No Middle Name

No Middle Name

The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories

eBook - 2017
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"Get ready for the ultimate Jack Reacher experience: a thrilling new novella and eleven previously published stories, together for the first time in one pulse-pounding collection from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child. Get ready for the ultimate Jack Reacher reading experience. No Middle Name includes eleven previously published stories and a thrilling new novella from the twelve-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, shedding light on "one of this century's most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes" (The Washington Post). This pulse-pounding collection marks the first time that all of Lee Child's short fiction starring Reacher has been available in the same place at the same time. No Middle Name begins with "Too Much Time," a brand-new work of short fiction that finds Reacher in a hollowed-out town in Maine, where he witnesses a random bag-snatching but sees much more than a simple crime--a fact that could prove fatal. "Small Wars" takes readers back to 1989, when Reacher is an MP assigned to solve the brutal murder of a young officer found along an isolated forest road in Georgia--and whose killer may be hiding in plain sight. In "Not a Drill," Reacher tries to take some down time, but a pleasant hike in Maine turns into a walk on the wild side--and perhaps something far more sinister. "High Heat" time hops to 1977, when Reacher is a teenager in sweltering New York City during a sudden blackout that awakens the dark side of the city that never sleeps. Okinawa is the setting of "Second Son," which reveals the pivotal moment when young Reacher's sharp "lizard brain" becomes just as important as his muscle. In "Deep Down," Reacher tracks down a spy by matching wits with four formidable females--three of which are clean, but the fourth may prove fatal. Rounding out the collection are "Guy Walks into a Bar," "James Penney's New Identity," "Everyone Talks," "The Picture of the Lonely Diner," "Maybe They Have a Tradition," and "No Room at the Motel." No suitcase. No destination. No middle name. No matter how far Reacher travels off the beaten path, trouble always finds him. Feel bad for trouble. Praise for Lee Child "There's a reason [Lee] Child is considered the best of the best in the thriller genre."--Associated Press "This series [is] utterly addictive."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times "Jack Reacher is today's James Bond, a thriller hero we can't get enough of. I read every one as soon as it appears."--Ken Follett "The Reacher novels are easily the best thriller series going."--NPR "Reacher's just one of fiction's great mysterious strangers."--Maxim "Irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit."--Kirkus Reviews"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9780399593581
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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HenryBurr
Mar 12, 2019

"To each, their own " said the farmer as he kissed his cow.
Each reader has his or her own tastes. For me, I found these short stories more enjoyable and engaging than many of the novels. Succinct, free of minor plot complications, and with an economy of language that kicked the story line along. I personally would rate this a " must read" for the Childs audience.

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GrimJack
Oct 25, 2018

I liked the first few books but I did not read them in order (but I think I approximated the order). In the later books, the bad guys are just crazy 2-d figures who do horrible things to people - like really, really despicable things and he gives them a quick, clean death. If he is going to such great lengths to make his bad guys so completely bad, he should have them die a horrible death - but that is not Reacher's style. I think i read about 20 of them because I was sitting with an ill relative and there was nothing else to do. There is only one I want to read and that is the one where he smashes a general's head into his desk leaving a dent for others to marvel at.

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writermala
Oct 01, 2018

I thought that short stories would not be able to do justice to Reacher's prowess; however, much to my surprise, each of the short stories in this collection was complete and just the right length. I would almost go so far as to say the short stories are a better platform for Reacher than a full length novel which tends to get repetitive. This collection starts with Reacher as a boy and continues till he is 'retired.' Vintage Reacher.

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jimg2000
Jan 12, 2018

Commented on Jul 29, 2017

5 are previously published novelettes as ebooks or bonus in earlier novels. Other than the new entry, “Too Much Time,” the rest are short adventures that spanned over the course of hours to a couple of days during the big guy's aimless travels over the years. More Reacher "secrets files" from the past please.

Note: Collection of quotes from the standard hard copy version:

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7626dee
Dec 30, 2017

Some good, some not so much but a nice way of showing us the young Reacher without reverting to endless flashbacks in his current novels. I have given up on Child due to his sell-out to Hollywood by allowing Tom Cruise to portray Reacher-a giant portrayed by a midget, go figure, the dollar reigns supreme.

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skyler2002
Dec 14, 2017

This collection of short stories is a lot of fun to read. I particularly enjoyed the ones about young Jack Reacher.

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brianwalsh1948
Aug 18, 2017

I just love Jack Reacher, and this book didn't disappoint. Fast paced and action packed. A whole lot of ass kickin packaged in these short stories. Five stars from me!!
Lee has a new Reacher novel on the way called "Midnight Line: a Jack Reacher novel". Better put your hold request in fast because there's only 25 copies on order at the library.

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McCReader
Aug 03, 2017

Not a bad summer read - enjoyed the young Reacher stories...

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watts148
Jul 25, 2017

COMPLETE DISAPPOINTMENT from this author!!!!! I am a huge fan but do not understand this trash other than for the $$$$$$$$ Do NOT waste your time !!!

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sandymorgan
Jul 20, 2017

Total disappointment! Lee Child just cashed in on his reputation with the Reacher novels by writing this drivel for an easy paycheck. Stick to what you know, and short story writing is not Child's forte. 1/5 stars.

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LLOYD A RIDER
Feb 04, 2018

Other: I love this series. Of course some of the books are a swing and a miss but as I get towards the end I always savor it and read slower.

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LLOYD A RIDER
Feb 04, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: See the "Sexual Content" comments above.

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LLOYD A RIDER
Feb 04, 2018

Sexual Content: Yes. My only request for me Lee Child is that maybe he type slower so I can finish my...wait, never mind. I just wanna know where the 58 year old Jack Reacher is getting his viagra and testosterone replacement therapy.

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LLOYD A RIDER
Feb 04, 2018

Violence: I enjoy the way a writer that when he speaks sounds like he should be the butler on "Downtown Abbey" can come up with fight scenes that are so impossible that Tom Cruise can look competent doing them in a movie.

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LLOYD A RIDER
Feb 04, 2018

Coarse Language: Of course there is language...its a book, duh!!!!

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LLOYD A RIDER
Feb 04, 2018

LLOYD A RIDER thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 98

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