As we know life in the suburbs has its many rewards – there is your family, your flat screen TV, your five burner BBQ. And, as we also know, these marvels are normally enough to keep us all fairly happy and relatively docile. All is usually sweet.
But when the traffic is bad to and from work, or when the guy before you in the line at your favourite café gets the last chocolate donut, or when your boss forgets your name, or when your credit card is maxed out at the supermarket and you have to put everything back, you have only one recourse, you rush home to watch the Bourne Trilogy for the millionth time. But, sadly, even the Bourne DVDs lose their restorative powers after a time.
I’m here to offer you an alternative to Bourne… The Jack Reacher Novels by Lee Child.
Jack Reacher is a loner.
Jack Reacher is tough.
Jack Reacher is exactly the kind of hero you can turn to in your time of need…
In short, he is just like you would be if you had chosen to study Kick-Arse 101 instead of Maths, English, Geography and How to be a Model-Citizen for Dummies.
The Jack Reacher novels move at a million miles an hour, they are action packed, they are funny, they are clever and they are utterly irresistible.
But best of all, after you’re done, after the last page is read and Jack Reacher is through killing the bad guys, you can close the book knowing that he has also restored the balance in your life, that he has made suburbia seem liveable again, and, most importantly, he will have calmed, for a time, the savage beast residing within your suburban breast.
The following day you will be able to drive to work as calmly and as happily as the Dalai Lama.
Start your therapy now with the first Jack Reacher novel – Killing Floor.
Come on, you know you want to.
Five Great Heroes:
1: Shane ‘Scarecrow’ Schofield from Matthew Reilly’s Ice Station
2: Jason Bourne from Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Identity
3: Richard Sharpe from Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe’s Tiger
4: Edmond Dantès from Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo
5: Gabriel Allon from Daniel Silva’s The Kill Artist
About the Contributor
While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.