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Deep Down: A Jack Reacher Story [Kindle Edition]

Lee Child
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,326 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In thriller master Lee Child’s exclusive eBook short story, Jack Reacher must track down a spy in soldier’s clothing—by matching wits with four formidable females. Three are clean—but the fourth may prove fatal.
Includes a thrilling preview of Lee Child’s hotly anticipated Jack Reacher novel, A Wanted Man!
Summoned by Military Intelligence to Washington, D.C., Reacher is sent undercover. The assignment that awaits him: The army is meeting with its Capitol Hill paymasters for classified talks on a new, state-of-the-art sniper rifle for U.S. forces. But vital details about the weapon are leaking—straight from the Capitol and probably into the hands of unidentified foreign arms dealers. The prospect of any and every terrorist, mercenary, or dictator’s militia getting their hands on the latest superior firepower is unthinkable. That’s where Reacher comes in. His task: infiltrate the top-secret proceedings and smoke out the mole. His target: a quartet of high-powered Army political liaison officers—all of them fast-track women on their way to the top.
According to his bosses, it’s a zero-danger mission. No need to draw a gun . . . just chat over drinks. But Reacher knows that things are rarely what they seem. And he’s learned the hard way never to underestimate an opponent. Or four. Lessons that will come in handy when he starts digging for the truth—and gets his hands a lot dirtier than he expected.
“Child is a superb craftsman of suspense.”—Entertainment Weekly
“The truth about Reacher gets better and better.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Editorial Reviews Review

1986, Washington D.C.--Jack Reacher squeezes his hulking frame into a cheap gray suit. It's too tight in the shoulders and short in the sleeves, but it's necessary for his undercover mission: Get to know four attractive, 30-year old women--Pentagon fast-trackers with their sights set on becoming generals. One of them is leaking secrets about new military weapons. Reacher's challenge is less confrontational, less violent than what he's used to. This time, he’s beckoned by Cold War politics, bureaucracy, and one woman's closely guarded secret. To crack the case, Reacher must flirt (he's painfully awkward), decipher body language (he gets stuck on her figure), and decode conversation (he's a cunning pro). Good thing he has a chess master's mind for human nature. And of course, before it’s all over, Reacher will need to be ruthless and nearly lethal. Deep Down is an entertaining read for Jack Reacher fans and the uninitiated alike. --Paul Diamond

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1148 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (July 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ED5G9A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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140 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Dective Story July 19, 2012
By LnBen
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First, let's remember that this is a short story. There is not enough time to get too deeply into background, back-plot and character development. "Deep Down" is a vehicle for Lee Child to give Jack Reacher fans some insight into why he is respected in his field and how he earned some of the reputation and medals that are referenced to in the full novels.

"Deep Down" puts Reacher in Washington DC at a critical time. Things were heating up in many third world countries and covert intelligence agents were a genuine threat.
In this story we see the amazing 'detecting' skills that kept Reacher at the top of his game. We are used to seeing him in a more physical environment and in much more danger. He is assigned to a mundane scenario: attend a high-order finance committee meeting and ferret out the leak. The interesting aspect is that the four suspects are all women, and poor Reacher (who is not comfortable trolling bars) must "man-up" and play the roll.

He reads the players well and plays his part perfectly. Just one twist...Reacher-style...he doesn't see the situation the way his handlers do. He is a true Detective in this story. And the reader is asked to be one too. In the end there is still a "beat-um-up" and the trademark Reacher "walk-away". But this is still a great little mystery.

As short stories go it has all the meat of a novel with fewer words. It fills in Jack Reacher's past and gives the reader a chance to appreciate his mind and not just his body.

I know many reviewers will argue with my 5* rating but I feel "Deep Down" does exactly what the author intends...a quick look into the memory bank of Jack Reacher. Try it. It's priced where a short should be priced and it IS a great read.
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156 of 173 people found the following review helpful
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As familiar as I am with author Lee Child's name, I had never read any of his books until now. I usually read a couple of Kindle Singles a month, and when I noticed that "Deep Down" was the #1 Single even before its publication date, I preordered it. If "Deep Down" is representative of the Jack Reacher series, I'll be back for more.

The story is set in Washington, DC, in 1986. Narrated in the third-person point of view, the story concerns a new sniper rifle that could give US military forces an advantage in combat. It's become apparent that someone is leaking classified information. The "someone" appears to be one of four women officers, all West Pointers, who are giving testimony to a Congressional group and asking for funding for the new weapon. Reacher is called in to play an undercover role to ferret out the one who's leaking information.

It wasn't supposed to be a dangerous assignment: just sit in on the hearings, keep a low profile, and chat up the four women until he figures out which one is the culprit. Using his intuition and powers of observation, he soon learns the truth, but it's something far more sinister than a few leaks about a sniper rifle. And the truth could very well cost him his life as the story built to a suspenseful, violent climax.

Prior to reading "Deep Down," my favorite suspense thriller character was Nelson DeMille's John Corey. Now, John Corey will have to share the spotlight with Jack Reacher. The two characters are as different as night and day - Corey's wisecracking sarcasm contrasting sharply with the laconic Reacher - but both are memorable characters.

"Deep Down" included an excerpt from Child's next full-length Jack Reacher novel, A Wanted Man. I've already preordered it.
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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time July 22, 2012
By John u
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I love Jack Reacher novels and can't wait for the new ones to come out. So I ignored the poor reviews and bought this book anyway. Big mistake. The book was cheap but it is not worth anything. I guess when a writer is super popular he can write junk and still sell it.
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133 of 155 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rip-Off July 26, 2012
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This is nothing but a very short story probably written for a magazine. If you like Reacher, you will hate this. In many ways, this is the height of silliness: a plot-less action-less non thriller. It is as if he wrote as a part of some other book and decided to delete it. Do not buy this.
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78 of 89 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save Your Money July 23, 2012
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A very short story that is not anywhere close to a typical Reacher adventure. Save your money! By the time I got into the flow of the story, it was over. Disappointed...
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Over-priced July 17, 2012
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Love the Reacher books. This probably took about 20 minutes to write, and less to read. 25 cents would be a fairer price for this light-weight dribble.
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84 of 97 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Huge disappointment August 6, 2012
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I am a huge Lee Child/Jack Reacher fan. I could hardly believe this short story was written by Child. It was pathetically shallow and boring. Nothing close to the attention grabbing nature of all his other Reacher novels. I hope he doesn't make a habit of what seems to be a way to really gouge his faithful readers.
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61 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deep Down July 25, 2012
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Caught off guard by this book. It ended abruptly and had me thinking I had only downloaded a sample. I like Lee Child but am sorry I paid money for this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Short Story
This is a good filler while waiting for a new Jack Reacher novel. The only problem is that it's very short so it was over too soon.
Published 18 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Short Story!
Another great short story by Child!

Jack Reacher is once again smart and brutal in his own style...

Great read!
Published 1 day ago by cm44pp3r
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short Story
Lee Child writes great books - so I took a chance on the short story. Again Reacher, the maIn character, uses great deductive power to figure out which of four women is the mole.
Published 1 day ago by Linda R Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack at the beginning
A great short story highlighting the investigative intelligence of Reacher early in his career. As always Jack is bigger than life.
Published 2 days ago by eyespy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All of Chids Child's book's are good.
Published 4 days ago by Paul R.Pangburn
3.0 out of 5 stars like a prologue
Just gets started and is over. Not sure how many pages. I listened to audio book doubt it was an hour.
Published 5 days ago by cautious one
2.0 out of 5 stars Empty
I usually enjoy these books but this too quick,with very little going on.Like a preview but the real story coming.
Published 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not interested in a short story. Did not know it was that at first.
Published 7 days ago by Rose of Washington Square
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love teh Jack Reacher serries - wish he could write like 2 a month.
Published 7 days ago by Cindy Diesch
4.0 out of 5 stars I really really like the hero of his stories
My go-to writer for non-stop action. I really really like the hero of his stories, Jack Reacher.
Published 9 days ago by Theresa Dolaway
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Lee Child is the #1 internationally bestselling author of the Jack Reacher thrillers. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and the Nero awards for Best Novel. "Jack Reacher", the film based on the 9th novel, One Shot, stars Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike, Jai Courtney, and David Oyelowo and debuted in December 2012. Child, a native of England and a former television director, lives in New York City and the south of France with his wife and daughter. Find out more about Lee Child and the Reacher novels on his official website:, on Facebook LeeChildOfficial, on Twitter #LeeChildReacher, and YouTube leechildjackreacher.

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I was disappointed in this story as well. I will stick with Lee Child's novels - I have read every one. The writing style did not look and feel like Child at all. At times I didn't think is was Reacher either. It was as if Lee Child decided to test the the quick fix e-book market.
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