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In this short story from Lee Child, Jack Reacher is again on the move. But even a pleasant hike on a beautiful summer day turns into a walk on the wild side . . . and perhaps something far more sinister. Jack Reacher is on the road, hitching a ride with some earnest young Canadians who are planning a hike through some of the last unspoiled wilderness in North America in the In this short story from Lee Child, Jack Reacher is again on the move. But even a pleasant hike on a beautiful summer day turns into a walk on the wild side . . . and perhaps something far more sinister. Jack Reacher is on the road, hitching a ride with some earnest young Canadians who are planning a hike through some of the last unspoiled wilderness in North America in the dense forests of Maine. They part ways after sharing a hot meal, and Reacher checks out a quiet town surrounded by countryside serene enough to cool even his raging wanderlust. But not for long. First the trail is suddenly and inexplicably closed. Then the military police show up in force. Maybe it's a drill. Or maybe it's trouble—the kind of trouble that always finds Reacher, no matter how far he travels off the beaten path.


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In this short story from Lee Child, Jack Reacher is again on the move. But even a pleasant hike on a beautiful summer day turns into a walk on the wild side . . . and perhaps something far more sinister. Jack Reacher is on the road, hitching a ride with some earnest young Canadians who are planning a hike through some of the last unspoiled wilderness in North America in the In this short story from Lee Child, Jack Reacher is again on the move. But even a pleasant hike on a beautiful summer day turns into a walk on the wild side . . . and perhaps something far more sinister. Jack Reacher is on the road, hitching a ride with some earnest young Canadians who are planning a hike through some of the last unspoiled wilderness in North America in the dense forests of Maine. They part ways after sharing a hot meal, and Reacher checks out a quiet town surrounded by countryside serene enough to cool even his raging wanderlust. But not for long. First the trail is suddenly and inexplicably closed. Then the military police show up in force. Maybe it's a drill. Or maybe it's trouble—the kind of trouble that always finds Reacher, no matter how far he travels off the beaten path.

30 review for Not a Drill

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Not a Drill (Jack Reacher, #18.5), Lee Child Not a Drill Originally published: July 29, 2014. In this Electronic short story from Lee Child, Jack Reacher is again on the move. Jack Reacher is on the road, hitching a ride with some earnest young Canadians who are planning a hike through some of the last unspoiled wilderness in North America in the dense forests of Maine. They part ways after sharing a hot meal, and Reacher checks out a quiet town surrounded by countryside serene enough to cool eve Not a Drill (Jack Reacher, #18.5), Lee Child Not a Drill Originally published: July 29, 2014. In this Electronic short story from Lee Child, Jack Reacher is again on the move. Jack Reacher is on the road, hitching a ride with some earnest young Canadians who are planning a hike through some of the last unspoiled wilderness in North America in the dense forests of Maine. They part ways after sharing a hot meal, and Reacher checks out a quiet town surrounded by countryside serene enough to cool even his raging wanderlust. But not for long. First the trail is suddenly and inexplicably closed. Then the military police show up in force. Maybe it's a drill. Or maybe it's trouble—the kind of trouble that always finds Reacher, no matter how far he travels off the beaten path. An enjoyable little novella. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز هفدهم ماه فوریه سال 2018میلادی عنوان: یک مته نیست، از سری جک ریچر؛ نویسنده: لی چایلد؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان بریتانیا - سده 21م جک ریچر، در یک روز گرم و بیهدف ماه اوت، سوار کامیونی خالی به شرق در «ماین» شد، و ...؛ تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 19/04/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Keane

    Lee Child has been one of my favourite authors for seventeen years. I've read each and every one of his books - twice - , met the author himself, got a signed copy of A Wanted Man, shared a beer with Lee in the Savoy Hotel, London and Jack Reacher is one of my all-time favourite characters. I even enjoyed the film and was one of the minority who thought Tom Cruise did a decent job. Basically, I'm invested in this author and have been for some time. However, this was the first time I felt disappo Lee Child has been one of my favourite authors for seventeen years. I've read each and every one of his books - twice - , met the author himself, got a signed copy of A Wanted Man, shared a beer with Lee in the Savoy Hotel, London and Jack Reacher is one of my all-time favourite characters. I even enjoyed the film and was one of the minority who thought Tom Cruise did a decent job. Basically, I'm invested in this author and have been for some time. However, this was the first time I felt disappointed after reading a book by Child. It's because Not A Drill was...well, moderately decent. Reacher books are generally addictive. Containing the right amount of mystery, intrigue, smarts, and humour for any fan of thrillers, I would consider these books essential reading. Harking back to the days of hard boiled noir and anti-heroes, Reacher is a leading man that everyone appreciates. However, when Child started doing short stories, the Reacher enigma, so to speak, lost some of its appeal. This isn't due to the story itself - Not A Drill is concise, smart, short and very slick - it just seems to be...too short. Reacher revels when he's unwound slowly and the short stories don't do it for me in that respect. Just as they get started, it's over. The worrying thing is that the other shorts were great, so I concluded that Not A Drill was missing something. It hit me when I reached the 74% mark on my Kindle and the story ended. And there it was. This story was rushed, the conclusion ending on a cliffhanger/sudden ending that kind of come out of nowhere. Yes, Child has his next novel, Personal, coming out this month, and if this is the lead in, then fair enough. However, if that isn't the case, then this story was a blatant attempt to sell the new novel, the final 16% of my Kindle time taken to show us an excerpt of the new book. Good promotion, yes, but as a Child fan; I'm invested. I will buy the next book but I would also have liked another 16% of Not A Drill...I felt short changed and this is rare, but this left me with a sour taste in my mouth. 3* - Too short. Yes, Reacher is better as a longer tale, a novel you can sink into and spend several hours divulging with. It doesn't mean the shorts should suffer but they shouldn't end this quickly. This seems like a stopgap to the next novel - and I can't wait - but this story shouldn't suffer in the process. Worth a read - all Child stories are - but you may end up feeling rushed to a conclusion that doesn't make a lot of sense. Maybe that was the point...let's hope Personal explains this if that's the case.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jason Koivu

    I think Lee Child wanted to write about virginal Canadian woodlands, so he penned this quickie. More on that later. You're probably familiar with Jack Reacher the character by now, if not via the books, then probably through Tom Cruise's movie version. My wife would watch an in-house tech-vid on widget production if it starred Cruise, so I've seen the 2012 Jack Reacher movie a few times by proxy. It just plays in the background as part of an all-disaster-and/or-zombie-flick marathon looped foreve I think Lee Child wanted to write about virginal Canadian woodlands, so he penned this quickie. More on that later. You're probably familiar with Jack Reacher the character by now, if not via the books, then probably through Tom Cruise's movie version. My wife would watch an in-house tech-vid on widget production if it starred Cruise, so I've seen the 2012 Jack Reacher movie a few times by proxy. It just plays in the background as part of an all-disaster-and/or-zombie-flick marathon looped forever while she sits on the couch -her command center- getting the editing done and admin work caught up on her wedding photography business. Brain candy movies are the best background noise for the work environment! And, as far as I can tell, that's what this Reacher stuff is, brain candy. That ain't a bad thing! Having heard all about these books and skimmed a few, I thought I'd test the waters by dipping my big toe in the shallow section. So far, not bad! I didn't expect much, after all, Not A Drill is essentially a long short story and there's not much time to get a time to get much done in a mere 50 pages. As mentioned before, in this one Child spends much of his time describing a primeval Canadian forest. The descriptions are so lush you can almost smell the clean, verdant air. I love a good hike in the forest, so I was all right with the very little action that takes place in Not A Drill. Almost nothing happens. There's a mysterious lock-down on the woods as the military moves in and tries to move everyone else out. Reacher can't help himself. He just has to stick his nose in there and find out what's up. This was a nice baby step into the series. I'll gladly take another.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    An enjoyable little novella, as Reacher is planning on hitchhiking through Maine’s ancient forest - but he finds the trail blocked off an is immediately curious to know what has happened. It’s a quick breezy read, I liked how Reacher uses logical explanations to try and work out the mystery. It’s an ideal sampler for someone who is curious to read this series, you get a real sense of Child’s writing style and how Reacher’s characteristics has made this such a popular series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ned Frederick

    Let's send Reacher to find the well-known author who is taking advantage of the devotion of his readers by making a buck tricking them into buying mediocre, over-priced short stories. This evil author is just the kind of cynical, duplicitous SOB Reacher is so often compelled to run to ground. Would make a good story ... unlike this one. Let's send Reacher to find the well-known author who is taking advantage of the devotion of his readers by making a buck tricking them into buying mediocre, over-priced short stories. This evil author is just the kind of cynical, duplicitous SOB Reacher is so often compelled to run to ground. Would make a good story ... unlike this one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marty Fried

    3 1/2 stars, I think. It was a quick, enjoyable read, if you like Jack Reacher. No fights in this one, but just the typical common sense and clear thinking that we've come to expect most of the time. Nothing great, but not bad for a short story. 3 1/2 stars, I think. It was a quick, enjoyable read, if you like Jack Reacher. No fights in this one, but just the typical common sense and clear thinking that we've come to expect most of the time. Nothing great, but not bad for a short story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    The insurmountable & unstoppable Jack Reacher, the “x-military” officer & drifter has a new project in his life. Jack Reacher on the road again, enters the quiet Naismith, Maine town. He meets Army Soldiers who don’t let him pass hanging yellow “Do Not Pass “ tape & he becomes curious. He & 3 Canadians find a dead Canadian that looks like he fell out a airplane. They investigate secrets until they can determine if he was pushed -or- jumped -> to cover up military secrets? Simple & Short. The insurmountable & unstoppable Jack Reacher, the “x-military” officer & drifter has a new project in his life. Jack Reacher on the road again, enters the quiet Naismith, Maine town. He meets Army Soldiers who don’t let him pass hanging yellow “Do Not Pass “ tape & he becomes curious. He & 3 Canadians find a dead Canadian that looks like he fell out a airplane. They investigate secrets until they can determine if he was pushed -or- jumped -> to cover up military secrets? Simple & Short.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    This is the first Lee Child offering featuring Jack Reacher that I felt was truly awful. I gave it 2 stars only out of homage to the author and one of the best of fiction action heroes ever. Otherwise it would have merited zero stars. I'll be tempted to shoplift my next Jack a Reacher novel just to recoup my investment! This is the first Lee Child offering featuring Jack Reacher that I felt was truly awful. I gave it 2 stars only out of homage to the author and one of the best of fiction action heroes ever. Otherwise it would have merited zero stars. I'll be tempted to shoplift my next Jack a Reacher novel just to recoup my investment!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Gotta love an easy before-bedtime read in one setting novella! I actually enjoyed this one more than the other Reacher novellas, in large part due to the Maine northwoods setting. Child did a masterful job of making me feel like I was in the still, silent woods on a mysterious hiking trail in the middle of nowhere. I appreciated that Reacher didn't have to shoot anyone or even beat anyone senseless in this short tale. What I didn't love was that I wanted more -- more about the characters who pic Gotta love an easy before-bedtime read in one setting novella! I actually enjoyed this one more than the other Reacher novellas, in large part due to the Maine northwoods setting. Child did a masterful job of making me feel like I was in the still, silent woods on a mysterious hiking trail in the middle of nowhere. I appreciated that Reacher didn't have to shoot anyone or even beat anyone senseless in this short tale. What I didn't love was that I wanted more -- more about the characters who picked up Reacher as he was hitch-hiking, and more about what was actually happening out there. The build-up was much more satisfying than the very quick conclusion, and I wanted more pages to flesh things out. This would have been a great start to a full-length novel, because it left me wanting more, but I'll be surprised if these provocative folks show up again. Too bad.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Zade

    Fun short story I confess I've not met a Jack Reacher story I didn't like, so I'm not the most credible reviewer on this one. But for what it's worth, I like this story because it's not the usual Reacher fare, yet it carries enough of the usual ambiance to fulfill a fan's expectations. Missing are any of Reacher's always entertaining fight scenes, as well as any definable bad guy or guys. But Reacher's powers of observation and deduction are on full display here and it's an enjoyable ride. Child Fun short story I confess I've not met a Jack Reacher story I didn't like, so I'm not the most credible reviewer on this one. But for what it's worth, I like this story because it's not the usual Reacher fare, yet it carries enough of the usual ambiance to fulfill a fan's expectations. Missing are any of Reacher's always entertaining fight scenes, as well as any definable bad guy or guys. But Reacher's powers of observation and deduction are on full display here and it's an enjoyable ride. Child usually provides a clear answer to the puzzles he sets for Reacher, so the ambiguity of the ending is unusual, too, but it works. Great fun and a well chosen appetizer for the upcoming novel. Poor Lee Child; it would be impossible for him to write fast enough to satisfy his fans' hunger for Reacher stories.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    A little taste of Jack Reacher goes a long way - liked this short story on a few levels. It's based in the State of Maine and it mentions my home town of Fredericton, New Brunswick. Who really knows what's going on when the military comes to town and restricts access to a popular/tourist site? I'm not going to tell you - read the book and find out! :) 2 thumbs up and 4 stars (not a big fan of novellas is why this only gets 4 stars). A little taste of Jack Reacher goes a long way - liked this short story on a few levels. It's based in the State of Maine and it mentions my home town of Fredericton, New Brunswick. Who really knows what's going on when the military comes to town and restricts access to a popular/tourist site? I'm not going to tell you - read the book and find out! :) 2 thumbs up and 4 stars (not a big fan of novellas is why this only gets 4 stars).

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    I'm not really sure that this was worth the time (although, to be fair, it didn't consume much time), or for that matter, what the point of it was - although I guess it's a little more of a place-in-time Maine woods travelogue than many of the books (even though the series is basically a wanderer on the road journey) - but it was worth every penny I paid for it, since it was a bonus included with one of the books in the series. I'm not really sure that this was worth the time (although, to be fair, it didn't consume much time), or for that matter, what the point of it was - although I guess it's a little more of a place-in-time Maine woods travelogue than many of the books (even though the series is basically a wanderer on the road journey) - but it was worth every penny I paid for it, since it was a bonus included with one of the books in the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    Read as part of No Middle Name. Reacher hitched a ride with teens through Maine.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    It all began with a bit of hitchhiking near the Canadian border, eh. Reacher stumbles upon a group of hikers who are keen to trek through a forested area of northern Maine. He agrees to their hospitality all the way to town, though makes no plans to join them on their four-day jaunt. When he learns from the townspeople that the hiking trail has been closed, at both ends, his interest is raised. When he sees the Humvees heading into town and the MPs exerting their presence, he has to get a little It all began with a bit of hitchhiking near the Canadian border, eh. Reacher stumbles upon a group of hikers who are keen to trek through a forested area of northern Maine. He agrees to their hospitality all the way to town, though makes no plans to join them on their four-day jaunt. When he learns from the townspeople that the hiking trail has been closed, at both ends, his interest is raised. When he sees the Humvees heading into town and the MPs exerting their presence, he has to get a little more involved. What could be on that path that has the US Military so intrigued as to scramble up into the middle of nowhere? And where have his two hiking acquaintances gone, with the trail closed and their ride no due for a few more days? All is revealed, though the answers may leave readers with more questions to pose. Child does a great job with this short story, giving Reacher fans a little more to enjoy as they wait for the next full-length novel. While little character development came from this brief glimpse into a Reacher adventure, some of his well-known sleuthing skills came to the forefront. He always remains so calm as he lays out his keen arguments and hypotheses, which can make the stories all the more enjoyable. While I know some authors have used their short stories as bridges or teasers for the upcoming novels, Child tends to stick to the belief that each book should be readable as though it is the first one a potential fan might read and enjoy enough to devour the entire series. Stand-alone novels (and short stories) are good ways to show an author's ability to compartmentalise, though I have often found myself scouring the story to see if some minor character, mentioned in passing, does make a larger contribution in later tales. Kudos, Mr. Child for this interesting an Canadian-filled short story. Bring on your next major work, if you please.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    Have I mentioned how much I hate this trend of publishing, and charging for, short "stories" as prequels to upcoming novels? This is the third such effort I've read from three different top-selling authors. And while it's a reasonably well-written story, charging $1.99 for 44 pages of nothing terribly exciting (unless you count a couple of free chapters of the new novel, Personal, comes way too close to a rip-off for my comfort. If it matters, Lee Child's popular hero Jack Reacher is traveling al Have I mentioned how much I hate this trend of publishing, and charging for, short "stories" as prequels to upcoming novels? This is the third such effort I've read from three different top-selling authors. And while it's a reasonably well-written story, charging $1.99 for 44 pages of nothing terribly exciting (unless you count a couple of free chapters of the new novel, Personal, comes way too close to a rip-off for my comfort. If it matters, Lee Child's popular hero Jack Reacher is traveling alone and unencumbered in rural Maine (why that is we never learn), hitching rides here and there until he reaches a remote wilderness trail that for some unknown reason has been closed and is being closely guarded by military police. Of course, Jack gets drawn into finding out why. He does - sort of - and readers learn it too - sort of. The story wasn't bad, especially considering that it took only half an hour to read. But $1.99? Fuhgettaboutit. Save your bucks and buy the real thing.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

    This started out well and I enjoyed most of it. But I found the ending and circumstances (governmental especially) absolutely absurd. There simply isn't the competence available and working to stretch this to any portion to association of current reality in those spheres. Also the girl who wasn't "woodsy" who ended up helping Reacher? That didn't fly either. She couldn't and wouldn't have trudged into that scenario. The first half was decent in its Reacher mindset details and interest drawing for This started out well and I enjoyed most of it. But I found the ending and circumstances (governmental especially) absolutely absurd. There simply isn't the competence available and working to stretch this to any portion to association of current reality in those spheres. Also the girl who wasn't "woodsy" who ended up helping Reacher? That didn't fly either. She couldn't and wouldn't have trudged into that scenario. The first half was decent in its Reacher mindset details and interest drawing formations. After that decision of his to stay it was all "lost in the woods". 2.5 stars rounded up for Reacher being Reacher and not leaving the scene. This trend toward single incredulous stories toward purchase? Not a fan. I'm disappointed in Child.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    A jack Reacher novella by Lee Child. I am a big fan of the Jack Reacher series but I have to admit that I don't think the shorter stories work and can't believe that I am going to give one of my favourite authors a two star rating. I read the except from his new book which follows this short story and you can tell the difference straight away. I understand that there is a demand for novellas but really I think this book is not worth the purchase, a 20 minute read. A jack Reacher novella by Lee Child. I am a big fan of the Jack Reacher series but I have to admit that I don't think the shorter stories work and can't believe that I am going to give one of my favourite authors a two star rating. I read the except from his new book which follows this short story and you can tell the difference straight away. I understand that there is a demand for novellas but really I think this book is not worth the purchase, a 20 minute read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dorel

    This book's storyline was okay. I liked Reacher's character. The ending was okay. This book's storyline was okay. I liked Reacher's character. The ending was okay.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    Jack Reacher is on the road, hitching a ride, per usual. He gets a ride from some young Canadians, who are planning a hike through some the last unspoiled wilderness in North America in the dense forests of Maine. Reacher parts ways after sharing a hot meal. Reacher decides to check out a quiet town. First the trail is closed, and then the military police show up in force. Maybe it’s a drill, or maybe it’s’ trouble. Child provides us with some suspense, action and Reacher’s usual “I said nothing Jack Reacher is on the road, hitching a ride, per usual. He gets a ride from some young Canadians, who are planning a hike through some the last unspoiled wilderness in North America in the dense forests of Maine. Reacher parts ways after sharing a hot meal. Reacher decides to check out a quiet town. First the trail is closed, and then the military police show up in force. Maybe it’s a drill, or maybe it’s’ trouble. Child provides us with some suspense, action and Reacher’s usual “I said nothing”. This is a quick read and I loved the descriptions of upper Maine. When I lived in Nova Scotia we would go on hiking trips in Maine or sail the off shore Island. Maine is a beautiful state. I usually enjoy a short story as a break from reading some very long books. But this book was a bit too short. I felt as if the author just abruptly ended the story and left me dangling. I read this as an audio book downloaded from Audible. Dick Hill did he usual great job narrating the book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Hitchhiking his way across the country, Reacher ends up in Maine near the Canadian border. Picked up by tourists from Canada, Reacher shares a ride and a meal with them (in a diner, because where else would Jack Reacher have a meal?!?), he parts ways with them. Only to find a few hours later that the trails are closed and the military police are out in force. Reacher is drawn into the mystery of what happened to the hikers and what the military police are so intent on hiding from the world at lar Hitchhiking his way across the country, Reacher ends up in Maine near the Canadian border. Picked up by tourists from Canada, Reacher shares a ride and a meal with them (in a diner, because where else would Jack Reacher have a meal?!?), he parts ways with them. Only to find a few hours later that the trails are closed and the military police are out in force. Reacher is drawn into the mystery of what happened to the hikers and what the military police are so intent on hiding from the world at large. As far as Reacher stories go, this one is a perfectly entertaining enough one. Honestly, it felt a lot more complete and enjoyable that the last longer Reacher novel in the series. It doesn't overstay its welcome and it tells an effective little mystery. One of the better Reacher novellas that Lee Child has published in the last few years.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Troy Blackford

    A great Reacher short story meant to whet our appetites for the main course, 'Personal.' This was a new setting for Reacher, deep in the woods of northern Maine. A tight, interesting tale, this is exactly what you want in a short story. I'm frankly appalled at how negatively received these short stories are among the Reacher fan community. I think people have lost the appreciation for short stories. I actually saw a review of a book of Vonnegut short stories that accused all of the stories of be A great Reacher short story meant to whet our appetites for the main course, 'Personal.' This was a new setting for Reacher, deep in the woods of northern Maine. A tight, interesting tale, this is exactly what you want in a short story. I'm frankly appalled at how negatively received these short stories are among the Reacher fan community. I think people have lost the appreciation for short stories. I actually saw a review of a book of Vonnegut short stories that accused all of the stories of being unfinished, the reviewer honestly thinking that the stories hadn't been completed. Short stories are an important form of literature, and this is a great, exhilarating example of what a short story should be. Highly recommended.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    More of a fragment than a short story. Like a chapter from a larger work as the story is incomplete and nothing really happens.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kenya Wright

    Nice short read of Reacher. :-)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gerald Kubicki

    Good short story. The ending was a little light.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hobart

    ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up) This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- Reacher sets out for the Canadian border, to make it as far north on this Interstate as possible, just because. Not too far south from there, he stops in a tourist-y town, a haven for backpackers, hikers, wilderness types in general. Before he leaves, a whole lot of military types show up and block access to the forest from the town (well, they try to -- the forest is pretty big, it's impossible to block access to the wh ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up) This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- Reacher sets out for the Canadian border, to make it as far north on this Interstate as possible, just because. Not too far south from there, he stops in a tourist-y town, a haven for backpackers, hikers, wilderness types in general. Before he leaves, a whole lot of military types show up and block access to the forest from the town (well, they try to -- the forest is pretty big, it's impossible to block access to the whole thing). This gets Reacher's curiosity piqued and he starts poking around to see if he can understand why. I don't want to sound bloodthirsty here, but not a single fight. No threat of violence breaking out. Mostly, it's Reacher walking around and observing things before making a heck of a guess/deduction that proved to be right. Dark, cynical ending -- one of Child's more political statements. Hill was okay, not terribly interesting, but I think that's Child's fault this time. It's not bad. It's just disappointing, short and . . . bleh. Proof that they can't all be winners, I guess.

  26. 4 out of 5

    dbbks3

    Only read if you are a Reacher fan and I am. Not the best short about my guy as it the ending just laid there. Yes Reacher sees what we all miss but I wanted more. This needed to be just a little longer to be a good amuse-bouche. I loved the description of upper Maine. Please do not yell at me for my appreciation of this description as I love Maine and in fact just returned from a vacation in Maine and Canada. Island Falls turned out to be a pleasant little place on a lake, way in the north, whe Only read if you are a Reacher fan and I am. Not the best short about my guy as it the ending just laid there. Yes Reacher sees what we all miss but I wanted more. This needed to be just a little longer to be a good amuse-bouche. I loved the description of upper Maine. Please do not yell at me for my appreciation of this description as I love Maine and in fact just returned from a vacation in Maine and Canada. Island Falls turned out to be a pleasant little place on a lake, way in the north, where Maine sticks out like a thumb up Canada's ass... If you are a Reacher addict than you must read this just so you know as much of Reacher and his travels as possible. "Who are you?" I was an MP once. I was your boss's boss's boss." That is a long speech for Reacher. We are also treated to what really makes Reacher happy. (Read the story to find out.) Reacher fans out there, please help me. Who would you have cast as our guy in the movies. (Never squeaky Tom Cruise.) Show me your picture of Reacher. I love Reacher. Reacher said nothing.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gareth Egerton

    It's no secret just how commercial a writer Child is but, to charge £1.99 for something this short, that's obviously going to be bought primarily by his fans, smacks of exploitation. If it's true that "a Reacher book is sold, somewhere, every 4 seconds" then, surely, he can afford to give these short stories away for free. Especially as half of the pages are taken up with advertising "Personal". For the story itself, I enjoyed it. Has almost everything you'd expect from Reacher. New place, advent It's no secret just how commercial a writer Child is but, to charge £1.99 for something this short, that's obviously going to be bought primarily by his fans, smacks of exploitation. If it's true that "a Reacher book is sold, somewhere, every 4 seconds" then, surely, he can afford to give these short stories away for free. Especially as half of the pages are taken up with advertising "Personal". For the story itself, I enjoyed it. Has almost everything you'd expect from Reacher. New place, adventure, deduction, cynicism, misdirection, coffee and pancakes. Granted, no one had sex or got headbutted but, it is a short story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Not a Drill was a good novella for anyone looking for a small fix of Reacher until the next book comes out. I found the storyline in this one to be pretty interesting, the military comes to town and closes down a hiking trail with no explanation. There were a ton of scenarios for why it could have happened and I felt the one the author chose was plausible. The only aspect I didn't find believable was the ending. (view spoiler)[I don't see the military just letting Reacher walk out of there after Not a Drill was a good novella for anyone looking for a small fix of Reacher until the next book comes out. I found the storyline in this one to be pretty interesting, the military comes to town and closes down a hiking trail with no explanation. There were a ton of scenarios for why it could have happened and I felt the one the author chose was plausible. The only aspect I didn't find believable was the ending. (view spoiler)[I don't see the military just letting Reacher walk out of there after he went into a restricted zone like that. (hide spoiler)] Overall, this was a fun, quick read and I recommend it for fans of the series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    I am an avid Reacher fan, but do feel a bit cheated by this. For a couple of Euros I expected more of a story and not that at 70% the end of the book and a preview of the new novel. There really is no substance to this story and no defined conclusion. I must admit that I am no big fan of shorts but Stephen Leather has put out some outstanding ones, and what's more, they're more often than not free. I bought this to get me back in the mood for Reacher awaiting Personal but am afraid to say I was I am an avid Reacher fan, but do feel a bit cheated by this. For a couple of Euros I expected more of a story and not that at 70% the end of the book and a preview of the new novel. There really is no substance to this story and no defined conclusion. I must admit that I am no big fan of shorts but Stephen Leather has put out some outstanding ones, and what's more, they're more often than not free. I bought this to get me back in the mood for Reacher awaiting Personal but am afraid to say I was let down.

  30. 5 out of 5

    gert

    this was ok. seriously - just ok. it feels like what it probably is: an easy way to keep devoted fans happy and get their money from them. not necessarily in that order. am i glad i bought it? meh. that $3.00 could have bought a nice latte. which would probably have taken longer to finish than this book. (full disclosure: yes. of course i'll keep buying them. i'm very weak. oh, jack reacher. why can't i quit you?) this was ok. seriously - just ok. it feels like what it probably is: an easy way to keep devoted fans happy and get their money from them. not necessarily in that order. am i glad i bought it? meh. that $3.00 could have bought a nice latte. which would probably have taken longer to finish than this book. (full disclosure: yes. of course i'll keep buying them. i'm very weak. oh, jack reacher. why can't i quit you?)

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