#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The incomparable hero of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back takes readers to school in his most explosive novel yet. After eleven straight global #1 bestsellers, discover the thrillers that The New York Times calls “utterly addictive.”
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.
Praise for Night School
“The prose is crisp and clean, and the fighting is realistic. . . . This latest installment has all the classic ingredients: a great setting (Hamburg), a good villain, and a mystery that draws you in efficiently, escalates unpredictably, and has a satisfying resolution.”—The New Yorker
“Another timely tour de force . . . The taut thriller is textbook [Lee] Child: fast-paced and topical with a ‘ripped from the headlines’ feel.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“As gripping as ever.”—The Florida Times-Union
Praise for #1 bestselling author Lee Child and his Jack Reacher series
“Reacher [is] one of this century’s most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes.”—The Washington Post
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
As brusquely effective as ever, Lee Child takes his signature antihero back to 1996 for the 21st Jack Reacher novel. In this prequel, Reacher’s in his mid-30s; he's a stony, decorated military police officer in the U.S. army who’s dispatched into a pre-9/11 hive of global terrorism. Child lays the groundwork with his usual convincing details and brandishes some of the most cynical banter in the business. We especially loved discovering the roots of Reacher’s longstanding issues with authority.
Set in 1996, bestseller Child's splendid 21st Jack Reacher novel (after 2015's Make Me) delves into his hero's U.S. Army past. Right after Reacher is commended for a mission in the Balkans, he's immediately sent "back to school." It turns out that school means a vital and secret mission: a sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has learned of an American traitor with something to sell to Islamic terrorists for $100 million. Alfred Ratcliffe, the U.S. president's National Security Adviser, tells Reacher and his fellow students two seasoned agents from the CIA and the FBI "we have enemies everywhere" and gives Reacher's team its orders: "Your job is to find that American." It's no spoiler to say that Reacher handles the heavy lifting on-site in Hamburg, though he's ably assisted by two former military police colleagues, Frances Neagley and Manuel Orozco. The premise of the pre-9/11 plot is both compelling and disconcerting, and Child applies his trademark eye for detail to make the whole endeavor surprisingly and thrillingly credible.
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Not his best...but still worth it
The overall story was good. However, as other disillusioned readers have pointed out, there were horrendous, vulgar scenes that were completely unnecessary. The nightclub descriptions were reprehensible. They added less than nothing to the story and were the most off-putting things I have ever read in any book.
I have recently begun making my way through the entire Reacher series. I am grossly disappointed by these scenes. I hope this is a singular incident.
The Reacher books I had read to this point all had the same formula where Reacher slept with a new female character he just met while saving the world in his unbeatable way. There have always been mercifully bare details about this part of the books’ formulas. This particular book took the frequency and descriptions entirely too far. These are supposed to be action books, not porn.
Typical Jack Reacher. Sittin alone drinking coffee one minute and up to his eyebrows in beautiful women and bad guys. Sometimes a guy just can’t catch a break.