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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 more 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.
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By Jane on 12-23-16
Below average for the Reacher series. Not fun.
The events supporting the plot were not interesting. Reacher did a couple stupid things (see spoilers). Most or the story had bad guys being “lucky” and Reacher always a minute too late. Witnesses were not helpful, more bad luck. I prefer stories with less “luck” and more smart moves and counter moves. I’m a huge fan and have read all the Reacher books. This is one of the weaker.
I always look forward to Reacher’s beat-em-up scenes. There were just two of those - some local thugs who liked to beat up strangers. The thugs were unrelated to the main bad guys. I’m ok with throwing in scenes like that but I’d prefer more fights connected to the bad guys.
There was one scene of women performing sex acts with animals on a stage and men urinating on a woman. There were three sex scenes of Reacher with a woman, briefly described. Reacher does not do foreplay. Apparently Reacher’s women are ok with insert tab A into slot B. I’m not complaining - just describing.
The Hamburg chief of police “C” is helping Reacher investigate. Reacher calls “B” who is in charge of traffic cops asking B to do something. B doesn’t do it and tells C that Reacher cancelled the request. That should tell Reacher not to trust B. So why does Reacher ask B to do something else for him? Of course B says he’ll do it but he doesn’t.
Reacher locates the bad guy’s apartment and searches it with his team. They leave the apartment without proper surveillance. The bad guy soon returns to the apartment and then leaves. One cop “D” is assigned to watch the apt. D calls C to say the bad guy just left. C asks D to follow the bad guy, but D says that’s not my job. So the bad guy gets away. They should have had a team of people watching the apartment and ready to apprehend or follow the bad guy. Just stupid.
Dick Hill was great - as always.
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: mystery suspense thriller.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Phil on 11-13-16
I am a huge Jack Reacher fan. I usually buy the next book in the series the day it comes out, devour it quickly and then wait impatiently for the next offering. I had been counting the days for Night School's release and bought it as soon as the audible book was available. I can only compare my disappointment with this book by comparing it to my disappointment in watching Tom Cruise portray my beloved Jack Reacher on film. Both just don't work. I'll leave the Cruise discussion for another format. Night School starts with Reacher making his typical deductions as to why he finds himself sent to a "multiagency cooperation school" with two other successful investigators from other government agencies. Unlike past efforts, these deductions were not difficult or interesting. Unfortunately that also described the rest of the book. It plodded forward, with limited flashes of the Reacher I love. I was even indifferent to Reacher's "love interest" that came across as two people using the other for sex with little effort put forth into even a friendship. I finished the book, disappointed that the improvements I kept hoping for never came. I honestly felt more vested in the "bad guy's" plot and future plans than in Reacher's efforts to stop him. Will I read the next book in the series? Absolutely, and I will hope this was just a one off boring book and not a sign of future offering.
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By Karlene in Nz on 04-06-18
Shoot that narrator
This narrator's style is abrasive and halting after listening to the other Reacher books. Stick to Jeff Harding. Avoid this version if you want to immerse in a great story.