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- File Size: 1631 KB
- Print Length: 48 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Digital (29 July 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KYNH3IA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 861 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,786 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Not a Drill: A Jack Reacher Short Story Kindle Edition
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This one has, it seems, some links to that book, but overall this is a relatively tame affair, and not up to the usual standards. It's not a bad story as such, just not much really happens, and there's not as much of the classic Reacher dialogue/thought as we have perhaps become accustomed to. It was reasonably enjoyable, but had it been a book without the Reacher link, I don't think I'd've thought too much of it.
Incidentally, the things I found missing in this short story, were all present and correct in the included sample chapter for the upcoming book - phew!
It's a short story. It's more about tapping into the psyche of Reacher, to further enhance the depth of his character. We see a side of Reacher that doesn't fight, that doesn't put himself in danger against overwhelming odds or corrupt officials.
Actually, I welcome this style of story because it demonstrates that Reacher is not always switched on in MP mode. Sometimes, he's just a bloke with a bit of knowledge who can deduce some things from observations he makes. It's a more relaxing story from the other shorts and it makes Reacher more of a human being rather than the unfeeling product of military training.
The four stars are not for the lack of the usual elements that make a Reacher novel so engaging, it's because the ending was a little anti-climactic. It's a little harsh but if there had been 10 stars, it would have made a 9.
Through the generosity of the Delacorte Press/Random House ARC (Advance Reader's Copy) policy I have already read "Personal". That was a very enjoyable book for me with a return to the characters and plotting that got me interested in the series in the first place. So don't buy this one unless you just want to read a short portion of the first chapter of the new book. Otherwise, save your money and wait until August 28, 2014 (Amazon.co.uk) or September 2, 2014 (Amazon.com) for a story that actually has a purpose and explains what the heck happened. This story has such an ambiguous ending that I have no idea what was being hinted at.
Jack Reacher finds himself free of responsibility close to the US / Canadian border when he sees evidence of governmental interference at a crime scene. By tale's end, the mystery has been solved, the reader has learned several items concerning military intelligence, and from a literary perspective, characters in the story turn out to be not who they appear. Mr Child also discusses the environment the story is set in with great affection which also adds to the reading experience.
Not bad for a twenty minute read! Others have criticised this release for a lack of action but we all know that variety is the spice of life and when it comes Jack Reacher, absolutely nothing is what it seems. And what is wrong with Mr Child stopping to smell the roses every once in a while, anyway?
Full marks for a top effort from a world class writer.
It's a nice little self contained reacher story. If your a reacher fan disappointment is not a problem, get it and enjoy the randomness of reacher and his existence.
It's very short, and doesn't give the insight into the character that previous short stories have, instead being more about the plot, which is ultimately fairly straightforward. There's plenty of potential there for this to have become a longer tale, but it's not picked up on and actually feels a bit of a disappointment.
Although I knew it was short, I was saddened by how brief it was and felt that overall it didn't live up to the promise of the last couple of shorter stories in the Reacher series.
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