Uh, no. Even FICTION should maintain the illusion of truth. Too many mistakes destroys the illusion. Who taught you literary theory?I'm not "one of the guys" but if you read fiction writers like Harlan Corben, or Daniel Silva, expect the same thing as Lee Child's books. They have the same thing written on the copyright page.
That's what is meant by "fiction writers". Maybe you should read True Stories. Then you would have just cause to pick them apart.
You remarked that Lee Child made big errors in describing the prison scene, did you read the copyright page in the front of the book?
If you don't have the book anymore here's a URL at the bottom you can refer to.
It says, "61 Hours is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales in entirely coincidental."
Unless the writer writes a true story, all writers use this writer's prerogatory to make their stories exciting.:whistling: Think about it...
Amazon.com: 61 Hours: A Reacher Novel (Jack Reacher) (9780440243694): Lee Child: Books
Writers like Tom Clancy, and John Nance write fictional accounts which are exciting, yet believable. They research and know whereof what they write.
They have a veracity which strikes a chord in those who do know the themes they write on, as well or maybe better then the authors.
This gives them a form of veracity, for which i suppose there is or should be a name. In my own ignorance I'll call it "Clancy-ness"...
Whatever... Child has no clue and no claim to veracity, IMO...
I do not care for Lee Child's books. I feel that they are poorly researched, lazily developed, and inelegantly written.
And I write these things because this is a venue for sharing opinions about books, and their authors.
If you like his stuff then you read it. Develop your own views.
But if you read Child's stuff you owe it to yourself to also read some J.C. Pollock, and Clancy, for a more accurate portrayal of the armed services and those who serve.
About to set off for the airport, and I was thinking of buying this. I looked on Amazon - it can't be faulted - then looked on Book & Reader. Thank you Chiangmaifalcon, and those that added to this thread. I'd have put it down and left it where it lay once I'd seen the follies of this tale.