I want to be Jack Reacher.

Jack Reacher is braver, smarter, stronger and tougher than you or me.

His moral center is made of sterner fiber than yours or mine. He’s a better shot and better with his fists and elbows and feet than you or me. He can beat up five or six bad guys in one flailing flurry of punches and kicks.

Can you do that? Not me. I can’t usually beat up more than four bad guys at a time.

I bring this up because last night I finished reading Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher novel, “Make Me.”

That makes 20 of these novels for Child. I’ve read every one. I typically read the latest as soon as it’s published but it took months to get around to “Make Me.”

What made me wait so long?

I placed a request over the summer with the Lee County Library System to hold a copy for me. I was told then there were more than 400 people waiting on the list.

I waited. And I waited. And waited some more.

No email from the library. I occasionally walked through the holds section in my local branch. No emails. No book waiting for me.

Then last Sunday I read a piece on Lee Child in The New York Times. No more waiting. I had to read “Make Me.” I drove to the south Fort Myers Barnes & Noble toting a 20 percent off coupon from the book chain and my discount card in my wallet.

No more waiting. I purchased a hardback copy of “Make Me” for about $17. Money well spent.

Child always delivers.

I want to be Lee Child.

And I think No More Waiting might make a good title for the Jack Reacher series.

I want to be Jack Reacher.

He travels the country carrying little more than a toothbrush. He wants to be left alone to wander and see the sights. He wants peace and quiet and even serenity.

But trouble awaits him wherever he goes and he can’t turn his back on trouble, whether it’s a law-abiding merchant being menaced by bullies or a woman endangered by louts.

He must help. He can’t help himself.

Plus, as Liam Neeson says in the “Taken” series of movies, Reacher has a particular set of skills.

He can fight. He can shoot. He can investigate. He’s a former Army military policeman who can handle weapons and more. He’s sort of a combination Sherlock Holmes and Batman.

Hollywood glommed onto the Reacher series a few years ago and bollixed up the project.

One of Reacher distinctive characteristic is his immensity. He’s about 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5 and weighs around 250 pounds. He’s very powerful.

Yet, when a movie was made 5-foot-nothing Tom Cruise was cast as Reacher.

You might as well cast Justin Bieber as James Bond.

As anybody who has read the books knows, Reacher does many things well. One thing he doesn’t do well is drive. He’s a dreadful driver and always asks somebody else to drive when they hit the road.

In the 2012 movie, titled simply “Jack Reacher,” Cruise channeled his inner Steve McQueen and engaged in an improbable car chase scene.

I want to be the book Jack Reacher. I don’t want to be the movie Jack Reacher.

Jack Reacher always stands up for the weak and innocent against the craven and greedy and guilty.

He’s known simply as Reacher.

I want to be Jack Reacher.

But I also want to be Lee Child.

Elmore Leonard, a late master of the crime genre, once listed 10 rules of writing.

Here is No. 10: “Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.”

That’s something Lee Child has mastered. There are no wasted scenes or words or superfluous characters in a Jack Reacher novel. Readers don’t want to skip any part of a Jack Reacher novel.

I want to be Jack Reacher, defender of the weak, relentless foe of the craven and greedy and heartless.

I also want to be Lee Child, best-selling author and creator of Jack Reacher.

I’m looking forward to the 21st Jack Reacher novel. When it comes out, I won’t put a request in at the library, I’ll go straight to Barnes & Noble carrying cash in hand to read about Jack Reacher’s next adventure.

I want to be Jack Reacher.

Or Lee Child.