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Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher) Mass Market Paperback – March 23, 2010
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“The ever-resourceful and vengeful Reacher takes on nearly a score of the bad guys in an exciting climax to an enthralling book…complete with cover-ups and numerous intriguing twists.”—Library Journal, starred review
“A superb New York novel…. Child grounds his hero’s hard body and hard-drive brain in believable detail, and he sets the action against a precisely described landscape.” —Booklist, starred review
“All good thriller writers know how to build suspense and keep the pages turning, but only better ones deliver tight plots as well, and only the best allow the reader to match wits with both the hero and the author. Bestseller Child does all of that in spades.... [He] sets things up subtly and ingeniously, then lets Reacher use both strength and guile to find his way to the exciting climax.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
About the Author
Lee Child is the author of nineteen New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, ten of which have reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures; the first, Jack Reacher, was based on One Shot. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in almost a hundred territories. A native of England and a former television director, Lee Child lives in New York City.
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Mature audiences - PG 13 or older.
Violence - at some points a little more graphic than I care for.
Sex - Jack likes women. No seedy details, but there's no question about what's happening.
Language - limited strong language.
Plot: Reacher is on a NewYork subway late-late at night. He spots a woman who, according to his military training, is sending out all the signals of being a suicide bomber. The clothes are right, the attitude is right, but the time and place are off. It's no where near rush hour and the train is carrying only a few passengers. Should he approach or not?
What follows thereafter is a fast-paced, intricate tale of espionage and counter-terrorism.
The story does not disappoint.
And, oh my goodness, if you're looking for super-realistic, get over it. This is entertainment.
Most of the book takes place in New York, although Reacher in his usual doesn’t-sleep-much fashion goes to Washington and North Carolina searching for the truth. Pulled into things are an ambitious war-hero politician whose service record suddenly becomes a liability; a Pentagon records clerk; a formidable mother-daughter pair; and an ethically-upright NYPD detective.
Spoiler alert: don’t read past here if you haven’t already read the book.
I found the ending flawed. Detective Theresa Lee opines, and it then transpires that, the data file once found would be deemed damaged and unreadable by the government. It’s unclear if she means through incompetence, or if dark forces want it written off when in fact it’s still good. Child never clears that up. I also would have liked to hear the Hoths’ real name and background, although you can argue Reacher probably wouldn’t have learned this. He’s out of his hospital bed and gone within a day or two.
Reacher gets his obligatory roll in the hay here with Lee towards the end. Child seems to spoof this by making it sudden, out-of-place and inconsequential. He tries to write it as Lee looking, humorously, for some way that Reacher will “take” without her consent the guns and ammo she’s not supposed to be supplying him with, but the joke never really flies.
I also thought unlikely Lila and Svetlana deciding to kill him through a baroque knife-fight scenario. They may be into sadistic killing, but they’re also pros, as every move they’ve previously made shows, and their mission here would weigh against that. They might need to torture him to get information about the memory stick from him, but they don’t need to give him an opening to escape.
Browning/Springfield’s chiding him at the end for shooting 3-bullet bursts instead of single shots when ammunition was scarce, was well taken. Reacher doesn’t make this kind of mistake. So why did he make it here? I know Child needed to set up the one-bullet-left, out-of-ammo situation at the end, and didn’t need Reacher to have to kill 29 terrorists to get it, but there has to have been another way.
Still, I love these books. Five stars.