26 March, 2013

#BookReview :: Reacher's Rules: Life Lessons from Jack Reacher by Jack Reacher, & Foreword by Lee Child

Reacher's own rules for life are brought together in this irresistible collection of quotes, life lessons and wisdom from the man himself.
As every Reacher fan knows, you don't have to break the rules if you make the rules. If you want to survive in this world nothing else matters.
Rule 1. When in doubt, drink coffee.
Rule 2. Never volunteer for anything.
Rule 3. Don't break the furniture.
Rule 4. Only one woman at a time.
Rule 5. Show them what they're messing with.

'I don't want to put the world to rights, I just don't like people who put the world to wrongs'
'Either you'll walk out of here yourself, or you'll be carried out in a bucket'
'I'm not scared of anybody. But I certainly preferred it when he was dead'
If you've read the books, you'll love this. If you haven't read the books, what are you waiting for?

As an ardent fan of Jack Reacher, I know all about his rules. But if you haven’t discovered Jack Reacher’s world yet, you are missing out something great and you have no clue to what his rules are. It’s simple really. As an ex-Military Police, Jack Reacher has vast experience in his life. Ever since he has dropped out of that career choice, he is impossible to track and that’s the way he wants it. But the rules he lives by are what actually makes the man what he is and capable of doing things that are usually out of a normal person’s capabilities. The foreword by Lee Child tells you as much.

The book is divided into chapters. Chapters are about rules about fighting to rules about coffee. Yes, Jack Reacher has rules for almost everything. Some of the rules are applicable in a normal person’s life, like the one about sleep that says, ‘Sleep as much as you can because tiredness causes more foul-ups than carelessness and stupidity put together’. Some are wise words, like ‘A courageous guy is someone who feels the fear but conquers it’. Some are again just plain humourous. 

I have been following the Reacher series quite closely and have read all the books in the series except one. So, I know about Reacher’s Rules. When I got my hands on this book, instead of reading it as a guide book to the person that Reacher is, I treated it as a quiz by trying to guess which rule was mentioned in which book and had a gala time. (Yes I am a nerd and a bookworm – so these kinds of things actually are fun for me).

The best part of the book is when some of the chapters end with “Things You’ll never hear Reacher Say’. They are straight out funny if you know Reacher as much as I do.

Please note that this is not a story or even a short story. It is more like a guide to the character and only fun to read if you have read Reacher Novels.

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