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High Heat: (A Jack Reacher Novella) (Kindle Single) (Jack Reacher Short Stories Book 3) by [Child, Lee]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1967 KB
  • Print Length: 79 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (6 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DG5HOVE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 922 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,232 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I suppose, with Reacher pushing 50, it was inevitable that Mr Child would start dipping into his past again, although I never expected he would go back so far. I suppose we must accept that Reacher would have been very different from other kids as a teenager, although I did find it surprising that he was quite as mature, intellectually, as he's portrayed here. Having said that, it's not beyond the bounds of possibility, given his upbringing and the way his mind works as an adult. This was a clever and interesting little glimpse into his past and an event which shaped him into the man we know now, and although it has it's faults, I am such a devotee that I can't bring myself to dislike it (even though I still haven't forgiven Mr Child for Tom Cruise!)
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An excuse of a novella to introduce Child’s latest Reacher novel and not the usual long, gripping story about the extra-large American antihero! In fact it’s that short there are no chapters, just paragraph breaks. However, it’s well written in the usual clipped style that Lee has mastered and there are some good sequences during a real life, actual blackout of New York and the inclusion of an actual, real life Serial Killer from way back when Reacher was just sixteen. The mix of fact and fiction always makes an interesting, and almost believable story. As you would expect from Child, there is some physical violence, some sex and overall this isn’t a bad short story, and possibly a good introduction to the young and inexperienced Jack Reacher, although at just sixteen his antics leave you gasping for breath! It wasn’t like that when I was sixteen! As a huge fan of Reacher I enjoyed the story, but I still felt a bit short changed and a little bit cheated.
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16 year old Reacher is on school holiday from South Korea and is passing through New York en route to visit his older brother who is a cadet at West Point Military Academy.

It's July 1977 and it's hot. Son of Sam is on the rampage and a sweaty guy is slapping a sweaty woman in the face......

Even at 16, Reacher has already established a code of honour and conduct, and a guy slapping a woman on the face falls outside of what is permitted....

Reacher prevents the guy from doing any more harm to the woman and a night of cat and mouse with a local drug lord ensues although as usual Reacher, even at 16 is not the hunted but the hunter in the blacked out streets of New York dodging fires and looting as a city wide power cut takes affect. In between making the drug lords life unbearable, he finds time to hook up with a co-ed a and is introduced to a special first time encounter in the front seat of a sports car and then to assist a suspended FBI agent with information on Son of Sam.

These occasional diversions by Child into Reachers past are as entertaining as the 'up to date' titles. They show us the boy who became a man growing up inside the Marine Corp and being enveloped by a system of honour and do right at all times, even if that means taking extreme actions to find a solution to a problem. As long as the solution achieves the aim of winning the contest / solving the problem, then it is the correct way to go.......

There were a couple of small issues with the editing for the Kindle with extra spaces between words, but other than that no problems.

Editing for Kindle: 4 out 5
Reading Enjoyment: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
Chapters: none
Page length: 77
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I have read a few Jack Reacher novels and find them easy to read and entertaining, although a bit beyond belief. This one was different, due to the main character's young age (a schoolboy); it was totally beyond belief and I would not have bothered finishing it except for its shortness!
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I decided to download two kindle singles today, both by authors I was familiar with but had not read previously, Lee Child is clearly one, the other Chuck Palahniuk. Both very popular, both very different. Now obviously, unless you live under a rock you, like me you will have been aware of the fanfare surrounding Jack Reacher's move to the big screen. Now again I have not seen this film, but I was keen to check out Reacher.
So here I am with a short story about a young Reacher, which I recognise is not the Reacher that has proven so popular with readers over the years, but a good place to start I felt.
Firstly, I loved the fact it is set against real life events of the time, the backdrop of the New York blackouts in this case, and to a point I quite liked the Son of Sam References. The story is also solidly written and has a style that clearly suits the character, in that it is big, bold and obvious, military writing if you will.
The two main problems were the plot, which seemed to be lifted straight from one of those 80s movies where a kid sneaks out into the city and gets mixed up with bumbling gangster types, or loses his dad's Ferrari, while all the while trying to impress the girl (think Adventures in Babysitting or License to Drive). However, instead of an insecure, slightly dweeby but likeable young lad, we have hulking 6 foot 5 man-boy with all the physicality of the terminator, swagger and charm of Bond and the investigative skills of Sherlock Holmes, and all at the tender age of 16. Sorry Lee, I'm not buying it. It is too ludicrous for words.
Now I was going to give this 3 stars as, while its not my cup of tea, I'm sure fans of the series will lap up any addition to the extended Reacher universe, but then I read Chuck Palahniuk's 'Phoenix'...so I'm afraid it is just the two.
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