Friday, April 6, 2012

Do You Need To Read The Lee Child Books In Order Of Publication?

By Lee Marks 

Who Is Lee Child?

Lee Child is the author of the "Jack Reacher" series of thrillers. To date there are 17 books in this series, and each one of them has been a smash hit around the world. The UK and the US market are probably the biggest buyers of Lee Child's books, which have sold in the multi-millions over the last decade (making Mr. Child a very rich author indeed).

How Popular Are The "Jack Reacher" Books?

Men and women of all ages are now reading this exciting thriller series, which have sold over 10 million copies, and have been published in over 30 countries around the world. The number of books sold has increased considerably each year over the past 10 years.

The popularity of the main character, "Jack Reacher", has grown to the extent that a major Hollywood movie based on the book "One Shot" is in the pipeline for 2013. Acting superstar Tom Cruise has bought the rights to the movie, and will be playing the lead character (despite being a full 10 inches shorter in height than the written description of "Jack Reacher"!).

Although this series of books have been around for over a decade now, people often ask do you need to read all of the Lee Child books in the order they were published. Although it can occasionally be helpful to read the book series in the order they were released, it is not actually necessary. Each individual book is carefully plotted so that a new reader can enjoy it without reference to any of the other books in the series. Therefore it is possible to start with book 17 ("The Affair") and then book 1 ("Killing Floor") if you so choose!

Of course there are similar themes and characters throughout the series, but each book has its own individual story, its own unique plot twists, and a conclusion that makes sense. Lee Child has been very clever in pitching a character that appeals to both men and women, is tough yet occasionally vulnerable, and is a man to be relied upon in a crisis.

Although these books are enormously popular, they will never be considered at the same standard as Oscar Wilde or Charles Dickens! However, for excellent holiday reading then you will find any novel in this series of books a very entertaining resource.

Lee Marks is from York, England, and is currently reading all 17 of the []Lee  Child books in order If you would like to enjoy a fantastic thriller series, then remember you don't have to read the []Lee Child books in order of published date in order to enjoy them!

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  1. I recently hear Lee speak at a library fundraiser. He was excellent. Now, I have to read a few of his books myself.