Second Son: A Jack Reacher Story [NOOK Book]

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In this new short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child, available exclusively as an eBook, a young Jack Reacher knows how to finish a fight so it stays finished. He knows how to get the job done so it stays done. And, in one of his earliest challenges, he knows that his analytical brain is just as important as his impressive brawn.
 
Okinawa, 1974. Even at thirteen, Jack Reacher knows how to outwit and overpower anyone...

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Overview

In this new short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child, available exclusively as an eBook, a young Jack Reacher knows how to finish a fight so it stays finished. He knows how to get the job done so it stays done. And, in one of his earliest challenges, he knows that his analytical brain is just as important as his impressive brawn.
 
Okinawa, 1974. Even at thirteen, Jack Reacher knows how to outwit and overpower anyone who stands in his way. And as the new kid in town, that’s pretty much everyone. His family has come to the Pacific with his father, who’s preparing for a top-secret Marine Corps operation. After receiving a rude welcome from the local military brats, Reacher and his older brother, Joe, intend to teach them a lesson they won’t forget. But it’s soon clear that there’s more at stake than pride. When his family’s future appears to come crumbling down, it’s the youngest Reacher who rises to the occasion with all the decisive cunning and bravura that will one day be his deadly trademark.
 
Second Son also includes a thrilling excerpt from Lee Child’s forthcoming novel, The Affair.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345529725
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/15/2011
  • Series: Jack Reacher Series
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 4,625
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Lee Child
Lee Child is the author of sixteen Jack Reacher thrillers, including his latest novel, The Affair, as well as the New York Times bestsellers Persuader, The Enemy, One Shot, and The Hard Way, and the #1 bestsellers Nothing to Lose, Bad Luck and Trouble, Gone Tomorrow, 61 Hours, and Worth Dying For. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero awards for Best Novel. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in more than forty territories. All titles have been optioned for major motion pictures. A native of England and a former television director, Child lives in New York City.

Biography

Lee Child was born in 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV's "golden age." During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars' worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.

Killing Floor was an immediate success and launched the series which has grown in sales and impact with every new installment.

Lee has three homes —an apartment in Manhattan, a country house in the south of France, and whatever airplane cabin he happens to be in while traveling between the two. In the US he drives a supercharged Jaguar, which was built in Jaguar's Browns Lane plant, thirty yards from the hospital in which he was born.

Lee spends his spare time reading, listening to music, and watching the Yankees, Aston Villa, or Marseilles soccer. He is married with a grown-up daughter. He is tall and slim, despite an appalling diet and a refusal to exercise.

Good To Know

Lee Child is the author of sixteen Jack Reacher thrillers, including the New York Times bestsellers Persuader, The Enemy, One Shot, The Hard Way, and #1 bestsellers Bad Luck and Trouble and Nothing to Lose. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero awards for Best Novel. Foreign rights in the Jack Reacher series have sold in forty territories. All titles have been optioned for major motion pictures.

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    1. Hometown:
      Birmingham, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 30, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Coventry, England
    1. Education:
      Sheffield University
    2. Website:

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    This book was so interesting that it races to the finished line before it's gotten off to a super start!!!!

    I ordered four Lee Child books and this is the first one that I read. The descriptive writing is a gift that only the most talented of writers possess. Child is such a talent. I can't wait to read a full novel by Child. Reacher and his family are people you can remember because if you've lived on a military base or visited friends or relatives who did, you can place yourself right on that street leading to the beach. The identical housing units, registering for phone usage; the non-excited famlies used to relocating. But the surprising and quick end to this tome is surprising and satisfying.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    Power packed!

    Jack Reacher at his finest. Everything you would want in a short story. Lee Child never let up on the pace. If you ever wondered what kind of character Reacher was but did not want to read a whole book, here is your chance.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

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    excellent

    As others have said, Lee Child is a superb craftsman of suspense. Can't wait to read more.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Reacher as a teenager

    Reacher as a teenager was just as badass as reacher is as an adult.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Great Short Story

    Typically I do not like short stories but this was good. Try it you'll like it.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Young Reacher

    I really enjoyed this short story and made me realize how much I missing Reacher -- I love the series and this one doesn't disappoint except it's just a short story. It's Reacher at 13 and he's really the same as Reacher the adult. Enjoyed the book

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

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    For Reacher fans everywhere

    I hope Lee Child writes more about Reacher's childhood!!! It's neat hearing his life as a child.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Really not very good or satisfying

    Hard to believe there are so many favorable reviews here. I have read many in the series and enjoyed all of them very much. This however was very dissapointing. A waste of time and money.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

    Worthless sample

    Absolutely worthless sample, 18 pages and stops after reviews and table of contents.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    the story is way too short, but as good as any long book I've ever read.

    I thought it was great to take a look at reacher as a young man growing up with his brother. It is a good read. Read it you'll enjoy it very much.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2011

    recommend

    A very interesting suspense book

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    good stuff

    That was fun! Thank-you Mr. Child.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Help with sample

    The free sample is nothing more than the glossary. I would at least like an epilogue, or the first few pages of the actual book to see if it was what I was looking for. Thanks


    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    I paid money for this?

    This is the sorriest excuse for a 'short story'. It's not even a story, just some kind of sketch. Frankly it reads like something somebody wrote in high school - the thirteen year old dispenses life lessons to his world weary father, then punches out the bully? Really? That's a story?

    Makes you wonder:
    How bad does lee child and his publisher need money?
    Who or what exactly is writing these reacher novels?
    Did thesame person who wrote this 'story' write all the glowing five star reviews on this page?

    What a joke and a rip-off!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2011

    a good prequil

    A quick diversion to whet your appetite for the next Reacher instalment. A back story for the brother, Joe who was killed off too soon.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    It was good but am used to the real action series of the other Jack Reacher series.

    It was okay reading. Fine for a short story but could have missed it without a problem. Will stick with his longer version books as they are ther real page turners.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Learning about Jack

    Too short but interesting to learn how Jack grew up, what his life was all about.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    God Bless Jack Reacher

    I loved, loved, loved this short story. Of course, I would love any book or story about Reacher so I'm not totally without bias here. This is just basically a good short story.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    To Cinderstar

    I'm a little confused. She is only an apprentice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Didn't care for it

    It's a good thing this was free, makes me not want to read the Reacher books by Child. I liked the style of writing but the story was absolutely unbelievable, a 13 yr old summons the MP's and solves two mysteries in one minute.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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