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Deep Down: A Jack Reacher Story Kindle Edition
|Length: 44 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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"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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed great book in the line of Lee Child. On of my favorite of the Jack Reached series. Would recommend.Published 3 hours ago by ladybowden
Not as long as other Reacher stories, this one moves along and entertains. As always, there is a head butt well timed and with effect.Published 4 days ago by Shamrock
Always a surprise twist. Even when you see it coming, you don't quite. Kind of like one of Reacher's elbows.Published 7 days ago by Pamela222
I WAS INTRIGUED UNTIL THE PLOT UNFOLDED...WEAK..TOO MUCH MINUTIA...BORING DETAILS AND CHARACTERIZATION...I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE WHO LIKES A MOVING PLOT....Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have read several novels written by Lee Childs. I have enjoyed each of them. This short story was just as interesting.Published 12 days ago by book worm
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