Not a Drill

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Not a Drill

Not a Drill In this short story from Lee Child Jack Reacher is again on the move But even a pleasant hike on a beautiful summer day turns into a walk on the wild side and perhaps something far sinister Jack Reac

  • Title: Not a Drill
  • Author: Lee Child
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  • Page: 295
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  • In this short story from Lee Child, Jack Reacher is again on the move But even a pleasant hike on a beautiful summer day turns into a walk on the wild side and perhaps something far sinister.Jack Reacher is on the road, hitching a ride with some earnest young Canadians who are planning a hike through some of the last unspoiled wilderness in North America in theIn this short story from Lee Child, Jack Reacher is again on the move But even a pleasant hike on a beautiful summer day turns into a walk on the wild side and perhaps something far sinister.Jack Reacher is on the road, hitching a ride with some earnest young Canadians who are planning a hike through some of the last unspoiled wilderness in North America in the dense forests of Maine They part ways after sharing a hot meal, and Reacher checks out a quiet town surrounded by countryside serene enough to cool even his raging wanderlust But not for long First the trail is suddenly and inexplicably closed Then the military police show up in force Maybe it s a drill Or maybe it s trouble the kind of trouble that always finds Reacher, no matter how far he travels off the beaten path.

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    1. Stuart Keane on said:

      Lee Child has been one of my favourite authors for seventeen years. I've read each and every one of his books - twice - , met the author himself, got a signed copy of A Wanted Man, shared a beer with Lee in the Savoy Hotel, London and Jack Reacher is one of my all-time favourite characters. I even enjoyed the film and was one of the minority who thought Tom Cruise did a decent job. Basically, I'm invested in this author and have been for some time. However, this was the first time I felt disappo [...]

    2. Jason Koivu on said:

      I think Lee Child wanted to write about virginal Canadian woodlands, so he penned this quickie. More on that later.You're probably familiar with Jack Reacher the character by now, if not via the books, then probably through Tom Cruise's movie version. My wife would watch an in-house tech-vid on widget production if it starred Cruise, so I've seen the 2012 Jack Reacher movie a few times by proxy. It just plays in the background as part of an all-disaster-and/or-zombie-flick marathon looped foreve [...]

    3. Ned Frederick on said:

      Let's send Reacher to find the well-known author who is taking advantage of the devotion of his readers by making a buck tricking them into buying mediocre, over-priced short stories. This evil author is just the kind of cynical, duplicitous SOB Reacher is so often compelled to run to ground. Would make a good story unlike this one.

    4. Pat on said:

      This is the first Lee Child offering featuring Jack Reacher that I felt was truly awful. I gave it 2 stars only out of homage to the author and one of the best of fiction action heroes ever. Otherwise it would have merited zero stars. I'll be tempted to shoplift my next Jack a Reacher novel just to recoup my investment!

    5. Zade on said:

      Fun short storyI confess I've not met a Jack Reacher story I didn't like, so I'm not the most credible reviewer on this one. But for what it's worth, I like this story because it's not the usual Reacher fare, yet it carries enough of the usual ambiance to fulfill a fan's expectations. Missing are any of Reacher's always entertaining fight scenes, as well as any definable bad guy or guys. But Reacher's powers of observation and deduction are on full display here and it's an enjoyable ride. Child [...]

    6. Diane on said:

      A little taste of Jack Reacher goes a long way - liked this short story on a few levels. It's based in the State of Maine and it mentions my home town of Fredericton, New Brunswick.Who really knows what's going on when the military comes to town and restricts access to a popular/tourist site?I'm not going to tell you - read the book and find out! :)2 thumbs up and 4 stars (not a big fan of novellas is why this only gets 4 stars).

    7. Monnie on said:

      Have I mentioned how much I hate this trend of publishing, and charging for, short "stories" as prequels to upcoming novels? This is the third such effort I've read from three different top-selling authors. And while it's a reasonably well-written story, charging $1.99 for 44 pages of nothing terribly exciting (unless you count a couple of free chapters of the new novel, Personal, comes way too close to a rip-off for my comfort.If it matters, Lee Child's popular hero Jack Reacher is traveling al [...]

    8. Jeanette on said:

      This started out well and I enjoyed most of it. But I found the ending and circumstances (governmental especially) absolutely absurd. There simply isn't the competence available and working to stretch this to any portion to association of current reality in those spheres. Also the girl who wasn't "woodsy" who ended up helping Reacher? That didn't fly either. She couldn't and wouldn't have trudged into that scenario.The first half was decent in its Reacher mindset details and interest drawing for [...]

    9. Troy Blackford on said:

      A great Reacher short story meant to whet our appetites for the main course, 'Personal.' This was a new setting for Reacher, deep in the woods of northern Maine. A tight, interesting tale, this is exactly what you want in a short story. I'm frankly appalled at how negatively received these short stories are among the Reacher fan community. I think people have lost the appreciation for short stories. I actually saw a review of a book of Vonnegut short stories that accused all of the stories of be [...]

    10. Michael on said:

      Hitchhiking his way across the country, Reacher ends up in Maine near the Canadian border. Picked up by tourists from Canada, Reacher shares a ride and a meal with them (in a diner, because where else would Jack Reacher have a meal?!?), he parts ways with them. Only to find a few hours later that the trails are closed and the military police are out in force.Reacher is drawn into the mystery of what happened to the hikers and what the military police are so intent on hiding from the world at lar [...]

    11. Dan on said:

      I am an avid Reacher fan, but do feel a bit cheated by this. For a couple of Euros I expected more of a story and not that at 70% the end of the book and a preview of the new novel. There really is no substance to this story and no defined conclusion. I must admit that I am no big fan of shorts but Stephen Leather has put out some outstanding ones, and what's more, they're more often than not free. I bought this to get me back in the mood for Reacher awaiting Personal but am afraid to say I was [...]

    12. Gary on said:

      A jack Reacher novella by Lee Child. I am a big fan of the Jack Reacher series but I have to admit that I don't think the shorter stories work and can't believe that I am going to give one of my favourite authors a two star rating. I read the except from his new book which follows this short story and you can tell the difference straight away. I understand that there is a demand for novellas but really I think this book is not worth the purchase, a 20 minute read.

    13. gert on said:

      this was ok. seriously - just ok. it feels like what it probably is: an easy way to keep devoted fans happy and get their money from them. not necessarily in that order i glad i bought it? meh. that $3.00 could have bought a nice latte. which would probably have taken longer to finish than this book.(full disclosure: yes. of course i'll keep buying them. i'm very weak. oh, jack reacher. why can't i quit you?)

    14. Kate~Bibliophile Book Club on said:

      This short story went really quickly. It's classic Jack Reacher. Hitching, coffee, stumbling onto something that doesn't concern him and following through anyway. These stories never get old!

    15. Chris on said:

      More of a fragment than a short story. Like a chapter from a larger work as the story is incomplete and nothing really happens.

    16. Hobart on said:

      ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up)This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.---Reacher sets out for the Canadian border, to make it as far north on this Interstate as possible, just because. Not too far south from there, he stops in a tourist-y town, a haven for backpackers, hikers, wilderness types in general. Before he leaves, a whole lot of military types show up and block access to the forest from the town (well, they try to -- the forest is pretty big, it's impossible to block access to th [...]

    17. Melenia on said:

      I enjoyed this one and found it entertaining to read, but I have to say that I don’t really understand it, which makes it slightly less enjoyable to read.

    18. Kerri on said:

      Fun, easy to listen to (BTW: Took about 2.8 miles to listen to the audioproduction)

    19. Bryan on said:

      I am a huge fan of Lee Child and his Jack Reacher series I am not a fan of short stories.

    20. Matt on said:

      It all began with a bit of hitchhiking near the Canadian border, eh. Reacher stumbles upon a group of hikers who are keen to trek through a forested area of northern Maine. He agrees to their hospitality all the way to town, though makes no plans to join them on their four-day jaunt. When he learns from the townspeople that the hiking trail has been closed, at both ends, his interest is raised. When he sees the Humvees heading into town and the MPs exerting their presence, he has to get a little [...]

    21. Deanna Against Censorship on said:

      Only read if you are a Reacher fan and I am. Not the best short about my guy as it the ending just laid there. Yes Reacher sees what we all miss but I wanted more. This needed to be just a little longer to be a good amuse-bouche. I loved the description of upper Maine. Please do not yell at me for my appreciation of this description as I love Maine and in fact just returned from a vacation in Maine and Canada. Island Falls turned out to be a pleasant little place on a lake, way in the north, whe [...]

    22. Michael Shore on said:

      So, yeah, my favorite character in fiction is easily Jack Reacher. I remember when the first Reacher came out, and i have it a shot WoW! i was hooked and there has not been one in the main series that i have not loved. However, i liked his first E Short Story quite a bit but the last one i was a bit disappointed with, at least compared to all the other books in the series. This short story, Not a Drill, is classic Reacher and it gets a 4 star only because it is so short. A fun read, a couple of [...]

    23. Gareth Egerton on said:

      It's no secret just how commercial a writer Child is but, to charge £1.99 for something this short, that's obviously going to be bought primarily by his fans, smacks of exploitation. If it's true that "a Reacher book is sold, somewhere, every 4 seconds" then, surely, he can afford to give these short stories away for free. Especially as half of the pages are taken up with advertising "Personal".For the story itself, I enjoyed it. Has almost everything you'd expect from Reacher. New place, adven [...]

    24. Melanie on said:

      Not a Drill was a good novella for anyone looking for a small fix of Reacher until the next book comes out.I found the storyline in this one to be pretty interesting, the military comes to town and closes down a hiking trail with no explanation. There were a ton of scenarios for why it could have happened and I felt the one the author chose was plausible. The only aspect I didn't find believable was the ending. (view spoiler)[I don't see the military just letting Reacher walk out of there after [...]

    25. Clark Hallman on said:

      I read this Jack Reacher short story just to sample a taste of what Jack Reacher novels would be like. I can’t be sure that the short story provides an accurate example of Child’s Reacher character or his writing style. However, I enjoyed the short story and I plan to sample one of his novellas as well. His characters seem to be fairly well developed and interesting, even based on the short story. In addition, this short story was surprisingly well written and held my interest.

    26. JDK1962 on said:

      I just cannot seem to get into the Reacher short stories, and I'm not thinking it's me. Reacher's there, but the writing seems flat, and the plots don't go anywhere of interest. The one about Reacher as a teenager wasn't bad, but the other three (including this one)waste of time. They just feel like something Lee Child was contractually obligated to do, so he takes 1-3 days and bangs something out without really caring.

    27. March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room on said:

      Review: NOT A DRILL by Lee Child ( A Jack Reacher Short Story)Once again, our protagonist, who most often just wishes to be "free" and on his own, finds himself in the really wrong-nearly inescapable- place at the wrong time. Like all on the Hero's Quest, Jack can't resist a challenge, or an opportunity for chivalry, or to put things right In the process, a terrible underside is uncovered, with no one in the right,and I feared that this time would cause both trouble and danger for him.

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