Night School

night-schoolAuthor: Lee Child

Series: Jack Reacher #21

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: November 7, 2016

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Ever wonder about Jack Reacher’s military days? Find out in this exciting new book.

It’s 1996 and Jack Reacher is still in the army, finding bad guys and righting wrongs. He has just gotten another medal, but before he has any time to celebrate the army sends him back to school.  Not a normal school, he is now off the grid.  He is paired with an FBI agent and a CIA analyst, each a specialist in their own right and all wondering what they are going to have to do.  It doesn’t take long for them to get their orders.  A Jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has a visit from a Saudi courier needing a safe place to stay.  Inside the cell is an undercover CIA agent that overhears the courier send a message, “The American wants a hundred million dollars.”  More questions are raised and it is up to Reacher and his team to find the answers.

This is the 21st Jack Reacher novel out and it is sure to be another hit.  This is only my second Reacher book to read but that wasn’t a problem since this one is set in 1996 and doesn’t follow the story line of the previous in the series.  While it is still Jack Reacher, it is a little less of the Jack you might have grown to love.  He doesn’t have some of the same methods and mannerisms readers have grown accustomed to over the years.  Several times throughout the story Child goes into Reacher’s size and how big he is.  With the newest movie coming out, fans are probably associating Reacher with Tom Cruise, who does make a good Reacher even though he is much shorter than described in the novels.  I read through it quickly and enjoyed the story for the most parts.  There was a lot of sitting and talking where I would have preferred more action and tenser scenes. This was especially prevalent in the last few chapters.  The problems were all solved but it wasn’t as heated of a moment as I thought it could have been.  You have to remember while reading this that it is set in 1996, no super computers and internet to make finding information at the drop of a hat easy.

I have pretty high standards for what I rate as top of the line reads, with that being said I wouldn’t rate this as a top read but it was still very good. Fans of the Reacher series will still enjoy this book and the characters they have grown to love.  This isn’t suitable for young readers with a few sex scenes and a few instances of language.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.


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