Sometimes they do start "slowly." I have learned
1.) to listen to these books as opposed to reading a paper copy, and
2.) put myself into a kind of zen state to listen to the wondrous narrator of these--Dick Hill. There is a rhythm that has little to do with the specific words. (I have to say that the narration of Reacher with his seriously broken nose, is inconsistent in this book. Sometimes he sounds utterly normal, sometimes drunk and sometimes like he has a VERY stuffy--or broken--nose. Still--all Jack Reacher :-)
Not entirely satisfied/happy with the ending, but an entirely good Reacher book. HOWEVER! the casting of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher is beyond ludicrous. Monumental FAIL.