Gone Tomorrow: (Jack Reacher 13) Hardcover – 23 Apr 2009
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Lee Child has steadily accrued one of the keenest groups of admirers for any contemporary thriller writer – and the reason is easy to discern. In such gritty and authoritative novels as Tripwire, Killing Floor and Die Trying, Child established his tough itinerant protagonist Jack Reacher as a key modern hero, with a taciturn, hard-boiled appeal that has not palled over many books (though some have queried Jack’s transformation from a man who triumphed -- with difficulty – over insuperable odds – into a nigh-invulnerable super-hero). But the narrative grasp of the author remains absolutely iron-clad, and there are the stunningly drawn American locales that are so notably impressive from an English author.
In the latest outing for Jack Reacher, Gone Tomorrow, Child’s resourceful hero is travelling in New York City, observing his fellow passengers on the subway. He’s aware that suicide bombers are easy to spot – they’re usually nervous, and (as he wryly notes) by definition they're first-timers. As an ex-law enforcer, Jack notices that of his five fellow travellers, one is distinctly giving out the signals that spell danger. Grand Central Station is approaching – will Jack act and save lives – including his own? But… what if he's wrong?
This high voltage situation is the arresting curtain opener here, and the tension is screwed tighter, as Jack Reacher is pitched against the one of the most challenging threats he has come up against. Gone Tomorrow has all the dynamism of Child’s earlier work; spruced-up, super-charged and showing no sign of age. --Barry Forshaw
Among the most popular crime novels right now - they're good fun and super-tense...One of his best. -- Heat
Has the switchback plotting and frictionless prose that are Child's trademarks...always a pleasure. -- Guardian
Read this before you read any other new thriller...the master of suspense and action is back on scorching form.
-- Shortlist magazine
You'll be left with a thumping heart and a racing pulse but, be warned, Chapter 63 will give you nightmares. -- Evening Standard
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Top Customer Reviews
It starts with Reacher on a New York subway in the small hours of the morning. He spots a woman, Susan Marks, whose behaviour meets every criteria for a suicide bomber. She's not. But she is a woman in trouble. Reacher can't help Susan, but he can't let the matter rest until he finds out what was behind her state of mind and finds the people who drove her to that point. Although at various times he recruits her brother and a friendly police officer as allies, essentially this is Reacher taking on the bad guys on his own.
The first half of the book is all set up and it's quite gradual. Reacher is a little slow off the mark: there are a couple of revelations that seemed pretty obvious to me, but which take some time to emerge. On the other hand, I wasn't sure for quite some time who the villains would turn out to be, which I enjoyed. In the second half, Reacher goes after the villains: this half is dead exciting and includes some of the most graphic descriptions of violence that I remember Lee Child writing.
There is one central implausibility: Reacher is told repeatedly that he'll be in deep trouble if he finds out a particular secret.Read more ›
A welcome return to form with a tight and well structured storyline not Jack's best adventure but still a great read and miles better than most other contemporary thrillers
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Certainly not Killing Floor or Persuader form. This is similar to the far superior The Visitor in that it's more mystery, less action. I'm fine with that. What I'm not fine with however are the outrageous liberties Lee Child is taking with Reachers pragmatic abilities.
We know Reacher is gifted but Child has been taking the rip for a while. (Remember how he located his old partner in a diner in Vegas?!) This intrinsic radar ability is prevalent more than ever here. How Reacher continually manages to track his quarry through NEW YORK totally drains any credibilty from the book. We're not talking a rural town here. Reacher knows what street, what hotel, what house and it's just ridiculous. I'm all for artistic license but Child has gone too far. How Reacher works out where the USB stick is tipped me over the edge. It was a deux ex machina and almost ruined the book.
It's not all doom and gloom however. The narrative is interesting enough and it kept me reading but Reacher is becoming almost a parody of himself. The mystery was good but with a more realistic, visceral approach it could have been excellent. The liberties in credibility however have dragged it firmly into the land of fantasy. Not where I want Reacher to be at all. Not to this extent anyway. Let's make the next one even a little plausible. Please? Thanks.
Having been a Jack Reacher fan for a decade, I've been prepared to accept a lot of poetic licence by Lee Child. I know that it's not supposed to be a factual account of a real life person and I'm more than happy for an author to bend reality to suit their books. However, in the case of Jack Reacher it's starting to feel a bit too much.
We all know and love Reacher as an honourable rogue, who's prepared to stand up against the big guys and fight for the little guy, but his personality is turning into an oxymoron. Where Lee Child is going wrong is letting a character who is both intelligent and street smart be so incredibly stupid at times. I know it's been needed to move the story in the direction Child wanted it to go, but I don't think I'm the only one it grates on and it takes away from the enjoyment of the book.
I hate to say it, but I'm starting to think that it's time to retire Reacher now. I've absolutely loved so many of the previous books, but in the last couple of years they've started lacking something. Maybe Lee Child has just done everything he can with this character and is starting to repeat himself? I like his style of writing and would really like to see what he can do with a different character.
All that said, this is NOT the book to introduce yourself to Jack Reacher. Go and look at the back catalogue (but not Nothing To Lose) and there are plenty of books that are fantastic page turners. If you already know and love him, you'll accept the shortcomings.
Please Lee Child, do something to win us jaded Jack Reacher fans back for your next book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the series, love the author, love the main character, what is not too like!Published 10 days ago by CBL Stu
Everything you'd expect from a Jack (None) Reacher novel. Plenty of action, a decent smattering of (totally worthy) violence and just a hint of smouldering sex. Read morePublished 18 days ago by GG
Sorry not read it yet as bought loads of Reachers but if it same as the other Reacher books - Just know it will be great.Published 25 days ago by Beeston Belle
yet another brill read from beginning to end can't wait to start next one.Published 1 month ago by barbara walker