Audiobook review. I’ve been reading Lee Child/Jack Reacher series for years. I’ve always enjoyed the character, a no-nosense, alpha male. I think maybe…just maybe, Lee may be losing his momentum with this release, the 18th book in the Jack Reacher series. Child has taken to repeating phrases in his writing of this book. A lot. For example, ‘He breathed in; he breathed out.’ It seems to be an attempt by the author to do something ‘different’, rather than simple character behavior, i.e., ‘he frowned’ or … ‘A trickle of sweat ran down his back.’ etc.. It’s not the only instance and he’s making Reacher almost seem mentally deficient, constantly iterating his thoughts. I’ve read several Jack Reacher stories and enjoyed them….but THIS? Child is doing this repitition throughout the book and I’m annoyed as hell. The character behavior is predominantly in the beginning of the story and eventually tapers off, although it doesn’t completely go away. Not as dynamic a story as it could have been, in my opinion. I listened at 1.25 speed as Dick Hill seemed a little slow.