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Not a Drill [Format Kindle]

Lee Child
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A Jack Reacher short story, published exclusively as an ebook.
The tiny town of Naismith has nothing going for it - except the start of a wilderness trail through Maine's ancient forests. But one day the trail is suddenly closed by county police.

No reason is given. Rumours start - is there something in the woods that no one must see? That no one must even know about?

Then Jack Reacher drifts into town. What does he make of the Do Not Enter tape strung between the trees?

Includes a preview of Lee Child’s heartstopping new Jack Reacher novel, Personal, which is available now.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1631 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 47 pages
  • Editeur : Transworld Digital (29 juillet 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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  • Composition améliorée: Activé
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 1.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Aucun(e) 29 juillet 2014
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Totally underwhelmed by this latest short story of Reacher. Not worth the money or the wait. I hope that any future novel makes amends for this disappointment.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Nothing happens. 29 juillet 2014
Par Reacher Creature - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The plot is straight forward. Reacher is hitchhiking, and that leads him to the woods with some people that want to go hiking. The MP's show up and block it off, and Reacher wants to know why.

Here's what happens: Reacher hitchhikes, meets people, eat with them, rents a cabin, told he can't go in the woods by some MP's, Reacher and some woman does, finds out why the woods are being blocked off. That's it....nothing happens. Not a thing. Then when we find out what's in the woods, I was like....what??? That's it??? This book is nothing but filler. It has page after page, after page what useless info.

Over the past couple of Reacher books, and short stories, I've lost a lot of respect for Lee Child. He seems to be going through the motions now, and not giving his stories a lot of thought. I'm a *huge* Jack Reacher fan, and I don't like what Child is doing to the character of Reacher.

I know one thing, won't be buying any more Reacher books, I'll get them at the library.

Don't even waste your time with this one, nothing happens.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Wait for "Personal". It's actually good. 30 juillet 2014
Par J. Lesley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Since this Jack Reacher short story released so close to the publication date of the next Jack Reacher novel, Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, I thought there might be a connection between the two. Well, I was wrong except for the fact that there is a name mentioned in this story of a major character in the upcoming novel. This is a short story that is too long because there isn't anything there to begin with. Why not just ask buyers to put $2 in an envelope and mail it to Mr. Child?

Through the generosity of the Delacorte Press/Random House ARC (Advance Reader's Copy) policy I have already read "Personal". That was a very enjoyable book for me with a return to the characters and plotting that got me interested in the series in the first place. So don't buy this one unless you just want to read a short portion of the first chapter of the new book. Otherwise, save your money and wait until August 28, 2014 (Amazon.co.uk) or September 2, 2014 (Amazon.com) for a story that actually has a purpose and explains what the heck happened. This story has such an ambiguous ending that I have no idea what was being hinted at.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 I want my $2 back (and my lost hour too!). 31 juillet 2014
Par NYC Dude - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I'm a Reacher Creature and very forgiving of Lee Child's lesser Reacher stories, but not this time. This time he just took my money and ran. Next time, instead of putting out 4th rate stuff like this, how about nothing? Nothing would be better and wouldn't hurt your carefully crafted brand the way this awful "story" has. If you were contractually obligated, you could've told the publisher to screw themselves - instead, you screwed us.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Rescue Reacher; Absence of Malice 30 juillet 2014
Par Phil (not) in Mågnoliá - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Well, this one was a surprise, I have to admit.

Reacher hikes into a wilderness area to rescue two lost hikers - under suspicious circumstances of course and accompanied by an attractive young woman...

It's a very low voltage puzzle, interesting (just) and with typical Lee Child dialogue and writing, but not particularly compelling. Reacher, as usual, solves the puzzle even as everyone else involved does not.

Ah, maybe Reacher is just getting older. Or Lee Child has decided to quiet down the action and violence that is present in most of the Reacher novels (see the bottom of this review for a full listing).

I'm really not sure - is it too difficult for Lee Child to compose an effective short story with typical Reacher action, simply due to the limitations of the short story form? This one is, in fact, a story that can be read in one sitting easily - half to three-quarters of an hour, if you're a reasonably fast reader.

Still, not a single punch thrown? No heads butted? Reacher is certainly becoming more cerebral in his old age!

We don't even pick up any new insights into Reacher's back-story or history in this one. That would have been nice, but missed opportunity there.

Our expectations with the Reacher novels and stories are high because Lee Child has set a high bar for himself. This one gives us a taste of Reacher, barely, in preparation for the next Reacher novel Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel which is due in just one month.

If this was not a Jack Reacher story, it would probably be viewed much differently. But it is a Jack Reacher story, so like it or not Lee Child has developed a huge fan base of folks like me who are anxious to read about Reacher in a more action packed and dynamic story form.

And if it just doesn't work in the short story format, then maybe Lee Child should forgo these efforts?

OR - better yet - maybe he should give his short stories more room to breath, and instead of limiting himself to 40 pages equivalent, which is what three of his four kindle shorts have timed in at, let the story run for a hundred pages or so? That would probably give him enough time to really do justice to a Reacher story, and it would still be enough shorter compared to a regular novel that it would qualify as a 'kindle short' in Amazon-speak. ** edit: please see added comment below.

How about giving that a try, Lee?

Ah, well. Given these disappointments with the story itself, I was thinking that the best thing about 'Not a Drill' might be the preview it provides to 'Personal', the upcoming 'real' (i.e. full length) Reacher novel, because oftentimes previews released in advance of the complete book will be long enough to really give a good intro to what the book is like.

Then I see that other reviewers are complaining that the preview is too short, and one reviewer points out that Lee Child's own website has a preview that is twice the length of the one included here.

Well, they are right, to a point. The preview provided with this e-book takes about 15 seconds to read and is not even the complete full chapter. But the preview given on Lee Child's own website is not twice as long, it is almost four times as long! (I did a word count) and it includes the entire first two chapters of 'Personal'. Go figure.

So, let's see... We pay for the e-book, and they can't even include the same content that is posted for free on the web? That is hard to understand.

I decided to give this e-book 3-stars because I do enjoy Lee Childs writing, I love the Reacher character, and for a Reacher fan there are probably worse things to spend your two bucks on.

I do encourage Lee to consider a longer form short story next time around. I think it would suit the Reacher character much better, and it would certainly give his fans something to enjoy rather than complain about.

** comment added 8/17/14: I just finished reading a kindle short story by another excellent author - Karin Slaughter's 'Snatched' - and after finishing it, I couldn't help but compare it to this Reacher story. Snatched is one of the Will Trent series of stories, for those not familiar with them (and they are excellent, by the way), and it is a very effective and suspenseful short story. It's 79 pages equivalent, compared to this Reacher story which clocks in at 44 pages, so that may be part of it. It convinced me that a good author can put together an excellent short story without disappointing readers used to their longer works. And there is another thing about 'Snatched' - you don't have to buy it separately and pay $1.99 to get it. They've also packaged it together with the following full-length novel (see Criminal: A Novel (with bonus novella Snatched): A Novel (Will Trent Book 6)), which is altogether a better and more generous deal for their loyal readers. In fact, Karin Slaughter has written two short story's as part of the Will Trent series, and you can get both of them along with the full length novels, if you buy the kindle versions. My conclusion is this - Lee, please give this a try next time but in a longer format, and think about rewarding your loyal readers by packaging these short stories together with your full length novels. I think that your fans will appreciate it!


For those who may either be new to Jack Reacher, or who may benefit from a guide to the full series, here is a complete list of the Reacher novels written to date, in the order that they appeared. (Unfortunately Amazon doesn't allow links for more than ten listings to be included in a review, so I'll put the remaining links in the comment section below):

Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, No. 1)
Die Trying (Jack Reacher, No. 2)
Tripwire (Jack Reacher, No. 3)
Running Blind (Jack Reacher, No. 4)
Echo Burning (Jack Reacher, No. 5)
Without Fail (Jack Reacher, No. 6)
Persuader (Jack Reacher, No. 7)
The Enemy (Jack Reacher, No. 8) (the prequel, this takes place before the events of Killing Floor)
One Shot (Jack Reacher, No. 9)
The Hard Way (Jack Reacher, No. 10)
Bad Luck and Trouble (Jack Reacher, No. 11)
Nothing to Lose (Jack Reacher, No. 12)
Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher, No. 13)
61 Hours (Jack Reacher, No. 14)
Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher, No. 15)
The Affair (Jack Reacher, No. 16) (also prequel to Killing Floor)
A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher, No. 17)
Never Go Back (Jack Reacher, No. 18)
Personal (Jack Reacher, No. 19)

Also featuring Reacher are Lee Childs stand-alone short stories available on Kindle (I'm not including short stories included elsewhere in anthologies or magazines - see the Lee Child website for that full listing):

- Second Son (features Reacher at age 13)
- Deep Down (takes place during Reachers Army days)
- High Heat (Reacher as a 17 year old, visiting New York City) (longer than the other three stories here and labeled as a 'novella' here on Amazon)
- Not a Drill (the short story I'm reviewing here)

If you want to read the books in "chronological-order", then this is the sequence: The Enemy (prequel); The Affair (prequel); Killing Floor; Die Trying; Tripwire; Running Blind (US title)/The Visitor (UK title); Echo Burning; Without Fail; Persuader; One Shot; The Hard Way; Bad Luck and Trouble; Nothing to Lose; Gone Tomorrow; 61 Hours; Worth Dying For, A Wanted Man, Never Go Back, Personal.

Start with either Killing Floor (the first Reacher novel published) or The Enemy (the first chronologically) if you want to be in at the beginning, but little is lost from reading them out of order. I have enjoyed them all, recognizing that some of the books have a great deal more action and suspense than others. For me they are all great entertainment.

Also, the four novels beginning with 61 Hours (Reacher 14) through Never Go Back (Reacher 18), leaving out The Affair which is a prequel novel, comprise a four-story arc.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Save your money! 30 juillet 2014
Par Matthew Arnold - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
My wife and I both agree that this was a rip off! Very disappointed! As others have said...nothing happens. Save the money and let's hope the novel is up to previous standards!
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