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R.J. MacCready, a new science-thriller hero

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, October 4, 2017 in Pulps, Review, Thriller
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

R.J. MacCready, a new science-thriller hero

'Hell's Gate'As a fan of techno-thrillers, I am always on the lookout for new and interesting characters in this genre. I happened to stumble upon a new character that has two books out already. The second book first appeared in hardcover, so I guess the first one was successful enough to go quickly to hardback. Most new authors have to have several books out before going to hardback originals.

This new character is R.J. MacCready, created by Bill Schutt and J.R. Finch.

MacCready, a captain in the U.S. Army in the first book (not certain if so in the second), is a zoologist. And the books are set toward the end of World War II and just after. While technology isn’t the main thrust of this series, science (and some speculative science) is, similar to the works of Rollins, Gibbons, and a few others.

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Meet Jack Reacher

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in Pulps, Thriller
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher

Cruise as Reacher

An interesting action series I got into is the Jack Reacher series. While some may know of the series thanks to the recent Tom Cruise movie, I was reading it a little before hand.

I find that Jack Reacher has, to me, a lot of pulp-hero characteristics. A former soldier (an ex-MP and major in the Army), he now wanders America. Somewhat stoic, he has no family and few friends, but that doesn’t bother him. He gets involved in issues in different places, and uses his physical abilities, along with his military training and skills, to “take care of things.” A big mistake that many who go up against him make is thinking he will be scared off. Reacher doesn’t get scared off. If you come at him and threaten him, hoping he will leave, he will instead put down the threat fast and hard.

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