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Deep Down: A Jack Reacher Story by [Child, Lee]
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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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  • File Size: 3143 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (July 16, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ED5G9A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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By CMH on 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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