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Publisher Description

A Jack Reacher short story published as an individual ebook, now also available in the new complete Jack Reacher short story collection, No Middle Name.

Ever wondered what early experiences shaped Reacher's explosive career as butt-kicker supreme, the one-man guided-missile battler for justice? Lee Child looks back on an incident in his hero Jack Reacher's teenage years as the younger son of a tough career US Marine, on a faraway military base in the Pacific.

'The coolest continuing series character now on offer' Stephen King

Crime & Thrillers
15 August

Customer Reviews

Belldoo Birdman ,

Second Son

Lee Child is back to his very best with this short story about Jack Reacher as a 13 year old boy. It grabbed my attention and left me wanting more. Here's looking forward to the newest book due out next month.
- Declan O'Hare (N. Ireland)

Kwozzii ,

Classic Reacher.

Yet another excellent Reacher story from Lee Child, the an can do no wrong.
But please - not Tom Cruise for Reacher.......

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Military families

Highlights the violence perpetrated by & within military communities, top down. These kids don’t stand a chance of developing into caring sensitive people; the nearest they come to that is a sense of blood being thicker than water. They are cruel, emotionally stark, rough, tough and displaced. They grew up too fast, never settled anywhere. They cope with the situation presented in this story through harsh methods; one son sacrifices a possible relationship with a girl in order to save his father and hospitalises a boy to prove his brother’s innocence. No dithering, no remorse. Ultimately I felt saddened by this tale, realising that many young sons of military men must think & behave in similar ways to Reacher’s sons as they are portrayed.

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