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No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories by Lee Child

Reviewed by Allen Hott

No Middle NameThis one is not a normal book but is a collection of several novellas and then even more short stories. All of the tales do feature Jack Reacher, who has been the main character in many of Child’s works. No doubt that the title No Middle Name pertains to Jack Reacher. That always comes up in all of the stories that Child writes. Someone invariably asks his name and they cannot get over the fact that he doesn’t have a middle name. Even without a middle name Jack Reacher is a very interesting character. These stories carry that character forward as he makes his trek not only across the United States but even on occasion into Europe.

Reacher is a retired Military Police officer who has a very astute mind when it comes to looking into situations that would probably stymie the minds of most people. Wherever he goes he seems to not only run into things that happen to be at least a bit illegal or scary but then he always seems to also solve the problems or assist in solving them. Read the rest of this entry »

Make Me by Lee Child

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Make MeJack Reacher is on the move. Again and as usual. Ever since he got out of the Army he just wanders. Amazing how he manages to live such an existence but not only does he live but always gets into a new scrape of some kind.

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In Make Me Reacher meets Rachel Chang, private investigator and former FBI agent, as he gets off a train in Mother’s Rest, Oklahoma. He is there because the name of the town intrigued him and she is there searching for her missing investigator partner. The partner has been out of touch for almost a week and she is concerned. Reacher is more concerned about the way certain people in the town watch his every move as he joins Chang in looking for her partner. There appears to be a group of eight or so who are constantly keeping tabs on him and her.

In the partner’s room at the hotel they find a strange note with a phone number and the term “200 deaths” written on it. The phone number connects them to an author/webmaster, who can’t explain any of it but had been talking to the missing man about some strange happenings in Mother’s Rest. The town is a very isolated spot about 40 or so miles from any other town. But it is a railroad stop and it turns out that people seem to come in on the train and then sort of blend into the town’s surroundings.

Reacher and Chang go west and meet up with the webmaster and when the three return they all begin having strange things that occur to them. It seems as though someone does not want them to return to Mother’s Rest nor do they want them to do any more investigating. No one seems to know anything about the missing investigator nor do they want to talk about the town in general.

The “200 deaths” note pulls the three of them more and more into wanting to know more! Child writes in a manner to keep the reader very involved in figuring what is going to happen next. And how he brings the “Master Web” in is very interesting. Another really good Reacher story!

Never Go Back by Lee Child (Review #2)

Never Go BackOne of Lee Child’s favorite main characters, Jack Reacher, is back. And yes he is back in the Army or at least kind of! He had just traveled to Washington D.C. from South Dakota primarily to meet the new commanding officer of the unit Reacher himself had commanded. Primarily he wanted to meet her because her voice over the phone had sounded very interesting when he had spoken with her recently.

But when he gets to the office of the commanding officer it turns out that she is not there, Instead a colonel named Morgan is there. Morgan informs Reacher that Major Susan Turner is no longer in command and that Morgan is. He also informs Reacher that he is in serious trouble because years back Reacher supposedly beat a man almost to death. That man and now the Army are planning to charge Reacher for the episode. Then Morgan immediately announces that based on Reacher’s service and reserve status he is not only back on duty but also under house arrest until the episode is resolved. Read the rest of this entry »

Personal (Jack Reacher) by Lee Child

PersonalReviewed by Allen Hott

Jack Reacher is back in the army. Well, sort of. Though this time he isn’t really in the army but he is their most respected weapon of all time. So they “drafted” him back for one job. No he isn’t in uniform and no he has no rank but he has been selected to do something that the top brass figure no one else can do.

One of Reacher’s’ old commanding officers had been given the task of finding Reacher who as usual is doing his thing in wandering all over the U.S. not necessarily under cover but without any way of being tracked down. Read the rest of this entry »

The Affair by Lee Child

theaffairReviewed by Allen Hott

Jack Reacher is now a vagabond civilian server to mankind in most of Lee Child’s books. However in The Affair he was still in the Army as a major in the Military Police working mostly as an undercover investigator of all types of crimes. At that time the crimes he was involved with some way or another involved military and especially Army personnel.

His methods and habits may have started there but they have continued throughout many of Child’s thrillers over the last several years. One thing about Reacher he is always on the move. Some other interesting things include the fact that he never has transportation of his own. It is either using his thumb on the highway or occasionally he does have enough money for bus transportation. Read the rest of this entry »

Echo Burning (Jack Reacher, No. 5) by Lee Child

Echo BurningReviewed by Allen Hott

An earlier Jack Reacher story that somehow I missed. However there is no doubt that it is of the same quality as today’s Reacher tales. Lee Child has built this former military policeman into a definite force to be reckoned with by all whom cross his path.

And one of the best things about Reacher is that his path is never ending as it meanders all over the United States. He does seem to stay pretty much below the Mason Dixon line but who knows where he may end up in the near future.

Echo is a small town in south Texas and as Reacher hitchhikes along (his normal mode of travel) he is picked up by a woman named Carmen who appears to be of Mexican descent. During their long drive she begins to pour out her sad story regarding her home life. Reacher as usual listens intently and tries to figure out if she is telling the truth or not. Read the rest of this entry »

The Enemy by Lee Child

The EnemyReviewed by Allen Hott

This is an earlier story about Jack Reacher while he was still a Military Policeman in the U.S. Army. Plenty of action, suspense and with no profanity or outright sex to deal with. There turns out to be some sex issues both with Reacher himself and also with some of the characters of the story. However there are no descriptive passages so a reader can read it much the same as he would read the daily newspaper.

There is typical Lee Child suspense and character thinking or musing as Reacher works to figure out what is really happening all around him. He as one of the top cops on any Army base is suddenly told on December 28th that he is being transferred that day from Panama to a base in North Carolina. No one can explain to him why or what is going on. Read the rest of this entry »

A Wanted Man by Lee Child

A Wanted ManReviewed by Allen Hott

First a killing in a bunker and, coincidentally, shortly thereafter Jack Reacher gets picked up as he tries to hitchhike to Virginia. Jack Reacher is one of Lee Child’s favorite characters. Reacher is a former Army veteran who picked up all sorts of tricks and methods of doing things while serving in Special Forces. Perhaps his greatest achievement is his ability to travel all over the country without any luggage. It seems that wherever he lands (for his next adventure) is where he picks up new clean clothes and other essentials like tooth brushes, etc. Never seems to work.

Reacher does manage to get involved in some interesting adventures and most of them not only involve espionage and other governmental activities but they also always involve him becoming a one man wrecking crew against that story’s bad guys. Read the rest of this entry »

Never Go Back by Lee Child (Audio CD)

Never Go BackReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Lee Child has written eighteen books following Jack Reacher around the country as he rights injustices wherever he goes. Readers have grown accustomed to Reacher’s moral compass and his personality quirks and so, for fans of the series, a new Reacher book is truly like visiting an old friend. For the most part, Never Go Back meets the expectations, though the set up is a bit different. Usually, Reacher blows into town and finds a damsel in distress and spends the remainder of the book righting the wrong and then leaves to drift on the next stop. In Never Go Back, Reacher is on a mission that is a continuation for the previous book. He had spoken to the current commander of his former unit several times while taking care of business in South Dakota and by the end of A Wanted Man (2012), Reacher was headed to Virginia to meet Susan Turner, the voice on the other end of the phone.

As Never Go Back opens, Reacher has arrived at his former unit’s headquarters to visit Turner only to discover that she is being held on suspicion of accepting a bride and furthermore he is wanted for questioning in two cases dating back to his days in the service. So Reacher being Reacher, he stops, breathes in, breathes out and sets about to investigate the cases against not only himself but the bribery case against Turner as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher, No. 13) by Lee Child

Gone Tomorrow Reviewed by Allen Hott

Another Jack Reacher story that Child has put together. Jack Reacher is one of the coolest good guys around. A former Army Ranger plus quite a few more important jobs in the military, he since has become a mercenary I guess on a full time basis. He never seems to work but he always has money to travel around the country chasing down the bad guys and giving the law a lot of help.

In Gone Tomorrow he is just riding along on a subway train and presto! He finds trouble and enough of it to carry the reader along through a plausible story. Reacher has many attributes along with his military training. One of them seems to be a way with women and not necessarily a sexual way but in the manner in which they want to help him or at least let him think they need his attention.

Also Reacher is an extremely strong and agile man. His military training has helped him become one of the toughest men around when he gets involved in a fight. And his training has also made him an extremely good marksman. With his Ranger background he also is able to think ahead and react quickly to any type of situation that he is faced with. Read the rest of this entry »