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Second Son: A Jack Reacher Story | [Lee Child]

Second Son: A Jack Reacher Story

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Lee Child (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Henry Roseville, CA, United States 12-26-13
    Henry Roseville, CA, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I have all 18 Jack Reacher books by Lee Child"
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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

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-03-14
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "A short story"

    This is a short story about Jack Reacher as a thirteen year old boy. The story has the Reacher family just arriving at the base in Okinawa where Jack father is now stationed. Stan Reacher is a marine. The story shows how Reacher deals with the local bullies. His older brother is accused of stealing the answers to an upcoming test and the code book is missing for which his father is responsible for. The story shows how Reacher’s early talents at solving problems are demonstrated as he finds out who took the answer book and that the code book was not missing but in the hands of the analyst. The story was interesting and I would like to have more stories of Reacher growing up. Dick Hill, of course, narrated the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 11-27-14
    Peter 11-27-14 Member Since 2012

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    "AN UNEXPECTED LOOK @ YOUNG JACK REACHER & HIS DAD"

    I enjoyed this short story, as much as I have enjoyed ANY short story I ahve ever read, or listened to. I really enjoy the rare look into a young Jack Reacher's life. Gives the reader a good feel for how Reacher was brought up, and what makes him.......him., I guess. I liked it alot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 06-24-14
    Julie 06-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Hooks you onto Jack Reacher"
    What did you love best about Second Son: A Jack Reacher Story?

    The author introduces Jack Reacher as a child and it's fascinating to get to know him from such an early age.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It's short and well paced so you keep involved the whole story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where we hear his father's thoughts on his two sons.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd never listened to Reacher stories before so did these short stories to introduce myself to them after hearing good things. I'm so glad I did. I didn't realize these started in his childhood, but I now feel like I watched him grow up so I'm ready to go for the full novels. The narrator is PERFECT for these novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PMSROCK London 06-20-14
    PMSROCK London 06-20-14 Member Since 2014

    I love reading, I love audible books even more, I don't have to stop listening when I have things to do or plsces to go...I can do both!!!

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    "REACHER....A CLEVER BOY"
    What did you love best about Second Son: A Jack Reacher Story?

    I love the fact that that even as a young kid, Reacher was always thinking.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Reacher is always my favorite, for all the obvious reasons, but in this book I really enjoyed his brother. In the books we don't really hear much about his family, it is always nice to see where these characters come from, how they came to be the characters we love.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can not really imagine anyone else narrating, I think he gives the book life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but then I feel that way when reading the books as well.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to listening to more of this series, I have not been disappointed yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SAN CARLOS, CA, United States 06-14-14
    Amazon Customer SAN CARLOS, CA, United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2009

    Avid marathoner and hi tech market analyst. Lover of Ken Follett, Christopher Moore, Timothy Zahn and any book that pulls me in.

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    "Super quick and easy read"

    Got an under 2 hour drive and want a quick, light, fun story about the origin of this prolific character. Here you go. Not much more to say about it. Although I gotta say that Lee Child's favorite narrator does kids voices terribly and I'm getting very tired of listening to him. How about some variety or bringing in some other actors, especially to play non-male, non-arrogant characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 06-11-14
    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 06-11-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Reacher in High School"

    A short story about Reacher's early years. A little too far-fetched, no high school boy thinks that way. Should be attached to one of the other full-size stories as an "Also included", but for $2...

    Dick Hill is one of the BEST narrators around. He's perfect for this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 03-04-14
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Caution: Duplication of prior release."

    This story in its entirety is a "bonus" at the end of The Affair.
    I knew immediately that I had heard it before. I am very disappointed that Audible released it as a single later.

    Reacher is 13 and newly relocated with his Marine Corps family. Trouble and mystery found him even at this early age: he crushes a (kid) bully and solves two mysteries.

    Dick Hill, as always, is an excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 02-26-14
    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Strange accent for young Reacher"

    I don't know why Dick Hill decided that young Jack Reacher (who hasn't lived in the US, and has a French Mother) would have a New Jersey wise guy accent. It really threw me off. I've only listened to the first 4 books on audio,(but I have read all 18) so maybe Dick gives him a Jersey accent in later books, but as it stands for me; it was really strange and distracted from the story way too much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ralph HAVERTOWN, PA, United States 01-28-14
    Ralph HAVERTOWN, PA, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good intro to the Jack reacher series"
    Would you listen to Second Son: A Jack Reacher Story again? Why?

    This book tells us how Reacher became Reacher.


    Any additional comments?

    Good read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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