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Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child

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One of Lee Child's Best Jack Reacher Novels

  • May 26, 2009

Gone Tomorrow is the 13th novel in the Jack Reacher series.  Reacher is a retired Army MP and a drifter who seems to find big trouble wherever he goes.   Reacher is a great character and all the novels in this series are entertaining, but they are very uneven in terms of plot credibility and overall enjoyment.

Gone Tomorrow is one of the absolute best of the series.  As the novel begins Reacher finds himself on the subway late at night in New York City and happens to see a passenger, Susan Mark, acting strangely.  This sets off all kinds of alarm bells for Reacher who is trained to spot terrorists and other nefarious characters looking to do others harm.  As the events unfold Reacher finds himself chasing, and being chased, by the FBI, the Department of Defense, the New York City Police Department, and a shadowy group of possible terrorists, all looking for a piece of explosive information, and willing to kill to get it.

This novel is a fast paced thriller and mystery and works extremely well as both.  The plot becomes intricate and mysterious as Reacher tries to find out who is behind the events unfolding, and then tries to discover why the information being sought is so important.  There are plenty of twists and turns as Reacher continues to unravel the mystery to a rather explosive and violent conclusion.

Other than a few quibbles over political details that are over generalized, this novel was a real page turner and very entertaining.  One of Lee Child's best. 

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July 27
I enjoyed your review. I read this book a while back and your review reminded me of why I liked it.
May 26, 2009
Killing Floor was good, but I think this one is better. I loved Persuader too and it is definately one of his best, along with The Enemy and One Shot. Echo Burning is by far the worst.
May 26, 2009
Interesting story that Lee Child has going on here.  Do you think it was better than his debut novel, Killer Floor? Apparently, @GEldred  claims Persuader was Lee Child's best.
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review by . November 02, 2009
Two things made me hesitate to pick up Lee Child's latest Jack Reacher novel, Gone Tomorrow. The first was the memory of the 12th entry in the series, Nothing to Lose. It was a different Reacher novel, one with a message that hit the reader over the head. The second was that I had heard that Child phoned in this installment. I wish that I remembered where I heard that, as I want to point out that this Reacher novel is as good as any Child has written.       Reacher is traveling …
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Starred Review. All good thriller writers know how to build suspense and keep the pages turning, but only better ones deliver tight plots as well, and only the best allow the reader to match wits with both the hero and the author. Bestseller Child does all of that in spades in his 13th Jack Reacher adventure (after Nothing to Lose). Early one morning on a nearly empty Manhattan subway car, the former army MP notices a woman passenger he suspects is a suicide bomber. The deadly result of his confronting her puts him on a trail leading back to the Soviet war in Afghanistan in the 1980s and forward to the war on terrorism. Reacher finds a bit of help among the authorities demanding answers from him, like the NYPD and the FBI, as well as threats and intimidation. And then there are the real bad guys that the old pro must track down and eliminate. Child sets things up subtly and ingeniously, then lets Reacher use both strength and guile to find his way to the exciting climax. (May)
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ISBN-10: 0385340575 (hbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780385340571 (hbk.)
Author: Lee Child
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date Published: June 2009
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