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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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I used to look forward to a new Reacher novel every 12-13 months, but there have been enough recent stinkers that I'll probably get my annual Reacher fix by re-listening to some from earlier in the series. Night School could have had another protagonist with a different name (let's pick Snopes) and the only clue the listener would have that it was a Reacher novel was the handful of "Snopes said nothing" sprinkled throughout the 13+ hours. And was this storyline even believable? I'm not a weapons expert but my first guess is there is no way this could have ever happened, even in a suspended-reality world. Reacher had a couple of physical confrontations with burly antagonists but his "take no prisoners" persona was pretty much absent during most of the book. This offering by Childs wasn't quite as bad as the installment several books back when Reacher spent most of the story sitting in the back seat of a car. But it was close. Reacher fans will be disappointed by Night School. Listen to an earlier series offering instead.
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