Night School: Jack Reacher 21 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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In the morning they gave Reacher a medal. And in the afternoon, they sent him back to school.
Night School takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time he's not in uniform. With trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at his side, he must carry the fate of the world on his shoulders in a wired, fiendishly clever new adventure that will make cold sweat trickle down your spine.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 12 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||07 November 2016|
|Publisher||Random House Audiobooks|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 1,331 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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99 in Suspense
104 in Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
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There were, however, many things to like about this novel for dedicated Jack Reacher fans. For one thing, it gives us insight into how his military career helped to shape the man he became after he left the army. He undertook sanctioned missions that were not unlike the causes he pursues in his later years. And he exhibits the same degree of ruthlessness and righteousness, the same capacity for vigilantism. This novel also showcased Jack's early ability to make connections and predict behaviour based on a combination of analylitical skills, experience and gut feelings. This skill is at the centre of his career as an MP and serves him well in his post-Army life.
I also noted that he didn't take a bag overseas and pressed his trousers under his mattress. I always worry about him not changing his underwear, not to mention his clothes, and this novel was no exception.
I also liked that this novel showed Jack cooperating with others - not so much the alphabet soup of the fake school, but with the local police and other trusted army colleagues. I found the relationship in this one less convincing, the mission leader seemed as though she would have more common sense than to become involved with a subordinate.
Reacher wasn't as cleaver as he was in earlier books, it was as if he was still honing his skills. Please keep writing, I never want to stop reading about Reacher. Would love to find that one of his flings delivered a child to come into his life! I can imagine a whole lot of stories from that development !!
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1. A European city for location (not the back of beyond in USA), and involvement in a global incident
2. Sex scenes. Not Lee's writing strength at all in my opinion, but a requisite element of most Hollywood films these days. And gives an good director a chance to show off his artistic skills. In earlier books, I don't recall him always bedding a woman. In the later books, it has become a certainty, like James Bond.
3. Uneccesary bestiality scene. I'm no prude, but it seemed to be there to add some Hollywood shock factor, rather than be an integral part of the story.
4. A large group of key players, giving the chance to assemble a stellar cast.
5. Reacher as self-imposed judge, jury, and executioner. Yes, Reacher kills, but this time his murders seem almost gratuitous, and somewhat out of character. Far better when he badly hurts the transgressors. In this book, I felt he was little better than the "baddies" from a moral standpoint.
I'm not sure how I felt about him working as part of a team that he wasn't in charge of. In some ways it highlights his maverick nature, which I like, but I suspect it was necessary to create a situation where he could be involved in such a potentially global incident.
For a book hoping to be turned into a film, there was surprisingly little "action" for Reacher. I'm sure this was a disappointment for many readers.
I didn't find the plot as boring as some reviewers, nor as riveting as others.
Overall, I would put this on a par with other thriller novels I have read, whereas the best Reacher novels stand head and shoulders above the rest, with a twist or development to every chapter end that makes you want to move on to the next. This wasn't the case for me with this book.
One final point. I know Lee Child has defended the choice of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher, and has even gone so far as to say that it isn't easy to find an actor that fits his stature. One thing's for sure. Tom Cruise is the antithesis of Jack Reacher, whatever his acting abilities. I refuse to believe that there isn't a decent actor out there, who would be a better fit, physically.
Tom Cain's Samuel Carver
Will Jordan's Ryan Drake
Andy McNab's Nick Stone
Chris Ryan's Danny Black
Tom Wood's Victor the assassin
The year in this one is 1996 - so it doesn't follow on from 20 as it puts Jack back in time, still in the army, and on a mission with Neagley. Compared to others there isn't a great deal of action - but I love how Jack's thought processes work - even though, sometimes, it seems like he's channelling Sherlock Holmes in his deductions. It might be far fetched - but it's entertaining.
I've read reviews, on here, that have complained about a scene with a donkey - but it only lasted a few lines and there was no great detail, so hardly that offensive. And another review said it seemed like someone else had written it....which puzzled me as it felt like the normal Lee Child rhythm to me. Different strokes for different folks.
The bottom line is - it's pure escapism. Reading a Reacher for me is like listening to a live concert album by a favourite artist. You kind of know what songs might come up and you know it's probably all going to turn out ok - but you don't know if you'll hear your favourites or how closely they will match the originals. But you have built up a relationship (with the artist / Jack) and you've paid your money and you just sit back and enjoy the show. Give it a year or two and I'll happily read this again.
My only gripe is that I had to buy the paperback, which is a bit of a waste of precious trees. The stubborn side of me was not going to pay a quid more for the Kindle version...