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FREE E-PUB ⚠ Night School Ø It s , and Reacher is still in the army In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school That night he s off the grid Out of sight, out of mind Something different from the norm for this series as Lee Child takes Reacher back into his past and back into uniform I liked it especially as we see a different side of Jack as wellbrain and a bit less brawn than usual Of course he still single handedly takes on half a dozen men at a time and comes out not even breathing heavily Where would we be if he could not do that However he also has to spend a lot of time planning, strategizing and outguessing the enemy and he does it well.Nic Something different from the norm for this series as Lee Child takes Reacher back into his past and back into uniform I liked it especially as we see a different side of Jack as wellbrain and a bit less brawn than usual Of course he still single handedly takes on half a dozen men at a time and comes out not even breathing heavily Where would we be if he could not do that However he also has to spend a lot of time planning, strategizing and outguessing the enemy and he does it well.Nice too to spend time again with the younger Jack Reacher He seemed to be in a very good place at 35, calm, confident and with a good support base of close friends to call on Of course he also scores a relationship with a beautiful woman which ends as usual with the book.Not as action packed or fast paced as his usual novels but still very readable and a refreshing change The twenty first entry in the Jack Reacher series is another flashback to an adventure that occurred while Reacher was still in the army The year is 1996 Reacher is only thirty five years old, and he s fresh off a very successful mission for which he has been awarded a medal But immediately after the ceremony, he s issued new orders to attend a night school course hardly the reward he was expecting after a job well done He s now effectively off the rest of the Army s radar, at least for the The twenty first entry in the Jack Reacher series is another flashback to an adventure that occurred while Reacher was still in the army The year is 1996 Reacher is only thirty five years old, and he s fresh off a very successful mission for which he has been awarded a medal But immediately after the ceremony, he s issued new orders to attend a night school course hardly the reward he was expecting after a job well done He s now effectively off the rest of the Army s radar, at least for the time being.Reacher arrives at the facility where the course is supposed to take place only to find two other students, one from the CIA and the other from the FBI They too have just come off successful missions and are wondering why they ve been consigned to a duty like this But the three are soon joined by a pair of very senior government officials who explain that they are not actually going back to school Rather, they ve been delegated to work on a very secret mission of extreme urgency.All anyone seems to know at the moment is that a group of jihadists, with a cell in Hamburg, Germany, has offered to spent one hundred million dollars for something that an American proposes to sell to them No one has any idea who the American is or what he could possibly have that would be worth that much money But whatever it might be, if the jihadists want it that badly, the exchange has to be very bad news for the United States and probably for the rest of the western world as well.Reacher will recruit his old compatriot, Sergeant Frances Neagley, to work with the team and Reacher and Neagley will spend most of their time in Hamburg, attempting to unravel the mysteries surrounding this transaction Unlike most of the Reacher novels, Reacher is obviously now back in uniform He s part of a huge institution and, while fans of the series are used to watching Reacher act as a solitary individual, basically making up his own rules as he goes along, here he is compelled to work as a member of a team Naturally, though, he will do so in a style that is uniquely his own and that will still enable him to beat the crap out of a lot of bad guys along the way.This is an okay book, but it s not among the better ones in the series In part this is because of the constraints that the plot places upon Reacher and also because the book has a tendency to bog down in places as Reacher, Neagley and the rest of the team race around Hamburg pursuing a lot of leads that will prove fruitless before they finally get on the right track Fans of the series will certainly want to read it, butcasual fans of crime fiction who just occasionally check in on Jack Reacher might want to look for one of the other books in the series I ll say 3.75 stars, rounded upIn penning another of his flashback Reacher novels, Child stirs the pot and leaves series fans divided Taking the story back to 1997, Reacher still works for the Military Police and is summoned to attend some additional training in the form of an evening class The course outline is vague and Reacher is sworn to secrecy, but he has nothing to lose, showing up to a classroom where representatives of the CIA and FBI await him The class is a cover to instil int I ll say 3.75 stars, rounded upIn penning another of his flashback Reacher novels, Child stirs the pot and leaves series fans divided Taking the story back to 1997, Reacher still works for the Military Police and is summoned to attend some additional training in the form of an evening class The course outline is vague and Reacher is sworn to secrecy, but he has nothing to lose, showing up to a classroom where representatives of the CIA and FBI await him The class is a cover to instil inter agency cooperation on a pending threat that has come out of Germany A collection of Muslims from various countries, on both sides of the Shia Shi ite divide, are living together and talking about a vague event An Iranian double agent is reporting that the group has been dealing with an American who is willing to sell them something for upwards of 100 million With no idea as to who the mystery American might be or what he has to offer for such a large sum of money, Reacher is sent to the region to investigate While liaising with German officials, Reacher learns that the American might be part of the US Military, based on some information that witnesses have garnered However, others offer information that leads Reacher to wonder if this could be one of the handful of men who went AWOL over the past while Working on this premise, Reacher uses his systematic thinking that has made him so popular in twenty previous novels and loosely connects the American and the larger plot to events from the Cold War era The item worth so much could be something that might ignite a new and highly dangerous war, though Reacher is determined not to let that happen As Reacher races to locate the perpetrator, he must flex his muscle and seduce yet another woman, keys to the recipe of any Jack Reacher thriller, while also ensuring that there is some degree of finality, knowing full well that the world does not end in 1997 What could Reacher have discovered in the years leading up to America s supposed War on Terror An interesting throwback novel that has some fans bemoaning the end of Lee Child s success as a bestselling author while others applaud this ingenious spin.It was just the other day that I was discussing the idea of long book series with a protagonist that has an active read fighting tendency How long can a series go on before the body gives out and it becomes somewhat unbelievable Scot Harvath and Mitch Rapp seem to be able to do it, though the likes of Jason Bourne may have to hang up his shoes soon this is likely because of an inferior author guiding him through adventures now When it comes to Jack Reacher, the same might be said, though Lee Child has taken an interesting spin on things, by penning throwback or flashback novels to help the series grow while not taxing the protagonist any further from where he ended during the last present based novel Many series fans don t like this, as Reacher is best known for his renegade and vigilante behaviour, which is lost when he still dons the Army uniform That said, he remains crisp and uses his analytical mind to decipher the most obscure clues In this novel, the younger Reacher is his sarcastic self, surrounded by an always new and somewhat unique collection of supporting characters Pulling time sensitive plots, Child is able to discuss Muslim terrorism in its kernel stage, before it was used by every thriller writer and flogged to the point of becoming less than intriguing I will agree, somewhat, that the law abiding Reacher, one serving his country, is not as exciting as the current incarnation of this character, though this novel way by no means a waste As with any Reacher novel, there has to be that lovely lady that Reacher is able to seduce and a group of men who are begging to have the snot beaten out of them by the calm protagonist Child is always happy to offer social commentary pulling on various aspects of America s ongoing need to be involved in wars of all types and the apparent disregard for technological protection from one era to another If I were to say anything else, I might spill the proverbial beans, so I will encourage readers to give this novel a change and look at the silver lining Lee Child has not signed off on letting Tom Cruise ruin a handful of other Jack Reacher stories in the years to come Kudos, Mr Child for this refreshing look at the early Jack Reacher, before the chip on his shoulder became the cross he had to bear Like hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Lee Child sure writes great books And Jack Reacher is a great character I m a big fan Although I ve read these books in publication order, I m not sure it s necessary With this book, Child goes back to 1996, three years after a bomb went off in the parking garage below a very tall building in New York City Reacher is Major Reacher, an MP in the U.S Army He and two other men from other U.S government agencies are sent to Night School I love that Child can write about various periods of R Lee Child sure writes great books And Jack Reacher is a great character I m a big fan Although I ve read these books in publication order, I m not sure it s necessary With this book, Child goes back to 1996, three years after a bomb went off in the parking garage below a very tall building in New York City Reacher is Major Reacher, an MP in the U.S Army He and two other men from other U.S government agencies are sent to Night School I love that Child can write about various periods of Reacher s life, and not be chronologically correct.No spoilers here A clandestine someone just learned that The American is asking 100 million U.S dollars for something That s the spark, but who s involved and what s for sale that s worth that price Thus starts the cat and mouse game to figure it out.My husband and son are big into military history, especially World War II, and this book gave me an opportunity to discuss that with them and to question them My son even Googled and showed me pictures I love that Child took an actual thing and wrapped a fictional story around it Well, I m assuming it was mostly fictional.In one previous book, I thought Child used too many short, choppy sentences In this one, he got it right It s like fast thinking or understanding who you re talking with without them saying very many words It helps pick up the pace At times, there is humorous dialogue and other times Child writes a humorous observation I love that, and I have to read it to my husband because I ve laughed out loud.I m sure all Reacher Creatures will like this one