SECOND SON is so short I finished it during my forty-five minute lunch break. Happily, it's a cheap read; I paid more for my pizza slice.
Here, it's 1974 and thirteen-year old Jack Reacher joins his mother, older brother, and Marine officer father as they move to Okinawa for Dad's new duty assignment.
Thirteen? More like thirteen going on thirty-five. Even at this early age, there's no indication Jack had (or is having) a normal childhood. If Jack's age hadn't been stated, the reader could just as well assume it was his same adult persona featured in the previous full-length novels.
The plot is vintage Reacher as he takes on solving the problems of others and beating up those bullies that cross his path.
SECOND SON may have seemed like a good idea at the time to author Lee Child, but its execution came out reading somewhat silly.