You have GOT to be kidding

I have gone from the heights (see post of August 25) to the depths.  I have just learned that Tom Cruise has been picked to play Jack Reacher in the film version of Lee Child’s classic novel — One Shot.  This is like asking Pee Wee Herman to play Conan the Barbarian. 

Tom Cruise might be okay playing a small samurai – but Jack Reacher?  Jack Reacher is an ex military policeman turned drifter – who looks like an NFL lineman.  He stands 6’5″ and weighs 250 pounds.  Cruise is like a foot shorter and 100 pounds lighter(!).    I mean come ON people.  Is there no integrity in casting?  I could have tried out for this part and. . . . wait a minute.  I need to find out if tryouts are still going on.    ‘Scuse me. . . . .

I can’t wait. . . .

I can’t wait for the next Lee Child novel.  Lee Child’s hulking protagonist is Jack Reacher – a retired Army military police major who travels around the country often by hitchhiking and paying cash for everything.  And for some inexplicable reason he’s always finding trouble.  Jack is every man’s man.   I have read all of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books:  61 Hours; Tripwire; Nothing to Lose; Bad Luck and Trouble; The Enemy; and the others.  WOW!

The other author whose books I greatly enjoy – and eagerly await – are those of Vince Flynn.  Flynn’s main character is Mitch Rapp – a deep-cover CIA prince of darkness who is very very good at “eliminating” very very bad people.    

Winston Churchill once said  “We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”   Maybe we should consider sending Jack and Mitch over to the world’s trouble spots.  I’d love to see a book or movie where Jack and Mitch are booked as a tag team.  That would be cosmic.   If you ever need some easy reading where it’s easy to smile at the end . . . . .