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review 2017-04-21 06:34
Reacher's in a hot town, summer in the city
High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella - Lee Child,Dick Hill,Random House Audio

Ahhh, finally -- an actually satisfying shorter Jack Reacher story. It's longer than the others I've tried -- a novella, not just a short story. That's probably a lot of it, but there's something more to it -- just don't ask me what.

 

Reacher's on summer vacation before his senior year -- pretty much fully grown, has a good head on his shoulders, and is as arrogant and invincible feeling as most teenagers (he's just big and tough enough to back it up). He's visiting NYC for the day before going to visit his brother at West Point.

 

It's 1977, a summer in NYC known for two things: incredible heat and Son of Sam. Both have an impact on this story (no, Reacher doesn't stop the killer or anything -- phew). Reacher flirts with some college girls, breaks up a fight with a mobster and an undercover FBI agent, survives a blackout, spends some quality time with one of the college girls and helps the FBI agent out -- while engaging in a few solid fights.

 

The action takes place in one night -- probably 14 hours or so, but Child manages to cram a lot into those hours. Is it realistic? No, not even by Reacher standards. Is it compelling -- yup. Will it keep you interested? Oh, yeah.

 

Dick Hill sounded to me like he as having a lot of fun reading this one -- which is fitting, it's probably the most "fun" Reacher story I've come across (well, maybe the Reacher/Nick Heller story in FaceOff is a little more so). He does his typical job, satisfying in his delivery, keeps you engaged, doesn't wow with technique.

 

It's a fun story, nothing to get excited about, but something that Reacher fans will enjoy, in a complete-feeling story. Good enough for me.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/04/20/high-heat-audiobook-by-lee-child-dick-hill
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review 2017-04-11 02:06
A Dull Reacher story? Whodathunkit?
Not a Drill: Jack Reacher, Book 18.5 - Dick Hill,Lee Child

Reacher sets out for the Canadian border, to make it as far north on this Interstate as possible, just because. Not too far south from there, he stops in a tourist-y town, a haven for backpackers, hikers, wilderness types in general. Before he leaves, a whole lot of military types show up and block access to the forest from the town (well, they try to -- the forest is pretty big, it's impossible to block access to the whole thing).

 

This gets Reacher's curiosity piqued and he starts poking around to see if he can understand why.

 

I don't want to sound bloodthirsty here, but not a single fight. No threat of violence breaking out. Mostly, it's Reacher walking around and observing things before making a heck of a guess/deduction that proved to be right.

 

Dark, cynical ending -- one of Child's more political statements.

 

Hill was okay, not terribly interesting, but I think that's Child's fault this time.

 

It's not bad. It's just disappointing, short and . . . bleh. Proof that they can't all be winners, I guess.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/04/10/not-a-drill-audiobook-by-lee-child-dick-hill
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text 2017-03-13 07:48
Jack Reacher series, 21 books and counting
Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel - Lee Child
Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel - Lee Child
Personal - Lee Child
Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel - Lee Child
A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher, #17) - Lee Child
The Affair (Jack Reacher, #16) - Lee Child
Worth Dying For - Lee Child
Gone Tomorrow - Lee Child
Nothing to Lose - Lee Child
Without Fail - Lee Child,Dick Hill

21 books in order. And I finished them all. 

 

 

Killing Floor #1
Die Trying - Lee Child #2
Tripwire - Lee Child#3
Running Blind - Lee Child = The Vistor #4
Echo Burning #5
Without Fail - Lee Child #6
Persuader - Lee Child #7
The Enemy - Lee Child #8
One Shot - Lee Child #9
The Hard Way #10
Bad Luck and Trouble #11
Nothing to Lose #12
Gone Tomorrow - Lee Child #13
61 Hours - Lee Child #14
Worth Dying For - Lee Child #15
The Affair (Jack Reacher, #16)
A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher, #17)
Never Go Back #18
Personal - Lee Child #19
Make Me #20
Night School #21

 

This is not my photo. But I do have them all in different sizes. 

 

 

Jack Reacher is the main characters. Lee Child wrote pretty okay stories. Sometimes good, sometimes not so much. But it is still good enough for me. I like a certain consistency in books, like the character could not jump for being mature and calm one minutes and a juvenile person in the next few chapters. Jack Reacher is a person with no future plan, with no real planning and as a drifter, he got the freedom, and the escape for someone who are tied down with schedule and some sort of plan.

 

It is an escape.

 

Fighting a good fight, and a kind of avoidance of messy relationship and emotion blackmail.

 

I do read women books and some are not bad. Many are not so good. I finally found in Reacher what I dislike in books. Lies, manipulation, and pettiness. That's I found in many of the chick-lit I read that turn me off. I would like women getting in hot water, not because she secretly fancy her best friend's boyfriend, but see someone in trouble and try to give a hand. The kind of trouble beyond make-up, hair-do, and style change.

 

I read Lee Child as an escape as it doesn't require a lot of thinking, and it would not irritate like chick-lit.

 

Not all escape novel read the same way.

 

I read some other escape man-lit and they didn't go down as smoothly as Reacher.  

 

The plots are mostly involved with some form of detective work. And Reacher role is to get the job done. Reacher has a strong sense of justice. And he would act out this internal compass. He is more like a Batman without the dark past and the gadgets. And of course, without the rich man resource.

 

And he is vanilla. I don't know why he is vanilla, but he is. He didn't talk dirty, and he didn't do dirty things. It is not a lot of grey area for Reacher. 

 

The hidden tone of being loyal to the cause is there. But not so much. 

 

 

The world is a mess and sometimes we need to escape into a world where order is being restored. 

 

And Lee Child offers just that. 

 

Carry on. 

 

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review 2017-01-11 02:16
Maj. Reacher Saves the World
Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel - Lee Child

One of the strengths of Lee Child's Jack Reacher series is the way it bounces around in time -- sometimes it's Reacher's post-military life, sometimes it's while he's serving, sometimes you get a couple of books in a row that are clearly tied together, sometimes it's impossible to tell what chronological relationship a book has to the rest. The central character is what matters -- is Reacher essentially the man we met in Killing Floor? As long as the answer is, "yes," the rest of the details don't matter that much.

 

So, following a successful classified mission, Major Jack Reacher is assigned to a training school. Which is just a flimsy cover for an inter-agency task force with Reacher, a FBI agent and a CIA analyst. The Intelligence and Defense world is trying to adjust to a post-Cold War reality, looking towards Middle East threats, rather than the Warsaw Pact. An undercover operative has indicated that something very big is on the verge of happening -- no one is certain what, where, or when -- but they know that a lot of money is exchanging hands to lead to it.

 

The White House's directive is simple: find out what's afoot and stop it. Whatever it takes.

 

Since this is Army-era Reacher, first thing he needs is Sgt. Frances Neagley, who continues to be just about as smart, possibly tougher, and more resourceful than Reacher. The CIA analyst and FBI agent are involved, but it doesn't take long for Reacher to go his own way (with Neagley half a step behind). The other direction makes sense, but this is a Jack Reacher novel, so you know he's right.

 

It's a race against time and unknown calamity in a tense and taut thriller -- just what Reacher fans want and expect. Not perfect, but a heckuva ride.

 

The thing that ties everything together for Reacher, allowing him to figure out what how the target pulled off what he pulled off was both entirely plausible and entirely hard to swallow. I have a hard time believing that no one before Reacher (or the target) figured it out before them. Even in the moment, with momentum driving the plot forward at top speed, I had to roll my eyes at it.

 

Despite the presence of Sgt. Neagley, Army-era Reacher books don't work as well for me. He's far better as a nomad, answerable to no one (save the occasional employer), not under any orders or required to follow certain regulations. Yes, given the setup for this one, he is able to disregard Army SOP, but only so much.

 

I liked it, but didn't love it. I had a lot of fun, and was engaged throughout. But it was a little bit of a let-down after Make Me. A mediocre Reacher is still better than so many books -- and this was both mediocre and better -- I'm glad I read this, and can't imagine how anyone who likes a suspense/thriller novel wouldn't. Still, Child is capable of more, and I hope he delivers that next time.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/01/10/night-school-by-lee-child
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review 2016-11-18 18:40
Bubble Gum Fun or On How Davy Crockett Plays a Stupid Part: “Night School” by Lee Child
Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel - Lee Child

The way I read the Jack Reacher novels is for their underpants. Because Jack doesn't own clothes he isn't wearing, it means I can know how long he's been wearing the same set of underpants. I’ve been told he changes every three days, which to my way of thinking is still not often enough, to say the least (I change them daily…lol), but in some of the novels it's a lot, lot longer than that. I don’t know how the other characters don’t notice this, or if they do, they’re afraid he’ll punch them in the face. If underpants are a bit too intimate for you, we can do socks, and Jack does an awful lot of running, jumping, falling. He must change them very often. And he might carry a toothbrush but there's no dental floss or mouthwash, no deodorant stick or spray. I think you'll find that about ten books ago he got a job digging swimming pools. Off the top of my head I can't remember whether he used a spade or just his bare hands. Or maybe his fold up toothbrush. And, yes, in my mind, Jack Reacher's sweat always smells of Old Spice.

 

If you're into Old Spice Men, read on. If you can't stand the smell, stay well clear of the rest of the review. 

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