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Jack 'No Middle Name' Reacher, lone wolf, knight errant, ex military cop, lover of women, scourge of the wicked and righter of wrongs, is the most iconic hero for our age. This is the first time all Lee Child's shorter fiction featuring Jack Reacher has been collected into one volume. A brand-new novella, Too Much Time, is included, as are those previously only published in Jack 'No Middle Name' Reacher, lone wolf, knight errant, ex military cop, lover of women, scourge of the wicked and righter of wrongs, is the most iconic hero for our age. This is the first time all Lee Child's shorter fiction featuring Jack Reacher has been collected into one volume. A brand-new novella, Too Much Time, is included, as are those previously only published in ebook form: Second Son, James Penney's New Identity, Guy Walks Into a Bar, Deep Down, High Heat, Not a Drill and Small Wars. Added to these is every other Reacher short story that Child has written: Everyone Talks, Maybe They Have a Tradition, No Room at the Motel and The Picture of the Lonely Diner. Read together, these twelve stories shed new light on Reacher’s past, illuminating how he grew up and developed into the wandering avenger who has captured the imagination of millions around the world.


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Jack 'No Middle Name' Reacher, lone wolf, knight errant, ex military cop, lover of women, scourge of the wicked and righter of wrongs, is the most iconic hero for our age. This is the first time all Lee Child's shorter fiction featuring Jack Reacher has been collected into one volume. A brand-new novella, Too Much Time, is included, as are those previously only published in Jack 'No Middle Name' Reacher, lone wolf, knight errant, ex military cop, lover of women, scourge of the wicked and righter of wrongs, is the most iconic hero for our age. This is the first time all Lee Child's shorter fiction featuring Jack Reacher has been collected into one volume. A brand-new novella, Too Much Time, is included, as are those previously only published in ebook form: Second Son, James Penney's New Identity, Guy Walks Into a Bar, Deep Down, High Heat, Not a Drill and Small Wars. Added to these is every other Reacher short story that Child has written: Everyone Talks, Maybe They Have a Tradition, No Room at the Motel and The Picture of the Lonely Diner. Read together, these twelve stories shed new light on Reacher’s past, illuminating how he grew up and developed into the wandering avenger who has captured the imagination of millions around the world.

30 review for No Middle Name

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    I always enjoy when something Reacher pops up on my radar, particularly when it has not been sullied by Tom Cruise. In this recently released collection, Lee Child has amassed a number of previously published short stories and compacted them between two covers. Some I have read and enjoyed, others I am discovering for the first time. I have decided not to review each individual piece, but to offer an overarching summary of general sentiments. Child shows off Jack Reacher in an interesting light w I always enjoy when something Reacher pops up on my radar, particularly when it has not been sullied by Tom Cruise. In this recently released collection, Lee Child has amassed a number of previously published short stories and compacted them between two covers. Some I have read and enjoyed, others I am discovering for the first time. I have decided not to review each individual piece, but to offer an overarching summary of general sentiments. Child shows off Jack Reacher in an interesting light within this collection, tapping into some of his early years as a military brat through to his itinerant ways, best known to readers throughout much of the series. Reacher is depicted as a precocious and highly attentive youth, even when still under the watchful eye of his parents and begins his independent ways soon thereafter, ending up in New York during the Son of Sam killings in the late 1970s. From there, the reader sees Reacher in the middle of the career within the military, showing off his MP skills and honed interrogation techniques, which have served him well. Some of the latter stories depict Reacher as stumbling upon something of interest, a theme found in many of the series novels. It appears that no matter his age or where he is located, Reacher seems to have a way with the ladies. Baffling enough, he is always able to extract himself from their grasp as he continues his travels around the world. A wonderful collection of stories that show Reacher as he progressed through life. Ideal for the hardcore Reacher fan (though some may have read all these tales), though it also might be a decent piece for those who wish to discover the man with No Middle Name! Lee Child has spent two decades honing his Jack Reacher character, developing both an ongoing story of his random wanderings into small towns across America and significant pieces of the man's backstory. Reacher is a complex character, even if he prides himself for not having a large historical footprint. Child has created this collection to show off the fifty-seven years of Reacher's life through the stories that readers have come to love. Each story can and does stand on its own, but series fans will love noticing the development in the character over time. Seeing Reacher develop from teenager through to his current stage was best shown by placing the stories in chronological (age, not publication) order. Longtime series fans are used to Child's flashback novels and stories, some of whom create tension when reviews pile up. That said, this collection offers something for everyone while we wait for the next full-length novel. Kudos, Mr. Child for this fabulous collection of stories that keep Reacher fans happy. I am excited to see what awaits us in the coming months. Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    Manuel Antão

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Man-With-No-Middle-Name: "No Middle Name - The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories" by Lee Child Everyone is equal, but is he or her the most human? Does Jack Reacher, the man-with-no-middle-name, embody many men?   I'm surprised people that are interested in books don't take the opportunity to step back and recognise the multi-cultic hogwash that has made contemporary literary criticism so predictable and boring. So much cr If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The Man-With-No-Middle-Name: "No Middle Name - The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories" by Lee Child Everyone is equal, but is he or her the most human? Does Jack Reacher, the man-with-no-middle-name, embody many men?   I'm surprised people that are interested in books don't take the opportunity to step back and recognise the multi-cultic hogwash that has made contemporary literary criticism so predictable and boring. So much criticism I see and read, myself included, is completely bollocks, but as essays (or assays), they’re still a wonder to read.   There are so many blatant untruths about human nature that people are expected to recite whenever they say anything that it just takes the edge out of everything, even when it comes to Lee Child and his Jack Reacher.   It's not unknown for writers of fiction to develop many characters over time, in order for them to have more structure, content, more substance, capable of exuding humanity from the innately indifferent pages of a novel. So, Pessoa was obsessed with character, a creative artist who took aspects of his art much further than anyone else? Look at a wide range of those who have or are considered to be the greats, Picasso, Dali, the great musicians and composers, most of them could have been considered obsessive in one way or another ... even Dulce Pontes could be called of as healthily obsessive with perfection, i.e. to the right degree .... I think this used to be called "hard work and perseverance" as well as "talent" and "creativity". I suspect both Pessoa and Lee Child may prove more reliable than cyberspace at delineating humanity's ever-changing face.     If you're into a cross between Lee Child and Fernando Pessoa (the greatest Portuguese writer of all time), read on.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kathi Defranc

    Great compilation of Reacher stories I have loved Jack Reacher since I found Lee Child years ago, and still get entertained by all stories of him. I have read several of these stories before, but great to read in order all over again!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    All the various eBook novellas and random short stories collected together in one nice volume. I’d read most of the eBooks before, but it was nice to revisit them (and add reviews to them!) Out of the 12 stories, I had previously only read 5 of them, so it was nice to read the others. My favourites were Small Wars and Not A Drill.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Perri

    Here's a book to keep your Reacher addiction at bay while waiting for the next installment. A series of Jack Reacher short stories-his life in random sketches. Stories from his childhood (was Reacher ever really a kid, though?) to active military role, to the lone wanderer we know and love so well. Some are written in the first person and some in second which is kind of disorienting. The stories at the back of the book are the shortest and weakest. Still it's JACK NONE REACHER! That makes this h Here's a book to keep your Reacher addiction at bay while waiting for the next installment. A series of Jack Reacher short stories-his life in random sketches. Stories from his childhood (was Reacher ever really a kid, though?) to active military role, to the lone wanderer we know and love so well. Some are written in the first person and some in second which is kind of disorienting. The stories at the back of the book are the shortest and weakest. Still it's JACK NONE REACHER! That makes this hard-core fan happy .

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    Another Jack Reacher short story by author Lee Child that at only 12 pages long was always going to fall short in entertainment. On the plus side was a free ok read that was well written, not bad for 12 pages I suppose.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Pedersen

    I know that Jack Reacher is a fictional character, but I have had a serious crush on him for years. {sigh} And in my mind, he does NOT look like Tom Cruise! Maybe more like Liam Neeson :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Hatton

    This collection of short stories is a must-read for all lovers of Lee Child’s supersize superhero Jack Reacher. In many ways the format suits the character perfectly, even the shortest vignettes of little more than 10 pages. We still get to see Reacher’s thought processes at work as he analyses situations and assesses the dangers. The stories cover a wide range of Reacher’s life: his childhood on marine bases with his father Stan, his mother Josephine and his older brother Joe; his early career w This collection of short stories is a must-read for all lovers of Lee Child’s supersize superhero Jack Reacher. In many ways the format suits the character perfectly, even the shortest vignettes of little more than 10 pages. We still get to see Reacher’s thought processes at work as he analyses situations and assesses the dangers. The stories cover a wide range of Reacher’s life: his childhood on marine bases with his father Stan, his mother Josephine and his older brother Joe; his early career with the U.S. Army police and his familiar later peripatetic life. Throughout, we get an idea of how he develops, what motivates him and why he made the life choices he did. After reading these stories, I have little doubt that Lee Child had a fully-developed picture of his character even before he began his first novel.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bill Lynas

    Lee Child puts together a collection of short stories featuring his engaging hero & drifter Jack Reacher. Here you will find tales of Reacher as a child, a teenager & an adult which puts a new spin on the more formulaic stories we are used to reading. Five of these stories have been previously published as e books, six in other publications & there is a new novella (Too Much Time) to get things started. All in all it is a decent collection to please Reacher fans like myself while we wait for the Lee Child puts together a collection of short stories featuring his engaging hero & drifter Jack Reacher. Here you will find tales of Reacher as a child, a teenager & an adult which puts a new spin on the more formulaic stories we are used to reading. Five of these stories have been previously published as e books, six in other publications & there is a new novella (Too Much Time) to get things started. All in all it is a decent collection to please Reacher fans like myself while we wait for the publication of the next full length novel, The Midnight Line, which is out in November 2017. If you cannot wait that long the first three chapters of The Midnight Line can be found at the end of this collection & what a good start to a story they are too.....roll on November.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    Nothing exceptional here. Just some short stories that mostly provide minimal interest and intrigue. You may find one or two decent stories among the lot. 5 of 10 stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    Having read High Heat and Deep Down previously, I still enjoyed this one to a MORE than 4 star. These Reacher, and especially the flashback, are like short story candy. Each has a different era core (the teenage ones are plain milk chocolate and then they get darker and richer with each decade added to Reacher's age) but the whole nougat has a crisp and crunchy perfect era outside- so the entire effect, whether reading them in hot, cold, rainy or beach perfect weather always seems like a perk an Having read High Heat and Deep Down previously, I still enjoyed this one to a MORE than 4 star. These Reacher, and especially the flashback, are like short story candy. Each has a different era core (the teenage ones are plain milk chocolate and then they get darker and richer with each decade added to Reacher's age) but the whole nougat has a crisp and crunchy perfect era outside- so the entire effect, whether reading them in hot, cold, rainy or beach perfect weather always seems like a perk and paid vacation from the mundane, dire or negative. Honestly, no one ever said I was averse to big men- but really and truly Reacher is the ultimate. And his perceptions are perfect for the episodic and temporary. Lee Child's short stories have some flaws, but I will not be the one to point them out to you. Because I enjoy them WAY too much to discourage for any reason. Lastly, just an observation- but Reacher in any age, even as a teenage loose cannon, he tends to observe on a level with Sherlock. But the physical surpasses. BY FAR!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    don't really go for short stories much but have to read everything about reacher don't really go for short stories much but have to read everything about reacher

  13. 5 out of 5

    William

    3-stars mixed bag of short stories, two of them pretty good: "Small Wars" and "Everybody Talks". The rest are mostly a waste of time. Too Much Time, 3 star, excessive detail, not believable Second Son, 3.5 star, adequate, young Reacher sounds just like old Reacher High Heat, 3.5 star, adequate, 16 yr old Reacher sounds just like old Reacher Small Wars, 4 star, 1989 Reacher and Neagley murder mystery, Best of the bunch James Penney's New Identity, 3.5 star, adequate, not much Reacher, surprise ending 3-stars mixed bag of short stories, two of them pretty good: "Small Wars" and "Everybody Talks". The rest are mostly a waste of time. Too Much Time, 3 star, excessive detail, not believable Second Son, 3.5 star, adequate, young Reacher sounds just like old Reacher High Heat, 3.5 star, adequate, 16 yr old Reacher sounds just like old Reacher Small Wars, 4 star, 1989 Reacher and Neagley murder mystery, Best of the bunch James Penney's New Identity, 3.5 star, adequate, not much Reacher, surprise ending Everybody Talks, 4 star, short and sweet, first day female cop helped out by Reacher, unnecessary ending Not a Drill, 3.5 star, strange tale, in the woods near Canada Maybe They Have a Tradition, 3.5 star, snowy Christmas birth in England Guy Walks into a Bar, 3 star, weak, bodyguards in a bar No Room at the Motel, 3 star, predictable Xmas story The Picture of the Lonely Diner, 2 star, dull, inadequate, pointless - from High Heat Chevrolet Chevette 1977 Full size image I agree: ...all the time trying to imagine anything more splendid than the feel of a warm girl’s skin, and failing. Son of Sam's Chartered Arms .44 Bulldog Full size image .

  14. 4 out of 5

    RG

    2.5* Its weird, I'm slowly losing interest in Jack Reacher. This had some Ok short stories, some even on his childhood. I think it will be massive hit to diehard Reacher fans but unfortunately just barely got a passmark for me. 2.5* Its weird, I'm slowly losing interest in Jack Reacher. This had some Ok short stories, some even on his childhood. I think it will be massive hit to diehard Reacher fans but unfortunately just barely got a passmark for me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Who wouldn't love a collection of short stories about Jack Reacher. An insight into the boy who became Reacher, his brother, his parents, incidental stories and finished off with a sneak peak into The Midnight Line, the new Reacher novel coming out at the end of this year. If you have read all the other Reacher novels then this is a must, but even if you are new to the character I think you would find this collection highly enjoyable. Who wouldn't love a collection of short stories about Jack Reacher. An insight into the boy who became Reacher, his brother, his parents, incidental stories and finished off with a sneak peak into The Midnight Line, the new Reacher novel coming out at the end of this year. If you have read all the other Reacher novels then this is a must, but even if you are new to the character I think you would find this collection highly enjoyable.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline J

    Nice selection of Reacher stories to tide us over until the next full sized novel comes out. Some were from Reacher's childhood or young manhood. A few were when he was in the military and a couple were normal hobo Reacher stories. I really enjoyed seeing him as a teenager. Some were better than others for me at least but they were all good if you love Reacher. Nice selection of Reacher stories to tide us over until the next full sized novel comes out. Some were from Reacher's childhood or young manhood. A few were when he was in the military and a couple were normal hobo Reacher stories. I really enjoyed seeing him as a teenager. Some were better than others for me at least but they were all good if you love Reacher.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bernard Jan

    I don’t believe I’m saying this, but this might be the best Jack Reacher book. As a regular fan of novels over short stories, it would be a sacrilege in other circumstances. But Lee Child’s Jack Reacher short stories are so good I’m left stupefied and wondering.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Abbas Fardil

    Nice collection...Enjoyed that. The novella named as Too Much Time was very excellent to read. All of the tales were gripping reads. All of the stories take place at various points in Reacher’s life. It's interesting. It’s really a entertaining compilation. Nice collection...Enjoyed that. The novella named as Too Much Time was very excellent to read. All of the tales were gripping reads. All of the stories take place at various points in Reacher’s life. It's interesting. It’s really a entertaining compilation.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    Lee Child's new novella and a collection of tightly constructed short stories about the life and times of Jack Reacher, the man who" has no particular place to go and no hurry to get there" jump off the pages. Like the series, some short stories are better than others but overall this highly entertaining collection provides additional insight into a character that has evolved over the last 20 years or so into a truly iconic fictional protagonist. If you like Jack Reacher, this book is a must rea Lee Child's new novella and a collection of tightly constructed short stories about the life and times of Jack Reacher, the man who" has no particular place to go and no hurry to get there" jump off the pages. Like the series, some short stories are better than others but overall this highly entertaining collection provides additional insight into a character that has evolved over the last 20 years or so into a truly iconic fictional protagonist. If you like Jack Reacher, this book is a must read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    A nice collection of short stories, some more cerebral than others. Recommended.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Twelve short stories in the Jack Reacher thriller series, revolving around an ex-MP with super-human deductive skills, a love for a good brawl, and a crusading spirit. No matter how far Reacher travels off the beaten path, trouble always finds him. Feel bad for trouble. The Series "Second Son", 0.1 "High Heat", 0.25 "Deep Down", 0.5 "Small Wars", 0.8 "James Penney's New Identity", 0.xx (Reacher's a captain) "Everyone Talks"* "Not a Drill", (after he leaves the service) "Maybe They Have a Tradition"* "Guy W Twelve short stories in the Jack Reacher thriller series, revolving around an ex-MP with super-human deductive skills, a love for a good brawl, and a crusading spirit. No matter how far Reacher travels off the beaten path, trouble always finds him. Feel bad for trouble. The Series "Second Son", 0.1 "High Heat", 0.25 "Deep Down", 0.5 "Small Wars", 0.8 "James Penney's New Identity", 0.xx (Reacher's a captain) "Everyone Talks"* "Not a Drill", (after he leaves the service) "Maybe They Have a Tradition"* "Guy Walks into a Bar"* "No Room at the Motel"* "The Picture of the Lonely Diner"* "Too Much Time"* * Takes place after Reacher leaves the service. The Stories "Too Much Time" may find Reacher in trouble in Maine where he figures, "hey, it can't take too much time to provide a witness statement". Thank god for Reacher's deductive powers...whew... "Second Son" is literal as Reacher is the second son of Captain Reacher, a Marine recently posted to Okinawa with his family. A tale that finds Reacher senior facing charges as a traitor and Joe charged with theft until Reacher saves the day in his typical style. Yep, that Reacher, he's an early butt-kicker supreme, lol. "High Heat" takes place during the '77 blackout in New York City when Reacher saves the fair damsel from a mobster. Phew, the tension. It's the bad guy's territory, and Reacher is a cocky teenager in a strange city. And the Son of Sam is lurking... That Reacher, he's a multitasker and open to the ladies, young and old(er). And yet it ends on such a sad note. "Deep Down" is just that, a deep down undercover operation that is quite shallow for Reacher, lol. He's just not a subtle guy and he's quickly made. Unluckily for the traitor, Reacher is brighter than they think. "Small Wars" finds Reacher in charge of a new unit in Georgia when a young officer is murdered. In cold blood. It's a tricky case...and the killer may be closer to Reacher than he suspects. It's a quick adventure without Reacher doing a whole lot other than giving us a peek in at his resolve to do things properly. He brings in Frances to show the current sergeant the ropes and to get things done the way he likes 'em — with Frances taking out a jerk of a local deputy, lol. "James Penney's New Identity" starts and goes on without Reacher appearing until the end. A sad tale as a man goes on the run from his life, lashing out at his fate, unleashing tragedy on more than he expected. Part of me is so annoyed at Penney and a larger part of me feels his pain, especially as it continues to deepen, poor guy. It's a very unexpected save with an even more unexpected — and creepy! — Reacher. There is a macabre payback involved as well! "Everyone Talks" is split between Reacher and a newbie detective trying to prove herself. Reacher does what he does best, saving the day. "Not a Drill" is definitely not the usual with Reacher stuck at the start of a wilderness trail that suddenly has yellow caution tape strung across the entrance. It's a mystery, and it took me a few reads before I could figure out what was really happening. I understand it, but geez... "Maybe They Have a Tradition" is Reacher's hope when he's stuck in the English countryside at Christmas during a blizzard. Well, childbirth is a tradition, just not the one Reacher was hoping for, lol. "Guy Walks into a Bar" and Reacher almost screws it up in this bit of misdirection. "No Room at the Motel" finds Reacher trapped in a small southern town at the start of a blizzard. Always practical, he ensures he has a room for the night. Always the good samaritan, he comes to the rescue. A sweet story with an unexpected ending. "The Picture of the Lonely Diner" creates a bond between Reacher and the obstructive special-agent-in-charge when Reacher crashes a federal operation outside the Flatiron Building in New York City. It's another short story with an unexpected ending. So very Reacher-like. The Cover and Title Ya gotta love the cover with its gigantic white cup of to-go coffee, filling the gradated red background. All the text is on a slant (all in red but for the author's name in white) reaching up from left to right. It starts at the top with an info blurb. A band of red on the cup is the background for the author's name. Below that, the title is framed top and bottom with a line and three stars on the outside of those lines. Below that more lines frame the series information. The title is a fact, Jack Reacher has No Middle Name.

  22. 5 out of 5

    John

    Twelve short stories. The longer ones were better. Too much time straightforward with the empty bag Second Son a bit far fetched but fleshes our Jack Reacher’s youth. I enjoyed High Heat and the link to the Son of Sam killer. Small Wars was silly and to far fetched. Deep Down and the sniper rifle was ok with the four woman suspects including one with Russian links. The shorter ones were not great, entertaining and it seemed every New York story referred to Bleeker Street. I guess Lee Child spend Twelve short stories. The longer ones were better. Too much time straightforward with the empty bag Second Son a bit far fetched but fleshes our Jack Reacher’s youth. I enjoyed High Heat and the link to the Son of Sam killer. Small Wars was silly and to far fetched. Deep Down and the sniper rifle was ok with the four woman suspects including one with Russian links. The shorter ones were not great, entertaining and it seemed every New York story referred to Bleeker Street. I guess Lee Child spends a lot of time in that neighborhood. Not a Drill was really bad. Finding anything in hundreds of square miles of wilderness is next to impossible. Yet! Overall some were good stories and other were laugh out loud funny. Saying g that I still love the Reacher stories.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    No Middle Name is a great collection of Jack Reacher stories offering insight into Reacher's life when he was young, during his time in the military, and during his wandering years. Of the twelve stories in this collection, six were new to me and six I had read previously. I like that the book offers stories that cover a wide range of Reacher's years. I think this collection is great if you're new to Reacher as you really get an idea of who the character is plus with the stories from early in his No Middle Name is a great collection of Jack Reacher stories offering insight into Reacher's life when he was young, during his time in the military, and during his wandering years. Of the twelve stories in this collection, six were new to me and six I had read previously. I like that the book offers stories that cover a wide range of Reacher's years. I think this collection is great if you're new to Reacher as you really get an idea of who the character is plus with the stories from early in his life, you understand how he became who he is. My favorite story in the collection was Too Much Time, the brand new story released for the first time with the collection. This story contained all of the things I love about Reacher and had an exciting story to go along with it. The only stories I didn't completely love were the ones that cover Reacher's early life. Unfortunately in those stories I feel like despite not having the time to learn them, Reacher has all of the skills that he would have developed over time. Overall No Middle Name is great if you're in need of a fix for Jack Reacher while waiting for the next full-length book in the series and I definitely recommend it for fans new and old.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    This book is primarily targeted for fans of the “Jack Reacher” series by Lee Child, and will probably most enjoyed by the more hardcore fans. It is a collection of twelve short stories involving Reacher, and about five of them have already been available in electronic format. It seems to be the practice of several mainstream authors to write short stories for e-readers and then when they have enough to put together, they publish the stories in print editions. One of the benefits is having the st This book is primarily targeted for fans of the “Jack Reacher” series by Lee Child, and will probably most enjoyed by the more hardcore fans. It is a collection of twelve short stories involving Reacher, and about five of them have already been available in electronic format. It seems to be the practice of several mainstream authors to write short stories for e-readers and then when they have enough to put together, they publish the stories in print editions. One of the benefits is having the stories organized together for easy access, and enabling authors to sell a product twice – individually and in a collection. (Yes, I realize that is an editorial opinion and I will stop now. Some stories are better than others. I really enjoyed “Too Much Time” and “Small Wars”. I was not a big fan of “Not a Drill”. However, one of the nice things about the stories is that you get to experience Reacher as a teenager, young adult, and when he was in the military. You get to interact with his family in some of them, including his brother Joe, his dad and mom. One of the things I appreciated was that Lee Child really wasted few words. The stories ranged from about 55 pages to as few as about 5 pages. Each story was only as long as it needed to be, which was nice. If they were short and to the point, then that was how Lee wrote it. Overall, the more hardcore Reacher fans will find the most enjoyment from these different types of shorter adventures. Others will appreciate some of the stories more than others. I am not usually a big fan of short story collections, but this one was worth the read. Not great, but good.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Plum-crazy

    Now I'm not a fan of short stories (though I keep persevering!) but these are JACK REACHER tales & after all he's my hero, so I'm bound to find them good right? Hmmm....well on the whole yes they were but.....& I really... REALLY... can't believe I'm going to admit this in print....one or two were just naff. Yes naff. Sorry but that's the way it is. With a short story collection I usually find that they divide into 3 categories in my mind, these being: liked, disliked & didn't understand. These Now I'm not a fan of short stories (though I keep persevering!) but these are JACK REACHER tales & after all he's my hero, so I'm bound to find them good right? Hmmm....well on the whole yes they were but.....& I really... REALLY... can't believe I'm going to admit this in print....one or two were just naff. Yes naff. Sorry but that's the way it is. With a short story collection I usually find that they divide into 3 categories in my mind, these being: liked, disliked & didn't understand. These stories only differ in that these probably fell into loved, liked &....what the hell was that?!! Most of the tales fell into, if not loved at least really liked. Starting with"Too Much Time", which was typical Reacher fare...him & his fists against a bunch of thugs *smack* just how I like him ;o) "Second Son", was a dip into Reacher's past, back to '74 which, quote "reveals the pivotal moment when young Reacher’s sharp “lizard brain” becomes just as important as his muscle." The rest mainly followed suit with "Everyone Talks" having a twist I particularly liked. Now onto the downside: I just didn't get "Not a Drill","No Room at the Motel" was a non-event & as to "Maybe They Have a Tradition"...meh...quite frankly disappointingly poor doesn't cover it - Mr Child, I'm embarrassed for you.... Overall entertaining & the good tales more than make up for the couple of poorer ones.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Terence M

    I suppose you could call me a Jack Reacher fan. I have read and/or listened to all of the Jack Reacher full-length novels, many of them more then once, some more than twice. I have been disappointed with the last four or so titles, including having to send the latest two, "Make Me" and "Night School", to the DNF shelf. For reasons I cannot elucidate, I do not normally read short stories, although I do have quite a few collections in my eBook library, including the previously published, but unrea I suppose you could call me a Jack Reacher fan. I have read and/or listened to all of the Jack Reacher full-length novels, many of them more then once, some more than twice. I have been disappointed with the last four or so titles, including having to send the latest two, "Make Me" and "Night School", to the DNF shelf. For reasons I cannot elucidate, I do not normally read short stories, although I do have quite a few collections in my eBook library, including the previously published, but unread, Reacher works. While I did not have any high expectations when I started listening to the twelve short works of "No Middle Name", I found the collection interesting enough to finish the lot within twenty-four hours during a period of enforced bed rest.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    Book of short stories featuring Jack Reacher. Several had been previously available. This was all new to me. A couple of the stories are really great. I prefer the ones set before the military. Quick read. If you are not already a fan, start from the beginning of the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Shorts and novellas of varying quality from varied points in Reacher's career. The Christmas tales were a bit contrived, and the pair of pre-Army stories bordered on unbelievable, but all together an enjoyable collection. Shorts and novellas of varying quality from varied points in Reacher's career. The Christmas tales were a bit contrived, and the pair of pre-Army stories bordered on unbelievable, but all together an enjoyable collection.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    No Middle Name is a collection of short stories using the Jack Reacher collection. It opens up with Too Much Time is quite a draw in as a new theme arises from a basic purse snatching turned near fatal crime. Child's has been developing this Reacher character for quite some time and it shows. Each story can be read independently and still have the flavor burst open. Stories from childhood to his military background to lone wolf it's all in here. From Small Wars to Second Son and Deep Down they are al No Middle Name is a collection of short stories using the Jack Reacher collection. It opens up with Too Much Time is quite a draw in as a new theme arises from a basic purse snatching turned near fatal crime. Child's has been developing this Reacher character for quite some time and it shows. Each story can be read independently and still have the flavor burst open. Stories from childhood to his military background to lone wolf it's all in here. From Small Wars to Second Son and Deep Down they are all truly unique and inspiring to read. Surely you can't go wrong with this collection..

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Nutting

    Short stories - some ok and some not so. Just too many fist fights, too much of the military and guns. I’m surprised a Brit can relate to all this American hero worship, let alone write about it! I did like No Room at the Motel, ‘‘tis the season. Also, the one about the Nighthawk painting, one of my favorites at the Chicago Art Institute. But now I’m filing for divorce from Jack Reacher, he just isn’t the man I married any more!! Now he’s all yours, Emily!! ☹️

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