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Night School I'll say 375 stars rounded upIn penning another of his 'flashback' Reacher novels Child stirs the pot and leaves series fans divided Taking the story back to 1997 Reacher still works for the Military Police and is summoned to attend some additional training in the form of an evening class The course outline is vague and Reacher is sworn to secrecy but he has nothing to lose showing up to a classroom where representatives of the CIA and FBI await him The class is a cover to instil inter agency cooperation on a pending threat that has come out of Germany A collection of Muslims from various countries on both sides of the Shia Shi'ite divide are living together and talking about a vague event An Iranian double agent is reporting that the group has been dealing with an American who is willing to sell them something for upwards of 100 million With no idea as to who the mystery American might be or what he has to offer for such a large sum of money Reacher is sent to the region to investigate While liaising with German officials Reacher learns that the American might be part of the US Military based on some information that witnesses have garnered However others offer information that leads Reacher to wonder if this could be one of the handful of men who went AWOL over the past while Working on this premise Reacher uses his systematic thinking that has made him so popular in twenty previous novels and loosely connects the American and the larger plot to events from the Cold War era The item worth so much could be something that might ignite a new and highly dangerous war though Reacher is determined not to let that happen As Reacher races to locate the perpetrator he must flex his muscle and seduce yet another woman keys to the recipe of any Jack Reacher thriller while also ensuring that there is some degree of finality knowing full well that the world does not end in 1997 What could Reacher have discovered in the years leading up to America's supposed 'War on Terror'? An interesting throwback novel that has some fans bemoaning the end of Lee Child's success as a bestselling author while others applaud this ingenious spinIt was just the other day that I was discussing the idea of long book series with a protagonist that has an 'active' read fighting tendency How long can a series go on before the body gives out and it becomes somewhat unbelievable Scot Harvath and Mitch Rapp seem to be able to do it though the likes of Jason Bourne may have to hang up his shoes soon this is likely because of an inferior author guiding him through adventures now When it comes to Jack Reacher the same might be said though Lee Child has taken an interesting spin on things by penning throwback or 'flashback' novels to help the series grow while not taxing the protagonist any further from where he ended during the last present based novel Many series fans don't like this as Reacher is best known for his renegade and vigilante behaviour which is lost when he still dons the Army uniform That said he remains crisp and uses his analytical mind to decipher the most obscure clues In this novel the younger Reacher is his sarcastic self surrounded by an always new and somewhat uniue collection of supporting characters Pulling time sensitive plots Child is able to discuss Muslim terrorism in its kernel stage before it was used by every thriller writer and flogged to the point of becoming less than intriguing I will agree somewhat that the law abiding Reacher one serving his country is not as exciting as the current incarnation of this character though this novel way by no means a waste As with any Reacher novel there has to be that lovely lady that Reacher is able to seduce and a group of men who are begging to have the snot beaten out of them by the calm protagonist Child is always happy to offer social commentary pulling on various aspects of America's ongoing need to be involved in wars of all types and the apparent disregard for technological protection from one era to another If I were to say anything else I might spill the proverbial beans so I will encourage readers to give this novel a change and look at the silver lining; Lee Child has not signed off on letting Tom Cruise ruin a handful of other Jack Reacher stories in the years to come Kudos Mr Child for this refreshing look at the early Jack Reacher before the chip on his shoulder became the cross he had to bear Likehate the review? An ever growing collection of others appears at Night School Jack Reacher #21 Lee ChildNight School is a 2016 novel by Lee Child This is the twenty first book in the Jack Reacher series It is written in the third person It’s 1996 and Reacher is still in the army In the morning they give him a medal and in the afternoon they send him back to school That night he’s off the grid Out of sight out of mindتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز چهاردهم ماه مارس سال 2018 میلادیعنوان مدرسه شبانه سری جک ریچر #21؛با روایت سوم شخص نگاشته شده است و نخستین بار در سال 2016 میلادی منتشر شده است جک ریچر هنوز در ارتش است و ؛ ا شربیانی Lee Child sure writes great books And Jack Reacher is a great character I'm a big fan Although I've read these books in publication order I'm not sure it's necessary With this book Child goes back to 1996 three years after a bomb went off in the parking garage below a very tall building in New York City Reacher is Major Reacher an MP in the US Army He and two other men from other US government agencies are sent to Night School I love that Child can write about various periods of Reacher's life and not be chronologically correctNo spoilers here A clandestine someone just learned that The American is asking 100 million US dollars for something That's the spark but who's involved and what's for sale that's worth that price? Thus starts the cat and mouse game to figure it outMy husband and son are big into military history especially World War II and this book gave me an opportunity to discuss that with them and to uestion them My son even Googled and showed me pictures I love that Child took an actual thing and wrapped a fictional story around it Well I'm assuming it was mostly fictionalIn one previous book I thought Child used too many short choppy sentences In this one he got it right It's like fast thinking or understanding who you're talking with without them saying very many words It helps pick up the pace At times there is humorous dialogue and other times Child writes a humorous observation I love that and I have to read it to my husband because I've laughed out loudI’m sure all Reacher Creatures will like this one In this preuel set in the mid nineties Reacher is still in the Army He’s a major in the military police and has been drafted into an emergency task force Intelligence services in Europe have heard something ‘The American wants a hundred million dollars’ Nobody knows who The American is or what could cost such an exorbitant price but it’s assumed to be bad news very bad news For fans of this series there will be few surprises in the set up the cast is small enough to allow readers to become familiar with all the significant players the geographic area is well defined and all the standard Reacher traits are on display We see the story unfold in the course of a few days from the point of view of the chasers and the chased And it’s an interesting enough story with a degree of mystery held back until close to the end That’s all the good newsThe not so good news is that it’s a bit slow a bit plodding The whole thing lacks the raw tension of the best books in this series I also found the dénouement itself be be rather anticlimactic Finally I listened to this book on audio read by the normally reliable Jeff Harding and felt that his portrayal of Reacher his lines read in a slow flat monotone somehow contrived to draw all life out of the character Having listened to a couple of books from this series I’m now firmly of the opinion that they are better left to the printed page There’s also a strange element here I haven’t noticed before in that Child displays a penchant for describing something that didn’t happen and he did this uite freuently I lost count of the times he stated ‘Reacher said nothing’ and some other characters also said nothing Also a phone didn’t ring I’m not sure what this was meant to add but in the end I just found it uite irritatingAll in all I think it’s pretty average fare It may just be because I’ve been tiring of the format for some time but I was actually uite glad when this one drew to a close Will I be back? Well I’m afraid the jury’s out on that one DNF at 77% I know 77% is too late to give up but I had to I couldn't care to read any It wasn't interesting a bit The reason I got to 77% was because Lee Child's writing is very smooth with short and clear sentences the dialogues are sometimes witty the descriptions are sometimes interesting but this particular book had nothing elseLet me first start first with why you shouldn't read this book1 No clear stakes Well the conflict is as good as the villain and in this story believe me the biggest villain is circumstance bureaucracy and conflict of national interests In a different kind of book these obstacles may be valid even interesting but not in Jack Reacher story As repeated readers know he need people or group of people to outwit and out punch here there are none Also we don't know much about main antagonist's plan to hate him with all the fury I mean he does bad things but it's within the acceptable limit of bad guys In other words he isn't shockingly evil not someone who must receive Jack Reacher's 'one punch' of death instead of regular punishment 2 Page filler description of mundane I hate it when there's too much of it We don't need to know every step of Reacher doing breakfast it's not an flowchart or an operation manual I believe it was done to compensate for lack of story and fill the reuired number of pages3 Forced Sex Scene I know I thought this can only happen in B Movies but nope Lee Child wants to make sure that the protagonist get some ; I also noticed that Lee Child took his sweet time describing the act which is new because earlier he was like 'they did it' Now it's like one and half page of softcore eroticaHe doesn't go full explicit like say Sidney Sheldon 4 Arrogantly oversmart This may be just me but while I like intelligent characters Jack Reacher is predictably oversmart ie you know he will figure out things by himself while everyone else will act like dumbfucks doing what they are told At no point of time it feels like Reacher is wrong or struggling to get the right idea And on top of that his confidence seems like arrogance than something supported by logic 5 Chest thumping nationalism I have the feeling that this book was written with AmericanUSA readers in mind as there are many instances of American rubbing in Germany's defeat in WW and belittling them I am neither from Germany nor USA but I still feel it wasn't on comfortable side of nationalismNow if you have read this much I'll tell you why you should read this bookYou are a Jack Reacher fan love uick and easy time killers That's all In summary it isn't a difficult book to read It's just not interesting enough with weak conflict and page filler non story related stuff As a Jack Reacher fan you may skip this one and try his next I've been following Lee Child's books from the start and they are always enjoyable as well as being competent readable and well crafted; but recently I've started to feel as if this particular goldmine has been mostly exhausted I totally see what the author has been trying to do in the past two or three books to create different scenarios but I'm not sure the best way of doing this is to go back into Reacher's past A man is the sum of his life's experience and the younger Reacher seems suspiciously identical to the post Army Reacher still as laconic as cool as vaguely insubordinate as irresistible to women as ever He ticks all the boxes of course and many readers will like that But I would have liked to see a different less self assured Reacher something to indicate how he has changed since those earlier Army days Instead I found myself forgetting for long periods of time that this was an Army story The re introduction of Neagley was a welcome addition but as for the new love interest she seemed so insubstantial as to be almost a caricature Not the author's fault I suspect this is now too strong a franchise for him to venture too far from the formula but I'd love to see what Lee Child could achieve if separated from Reacher A book about Neagley? I'd read that And yes perhaps it's time My rating 445Night School has everything that you would expect from a Jack Reacher novel It was fun and fast It was stylish and simple? who knows?But It was really good I actually liked this one better than most of the other Jack reacher novels This one has simple story but at the same time it's entertaining I started it and after some pages that's it The novel ended Blimey It’s 1996 and Reacher is still in the army In the morning they give him a medal and in the afternoon they send him back to school That night he’s off the grid Out of sight out of mind Two other men are in the classroom—an FBI agent and a CIA analyst Each is a first rate operator each is fresh off a big win and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there Then they find out A Jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg Germany has received an unexpected visitor—a Saudi courier seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown A CIA asset undercover inside the cell has overheard the courier whisper a chilling message “The American wants a hundred million dollars” For what And who from Reacher and his two new friends are told to find the American Reacher recruits the best soldier he has ever worked with Sergeant Frances Neagley Their mission heats up in ways than one while always keeping their eyes on the prize If they don’t get their man the world will suffer an epic act of terrorism From Langley to Hamburg Jalalabad to Kiev Night School moves like a bullet through a treacherous landscape of double crosses faked identities and new and terrible enemies as Reacher maneuvers inside the game and outside the law Listening Length 13 hours and 7 minutes 35★sAfter receiving a medal in the morning Major Jack Reacher along with two others FBI and CIA were buried deeply in a highly secure establishment they called Night School But it wasn’t a school 1996 and the hierarchy had heard something big was going down The message that had been overheard; “the American wants a hundred million dollars” was chilling – they needed to discover what could possibly have enough value to warrant that figureSergeant Frances Neagley joined the team and before long she and Reacher were in Hamburg trying to track clues One step forward two steps back – their frustration was mounting Could they find the messenger? Or would they find the American first? Mistakes were made – what would be the outcome? Night School by Lee Child didn’t feel to me to be in the same league as previous Reacher novels The pace seemed slow and I wasn’t riveted – in fact I didn’t have any problem putting it down The sentences were short and choppy and there was a lot of repetition I think maybe it was too military for me and a long way from where the author usually bases his Reacher novels But I’ll still be reading the next Reacher novel and I still recommend this one to fans of the thriller genre and Jack Reacher of course Something different from the norm for this series as Lee Child takes Reacher back into his past and back into uniform I liked it especially as we see a different side of Jack as well brain and a bit less brawn than usualOf course he still single handedly takes on half a dozen men at a time and comes out not even breathing heavily Where would we be if he could not do that? However he also has to spend a lot of time planning strategizing and outguessing the enemy and he does it wellNice too to spend time again with the younger Jack Reacher He seemed to be in a very good place at 35 calm confident and with a good support base of close friends to call on Of course he also scores a relationship with a beautiful woman which ends as usual with the bookNot as action packed or fast paced as his usual novels but still very readable and a refreshing change

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