New York Times best-selling thriller master, Lee Child returns with an exclusive eBook novella. In the midst of a savage heat wave and an infamous murder spree, a blackout awakens the dark side of the city that never sleeps - and a young Jack Reacher takes action as only he can.
July 1977. Jack Reacher is almost seventeen, and he stops in New York City on the way to visit his brother at West Point. The summer heat is suffocating, the city is bankrupt, and the mad gunman known as Son of Sam is still on the loose. Reacher meets a woman with a problem, and agrees to help her...but then the power grid fails and the lights go out, plunging the lawless city into chaos. What does a visiting teenager do in the dark? If that visiting teenager is Jack Reacher, the answer is plenty.
©2013 Lee Child (P)2013 Random House Audio
Lee Child should be ashamed for allowing this title to be published. I thought it must have been a first draft rejected in creative writing class 20 years ago. Not, for heaven's sake, his latest work!
Don't judge Lee Child or Jack Reacher by this short story. Normally, I think Child can do no wrong, but this story is disjointed, the action isn't believable, and as I think every reviewer is going to comment on, it has a weird sex scene, I mean, ick. Also, he's 16 in this story and his relationship with the older woman almost got weird.
The ending was also really odd and not satisfying.
I've enjoyed the two other short stories I've listened to by Child. I loved the one where Reacher was even younger. Listen to the other ones instead of this one,
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This was a good short about Jack when he was 16. It's hard to picture JR ever being young so this was just a little insight into how worldly and mature he was very early on in his life.
It's the 70's and Jack is on his way to visit his brother at West Point when he stops off in NY for a very full night of fun, that includes: a female FBI agent, the mob, a blackout, an unexpexted death, scorching heat, Son of Sam, a trist with a college girl and lots of action packed fighting. Just a night in the life of Jack Reacher.
Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.
This novella introduces Jack Reacher as a high school student with the street smarts and skills of a thirty five year old, seasoned crime fighter. His suppositions and intuition are unrealistic for a person of such a young age.
Special thanks to Sasha, Stacy and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and being the best of company during my recovery.
Sixteen year old Jack Reacher is on his way to West Point to visit his brother Joe when he decides to make a quick visit to NYC. There he meets a female FBI agent who is perhaps just a bit too gung ho in her pursuit of a minor organized crime figure. As usual Reacher is able to help her both physically and intellectually. Reacher also finds a brief romantic interest in the person of a college girl he meets on the night of the NYC blackout of 1978. While in the midst of receiving oral sex from the college girl he spots a lurker who will soon be known as the Son of Sam.
This is an excellent novella and in the best tradition of Jack Reacher. Great Buy.
Yes. It introduces a young Jack Reacher and the story 1s gripping, fast and with real plot surprises.
The final chapter ... and I can't write why.
Sex, Violence and Death in the Hot City ... And he is only Sixteen!
The narrator had a tendency to drop in volume on some lines. I'd be listening at a comfortable level, and then I wouldn't be able to hear the last part of a line. Listen at a little louder than normal to prevent missing bits of dialogue.
It's always interesting to read or listen about a favorite character's earlier years. While Jack Reacher is incredibly mature for his age, the story was good and did not disappoint.
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