- File Size: 1336 KB
- Print Length: 44 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Digital (August 18, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 18, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ZRDPPU0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,200 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Small Wars: (The new Jack Reacher short story) (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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No spoilers, but the opening scene is unexpected, to say the least. It’ll make you want to keep reading, for sure. As always, Reacher takes an analytical approach with his investigation—and as always, it puts him in the path of a figurative oncoming train.
It’s a short story, but it has all the elements that make Reacher such a compelling fictional hero in Lee Child’s novels. It’s an emphatic 5 stars and I highly recommend it to Reacher and thriller fans.
It's a very good story. Reacher is probably nearing his peak as an investigative MP at the time the story is set. The dialogue, as in many of the Reacher novels, follows his thought process as he works his way through the circumstances of the murder and finally comes to a conclusion that is on the one hand not surprising, since the murderer is identified on practically the very first page, but on the other hand was very unexpected. The connection to the Gulf War, which will follow in just over a year (Operation Desert Shield began on August 2, 1990), is a nice touch.
Don't expect any trademark Reacher head-butts, though. The closest we come to that is one scene where Neagley takes care of a Georgia State Trooper who objects to Reacher's interference in their investigation of the murder and his skepticism regarding their arrest of a back-woods black man for the murder.
A worthwhile if very brief read. It includes a short preview of Make Me (VERY short, in fact), three weeks away and set in the present day.
For those who may either be new to Jack Reacher, or who may benefit from a guide to the full series, here is a complete list of the Reacher novels as they were written. (Amazon doesn't allow more than ten links to be included in a review, so I'll put the remaining links in a comment below):
Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, No. 1)
Die Trying (Jack Reacher, No. 2)
Tripwire (Jack Reacher, No. 3)
Running Blind (Jack Reacher, No. 4)
Echo Burning (Jack Reacher, No. 5)
Without Fail (Jack Reacher, No. 6)
Persuader (Jack Reacher, No. 7)
The Enemy (Jack Reacher, No. 8) (the prequel, this takes place before the events of Killing Floor)
One Shot (Jack Reacher, No. 9)
The Hard Way (Jack Reacher, No. 10)
Bad Luck and Trouble (Jack Reacher, No. 11)
Nothing to Lose (Jack Reacher, No. 12)
Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher, No. 13)
61 Hours (Jack Reacher, No. 14)
Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher, No. 15)
The Affair (Jack Reacher, No. 16). (also prequel to Killing Floor)
A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher, No. 17)
Never Go Back (Jack Reacher, No. 18)
Personal (Jack Reacher, No. 19)
Make Me (Jack Reacher, No. 20)
Also featuring Reacher are Lee Childs stand-alone short stories available on Kindle (I'm not including short stories included elsewhere in anthologies or magazines - see the Lee Child website for that full listing):
- Second Son (features Reacher at age 13)
- Deep Down (takes place during Reachers Army days)
- High Heat (Reacher as a 17 year old, visiting New York City) (longer than the other three stories here and labeled as a 'novella' here on Amazon)
- Not a Drill
- Small Wars (1989, Reacher Army MP)
If you want to read the books in "chronological-order", then this is the sequence: The Enemy (prequel, set 8 years before Killing Floor); The Affair (prequel, set shortly before Killing Floor); Killing Floor; Die Trying; Tripwire; Running Blind (US title)/The Visitor (UK title); Echo Burning; Without Fail; Persuader; One Shot; The Hard Way; Bad Luck and Trouble; Nothing to Lose; Gone Tomorrow; 61 Hours; Worth Dying For, A Wanted Man, Never Go Back, Personal.
The Lee Child website suggests reading the books in the order they were written, saying "We believe the prequels (The Affair and The Enemy) have more emotional impact after you've gotten to know Reacher a bit better." That's the order I read them as well, as they were released, and I've enjoyed them all, recognizing that some of the books have a great deal more action and suspense than others. For me they are all great entertainment.
Also, the four novels 61 Hours, Worth Dying For, A Wanted Man and Never Go Back, comprise a four-story arc.
Newly minted Lt. Colonel Caroline Crawford is posted to Fort Smith in Georgia. Part of the War Plans at the Pentagon, her first base posting is a chance to celebrate and she does. She buys a silver Porsche and sets about to impress with her tailored uniforms and Pentagon position and rumors of ‘family money’.
It all comes to an end on a narrow two lane in the deep woods outside of Fort Smith. And on that same stretch of road, it all begins for Reacher and his investigation.
Small Wars is a great afternoon read and a nice Jack Reacher fix to hold us over for Make Me. Can’t wait for more Reacher!
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