Summoned by Military Intelligence to Washington, D.C., Reacher is sent undercover. The assignment that awaits him: The army is meeting with its Capitol Hill paymasters for classified talks on a new, state-of-the-art sniper rifle for U.S. forces. But vital details about the weapon are leaking - straight from the Capitol and probably into the hands of unidentified foreign arms dealers. The prospect of any and every terrorist, mercenary, or dictator’s militia getting their hands on the latest superior firepower is unthinkable. That’s where Reacher comes in. His task: infiltrate the top-secret proceedings and smoke out the mole. His target: a quartet of high-powered Army political liaison officers - all of them fast-track women on their way to the top.
According to his bosses, it’s a zero-danger mission. No need to draw a gun...just chat over drinks. But Reacher knows that things are rarely what they seem. And he’s learned the hard way never to underestimate an opponent. Or four. Lessons that will come in handy when he starts digging for the truth - and gets his hands a lot dirtier than he expected.
©2013 Lee Child (P)2013 Random House Audio
Sometimes just a little bit is what you are in the mood for. You know, when you don't want the whole cinnamon roll, you just want the best part, the soft gooey center. That's how this Reacher short story is, it's the best of Reacher just bite size.
This short story is great, really great. It is Reacher in all his glory, great action, great attitude, and as usual, he's smarter than everyone around him. He's the great reluctant hero.
Thank you Dick Hill, your narration was perfect as always.
Make sure you don't use a credit for this since the price is only around $2.
This is neither abridged nor unabridged. It is simply a very short-short "sample" of Jack Reacher and his abilities of observation and deduction. I am a long-time Lee Child and Jack Reacher fan. Nevertheless, this story is so short that it's hardly worth a review because there is not much that can be said without saying too much. I agree with the other reviewers who disliked the shortness of the novel and I agree that there is a lot missing in the development of characters and the development of the storyline/plot that would have provided clearer answers as to the ending and "why" of the story. I also agree that this one is not worth a credit, but I bought thru one of audible's special offers (1.95). As usual, Dick Hill does a superb performance job.
I usually pay attention when books seem too cheap. Because this was a sale I didn't pay attention to the length of the book. This was like a chapter or two of a real book. It left me shocked it was over and not in a good way.
I don't know if Mr. Child wrote this very short story because his fans couldn't wait for the next full installment book, publisher pressure or something else, disappointing.
Mr. Hill's performance was fine but, it didn't enhance the story. All I could think of is Ray Porter probably would have saved the book.
The story was okay but, weak.
I bought this on sale or I would really be mad.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
three years ago. I own Audible versions of all 20 Jack Reacher novels as well as copies of all of the novellas.short stories. Lee Child's Jack Reacher books are immensely entertaining and I look forward to their releases. I pre-order them as soon as they are available on Audible. Deep Down is a superb Reacher short story.
Yesterday I listened to the newest novel in the series. Make Me, and wrote a critical review giving the story 3 stars. After rating the first 18 Reacher novels 5 stars, I rated #19, Personal, 4 stars. I had hoped that Make Me would be a better book that Personal and I am disappointed that Make Me is not as good. I'm not accustomed to Lee Child writing so-so, average novels. I look forward to Jack Reacher #21 next year and hope Child is able to return to his accustomed entertaining style.
This should have been a Freebie for loyal Reacher readers. Less than a two hour read - less than an eight hour day in Reacher time. Same as the Second Son.
Good fillers that could have been easily inserted Into a full length novel.
I thought this book would be better than it was. I am a fan of Lee Child. The storyline was boring and flat. I kept waiting for something to happen, but it didn't. Of all the Lee Child books I have read or listened to, this was the least interesting.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I am a Jack Reacher fan but I am not sure if I like these short stories. Maybe a special one every few years might be okay but I feel like I am being taken advantage of financially. These short stories are not cheap; I might be willing to pay $2.00 for one but not $9.00.
The story goes back to Reacher’s time in the Military. The year is 1986 and Reacher is sent undercover to find out which of four women is leaking weapons secrets to a foreign government. Of course, Reacher discovers the problem is more sinister and deeper than he was lead to believe.
Unlike some of the other short stories Child wrote on Reacher I feel this one was rushed and left me wondering about bits and pieces of the story that should have been tied up by the end. I know Child can write a good short story but he did not this time out. I am not sure if I will be buying anymore short stories. Dick Hill did his usual great job narrating the story.
Avid marathoner and hi tech market analyst. Lover of Ken Follett, Christopher Moore, Timothy Zahn and any book that pulls me in.
Wow, what a waste of time. Dump story, edited down to the point of being nearly incoherent. This is the unabridged version? It listens like a Reader's Digest version of what could have (and should have) been a much longer and better book. Don't waste your money or credits on this one.
This was a good read your story from the shrunk or days. I like hearing how he was in the army. My only regret is that it was a short story.
I have seen people question the point of these shorts. Personally there have been times when reading a full length novel I have wonder how our hero Reacher earned a certain citaion/medal. Yet if Lee Child took the time to expand on every little detail these books would be bouncing all over the place. So again the shorts help to shed light on some more of the general information we get in the full length novels.
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