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Ever wondered what early experiences shaped Reacher's explosive career as butt-kicker supreme the one-man guided-missile battler for justice? This short story features an incident in Jack's teen years as the youngest son of a tough career US Marine on a faraway military base in the Pacific. Ever wondered what early experiences shaped Reacher's explosive career as butt-kicker supreme the one-man guided-missile battler for justice? This short story features an incident in Jack's teen years as the youngest son of a tough career US Marine on a faraway military base in the Pacific.


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Ever wondered what early experiences shaped Reacher's explosive career as butt-kicker supreme the one-man guided-missile battler for justice? This short story features an incident in Jack's teen years as the youngest son of a tough career US Marine on a faraway military base in the Pacific. Ever wondered what early experiences shaped Reacher's explosive career as butt-kicker supreme the one-man guided-missile battler for justice? This short story features an incident in Jack's teen years as the youngest son of a tough career US Marine on a faraway military base in the Pacific.

30 review for Second Son

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Second Son (Jack Reacher, #15.5), Lee Child Second Son is a short story featuring Jack Reacher, a fictional character created by British author Jim Grant (who writes under the pen name of Lee Child). It is notable in several ways: in being a short story, as Reacher mainly appears in full-length novels, of which sixteen appeared as of 2012; in giving a glimpse of the teen-age Reacher, making the story a prequel set far earlier chronologically than all other appearances of Reacher. "Second Son" and Second Son (Jack Reacher, #15.5), Lee Child Second Son is a short story featuring Jack Reacher, a fictional character created by British author Jim Grant (who writes under the pen name of Lee Child). It is notable in several ways: in being a short story, as Reacher mainly appears in full-length novels, of which sixteen appeared as of 2012; in giving a glimpse of the teen-age Reacher, making the story a prequel set far earlier chronologically than all other appearances of Reacher. "Second Son" and "Deep Down" were both released originally for the Kindle. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز سی و یکم ماه ژانویه سال 2018میلادی عنوان: پسر دوم؛ نویسنده: لی چایلد؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی برای کودکان و نوجوانان - سده 21م تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 11/05/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    Harry

    I'm going to add the same review for all of the Reacher series, so if you've read this one, you've read 'em all. If you feel a certain affinity for the lone hero, a man of principle, of unwavering knowledge and assent as to his own actions, than Jack Reacher's your kinda guy. Lee Child has created an unforgettable and unique character in his creation of Jack Reacher. Jack seems to implicitly understand that he is a unique animal/human running around on this planet and that in spite of social con I'm going to add the same review for all of the Reacher series, so if you've read this one, you've read 'em all. If you feel a certain affinity for the lone hero, a man of principle, of unwavering knowledge and assent as to his own actions, than Jack Reacher's your kinda guy. Lee Child has created an unforgettable and unique character in his creation of Jack Reacher. Jack seems to implicitly understand that he is a unique animal/human running around on this planet and that in spite of social conventions, cultural trappings, and whatever conventions and abstractions we allow into our mind in order to alleviate this core fact of our singularity (and aloneness)...the truth of it is not something Mr. Reacher denies. He embraces it. Understands his philosophy implicitly, revels in his physical being,his conventions and values. He defends those he loves, those he does allow into his world, with a loyalty bar none while never letting go of the notion that he is alone and being perfectly comfortable with that. I read one, and within two months read all 15 books with an appetite that couldn't get enough. Enough said, HR

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    A short story with a much better effort of Reacher as a 13-year-old teen inflicting his own brand of schooling. 8 of 10 stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    A Jack Reacher short story published 2011 Journey back in time to see what Jack was like as a teenager. There is the size, the self confidence and the ever present never say die attitude. Jack might be the second son but he is never second when it comes to standing up for the little people in his life. On display here is, not only, Jack’s physical skills but also his deductive skills. Jack’s dad is in a lot of trouble, he has lost a top secret document and if it can’t be found, and soon, all hell wi A Jack Reacher short story published 2011 Journey back in time to see what Jack was like as a teenager. There is the size, the self confidence and the ever present never say die attitude. Jack might be the second son but he is never second when it comes to standing up for the little people in his life. On display here is, not only, Jack’s physical skills but also his deductive skills. Jack’s dad is in a lot of trouble, he has lost a top secret document and if it can’t be found, and soon, all hell will break loose. Jack the sleuth to the rescue. A good little story and worth 4 stars.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    A nice quick read that delves into Reachers past. With 13 year old Jack currently on an army base in the South Pacific. Alongside he’s brother Joe, the pair need to prepare for a test. It’s an enjoyable little story that could easily be expanded to a full novel, the story was well structured but the skills that Jack already possesses at 13 was slightly unrealistic.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Derek

    A very interesting peek at the life of young (13 years old) Jack Reacher. Reacher admits to a military-base bully that he's probably a psychopath, and he's probably right — but as Elliott Leyton, author of Hunting Humans: The Rise of the Modern Multiple Murderer, tells us, the majority of psychopaths aren't Hannibal Lecter. As with any psychological diagnosis, there must be a range of psychopathy, from those who are merely empathically challenged to those who have no empathy at all. Young Jack Re A very interesting peek at the life of young (13 years old) Jack Reacher. Reacher admits to a military-base bully that he's probably a psychopath, and he's probably right — but as Elliott Leyton, author of Hunting Humans: The Rise of the Modern Multiple Murderer, tells us, the majority of psychopaths aren't Hannibal Lecter. As with any psychological diagnosis, there must be a range of psychopathy, from those who are merely empathically challenged to those who have no empathy at all. Young Jack Reacher exhibits many of the signs of psychopathy, but he does care for his family. Can he empathize with them? Perhaps not, but he fakes it well. Another Canadian Elliott, Elliott Barker, says of The Partial Psychopath: "For about half a century, we have known one unfailing recipe for creating psychopaths -- move a child through a dozen foster homes in the first three years." I wonder if it even requires foster families: could moving a child as frequently between military bases, even with a loving but emotionally stunted mother, have some of the same effect. This story shows that, even at 13, Reacher was dividing the world into Us & Them, and consequences to "Them" were never important, while he would protect "Us" (his family) at all costs. For the rest of his life, the attitude clearly never changes, though his definition of family does.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    More of a 2.5, if you can swallow a 13 year old acting like an adult & being smarter than all of them. If you can't, avoid this. It's a glimpse at Reacher (Not Jack, even among the rest of his family. Yeah, swallow hard.) when he was younger solving problems. I have to say that I liked the way he handled the bully, although he sure leaps to conclusions & is always right. Too much, but kind of fun. This was short, took maybe 30 minutes to listen to, competently read. I know my edition for this revi More of a 2.5, if you can swallow a 13 year old acting like an adult & being smarter than all of them. If you can't, avoid this. It's a glimpse at Reacher (Not Jack, even among the rest of his family. Yeah, swallow hard.) when he was younger solving problems. I have to say that I liked the way he handled the bully, although he sure leaps to conclusions & is always right. Too much, but kind of fun. This was short, took maybe 30 minutes to listen to, competently read. I know my edition for this review is wrong. There are no audio versions available & my library's site is down now so I can't create a new one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sumit RK

    This is the story of Jack Reacher as a 13 year old. This could worked as introduction of Jack Reacher, his early years, his motivation but story barely offers any insights. As a standalone story, it is too short to make any major impact and the detective skills (for a 13 yr old) are a bit unbelievable. Overall, you won't really miss anything if you skip this one and move directly to the main series. This is the story of Jack Reacher as a 13 year old. This could worked as introduction of Jack Reacher, his early years, his motivation but story barely offers any insights. As a standalone story, it is too short to make any major impact and the detective skills (for a 13 yr old) are a bit unbelievable. Overall, you won't really miss anything if you skip this one and move directly to the main series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    I do love the Reacher character in Lee Child's books. And since this story starts off in his childhood I was hoping to learn how he ended up being called Reacher, no first name. But I did not. It was still a very good story unfailingly keeping my interest. I do love the Reacher character in Lee Child's books. And since this story starts off in his childhood I was hoping to learn how he ended up being called Reacher, no first name. But I did not. It was still a very good story unfailingly keeping my interest.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    First read April 24, 2012. A short story prequel, 0.1 (and 15.5 publication-wise), in the Jack Reacher thriller series. This story takes place when Jack is 13 in 1974, and the family has just been posted to Okinawa. My Take This sets us up for Jack's math and deductive abilities…even as a kid, that boy was bright! I do like how Child describes the difference between Joe and Reacher. Joe has no trigger, he's all brains and into theory; he's likely to end up in military intelligence. Reacher, well, Re First read April 24, 2012. A short story prequel, 0.1 (and 15.5 publication-wise), in the Jack Reacher thriller series. This story takes place when Jack is 13 in 1974, and the family has just been posted to Okinawa. My Take This sets us up for Jack's math and deductive abilities…even as a kid, that boy was bright! I do like how Child describes the difference between Joe and Reacher. Joe has no trigger, he's all brains and into theory; he's likely to end up in military intelligence. Reacher, well, Reacher is "permanently jammed wide open on full auto", an unstoppable force of nature with his "get-the-job-done" mentality. The wrong note in this is that a major and two Warrant Officers are willing to take this kid's word about the missing test answers and the code book. And they're willing to bargain with him! Still, it was sweet! It makes me want to read more about Jack Reacher! The Story It's not "Jack". Not really. Everyone simply calls him "Reacher". His parents. His brother. It's Stan and Josephine. Joe and Reacher. A new posting. A new batch of kids to impress. And now their new school expects Joe and Reacher to take placement tests?! Ehh, Reacher doesn't care. He'll do the minimum to get by. It's Joe who's worried about how well he'll do. It's that fear that gets played. Captain Reacher has his own worries when he gets handed a top secret mission…and loses the code book. It's Reacher who puts all the clues together — and makes us wonder how we missed 'em. Just a part of taking care of his family. The Characters U.S. Marine Captain Stan and Josephine neé Moutier Reacher are Joe and Jack's parents. Laurent Moutier is the kids' French grandfather. A carpenter. After World War II, he was ordered to make wooden legs for the combat vets. Using furniture legs. Helen is the daughter of one of the NCOs. The fat, smelly kid leaves all sorts of clues…who knew? The Title Well, the title is certainly to the point. Jack Reacher is the "Second Son".

  11. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    My interest piqued by all the HUNT FOR REACHER stories penned by Diane Capri, I thought I would begin a Jack Reacher marathon. What better place to start than where it all began? While not in writing chronology, Second Son deals with a young Jack Reacher, making my choice to begin here self-evident. Please see a previous review of this short story below, as I commence the long and winding life of Reacher, with greatest interest: Having never read any Lee Child or dabbled into the world of Jack Re My interest piqued by all the HUNT FOR REACHER stories penned by Diane Capri, I thought I would begin a Jack Reacher marathon. What better place to start than where it all began? While not in writing chronology, Second Son deals with a young Jack Reacher, making my choice to begin here self-evident. Please see a previous review of this short story below, as I commence the long and winding life of Reacher, with greatest interest: Having never read any Lee Child or dabbled into the world of Jack Reacher, I cannot really pass proper judgment on the novella. I admit, I needed a filler before embarking on a major read in the second half of the year, and this one fit the bill nicely. Child presents the early years of his masterful protagonist and gives fans of the series something on which to chew and assess the modern-day Reacher. One day I will get to the series and perhaps ought to return to the novella at that time. That said, I can offer up that it places some historical context of the teenage Reacher and his life in a Marine family, always on the move. A pseudo-Encyclopedia Brown sans emotion or soul, Reacher gets the job done and cracks the case wide open, all without breaking a sweat. It was well written enough and the text flew across the page, though I am sure full-length Child books are much more complex and thorough. I look forward to tackling this series and perhaps returning to this book in its written chronology, somewhere after Book 15. Worth the short time I spent on it... especially as it was free!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    William

    Very short and starts slowly, doesn't get going until the last half. 13 year old Reacher talks and thinks just like 40 year old Reacher. Strange sensation. Really only for die-hard Reacher fans. Very short and starts slowly, doesn't get going until the last half. 13 year old Reacher talks and thinks just like 40 year old Reacher. Strange sensation. Really only for die-hard Reacher fans.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Johnny

    Post-Thoughts: I'm left with this impression. I'm having trouble grasping the realistic aspects in The Second Son of Stan Reacher, Jack Reacher. Are you telling me a 13 year old pubescent child is capable of highly intricate, perplex deductive reasoning that can easily direct 3 trained military officers to find a missing potential catastrophic code book? Having that quality of a character in a story is truly fascinating and just plain awesome. But really, are you serious? That's completely f Post-Thoughts: I'm left with this impression. I'm having trouble grasping the realistic aspects in The Second Son of Stan Reacher, Jack Reacher. Are you telling me a 13 year old pubescent child is capable of highly intricate, perplex deductive reasoning that can easily direct 3 trained military officers to find a missing potential catastrophic code book? Having that quality of a character in a story is truly fascinating and just plain awesome. But really, are you serious? That's completely far-fetched! It feels like from the span of his life, which is 13 years, he has learned everything in the sense of solving problems and justice. What I am trying to say is that there is no room for him to grow because he has already reach the zenith of problem solving. This short story serves as an insight to Reacher's family history. The father was repeatedly resigned to different military posts in the world, forcing their family to reestablish and accommodate to their new lifestyle. Having moved countless times shows they are resilient and disciplined. At one time Reacher refers to his family as a "unit" because together they are loyal and loving to one another. Cover: Very candid and simple. Joe and Jack standing with their father, Stan, on the beach walking towards the ocean. Probably indicating the many obstacles they will face in the vast world. Conclusion: Lee Child's story writing is simple but his story telling in this short story doesn't quit sway me. For that, ★★.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Freda Malone

    Jack Reacher at 13, good grief. Like a bunch of my fellow readers and friends have said, Reacher was never a child; born with logic, street smarts, no nonsense attitude and drinking coffee out of a bottle. This story was kind of funny. It is just something you got to chuckle at because you'll wish you'd have thought of it first. Once again, Reacher inserts himself into the logic of the missing test answers for school, and his father's missing (classified) code book. Brilliant, I say, but still i Jack Reacher at 13, good grief. Like a bunch of my fellow readers and friends have said, Reacher was never a child; born with logic, street smarts, no nonsense attitude and drinking coffee out of a bottle. This story was kind of funny. It is just something you got to chuckle at because you'll wish you'd have thought of it first. Once again, Reacher inserts himself into the logic of the missing test answers for school, and his father's missing (classified) code book. Brilliant, I say, but still improbable for a 13 year old, even if it's Jack Reacher.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alexa ❤️

    5 Stars Jack Reacher is 13 years old and has just moved to Okinawa with his family. Reacher is exactly the same as a teenager as he is as an adult smart, deductive and brilliant at fighting. Second Son gives us a glimpse into his family life and a shirt mystery to watch Reacher solve whilst kicking ass.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Just a short novella between two full-length installments in the Reacher series, this brief backstory returns to Reacher's childhood. Not only does a thirteen year-old Jack kick ass in this book, per the norm, he even solves a couple of cases for the authorities. Completely unbelievable, of course, but does give some insight into his family dynamics and background. Just a short novella between two full-length installments in the Reacher series, this brief backstory returns to Reacher's childhood. Not only does a thirteen year-old Jack kick ass in this book, per the norm, he even solves a couple of cases for the authorities. Completely unbelievable, of course, but does give some insight into his family dynamics and background.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    I'd almost call this, "Lee Child does The Hardy Boys...well if Frank and Joe were a bit more, physical. I mean I don't recall a beat down like the young Jack Reacher gives a guy here in any of those books. that said, Jack manages to solve a couple of mysteries in this short story. I'd almost call this, "Lee Child does The Hardy Boys...well if Frank and Joe were a bit more, physical. I mean I don't recall a beat down like the young Jack Reacher gives a guy here in any of those books. that said, Jack manages to solve a couple of mysteries in this short story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    poiboy

    An easy and well done story. The 13 year old acting like a full adult Reacher solving the mystery at the end was weird and prevented this from being a more realistic tale.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    A quick listen on audio book, this story gives insight into Jack Reacher as a 13-year-old. A good prelude to starting the Reacher series. 6 out of 10.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Prospective readers will be interested to know that Second Son is offered as a bonus tacked on to the end of the pocket paper edition of "The Affair" (itself in the top four of Lee Child’s Reacher novels). At a little over 10,000 words it inhabits the nether world between the short story and novelette. Like all of Child’s Reacher stories Second Son is a quick read. Its style is representative of the rest and Reacher’s character is fully-formed. Essentially the adult character is fully present in Prospective readers will be interested to know that Second Son is offered as a bonus tacked on to the end of the pocket paper edition of "The Affair" (itself in the top four of Lee Child’s Reacher novels). At a little over 10,000 words it inhabits the nether world between the short story and novelette. Like all of Child’s Reacher stories Second Son is a quick read. Its style is representative of the rest and Reacher’s character is fully-formed. Essentially the adult character is fully present in its 13-year-old incarnation. Many of the usual elements are present. Reacher lays a whuppin’ on his tormentors, consorts with a love interest, and solves the crime. Readers will also find some not so usual elements: a more fleshed-out elder brother – Joe and snapshots of mother Joesephine and Major Reacher – a career Marine, born during the Great Depression with thrift in his bones. The adult Reacher is something of a loner. Not shy, he’s more than able to conduct conversations as required to conduct his day-to-day affairs. He’s even charming as the occasion requires. However, he generally prefers solitude to the social register and always sits with the back to the wall and the entrance in sight. Some have labeled him a mild psychopath – and indeed in Second Son the young Reacher not only acknowledges but defines his own psychopathy. Bottom Line: if you want a low cost introduction to the Reacher series, get The Affair and skip to the back, where a couple hours with Second Son will give you a taste for the rest.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Simon Lee

    There's nothing in here to indicate a certain event shaped him the way he was. What this 'chapter' does (only a few pages long is this book) is merely to confirm that Reacher from a very early age was tall, big, fights well, loves his coffee strong, eats a lot, clearly has a healthy appetite for the opposite sex, and could have made a good Sherlock Holmes if he was brought up in London instead of various army bases around the world. The events in this book are what we know of him already... it's There's nothing in here to indicate a certain event shaped him the way he was. What this 'chapter' does (only a few pages long is this book) is merely to confirm that Reacher from a very early age was tall, big, fights well, loves his coffee strong, eats a lot, clearly has a healthy appetite for the opposite sex, and could have made a good Sherlock Holmes if he was brought up in London instead of various army bases around the world. The events in this book are what we know of him already... it's not like he was this mild mannered shy kid who stayed out of trouble and then because of moving to Japan he suddenly had to face up to these things and thus structured his brain to what it is now. Nice read if you're having withdrawal symptoms from finishing rather too quickly your last Reacher novel or like me, you're still trying to find the parallels between Reacher the character and Tom Cruise. Oh I know... they are both the same height - only that Tom Cruise is still the same height from when Reacher was in his early teens.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bookish

    After watching the Jack Reacher movie I was curious about this series & just yesterday planned to read the first book. I like to read books in order so I picked up this novella first to know the background of the hero. I'm slightly disappointed with it. I know its a novella & seeing its based on Jake Reacher's childhood I shouldn't expect more. & I didn't really. what had me disappointed is I didn't get the deduction explained by Jack about the two mysteries he solved in this book. I get that he After watching the Jack Reacher movie I was curious about this series & just yesterday planned to read the first book. I like to read books in order so I picked up this novella first to know the background of the hero. I'm slightly disappointed with it. I know its a novella & seeing its based on Jake Reacher's childhood I shouldn't expect more. & I didn't really. what had me disappointed is I didn't get the deduction explained by Jack about the two mysteries he solved in this book. I get that he was highly intelligent & observant about smallest details even as a child. But really how he came to the conclusion about who & how of the mysteries didn't seem believable & convincing to me. Maybe author should have added more clues & hints for the readers or maybe its just me. Having said all of it I'm going to read the 1st book. Hope it will live up to the expectation & I will get to understand the super intelligent brain of Jack's better than this one. (lol)

  23. 5 out of 5

    gert

    ok. i absolutely adore jack reacher. and by extension, lee child. but i have to say - calling this short story a peek into reacher's childhood is totally misleading. this story takes place within a very short time frame - a couple of days - when jack was 13. sure, we meet his parents and his brother, but what we're seeing of jack is pretty much what we've seen of him in all the previous books. just shorter. his role in this book is as per the others - enforcer slash detective. but please. the ki ok. i absolutely adore jack reacher. and by extension, lee child. but i have to say - calling this short story a peek into reacher's childhood is totally misleading. this story takes place within a very short time frame - a couple of days - when jack was 13. sure, we meet his parents and his brother, but what we're seeing of jack is pretty much what we've seen of him in all the previous books. just shorter. his role in this book is as per the others - enforcer slash detective. but please. the kid's 13, and managed to solve a mystery related to army security? w/out all the clues? (we certainly don't get them all). jack's smart - but he's not psychic. felt a bit rushed to conclusion. doesn't matter though. if you're a fan, you're going to read this regardless. so please do so. just don't look for any hints of what made jack jack.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    As part of a series of short stories I read up on Lee Childs Jack Reacher - This was the first and ironically the most intriguing. It is set in the early years of Jack Reacher - yes the books do not make a secret of his history or influences but this was something slightly different it takes a tale from his childhood - and rather than giving one of those little life lessons where you can see an influence being made - you get to see in fact a hint of what there is to come. as such even though I am As part of a series of short stories I read up on Lee Childs Jack Reacher - This was the first and ironically the most intriguing. It is set in the early years of Jack Reacher - yes the books do not make a secret of his history or influences but this was something slightly different it takes a tale from his childhood - and rather than giving one of those little life lessons where you can see an influence being made - you get to see in fact a hint of what there is to come. as such even though I am just starting on exploring the world of Jack Reacher I can see it is going to be an interesting if slightly violent experience and one I can see will not be dull at all.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Monty

    I must say I was disappointed in this ebook short story download. The story and setting and other details were just fine, but I must say that Lee Child depicted the 13 year old Jack Reacher thinking, talking and acting just like the adult Reacher, I had trouble believing that this 13 year old young man could reason and think as methodically as his yet to be older self. I still recommend reading it because it is about Jack Reacher after all.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kate~Bibliophile Book Club

    I miss Jack Reacher when there's no new book so I'm diving into the 5 novellas Lee Child has written. I really enjoyed this one, it shows Reacher's strength and mental prowess even at age 13. I miss Jack Reacher when there's no new book so I'm diving into the 5 novellas Lee Child has written. I really enjoyed this one, it shows Reacher's strength and mental prowess even at age 13.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cherisse

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Short story only available in eBook format. Reacher is 13, his brother Joe is 15, and his family has just been posted to Okinawa. Reacher shows his same mathematical abilities, and the logical thinking that helps him solve his cases helps him clear up two mysteries involving his dad and Joe, while his mother Josie is back in France to be with her dying father. Reacher's father Stan at one point thinks about the possible futures of his two sons, and thinks that Joe's trgger is permanently set on "s Short story only available in eBook format. Reacher is 13, his brother Joe is 15, and his family has just been posted to Okinawa. Reacher shows his same mathematical abilities, and the logical thinking that helps him solve his cases helps him clear up two mysteries involving his dad and Joe, while his mother Josie is back in France to be with her dying father. Reacher's father Stan at one point thinks about the possible futures of his two sons, and thinks that Joe's trgger is permanently set on "safe" which seems to contradict Joe's being in the field in THE KILLING FLOOR, which is what gets him killed. Interesting look at Reacher's background - but does a 13 year old really get permission to drink 4 cups of coffee for breakfast? I wanted to like this story more... 3 stars

  28. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Pyle

    I don't know what the word count on this one is, but I'd guess it falls into novelette territory, which is probably the perfect length for the story. If you're hoping for some kind of formative, coming-of-age event in Reacher's past, you might be disappointed. What readers get here is a young Reacher who is already about as calculating and decisive as he'll ever be. Still, if they take it for what it is (a new Reacher story that just happens to take place 37 years ago), I think fans of the series I don't know what the word count on this one is, but I'd guess it falls into novelette territory, which is probably the perfect length for the story. If you're hoping for some kind of formative, coming-of-age event in Reacher's past, you might be disappointed. What readers get here is a young Reacher who is already about as calculating and decisive as he'll ever be. Still, if they take it for what it is (a new Reacher story that just happens to take place 37 years ago), I think fans of the series will enjoy this one. I know I did.

  29. 5 out of 5

    S.L. Pierce

    You won't find a bigger Lee Child/Jack Reacher fan out there - anywhere. He's the only author whose books I've always bought. Always. No matter the price. The problem with this short is it is supposed to be Reacher as a 13 year old but he's not. He's the same Reacher as the adult. Exactly the same. If you are a big fan like me you will like the story but don't get your hopes up too high. If not, skip this short and save the money for the books. My rating is just ok. You won't find a bigger Lee Child/Jack Reacher fan out there - anywhere. He's the only author whose books I've always bought. Always. No matter the price. The problem with this short is it is supposed to be Reacher as a 13 year old but he's not. He's the same Reacher as the adult. Exactly the same. If you are a big fan like me you will like the story but don't get your hopes up too high. If not, skip this short and save the money for the books. My rating is just ok.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lesley

    3.5 Stars This Jack Reacher short story is just a teensy bit cheesy. Watching Reacher boss around adult military dudes at age 13 just feels incredibly silly. (Presumably, the adults go along with it because they recognize Reacher’s badassness, even as a kid.) But despite the unbelievability, Second Son is still a fun read. Parts of it made me grin from ear to ear. The bottom line: if you like Jack Reacher, you’re sure to find something to enjoy in this story.

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