Jack Reacher books are a joy to read. We finish them, with a certain amount of sadness knowing that there will be another years wait until the author, Lee Child releases the next book in the Jack Reacher series.

I have found a way to deal with this sadness and decided to help you! Instead of waiting a full year until the next Lee Child novel, what about checking out these 4 new Jack Reacher type characters that could actually, potentially steal the Reacher number 1 position in years to come.

If you like Jack Reacher, you will love these books, I can guarantee it.

To start you need a good scoring system to rank the Jack Reacher type characters.  Just as a check – when you get into the Jack Reacher series, you will want to check which Jack Reacher books to read in the right order.  Look here for the Jack Reacher books in order – www.JACKREACHERBOOKSINORDER.CO.UK

I have ranked the characters on the following:

1) My Books Like Jack Reacher website review. If the books good, then it’s been reviewed on my site. Higher ranking books that have been reviewed, then the higher the Jack Reacher type character. See my book reviews here.

2) Any character like Jack Reacher has to have a certain type of physicality – are they able to handle themselves against any enemy?

3) Weaponry – Can the main Jack Reacher type character use a variety of weapons to do their job and escape danger?

4) Character – Jack Reacher is a loner, calm in danger, someone who operates on their own. Can the new Jack Reacher type of character handle the heat, have they got an ice cool demeanor in any impossible situation.

5) Plot – Jack Reacher books are written to grab your attention from the first page so that you start to read the Jack Reacher books in order. This score is decided by the first few pages, am I gripped from page one or do I want to throw the book in the bin straight away!

6) The Book ending – This is really important for me. Do you care about the Jack Reacher type character and do you want me to read the next novel in the series straight away? As with all Jack Reacher books, you want to start straight away on the next book.

These are the 6 score factors to decide which are the new characters that are like Jack Reacher.

NUMBER 1 Character like Jack Reacher:




1) Books Like Jack Reacher website review – 9.7/10

2) Physicality – 9.5/10

3) Weaponry – 9.6/10

4) Character – 9.0/10

5) Plot – 9.0/10

6) The Book ending – 9.7/10


Victor is ranked at number 1 on our site as the last book titled “Kill For ME” was so good. The best character like jack Reacher so far. Two of the classic highlights in the book series amongst many, were the biting off an enemies’ ear, letting a baddie use a shard of glass to slice through the side of his own face so that he could escape.

If you want to start at the beginning of this book series that is like Jack Reacher then see my review HERE.

NUMBER 2 on the list




1) Books Like Jack Reacher website review – 9.2/10

2) Physicality – 9.6/10

3) Weaponry – 9.8/10

4) Character – 9.3/10

5) Plot – 9.3/10

6) The Book ending – 9.2/10


Court Gentry is ranked at number 2 on our site as this “Gray Man” series just seems to get better and better. I would go as far as saying he is close to the top and one of the closest to being the best character like jack Reacher. Classic highlights in the book series amongst many, Court getting captured and then tortured, for any person reading it – wow its intense. Court taking out a whole army of soldiers and rescuing his best mate who is caught by a bomb explosion.

If you want to start at the beginning of this book series that is like Jack Reacher then see my review HERE.

NUMBER 3 on the list




1) Books Like Jack Reacher website review – 9.4/10

2) Physicality – 8.9/10

3) Weaponry – 9.3/10

4) Character – 9.7/10

5) Plot – 9.5/10

6) The Book ending – 9.5/10


Evan Smoak is ranked at number 3 on our site as this “Nowhere Man” series is absolutely fantastic. Evan is an average character who is a trained assassin but is using his skills to help people and find out why he was made into a killer.

Classic highlights in the book series amongst many, Evan looking to assassinate the President of America who he thinks is behind the plot to terminate him. The Nowhere Man’s apartment layout, like the bat cave but in a normal housing apartment.

If you want to start at the beginning of this book series that is like Jack Reacher then see my review HERE.

NUMBER 4 on the list




1) Books Like Jack Reacher website review – 9.4/10

2) Physicality – 9.8/10

3) Weaponry – 9.1/10

4) Character – 9.8/10

5) Plot – 9.2/10

6) The Book ending – 8.9/10


John Puller is a huge bloke, so similar physically to Jack Reacher so he has to enter our top 5 list of characters like Jack Reacher. David Baldacci is an accomplished writer and sets brilliant scenes for his main character, he also develops the main character really well throughout the series.

Classic highlights in the book series amongst many, Puller trying to solve the mystery of who killed his father. Jack Reacher style suspense as Puller is investigating a family murder whilst beating up weird townsfolk.

If you want to start at the beginning of this book series that is like Jack Reacher then see my review HERE.  So there it is, my top books like Jack Reacher.

If you are still looking for the latest Jack Reacher book, then look here as you can see the books in order HERE and the lastest Jack Reacher book to order HERE

I love the Jack Reacher books and know you do too.  If you are looking for something similar whilst waiting for the next Jack Reacher book to be published then look at my selection below.  I guarantee these books are as entertaining as the Lee Child Novels!!! 


  1. Victor the Assassin – SEE REVIEW HERE
  2. Orphan X – SEE REVIEW HERE
  3. The Gray Man – SEE REVIEW HERE
  4. John Puller – SEE THE REVIEW HERE
  5. Carter Blake – SEE THE REVIEW HERE
  6. Will Robie – SEE THE REVIEW HERE
  8. Spider Shepherd – SEE THE REVIEW HERE


John Puller
Victor the Assassin
Evan Smoak
Court Gentry
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20 Replies to “Characters in books that are like Jack Reacher”

  1. Interesting idea for a website! Makes me wish for one that covers MY favorite genre – science fiction and fantasy.

    I grew reading and re-reading Lord of the Rings until the characters were like family. Still has me in its talons!

    But I also like Spy novels. I always bought the latest John LeCarre books when they came out, as well as many other asundry spy novels by other, less consistently awesome, authors.

    Since I don’t know this genre well, would you say it’s like or unlike the Spy genre?

    Thanks for the info!

    1. I’d say its like the Spy genre – some of the reviews will feature on certain characters that are assassins.


    2. Interesting that you are a fan of LoTR. My website actually did reviews of the series and I am about to create a series of posts on a book series similar. Have you read the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan? It has a lot of the great elements from Lord of The Rings. You can check it out on my site next week.

      1. Hi thanks for the comments, I haven’t heard of the authors you mentioned but will have a look. I like anything like Jack Reacher so will be looking at these in the near future.

        thanks again


  2. Great review and great ideas for reading! Have to admit that till now I was only watching crime thriller movies and have never read any book from this category. Your blog post intrigued me and I’m thinking of reading one of the mentioned books. I guess I should start with one of Jack Reacher books. You say that this character is unique, as well as the way Lee Child writes. So, I’ll give it a try. My next choice could be Evan Smoak. Agree with you regarding this book author’s clever sale slogan.
    Thank you.

    1. Yes you have got to try Evan Smoak, I’m on the second book as we speak and I can really recommend this book. I’ll be reviewing it soon, titled “The Nowhere Man”.
      Thanks for the comments

  3. Man I’ve heard a lot about Jack Reacher and I really need to get going and read them! I’m sure the hype is justified. I’ve always been a big reader; I like young adult crime and adventure books like Skulduggery Pleasant, but in the adult category I too prefer fantasy. Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson is a brilliant book, and I know your site is dedicated to crime and thrillers, but perhaps you could bend the rules slightly for this one maybe? Even if it doesn’t end up cropping up on your site I would still definitely recommend you gave it a spin!

    1. Thanks for the comments – You do need to try Jack Reacher as I don’t know of one person who has started the book and not liked one. I recommend staring from the first in the Jack Reacher series and go from there. I will have a look at the books you mentioned and come back to you, many thanks

  4. I probably watch more movies in this genre than read books although I seriously suspect that the books are much better than the movies!

    I love Tom Cruise movies but I cannot get him into my head as Reacher. Same with Collateral. He’s just too short 🙂 but basically lacks the gravitas.

    Anyway, someone mentioned s/f. I loved Asimov’s robot detective, R. Daneel Olivaw, and I was wondering if you had any recommendations for spy/assassin/ thriller characters in the s/f genre.

    1. Thanks for the comments – currently I have not looked into the sci fi genre but will be looking at that next. Totally understand about the Tom Cruise casting for the Jack Reacher films, my first choice would have been Hugh Jackman. The Jack Reacher books are so much better than the movies and I reccommend them if you are looking for a great thriller book.

      thanks again


    2. It REALLY GALLS me that they cast 5’8″ Tom Cruise as the 6′ 5″ Jack Reacher. Hell, there’s NOBODY in Hollywood that can act and is that TALL ?

      1. Thanks for the comments – hopefully the rumours of the new TV series will change all this and we will get a great boxset to view that is just like the Jack Reacher books, Feel free to join me on the mailing list to get the latest reviews like Jack Reacher straight to your email.

  5. Very good list. Missing a new one on the block called Joe Beck though. He’s like Reacher, except in the 21st century

    1. Thanks for the comments – I’ll put Joe Beck on the list to review soon, not sure if he is like Jack Reacher or not? One of the best Jack Reacher type books so far is the Victor series by Tom Wood. He is even more grittier than Jack Reacher and probably more intrigue to the character.

      thanks again


  6. Its always great when you can find characters in other series that evoke the same types of feelings as your favorites. I can’t count how many times I have picked up a new series hoping to find the same level of joy I had in a favorite just to be let down. Thank you for bringing our attention to some other great series that are similar to Jack Reacher. It will give us lots to read.

    1. Thank you for the comments, really great that you have seen the Jack Reacher series and might get into them. The website is for people like you, not sure what to read so look here first if you are into Crime Thrillers.

  7. Thank you for these books reviews. I have never read Jack Reacher before, but I’ve seen the movie and I loved it. I usually read motivational books, but after reading your reviews I think I have to try one of those books. Which of these five books you could recommend me as the best one, or which one did you liked the most? Because I don’t have a lot of spare time for reading and it would be best for me to choose one. Thank you.

    1. Thanks for the comments and support. For you I would look at Amos Decker or Will Robie as this is the type of book that would get your attention. I think the pace of these books would be like a Jack Reacher film and would work for you. If you like Jack Reacher though I’d always recommend starting from the beginning the Jack Reacher book 1 Killing Floor book. Buy it HERE http://www.bookslikejackreacher.co.uk/about/all-the-jack-reacher-books

      thanks again

      Glenford R

  8. I love the Jack Reacher books. Do you have them in a certain order, I am trying to find the Jack Reacher books in order if possible? I can’t wait until the new television series comes out it will be amazing. Mark Greaney books look good so I will have a look at those also.

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