Cleaning the Gold

A Jack Reacher and Will Trent Short Story
Series: The Will Trent Series, Book 8.5, Jack Reacher, Book 23.6
Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
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The new short story from Karin Slaughter and Lee Child!

Twice the action.

Twice the drama.

Double the trouble. 

Will Trent is undercover at Fort Knox. His assignment: to investigate a 22-year-old murder. His suspect's name: Jack Reacher. 

Jack Reacher is in Fort Knox on his own mission: to bring down a dangerous criminal ring operating at the heart of America’s military. Except now Will Trent is on the scene. 

But there’s a bigger conspiracy at play - one that neither the special agent nor the ex-military cop could have anticipated. And the only option is for Jack Reacher and Will Trent to team up and play nicely. If they can....

©2019 Karin Slaughter and Lee Child (P)2019 HarperAudio

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I want more!!!!

Cleaning the Gold is a really good short story featuring Jack Reacher and Will Trent, two of my favorite characters. I usually don't like collaborations between well known authors with equally known characters but this one works really well.
I wish this book was longer. It felt like it could be the prologue for another book for either or both characters together or separate. Some devious information is discovered at the end that cries out for completion. It's a worthwhile cliffhanger that should be followed up (one can only hope)!
The two narrators worked very well together.
This short story is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Too short

Took awhile to flesh out these familiar, beloved characters in this scenario and then squashed the plot line. The ending was more dangling than suspenseful.

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Great short story

It’s good enough to leave yearning for more. And I’m sure that was both authors ‘ intentions. I’m hooked!

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Disappointing.

I am a Will Trent fan. I have loved all of the stories involving this character, until this one. I was disappointed as it was simply boring. Characters and story were not developed. The performance was monotone and boring. Still a huge Will Trent fan and am looking forward to the release of the next book in this series. Already pre-ordered.

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This could have really been a good book....but

I hate cliffhangers. This book panders to those who will read the next book. That certainly won't be me.

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One Author Too Many

I was excited to get this book because I enjoy the world of both authors. However, I was disappointed with the story. It read like it had been hurriedly pieced together . Just because two people can write a good story, does not mean the same two people can write a good story together.

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Reacher fan disappointed

Narration could've been better and the story fell short. I was disappointed based on what I've come to expect from Reacher novels. It seemed like it would be great since it was two heroes coming together. Looking forward to the next book from Lee Childs

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Ended without an ending

Good beginning to a story, but it ended without an ending. All of a sudden it was over. Did I miss something or will there be another short story to complete the story. It left you hanging, I did not appreciate that.

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Voices are miserable

These two readers. Each with their own verbal tick, so distract from the story that it’s a shame.

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A good try

first off - I did enjoy it and do not regret buying it, but it is not the best short story I've ever heard. shorter formats are always harder as the authors have less time to flesh out details and Ina case of well known characters like this it might not be necessary but the difference in /lack off "inner monologue" of Reacher just does stand out and I miss it. not sure if this melding of two authors with different styles works. Also not sure if having different narrators for each part works. I think it's a good attempt that could be improved upon.