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Not a Drill: A Jack Reacher Short Story (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition

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Praise for Lee Child and his Jack Reacher novels

“Welcome to the relentless world of Jack Reacher and his impressive tendency to be in the wrong place at the right time. . . . Child has created an iconic character that other thriller writers try to emulate but don’t come close to matching.”—Associated Press

“The Reacher novels are easily the best thriller series going.”—NPR

“Child is a superb craftsman of suspense.”—Entertainment Weekly

“The truth about Reacher gets better and better.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“If you’re a thriller fan and you’re not reading the Reacher series, you’re not a thriller fan.”—Chicago Tribune

“[A] feverishly thrilling series . . . With Child, you can always count on furious action.”—The Miami Herald

“Irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit.”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 2975 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (July 29, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 29, 2014
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L0F018U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,732 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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219 of 236 people found the following review helpful By Reacher Creature on July 29, 2014
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The plot is straight forward. Reacher is hitchhiking, and that leads him to the woods with some people that want to go hiking. The MP's show up and block it off, and Reacher wants to know why.

Here's what happens: Reacher hitchhikes, meets people, eat with them, rents a cabin, told he can't go in the woods by some MP's, Reacher and some woman does, finds out why the woods are being blocked off. That's it....nothing happens. Not a thing. Then when we find out what's in the woods, I was like....what??? That's it??? This book is nothing but filler. It has page after page, after page what useless info.

Over the past couple of Reacher books, and short stories, I've lost a lot of respect for Lee Child. He seems to be going through the motions now, and not giving his stories a lot of thought. I'm a *huge* Jack Reacher fan, and I don't like what Child is doing to the character of Reacher.

I know one thing, won't be buying any more Reacher books, I'll get them at the library.

Don't even waste your time with this one, nothing happens.
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126 of 136 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 29, 2014
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Since this Jack Reacher short story released so close to the publication date of the next Jack Reacher novel, Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, I thought there might be a connection between the two. Well, I was wrong except for the fact that there is a name mentioned in this story of a major character in the upcoming novel. This is a short story that is too long because there isn't anything there to begin with. Why not just ask buyers to put $2 in an envelope and mail it to Mr. Child?

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.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Phil in Mågnoliá TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 29, 2014
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Well, this one was a surprise, I have to admit.

Reacher hikes into a wilderness area to rescue two lost hikers - under suspicious circumstances of course and accompanied by an attractive young woman...

It's a very low voltage puzzle, interesting (just) and with typical Lee Child dialogue and writing, but not particularly compelling. Reacher, as usual, solves the puzzle even as everyone else involved does not.

Ah, maybe Reacher is just getting older. Or Lee Child has decided to quiet down the action and violence that is present in most of the Reacher novels (see the bottom of this review for a full listing).

I'm really not sure - is it too difficult for Lee Child to compose an effective short story with typical Reacher action, simply due to the limitations of the short story form? This one is, in fact, a story that can be read in one sitting easily - half to three-quarters of an hour, if you're a reasonably fast reader.

Still, not a single punch thrown? No heads butted? Reacher is certainly becoming more cerebral in his old age!

We don't even pick up any new insights into Reacher's back-story or history in this one. That would have been nice, but missed opportunity there.

Our expectations with the Reacher novels and stories are high because Lee Child has set a high bar for himself. This one gives us a taste of Reacher, barely, in preparation for the next Reacher novel Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel which is due in just one month.

If this was not a Jack Reacher story, it would probably be viewed much differently.
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88 of 95 people found the following review helpful By NYC Dude on July 30, 2014
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I'm a Reacher Creature and very forgiving of Lee Child's lesser Reacher stories, but not this time. This time he just took my money and ran. Next time, instead of putting out 4th rate stuff like this, how about nothing? Nothing would be better and wouldn't hurt your carefully crafted brand the way this awful "story" has. If you were contractually obligated, you could've told the publisher to screw themselves - instead, you screwed us.
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88 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Arnold on July 29, 2014
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My wife and I both agree that this was a rip off! Very disappointed! As others have said...nothing happens. Save the money and let's hope the novel is up to previous standards!
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By GdH on July 30, 2014
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As most others have already stated... It's a blatant rip-off to charge anything for such a boring and subpar story.
Nothing wrong with using these short stories for promoting the next book, but make them interesting or free.

I would prefere interesting, but never do it like it was done here. Exactly the same bad example as Switchblade by Connelly where Bulseye by Baldacci shows how it should be done.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By MikeShave on July 30, 2014
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A short story should have a plot or situation you care about - this one doesn't. A short story should have a character you care about - you don't even care about Jack Reacher, and I'm a huge Jack Reacher fan. A short story should make you feel something - this only makes me ripped off. Don't get me wrong, I am still a fan of this series and I pre-ordered and I'm looking forward to the release of the new novel in September. I was hoping this would be a little nugget to make the wait a bit less tedious. It didn't. Save your money.
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