact reason he wants vengeance before fighting honorably. Then Reacher dismisses that idea and instead decides to just smash the guy's head in, without any warning or explanation.explanation.
** Lampshaded in ''Make Me'', but then played straight at the climax of the book. Reacher muses that in the tales told by the firelight, this is how you should kill bad guys, because it would give peace to the people the bad guys have hurt. Then he goes up to shoot one of the BigBadDuumvirate without saying a word. At the climax of the book, Reacher recalls this trope again, but is prevented from subverting it because the other BigBad speaks first. This trope is finally played straight when Reacher's GirlOfTheWeek says it before executing the BigBad.
--> '''Chang''': This is for Keever.\\
''The bad guy had to be told.''\\
'''Chang''': It could have been me.
5th Aug '16 7:45:24 AM maximsk
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* ShoePhone: In ''Persuader'', Reacher starts off with an actual texting device concealed in his shoe.
27th Jul '16 9:12:40 AM hullflyer
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* EveryoneHasStandards: Reacher is an unapologetic red-blooded seducer, but he ''will not'' sleep with a married woman. Also, while he routinely kills bad guys in cold blood, he ''will not'' murder a guy he's never seen himself.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: Reacher is an unapologetic red-blooded seducer, but he ''will not'' sleep with a married woman.woman[[note]]Technically he does once, but the woman's husband is a vegetable, and so is essentially dead[[/note]]. Also, while he routinely kills bad guys in cold blood, he ''will not'' murder a guy he's never seen himself.
25th Jun '16 3:20:32 PM maxwellsilver
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A series of novels by British-born Lee Child, about [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks ex-Military Policeman]] Jack Reacher, WalkingTheEarth after mustering out from over a decade of service. A MilitaryBrat, having spent his younger years being posted all round the world, he decides to get a closer look at his home country. On his journeys across America he stumbles across his fair share of forgers, smugglers, gun runners, drug dealers and assassins. [[BlatantLies He then proceeds to sit down with each of them in turn and have civilized discussions -over a lovely cup of tea- why they really should stop all this unpleasant business and whatnot]].

Received a film adaptation based on the novel ''One Shot'' titled ''Film/JackReacher'', which was directed and written by Christopher [=McQuarrie=], starring TomCruise in the lead role with Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, and Creator/WernerHerzog also starring.

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A series of novels by British-born Lee Child, about [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks ex-Military Policeman]] Jack Reacher, WalkingTheEarth after mustering out from over a decade of service. A MilitaryBrat, having spent his younger years being posted all round the world, he decides to get a closer look at his home country. On his journeys across America he stumbles across his fair share of forgers, smugglers, gun runners, drug dealers and assassins. [[BlatantLies He then proceeds to sit down with each of them in turn and have civilized discussions -over a lovely cup of tea- why they really should stop all this unpleasant business and whatnot]].

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Received a film adaptation based on the novel ''One Shot'' titled ''Film/JackReacher'', which was directed and written by Christopher [=McQuarrie=], starring TomCruise in the lead role with Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, and Creator/WernerHerzog also starring. A sequel titled ''Jack Reacher: Never Go Back'', based on 2013's ''Never Go Back'', was released in 2016.
14th May '16 3:18:07 PM gsv
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** ''Killing Floor'' a substantial Reacher-inflicted body count, ''Die Trying'' somewhat fewer, before it settles down to more modest numbers. With occasional peaks thereafter, but not the same action-adventure glee as the early novels.
13th May '16 9:55:20 AM 43110
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* BiggerBad: General Tom O'Day in ''Personal.'' After the book's climactic fight, it's revealed that O'Day is the one who ordered John Kott to snipe at the French president, which prompted U.S. intelligence to reach out to Reacher, the MP who's once arrested Kott in the past, in effect triggering the plot of the book. Reacher doesn't kill O'Day on the spot because he has to make sure nothing happens to his partner, Casey Nice.


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* GreaterScopeVillain: General Tom O'Day in ''Personal.'' After the book's climactic fight, it's revealed that O'Day is the one who ordered John Kott to snipe at the French president, which prompted U.S. intelligence to reach out to Reacher, the MP who's once arrested Kott in the past, in effect triggering the plot of the book. Reacher doesn't kill O'Day on the spot because he has to make sure nothing happens to his partner, Casey Nice.
5th Apr '16 7:14:30 PM wittylibrarian
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** In ''Never Go Back'', Reacher is hit with a paternity lawsuit alleging he's the father of a fourteen maybe fifteen year old girl. As he's also getting hit with a decades-old excessive force charge, Reacher [[GenreSavvy knows the paternity suit]] is at best a distraction or at worst a trap. However, he ''has to make sure,'' so events happen in a way that make him head out to where the supposed mother and daughter are. He finds himself meeting [[AwesomeMcCoolName Sam(antha) Dayton]], a fourteen maybe fifteen year old girl who's tall and blond like him, with excellent observational skills, a penchant for wandering off by herself, casual dangerous conversations, etc. She's essentially a BadassInTraining just missing a mentor father figure to help her to the next level. [[spoiler:It's a damn shame Reacher and Sam's mother don't even know each other.]]

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** In ''Never Go Back'', Reacher is hit with a paternity lawsuit alleging he's the father of a fourteen maybe fifteen year old girl. As he's also getting hit with a decades-old excessive force charge, Reacher [[GenreSavvy knows the paternity suit]] is at best a distraction or at worst a trap. However, he ''has to make sure,'' so events happen in a way that make him head out to where the supposed mother and daughter are. He finds himself meeting [[AwesomeMcCoolName Sam(antha) Dayton]], a fourteen maybe fifteen year old girl who's tall and blond like him, with excellent observational skills, a penchant for wandering off by herself, casual dangerous conversations, etc. She's essentially a BadassInTraining [[LittleMissBadass Badass In Training]] just missing a mentor father figure to help her to the next level. [[spoiler:It's a damn shame Reacher and Sam's mother don't even know each other.]]
28th Mar '16 1:48:59 PM wittylibrarian
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* HonorBeforeReason: Sometimes crops up, especially when dealing with military-trained people or with people who have something to prove. [[spoiler:And sometimes when they're trying to set up Reacher to frame himself.]]
** Reacher occasionally thinks like this, but most of the time he prefers the practical solutions of finishing off a fight or a bad guy as swift and clean as possible.
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