by a Thinker, Sailor, Blogger, Irreverent Guy from Madras

Heads up Reacher Creatures, the Puller Prowlers are here.

Is David Baldacci’s John Puller modelled on Jack Reacher?  If we look at the characters, there are many similarities.
  • about 6-1/2 feet tall, broad, muscular and tough
  • military brats who have (used to have) an elder brother
  • highly decorated combat soldiers
  • investigators with US Army
  • know their way with weapons
  • capable of killing with bare hands
  • laconic and able to work alone
  • watchful, observant, resourceful and highly intelligent
  • in real life has a following with Reacher Creatures
But there are also differences, unlike Jack Reacher, Baldacci’s John Puller
  • is still with the US Army
  • is not a commissioned officer
  • always carries - not one but 2 guns and a K-Bar knife
  • is proficient with modern technology and computers
  • has an elder brother who is not a lawman but a convict
  • yet to get real life groupies like Puller Prowlers
and most glaringly,
  • has a cat
Jokes apart, Puller can be confused for a ‘reloaded avatar’ of Jack Reacher.  Personally I think we have to enjoy both the characters for what they are - instead of comparing them or getting into a Reacher vs Puller argument.

Speaking for myself, when I recall that Puller has that all-inclusive Rucksack, from which he manages to pull out his uniforms, guns, a mini-crime scene investigation lab, photograph equipment, body armour (two?) and a bio-hazard suit (two?) to boot, I would guess Baldacci modelled Puller not on Reacher but on Predator and its arm contraption.




  1. first time I opened the Puller book and read, got a Reacher vibe.

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  3. I'm on my 3rd Puller book (listening to the audio as I train on my bike), and I've had the racher vibe the whole time. I'm almost expecting Puller to throw away his backpack and get on the next random bus. I think Baldacci is going to marry him off to the General Julie in book 5 or 6. :) Enjoy the escape!

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    2. Think the book #4 No Man's Land is due in Nov 2016. We'll see how it goes. :-)
      As for me, reading right now 'When Eight Bells Toll' (1966) by Alistair MacLean :lol:


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