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Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher) Mass Market Paperback – March 23, 2010
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“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
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- Item Weight : 11 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 576 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0440243687
- Publisher : Dell; Reprint edition (March 23, 2010)
- Product dimensions : 4.2 x 1.4 x 7.5 inches
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0440243688
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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MY REVIEW FIVE STARS*****
I deliberated and decided what book I would read to finish out the year, to put the proverbial period after "2018", this re-read of one of my absolute favorites from Lee Child's JACK REACHER Series. This thirteenth installment in the iconic Jack Reacher novels, published a decade ago in 2009, has special meaning for me besides being one of my favorites out of what is now an absolutely stellar selection of sensational stories to choose from...
...it was my FIRST. I still remember just standing in the second isle of audio books at my library like a statue. I was pressed for time and had to find an acceptable book on tape to rent. I couldn't find a single Baldacci, Connelly, Deaver, Gardner, Lescroart, Martini, or any of a dozen other authors I ordinarily picked. There was a lot of time logged just driving and it was pretty lonely until my epiphany and long term relationship with audio books. Anyway, there I was...a bit disgruntled because there were no options that I could see for books by my favorite writers. The books on tape were alphabetized and I had gone all the way back to the beginning and was standing in front of "C". My eyes fell on the rather unassuming title "GONE TOMORROW" by Lee Child. I pulled it out, read the jacket, went to the counter, handed it to the librarian, and well...the rest is history.
I re-read this book slowly, savoring every scene. I love the way Child ends every chapter on a cliff hanger. His writing technique is utterly effective, exciting, and compelling. His novels are the very definition of "page-turners" or "unputdownable". GONE TOMORROW is no exception.
The story starts in the wee hours of the morning with Reacher, a former MP in the Army, aboard a near empty Manhattan subway car. He notices a fellow passenger, a woman who is manifesting all 11 signs developed and deployed by Israeli counterintelligence to identify suicide bombers. Reacher is compelled to act but when he is within a few feet of the woman and trying to engage her in a dialogue, she abruptly pulls out a powerful handgun and blows the contents of her skull all to smithereens. Blood, brains and bits of bone are still clinging to the sides of the subway car when our narrative propels us forward.
I was spellbound as the plot unfolded with Reacher taking me along with him for a positively pulse-pounding thrill ride through the streets of New York City. In short, my first introduction to Reacher was a gripping masterpiece of suspense that left me incredulous that I had not picked up a Lee Child novel before.
Saying that this novel is "good" would be like saying that homemade ice cream in July is "good". This book is exciting, enthralling, and just about the best suspense novel of its kind that I have ever read. The fictional character of Reacher is absolutely fearless, flawless, uncompromising, and remarkably relentless in his pursuit of his concept of justice. He is the quintessential "good guy" who stands 6 foot 5 inches tall, packs 250 lbs. of pure muscle, and with hands the size of hams. He is a lethal opponent with brains to match his brawn, but all too often underestimated by his opposition. We know going in that he is our champion and that no bully on this planet is going to get close to his off-switch.
How is it then...that the author possesses the ability to ratchet up the pace until the level of anxiety, apprehension, and fear for the safety of the resilient and reliable Reacher renders us barely able to take a breath and turn the page. This time around there are multiple bullies for Reacher to stop, and the odds are a seemingly insurmountable 19 to 1.
We know that Reacher is going to use all of the tools at his disposal, and that he will prevail against the villains---in this case a well-armed and expert Al Qaeda terror cell. An analogy might be to be aboard a dingy being tossed around in a raging river and see up ahead that you are heading for a monstrous waterfall. The terror and sense of doom would be palpable. You can experience that kind of fear during this Reacher novel, but from the safety of knowing that you----like Reacher---will be safe regardless of the danger you face.
Child's prose, his writing, well, it is as propulsive as it gets, period. He is an expert at ratcheting up the suspense like no other writer that comes to mind. Child is great at what he does...delivering thrillers that hand you that vicarious experience of standing beside Reacher as he prevails. His cliff-hangers are constant, his plot twists often brilliant, and in no case will you be left without a racing pulse and a pounding heartbeat.
The blood-splattered finale of this novel is unforgettable. The face-off between Reacher and two of his deadliest foes, a pair of sociopathic and sadistic female terrorist operatives, form the basis for a well choreographed and perhaps most memorable fight scene in Reacher history. I read the book for the first time a decade ago, but I can still recall the suspense and satisfaction of the horrific conclusion.
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.
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Unfortunately, I found the middle a bit of a slog. Lots of glutinous extraneous detail to wade through such as New York's topography, and the comparitive weakness of modern spot welding vs. overlapping flanges (I kid you not). I feel like I walked every inch of the Big Apple with our hero, as well as all those buses, trains & Crown Vic car rides. Just tell us what happens next!
The author's probably earned more since I started writing this review than I make in a month, so I'm sure he'll survive this criticism. Don't worry Lee, I'll be back with Jack for the rest of the series. I'm sure there are more evil schemes to stumble across, more empowered modern career women to bed...and more allnight diner coffees to down .
Gone Tomorrow is the 13th in Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series. Child’s earlier books (in my opinion) are more kick-ass and faster-paced than the later ones, and as expected, after an exciting start, the plot slows down a bit. Happily, Reacher gets into his stride and is soon taking out the bad guys with his usual panache. The plot is also quite thought-provoking and throws up some interesting questions about America’s military strategies. So although this one doesn’t have the clout or the page-turning excitement of some of the previous books, as with all the Reacher adventures, you get what you came for and in the end, the character is as entertaining as ever.
For a British author he wasted so much time, story, space and confusion (this is for any reader who is outside of USA) going on about. Do you know I was so confused I gave up reading these parts, but to give you drift, nearly every street and block lead with 59th this or that then ten blocks over and he was back to his 59th again, no matter where he went I ended up confused and he was always one step away from 59 something.
I know I have moaned but the story was really good, he just did a lot of window dressing and forgot where he came from.