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Small Wars Audiobook

Small Wars: A Jack Reacher Story, Book 19.5

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Publisher's Summary

In this short story, number-one New York Times best-selling author Lee Child goes back to 1989, when Jack Reacher is an MP assigned to solve the cold-blooded murder of a young officer - whose killer may be closer to Reacher than he suspects.

The telex is brief and to the point: One active duty personnel found shot to death 10 miles north of Fort Smith. Circumstances unknown. Found in a silver Porsche along an isolated forest road in Georgia, the victim was shot twice in the chest and once in the head. A professional hit. Clean. The crime scene suggests an ambush. Military police officer Jack Reacher is given the case. He calls his older brother, Colonel Joe Reacher, at the Pentagon for intel and taps Sergeant Frances Neagley to help him answer the big question: Who would kill a brilliant officer on the fast-track to greatness? For Jack Reacher, the answer hits home.

©2015 Lee Child (P)2015 Random House Audio

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    AK 08-24-15
    AK 08-24-15 Listener Since 2001
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    "Back to his best"

    This is Lee Child and Reacher at their best. Forget last years floppy book - this short one is how all Reacher stories should be. Let's hope the next full book is this good

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 08-24-15
    Wayne Matthews, NC 08-24-15 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "Great Entertainment!"

    Small wars is a Jack Reacher novella. It shows MP Army Major Reacher at his most intuitive and his very best. Great read!

    Lee Child, pen name of Brit Jim Grant, usually writes great thrillers about his unique character Jack Reacher. I think of the books as entertainment. The books are fun reads. He does little to make sure that there are no inconsistencies with prior novels. His first Reacher novel, Killing Floor may be the best. The quality of the novels vary, but all are very good or better. Dick Hill's narration is always outstanding.

    I look forward to the Sept. 8 release of Make Me and hope that it is better than Personal. I've pre-ordered Make Me.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Harry Boyle Irmo, SC, United States 08-19-15
    Harry Boyle Irmo, SC, United States 08-19-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Another Home Run"
    Would you listen to Small Wars again? Why?

    No-only because I listen to each book only once


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Small Wars?

    When Reacher explains to Joe how he figured out what happened.


    Any additional comments?

    Whether is using his head, hands or feet, it is amazing how Reacher gets involved into situations and gets himself out of them.I can not wait for the next full length book coming out soon.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-18-15
    Robert AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-18-15 Member Since 2008

    Entrepreneur + Avid Reader + Concerned Political Skeptic

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    "Always worth a Listen!"

    New or old ... short or long, Lee Child and Dick Hill put out a Jack Reacher story that should not be missed, Of course books of this genre or not for everyone; however, if you're a Reacher fan or curious about the character, this is a satisfying short story.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Me & My Girls 08-22-15 Member Since 2016

    Welcome to our group Dakota; welcome to my life Summer, you've made it so much better. Give back to our wounded warriors who gave so much.

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    "This One Calls For the Touchdown Signal"

    Another great Reacher story, this one set in 1989 when Jack Reacher was Captain Reacher. His brother Joe also had a role in this story as does the legendary Non-Com Frances Nagli (I think that's the correct spelling.) As usual Reacher has it all figured quickly and correctly, finding nuanced answers to a crime scene that would seem to be practically bereft of all clues other than a clever red herring. The killer is known from the first chapter on, but still manages to have an ending that comes as a surprise. Great Work.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Charles United States 11-19-15
    Charles United States 11-19-15 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Jack Reacher fans will not like this book. I kept listening, hoping for it to turn around and get exciting, but it never did. When I started surfing the web and answering e-mails during the playback, I had to accept that the book was just not good enough to keep me engaged. I got close to the end, but I could not finish the book.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    Too much of nothing happening. So much talking with the story stuck in neutral. I never thought that Jack Reacher could be boring, but the guy in this book is boring as hell. Worse still, this Reacher was more like a bad Schwarzenegger character (think "Commando") , taking on multiple armed enemies all at once, and all by himself, with complete ease. I know that it is a Reacher novel, but the author might have made the story a little more believable.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dick Hill?

    Yes, I love Dick Hill, but he cannot perform a believable English accent. It sounded like his mouth was going through contortions when the characters from the UK came into the story, and his voice softened such that I could not follow all of what he was saying. This was very distracting. Mr. Hill was at his best in the W E B Griffin novels he performed.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I love Lee Child's creation, Jack Reacher, but this is a bad installment.


    Any additional comments?

    Where are the strong female characters?! The main female character is supposed to have been accepted by the CIA, been trained and vetted, a real star, and she is a whimpering weakling on anti-anxiety medication. Worse still, the medication is used to advance the plot. Really?! An alcohol problem maybe or anger-authority issues, but a shrinking supply of anti-anxiety medication that she got from one of her friends?!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Allan Benton, AR, USA 09-25-15
    Allan Benton, AR, USA 09-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story v"

    Great story. Should help jack teacher fans survive until next big book. Being honest .......this bit of deceive brilliance was a bit of a "Reach".

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    aron nunn 08-28-15
    aron nunn 08-28-15
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    "Highly enjoyable!"

    Fun story, with a great narrator. Dick Hill narrating Lee Child's Jack Reacher is a perfect fit.

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    Jerome Lewisport, KY, United States 10-12-15
    Jerome Lewisport, KY, United States 10-12-15
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    "typically Reacher"

    starts a little slow but then turns into a normal Jack Reacher book very good nice short story

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-12-15
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-12-15 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "A fun read"

    This is a novella that is one and half hours long. It was great to have a story about Reacher’s military days. In 1989 Lt. Colonel Caroline Crawford of the Pentagon’s War Plans Department is executed, military style, in the Georgia backwoods near Fort Smith. Major Jack Reacher is called to investigate. Reacher’s brother Joe Reacher makes an appearance in the story.

    The book is unfortunately too short; it is sort of like an appetizer. The story is well written and very fast paced; the plot and character development lacks depth. I understand that the story was released only in e-book and audiobook formats. I am a Reacher fan and will gladly read even a short novella. Dick Hill does his usual great job narrating the story.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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