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The brand-new Jack Reacher short story, published as an audio exclusive.

The tiny town of Naismith has nothing going for it - except the start of a wilderness trail through Maine's ancient forests. But one day the trail is suddenly closed by county police.

No reason is given. Rumours start - is there something in the woods that no one must see? That no one must even know about? Then Jack Reacher drifts into town. What does he make of the Do Not Enter tape strung between the trees?

©2014 Lee Child (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks

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NOT A THRILL

Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Kerry Shale?

Yes. A great author hero and performer.

What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

It was boring and lacked action and drama.The first Lee Child book that has disappointed me.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The Performer tried to make something of a pot-boiler.

What character would you cut from Not a Drill?

If I was Lee Child I would not have published this book.

Any additional comments?

I am sorry to be negative as I am a great admirer of Lee Child.

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not worthwhile listening to

didn't like the story or the narrator. feels like i wasted 1 hour. first time ever with a Reacher story

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Lee: Please stop writing short stories!

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

someone who has never read a Reacher book

What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not to write it at al

What didn’t you like about Kerry Shale’s performance?

Too husky, and turned Reacher into a caricature

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

yes, yes and yes

Any additional comments?

Lee, please do NOT write any more Reacher short stories. They only lead to alienating your long term fans.

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  • david
  • 06-02-16

I have been ripped off for such a short story

the reader thought he was playing Clint Eastwood, the story was way below the standard I expect from Lee Child, and so short, I paid the same as a 12hr book!

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  • Alkes
  • 08-04-15

Meh

I've all the Reacher novels and I love them. This was a waste of my time though. Not a fan

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  • Joseph
  • 01-02-15

A good little story

By Lee Child's standards this is a very short story but intriguing nonetheless.

Reacher is his usual mysterious self, breaking the rules where necessary, and using a Sherlock Holmes-like sense of justice when needed.

I can't say too much without becoming a "Spoiler" but the story leaves one thinking about the suggestions it contains.

Kerry Shale reads the Reacher books when they are presented in an abridged format and it would be nice to hear his gravelly voice in a full length story.

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  • Lord Sidney Allen
  • 11-08-16

Not a Drill

Another good short story, at least short stories are quick and straight to the point. An entertaining little story that was good to listen to. Recommended and enjoyable

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  • Colin
  • 05-31-16

Very disappointed

As a Lee Child / Jack Reacher fan this was by far the worst I have read or listen to.

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  • Paul
  • 05-24-16

Ok, but slightly dissatisfying.

Fairly implausible storyline that takes its time getting there and is all too suddenly over and gone leaving me feel slightly cheated.

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  • Sylvia Hampton
  • 05-11-16

Excellent

Always a good read. Favourite author and excellent writer. Presented very well enjoyed it all

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  • Lee James
  • 11-20-15

a whole lot of nothing!

like a short exert from a bigger story, no action no investigation ... just a big nothing unfortunately.

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  • craig
  • 08-20-15

Not like the others

An entertaining short story; same Reacher in a different style. Not long enough to meet a law enforcement lady for a fling.

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  • Dasmon
  • 07-20-15

I love Lee Child, gritty and uncompromising!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, it is a brilliant book that includes the best features of Jack Reacher, the no nonsense muscle man of justice and fairness. He is like Judge Dredd but without the restraint.

What other book might you compare Not a Drill to, and why?

He is like an uncompromising James Bond, so the nearest Bond book in similarity would probably be live and let die, it is a taught thriller with action sequences in the right places, just like Bond.

What does Kerry Shale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Kerry Shale is the perfect hard guy impersonation of Reacher that I know. I know if it is a Shale book it will be exciting and emotive.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Afraid to go into the woods? You should be!

Any additional comments?

Just a great book and what I have come to expect from Lee Child

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-14-14

Don't Waste Your Credit

I am an avid fan of Lee Child & Jack Reacher books. I have them all. This one is a waste of the credit or $ whichever way you buy it. The narration is atrocious, Kerry Shale makes the characters sound like a bunch of boofheads and you just can't relate to the character. I know its a short story so by its nature, you don't get to know the characters in detail. However if it hadn't been a short story I would have stopped listening. Story line was ok (for a short story) but hey, spend your money on something else.

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  • Ian
  • 05-24-16

jack Reacher or Batman?

As I have listened to all of the Jack Reacher novels. I have to wonder why use this narrator. Nothing personal. just every time I heard Jacks character, I could only picture Batman. it's short. buy the paper back. read it yourself.
story was quite Ho Hum too.