In this new short story from #1 New York Times best-selling author Lee Child, available exclusively as an eBook, a young Jack Reacher knows how to finish a fight so it stays finished. He knows how to get the job done so it stays done. And, in one of his earliest challenges, he knows that his analytical brain is just as important as his impressive brawn.
Okinawa, 1974. Even at 13, Jack Reacher knows how to outwit and overpower anyone who stands in his way. And as the new kid in town, that's pretty much everyone. His family has come to the Pacific with his father, who's preparing for a top-secret Marine Corps operation. After receiving a rude welcome from the local military brats, Reacher and his older brother, Joe, intend to teach them a lesson they won't forget. But it's soon clear that there's more at stake than pride. When his family's future appears to come crumbling down, it's the youngest Reacher who rises to the occasion with all the decisive cunning and bravura that will one day be his deadly trademark.
Second Son also includes a thrilling excerpt from Lee Child's forthcoming novel, The Affair.
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I have all 18 Jack Reacher books by Lee Child now 21books. Second Son is a chapter from one of his books. Word for word. If you are a Jack Reacher fan than you already have this and there is no need to buy. Save your money
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
This novella is about Jack Reacher solving a problem on the military base where his dad is stationed. Reacher is age 13 at the time and his brother Joe is age 15. One can easily see the future adult Jack Reacher in this novella.
Second Son is a Lee Child short story about a brief period during Jack Reacher's childhood, specifically when he was thirteen. After arriving at a new military base, his mother's father takes ill, his father misplaces a codebook, and his older brother freaks out about their new school's placement test. While all around Jack, things seem to be falling apart, he must also deal with the local bullies, engage with a female marine brat, and attempt to manage some down time on the beach, all while solving the developing mysteries.
Although short, the tale contains all the essential Reacher elements in miniature in both time and space. Jack already has developed respectable fighting skills, has his father figured out, pays attention to everything like a hawk, and deductively reasons through all the available clues. While the story is a bit rushed, the plot is a bit thin to merit any more detail. Insight into Jack's father and brother is provided.
Dick Hill turns in another excellent narration, especially with the cast of children.
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It is a greatlittle novella about Reacher as a very young man and Dick Hill as always reads the part perfectly; but this is the 3rd time I have heard this story!! If you have heard the book series you have heard this one. It is a total waste of money! Shame on you Lee Child!
As alsways Jack
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This is a good story, but I have heard it before,
How Jack figures out who done it.
I love the Reacher series. 2 hrs is just not enough. Every novel leaves little clues that at the end I just think either a. how did he put those together or B. how did I not think of that. nicely done
Thee only thing I disliked about the novella was I wanted to hear more of the boys adventures. What happens to Reaher' dad, I have read novel where his mother had died
Delight in the journey and the struggle on the road to your dreams
The story of the first case ever solved by the young Jack Reacher. In a situation that had serious implications for both his father and his older brother Joe Jack was able to see beyond the obvious; using both logic and intuition he found means, motive and opportunity. It also shows the man that became the MP who that even as a child approached the world from straight ahead but was able to ascertain the motives and actions of those who didn't. An excellent novella about one of modern literature's best characters.
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