Jack Reacher Will Not Be GONE TOMORROW

The title of Lee Child’s 13th Jack Reacher novel, Gone Tomorrow (out today), is misleading since Reacher ain’t going anywhere any time soon. He’s back, this time in New York City, kicking asses like always and kicking them hard.

Reacher, a former military cop who’s now just a traveling man, finds himself on the subway at 2 a.m. as the story opens. He sees a woman who shows all the outward signs of being a suicide bomber. Reacher approaches her and attempts to diffuse the situation but instead sets off a shocking series of events that escalate faster than the train on tracks.

The web of intrigue ensnares a former Delta Force major now running for the Senate, a pair of Ukrainian women who may not be what they seem, a human resources clerk in the Pentagon and lots of guys in suits who won’t show ID. Reacher becomes both hunter and prey in the urban jungle, trying to stay one step ahead of deadly opponents who match him in fighting and survival skills but whose hearts are pure evil.

I’m a huge fan of all Reacher novels but I particular like the ones written in first person, as this one is. Reacher is so clever and meticulous that it’s fun to be inside his head when he’s figuring out how to get himself out of a bad situation. I never really want a magician to show me his secrets but with Reacher, I think, Aha! I’ll remember that next time two guys come at me while I’m walking down the street.

Actually, I’m more likely to walk away from a fight or talk myself out of a conflict. But when reading the Reacher books, I always want him to put some serious hurt into the bad guys. This is a testament to Child’s writing skills. A protagonist can only be as heroic as the villains are evil, and Child gives Reacher enemies so hideous that only the Reacher brand of justice will satisfy.

Nerd verdict: Grab Tomorrow today

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9 Comments

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    Corey Wilde
    May 19, 2009 at 6:12 am

    I’m looking forward to this one. Good review!

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    Shelley P
    May 19, 2009 at 6:32 am

    Yes, another fantastic review, PCN. I’ll add it to The List!

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    READER#9
    May 19, 2009 at 10:24 am

    The Reacher novels are always worth the wait. Thanks for reminding me that it comes out today.

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    ScriptPimp
    May 19, 2009 at 10:42 am

    BIG FAN of Lee Child and am ripping into the new Gone Tomorrow tonight.

    BTW: Saw the movie Taken the other day. Liam would make a good Reacher, wouldn’t he?

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      popculturenerd
      May 19, 2009 at 12:06 pm

      I thought the EXACT same thing about Liam Neeson when I saw Taken! I’d be very happy with him as Reacher. At the pace the movie’s being developed, though, Neeson will be way too old when/if it gets made. In 10 years, Christian Bale will be old enough!

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    Emma
    May 19, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    I LOVE Jack Reacher and am so excited the new book is out today!!!!!!! Thanks, PCN!

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    le0pard13
    May 20, 2009 at 5:27 am

    This reminds me that I have to pick up where I left off in the Reacher series. The plot for this one sounds so juicy. Thanks for the review, PCN.

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    tom drake
    July 12, 2009 at 8:09 am

    best novel in the series so far. could not put it down

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      popculturenerd
      July 12, 2009 at 8:59 am

      Hi Tom,

      Same here. That thing kept me up and made me go unwashed until I finished it.

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