This had been recommended to me and heck, we know it's popular, but it wasn't my area, y'know? Crime thriller? Not really me. And then there's Tom Cruise, who inadvertently ruined it for readers everywhere by playing Reacher in the movie version. Sorry Tom, you were great in Top Gun.
So I gave it a go and wow - I will admit it took me the first third of the book to NOT picture Tom Cruise <cringe!>, but gradually build a picture of my Jack Reacher. But despite that, it was totally gripping right from the start. (The plot started out similar to the first Rambo movie.) I got a view into things I'd never thought to think about, like army life, and the kind of skills that life taught you. And I got to mooch through America for a while - I like their diners and they seem to do good coffee. :)
So this book - waaaay better than expected. I am completely addicted now, and will be following the adventures of Reacher through as many next books as can hold me, so far that makes three, and still loving every page.