Night School

Night School

A Jack Reacher Novel

Book - 2016
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"In the morning, they gave Reacher a medal. That night, they sent him back to school. With eleven straight #1 New York Times bestsellers and over 100 million books sold, Jack Reacher is "the strongest brand in publishing" (Forbes Magazine). And Night School, with Reacher back in uniform, will be the biggest Reacher adventure of them all"-- Provided by publisher.
"Discover the thriller series that The New York Times calls 'utterly addictive.' After eleven straight global #1 bestsellers, Lee Child sends readers back to school with the most explosive Jack Reacher novel yet. It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he's off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind. Two other men are in the classroom--an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there. Then they find out: A Jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor--a Saudi courier, seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown. A CIA asset, undercover inside the cell, has overheard the courier whisper a chilling message: 'The American wants a hundred million dollars.' For what? And who from? Reacher and his two new friends are told to find the American. Reacher recruits the best soldier he has ever worked with: Sergeant Frances Neagley. Their mission heats up in more ways than one, while always keeping their eyes on the prize: if they don't get their man, the world will suffer an epic act of terrorism. From Langley to Hamburg, Jalalabad to Kiev, Night School moves like a bullet through a treacherous landscape of double crosses, faked identities, and new and terrible enemies, as Reacher maneuvers inside the game and outside the law. Praise for #1 bestselling author Lee Child and his Jack Reacher series 'Reacher [is] one of this century's most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes'--The Washington Post"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0804178801 (hardback)
9780804178808 (hardback)
Branch Call Number: M CHILD
Characteristics: 369 pages ; 24 cm

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wildct2003
Oct 04, 2017

Very good chase/suspense mystery; ending could have been improved.

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Foliagegjunocom
Sep 11, 2017

Not like the Reacher books I used to like. This one is lousy.....gross actually. 0 stars

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hashknife
Aug 10, 2017

I am not a veteran, nor do I consider myself a military expert in any way. I merely enjoy the Jack Reacher books. That said, I must agree that this installment of the Jack Reacher series was somewhat lacking and there were thing that could have been left and the story would flowed just as well. I'm sorry to say that I was disappointed with this book.

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Penguins_11
Jun 01, 2017

This latest installment in the Jack Reacher series falls short of Child's usual fast-paced, intensely satisfying adventures for the ex-MP. There are some twists and surprises in the story starting with Jack still enlisted and working between Washington, DC and Europe, however, some important points don't ring true.

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kaymar
May 07, 2017

With Lee Child it's seems lately it's either hit or miss. This is a miss.

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esheehy
May 01, 2017

Maybe it's just me, but I felt Lee Child is just phoning it in with this book. Premise is ridiculous and it flatlines from there.

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hoshin
Apr 30, 2017

Disappointing. jack Reacher as the "Ugly American" in Europe ... :-(

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writermala
Mar 25, 2017

Jack Reacher is at his best in the school of crime a really good "Night School." There are only one or two incidents of violent crime and for the most part Reacher is at his Sherlock Holmes' best. He figures out sequence of events by reasoning. There are enough subplots to keep the reader turning pages.

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JEdwards_1
Mar 24, 2017

Sounds like a lot of the readers did better than I did. I barely made it through the first chapters when I finally gave it up! But what I did read was a waste of my time

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scottashirley
Mar 18, 2017

I think I would rather read the back of a cereal box than this peace of work; at least then I would eventually get a prize at the bottom of the box. I am still struggling with finishing the book; given to me by a friend who had bought and gave upon it before finishing it And giving it to me. I seriously think maybe someone else wrote this, maybe his brother who wants to be a writer himself.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2016

It was nothing to boast about. The Balkans, some police work, a search for two local men with wartime secrets to keep, both soon identified, and located, and visited, and shot in the head. All part of the peace process. Interests were served, and the region calmed down a little. Two weeks of his life. Four rounds expended. No big deal.
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“You have new orders.” Reacher said, “What and where?” “You’re going back to school.” Reacher said nothing.
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“What is this place?” “I don’t know,” Reacher said again. “But it ain’t a school. That’s for damn sure.”
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A little more than three years from now is the new millennium, with every capital city celebrating around the clock, which makes that one single day the greatest propaganda target in the history of planet Earth.
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As she left she said, “Remember, hair on fire.”

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2016

“That day there were nearly two hundred thousand American citizens in Germany. About sixty thousand actively deployed military, plus nearly double that in families and recent retirees not gone home yet, plus about a thousand civilians on vacation, plus about five thousand more at trade conventions and board meetings.”
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Hamburg was a rowdy port city, with a world-famous red light district, and drugs and graffiti at the train station, but even so homicide was relatively rare. Less than one a week. A dead body was still an event.
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“There are four of us.” “How long did it take you to count that high? No, seriously, I’m curious.”
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“Doing the same thing over and over and hoping for a different outcome is insane, you know.
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“What do you know about computers?” “I saw one once.”
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He ate sausage and mashed potatoes for breakfast. The last time he had seen a bone had been on an X-ray.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2016

This is an event horizon, colonel. This is where it all goes wrong. Possibly for nothing. Possibly for some little thing other guys have gotten away with. But you’re going to crash and burn.
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Like they dropped a nickel and found a quarter.
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Germans thought they had been given a country, and Americans thought they had bought a large military base with servants.
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Reacher said, “On the phone yesterday you called the witness a lunatic.” Griezman said, “Not literally, of course. He’s obsessed about certain things, that’s all. No doubt rooted in racist and xenophobic pathologies, and worsened by irrational fears. But otherwise he’s quite normal.”
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His skin was pale. The only color on him was his necktie. It was a swirl of yellow and orange. It was wide and short, like a fish hanging down from his collar.
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She was a short stocky woman of indeterminate age, with hair lacquered into a wide globe around her head, like a golden motorcycle helmet.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2016

“How does he know the guy is American?” There was a long consultation. A long list. The translator said, “He was speaking English. His accent. The loudness of his voice. The way he dressed. The way he moved.”
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“He wishes us to understand he is overqualified for his current position. But all the better jobs here in the west are prohibited to ethnic Germans and given instead to people from Turkey.”
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“It’s probably ten to one against. Which means if we stick around we have a one-in-ten chance of being in the right place at the right time. Whereas if we go back to Virginia we have a zero chance. They’re not going to meet at the Washington Monument. That’s for damn sure.”
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A great struggle required great sacrifices. A great struggle required clear minds and cold hearts. The
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“Getting anywhere?” “Are you?” “We’re nowhere.” “So are we. And there’s no point being nowhere all in the same place either.”
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The old army rule. Eat when you can. The next chance could be days away.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2016

“What state are we in?” “Germany.” “That’s the country. It’s a federal system. There’s a clue where it says Bundesrepublik. It means it has states, like America. Only sixteen of them, not fifty, but the principle is the same.”
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His gaze was alternating between Reacher and his pal on the floor. Back and forth, like a metronome. Panic in his eyes.
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Reunification had been a strain. Economically, and socially. And mentally. He had watched it. Like living a comfortable life in a nice little house with your family. And then a whole bunch of relatives moves in. From someplace where they don’t really know how to use a knife and fork. Ignorant and stunted people. But German like you. As if a brother had been taken away at birth and locked in a closet. Then in his mid-forties he comes stumbling out again, pale and hunched and blinking. A tough situation to manage.
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“You need to take care. You keep on shaking that tree, all kinds of crap could fall out. Some of it could be heavy duty.”

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2016

Neagley pivoted around the jamb and ducked inside. Reacher followed. Long training. Smallest first, biggest last. That way both parties got an unobstructed view. And the bigger party didn’t get accidentally shot in the back.
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“It doesn’t look like it’s just been cut.” “Exactly,” the guy said. “The best haircut looks like it was done a week ago.” “So I pay five bucks for a haircut that already looks grown out?”
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“Eggs get broken, the omelet gets made, and if it turns out tasty, then all is forgiven.”
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So all in all I felt pretty good about pulling the trigger. Like a guy taking the trash to the curb. Maybe not fun in and of itself, but afterward you have a clean and tidy garage. Which feels good.
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“She has haptephobia.” “Which is what?” “A fear of being touched. The army made her see a doctor.”
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Reacher eased through the crowd, gently but firmly, like a police horse at a riot.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2016

Reacher said, “You speak English?” One guy said, “Yes.” “You ever wonder why? Why you speak my language and I don’t speak yours?”
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“Never mind. What are your orders?” “Orders?” “If I wanted a parrot I’d go to a pet store. Someone just told you to do something. Tell me what it was.”
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I know you have a welfare state, but a hospital is still a hospital, no matter who pays for it. No fun at all.
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This is not your fault. There is no practical way to make this your fault. A hundred bureaucrats could type for a hundred years on a hundred typewriters and still not get close to making this your fault.
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Outside the sky grew darker. Either rain coming, or late afternoon. Or both.
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“Do you not tell your superiors what they should know?” “I tell them as little as possible. Short words, no math, and no diagrams.”
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The only Cold War airborne junior commander still wearing the green suit. From the brown-boot army to the black-boot army to the New Balance army. Tenacious.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2016

“He’s a two-star general. They get medals like frequent flyer miles.”
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They had a theory at the time. It was behind everything the Department of Defense ever did back then. In their words they believed rivalry fosters excellence and is imperative for supremacy. It was written in stone.
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They found a relevant problem. They gave the cylinder a new name, SADM, for special atomic demolition munition, and they gave it to the 82nd Airborne.
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“Widely distributed?” “Like measles on a map.”
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“That’s a lot of could-haves,” Reacher said. “That’s a cascade of three separate errors. Wrong delivery paperwork, wrong inventory code, and the invoice was never sent.”
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“In our history we’ve had a total of thirty-two accidentally launched, fired, detonated, stolen, or lost. We closed the files on twenty-six of them. The other six were never traced or recovered. They’re still missing.

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2016

One time he had rotated through an army fight school, where the toughest instructor liked to say the best fights are the fights you don’t have. No risk of defeat, no risk of injury. However slight or unlikely.
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“That would be highly speculative.” “What the MP business would call a wild-ass guess.” “Is that better than a Hail Mary, or worse?” “It leaves a Hail Mary so far behind you can barely see it. It’s a gut call. Like closing your eyes and swinging the bat.”
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He told Orozco as of ten hundred Zulu and eleven hundred Lima he was TDY to the NSC and for further detail an immediate 10-16 was required at the front desk number.
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“Are you serious?” “As lung cancer.”
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He looked as quick as an outhouse rat. And

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jimg2000
Nov 21, 2016

Reacher saw a cascade of ancient, hopeless conclusions in the two men’s eyes. They were guest workers in a foreign nation. They had no status, no power, no leverage, no rights, no expectations. They were bottom of the pile. They were cannon fodder. They had nothing to lose.
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Germany was still in ruins. People were starving. The army employed local civilians. Mostly women, because that’s about all there were. Like a kind of welfare, and it saved drafting GIs to do shorthand and typing. He put it together with something else Arnold said. The local women would do anything for money. Anything for a candy bar or a pack of Luckies.
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The girl had written 11, and he thought it was 77. Because of her handwriting. Europeans put a long tick on the front of their ones. Like the opposite of a tail. A one looks like a seven.

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Mar 12, 2017

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