Six years after Tom Cruise last portrayed the hero of Lee Child’s best-selling novel, Jack Reacher, in two films, the character has returned to our screens thanks to Amazon Prime Video. What Cruise got wrong, Amazon got right by casting 6ft 5in Alan Ritchson in the eponymous role, whose towering physique fits the character’s literary roots better. Following the first season’s popularity, Jack Reacher has already been renewed for a second season, with writer Child even hinting at ’26 more seasons’ to RadioTimes.com. But, since the second season isn’t due out for a while, why not check out the source material in the meantime?
About the Jack Reacher Books:
Jack Reacher is the fictitious protagonist in a series of books, novellas, and short stories written under the pen name Lee Child by British novelist Jim Grant. Reacher, a former United States Army Military Corps major, travels the country doing odd jobs and investigating unusual and often deadly situations. The Reacher novels are written in either the first or third person. Except for 2010, when two books were published, the Reacher series is published yearly. Most stories are in the US, ranging from extensive urban regions like New York City and Los Angeles to little villages in the Midwest and South.
The series and novels of Jack Reacher Books:
Reacher has also featured in numerous of Child’s short tales. “Second Son,” “Deep Down,” and “Not a Drill” were all initially released for the Amazon Kindle. However, “Second Son” was later shown in the American and Canadian paperback and Kindle editions of The Affair, and “Deep Down” was later included in the American and Canadian paperback and Kindle editions of A Wanted Man. “High Heat” was released alongside the American paperback and Kindle editions of Never Go Back, “Everyone Talks” was released alongside the UK edition of Never Go Back, “Not a Drill” was released alongside the American paperback of Personal, and “The Fourth Man” was released alongside the Australian paperback of Past Jittery.
The Jack Reacher Books in order Amazon:
There are three methods to read each of the 26 novels. The first is by publication date, the second by chronological order, and the third, for those who want to live on the edge, is by no charge. There are just a few allusions to previous stories, and some volumes have none. So, if your reading style defies categorization, the third choice may be the ideal one for you. The first novel, Killing Floor, presents Reacher as a dangerous lone ranger with military experience, but The Enemy is the first book in chronological sequence. Child commended the creative team and showrunner Nick Santora for their adaptation of the first Reacher novel while stepping back to avoid micromanaging the season.
Jack Reacher’s Book as Series:
The first teaser for Alan Ritchson’s Reacher indicates when the series will premiere on Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service. Reacher is based on Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels and will launch on Friday, February 4, 2022, with all eight episodes available in over 240 countries and territories worldwide. Ritchson plays Jack Reacher, a former military police detective who returns to civilian life. During his tour of the country, however, Reacher is falsely accused of a crime he did not commit and must struggle to defend his name while uncovering a secret plot. The first season of Reacher is based on Child’s first Jack Reacher novel, Killing Floor. Tom Cruise previously played Jack Reacher in two Paramount Pictures films, Jack Reacher and Never Go Back, when Amazon decided to make a TV version of the property.
Jack Reacher’s shared authorship:
Over 101 million copies of the series have been sold globally. On January 18, 2020, Lee Child revealed that his younger brother Andrew Grant would take over as writer of the Jack Reacher novels under the pen name Andrew Child. The two brothers want to collaborate on the following several stories until Andrew Grant “strikes out on his own.” The Sentinel, the series’ 25th novel, was released in October 2020 and was the first Jack Reacher book co-written and attributed to both Child brothers. All of Jack Reacher’s novels have been made available in MP3 format. Dick Hill is the most regular narrator for these.
Reacher is addressed multiple times in Stephen King’s novel Under the Dome, where Colonel Cox describes him as “the hardest goddam Army cop that ever served, in my honest opinion.” Lee Child’s endorsement of Under the Dome appears on at least one copy of the book’s cover. Similarly, Dan Ames’ The Jack Reacher Cases, a series of 11 volumes so far, references Reacher’s name on several occasions, but the character does not appear in person. The short tale “Good and Valuable Consideration” preface mentions that Joseph Finder pulled numerous elements from the Jack Reacher series while constructing his “Nick Heller” series character.