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James Penney's New Identity/Guy Walks Into a Bar (Storycuts) (Jack Reacher Short Stories) [Kindle Edition]

Lee Child
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Book Description

In 'James Penney's New Identity', in the dry desert of Southern California, James Penney is laid off from the plant after seventeen loyal years of service. With the threat of the bank repossessing his treasured red Firebird, he goes on the run. But why are the cops so hot on his trail? And who is the tall military policeman, built like a weightlifter, who offers him a ride?



Set just a few minutes before the terrifying opening of the bestselling Jack Reacher thriller Gone Tomorrow, in 'Guy Walks Into a Bar', old habits die hard for Jack Reacher. He is always on the look-out for trouble. When he stops at a bar in lower Manhattan for a late night beer and some music, his eyes are drawn to a rich young Russian girl and her bodyguard. Is she in danger? Who are those two suspicious-looking guys sitting at separate tables, watching her?



These two short stories are part of the Storycuts series.


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Two thumping, classic Jack Reacher short stories, by the bestselling Lee Child.

About the Author

Lee Child is one of the world's leading thriller writers. His novels consistently achieve the number one slot in hardback and paperback on bestsellers lists on both sides of the Atlantic, and are translated into over forty languages. His debut novel, Killing Floor, was written after he was made redundant from his television job in Manchester, and introduced his much-admired maverick hero, the former military cop Jack Reacher. He won the prestigious Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2011 prize with 61 Hours. Born in Coventry, he now lives in America. Visit www.jackreacher.co.uk

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Lee Child is one of the world's leading thriller writers.His novels consistently achieve the number one slot in hardback and paperback on bestsellers lists on both sides of the Atlantic, and are translated into over forty languages.His debut novel, Killing Floor, was written after he was made redundant from his television job in Manchester, and introduced his much-admired maverick hero, the former military cop Jack Reacher.Born in Coventry, he now lives in America.


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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tip for you Reacher Fans 4 Feb. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If you download the sample of the following book from the Kindle Store you'll get the James Penney story in full. The Guy walks into a bar was originally on LC's website and if you google it you'll find a free version quite easily.

Thriller: Stories To Keep You Up All Night
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two short stories featuring Jack Reacher 23 Jan. 2012
By Rob S TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Having enjoyed all the Jack Reacher books I thought this sounded like a good read. I enjoy short stories from time to time I find they can be a break from immersing myself in a novel.

There are two short stories both which feature Jack Reacher ( not main character in James Penney's New Identity).

I liked James Penney's New Identity, It was very well written and would enjoy a follow up.
A long enough short story which had a bit of everything in it.

Second short story Guy Walks Into a Bar featured Jack Reacher as main character, a good read but nothing that left me wanting more, and a very quick read.

At the price I enjoyed them, perhaps a little pricy for two short stories but saying that I'll be back buying more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short stories! 23 Nov. 2012
By CF
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Don't make the mistake and compare this book with all the other Reacher-Stories. It's completely different. And if you compare them, I am pretty sure you will be disappointed from this book.

This book contains two short stories, you could read in about an hour. End. The first one is about an older employee who gets sacked and then went mad. This ist not a story about murder or a man who runs amok. It's just a story about a pitiful man, who don't know what to do after his wife left him and he lost his job. It's different to the fast paced Reacher-Books. It's more about the feelings and the desperate situation of this man.

The second story is about ... who will try a guess? ... our man Reacher ! It's not a whole story, it's just a short look on an interesting situation in a bar. Reacher look at all the guests and know that there is something wrong. A typical Reacher: monitor, analyse, beat someone up.

I think Lee Child show us one more time, that he is able to write interesting and gripping books. This one is worth reading.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little bland 13 July 2012
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I love, love, love Jack Reacher and so I thought this would be a great book for those times when I've just read a fabulous book, am not quite sure which book I should read to follow it but still need to have a book on the go! I was a little disappointed. The stories weren't 'meaty' at all - they were good enough and, if I wasn't comparing them to other Jack Reacher novels (including last year's short story 'the Second Son') then I suppose I would have enjoyed them more.

Both stories involve Reacher, although not as the main character. Worth a read but not earth-shattering!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An easy short read 12 May 2012
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Ideal for the times when you don't want to get stuck into a full book, but need something to read (e.g. a flight or a waiting period in hospital). Thoroughly enjoyed both the stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 17 July 2013
By Dave
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Very disappointed in the book and very disappointed in the people who thought it was a good read. I have thoroughly enjoyed all Lee Childs books about Reacher but this was just a money making waste of time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Reacher-lite" for beginners 24 April 2014
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The first story in this collection really is "Reacher-Lite": Reacher doesn't even show up until about two-thirds of the way through. But the writing is pure Lee Child throughout; taut, evocative descriptions, the same bare-bones approach to the story that Child fans are used to. And it's great! As you go through James Penney's afternoon, you can not only feel the temperature, the tension and the sense of hopelessness being described, you can easily imagine yourself into the storyline. For a short story, this one works very well. There are moments of high tension, occasions when you have to ask yourself how you feel about Penney's actions - are they really the way someone should react to the situation? What would you do yourself? Is he hero or anti-hero? Then Reacher appears and uses his own particular moral code to provide an answer which, if not entirely morally defensible, is entirely consistent with his MO in the novels.

Story two is, in my opinion, a much less satisfying story though still entertaining. In fact, not much happens; we find Reacher in a situation, we follow his logic as he analyses it (very similar, in a much condensed way, to the way Reacher works out his solutions in the novels), then we see him begin to deal with it in his own way - but has he got it right? Can't say much more without introducing spoilers.

If you haven't read Lee Child yet, these two stories are good examples of his writing style - see what you think before committing to a full novel. In fact "James Penney" was originally released on Lee Child's own website as a taster, it was a freebie back then but not available there now, I'm afraid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing 26 Nov. 2013
By K. Jamison VINE VOICE
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There's no doubt that Lee Child has lucked out creating a character like Jack Reacher. These stories serve to add further depth to Reacher's character.

"James Penney" opens with the titular character being 'let go' from his job of many years. Reacher fans identify with that since it's the same as Reacher's back story. Penney's desire to make sense of his new circumstances and how he should proceed are another echo to Reacher's own story. Setting out on that road is the last parallel with Reacher.

But it's not the usual Reacherfest of bad guys and oppression and manhunts and fighting. This is an altogether different beast. Unfolding at a different pace than usual. It's a refreshing change and yet it still delivers what all Reacher fans look for...

"A guy walks into a bar" is a time old introduction to a joke. In this case it gets redefined as the introduction to a story where Reacher, thirsty for a beer and an opportunity to relax, picks up on a lot of warning signs within a seemingly normal crowded bar in NYC.

This story acts as a segue between 'Nothing to Lose' and 'Gone Tomorrow'.
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