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Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher #13)

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Featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the new blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise, as he faces his most implacable enemy yet.





Suicide bombers are easy to spot.


They give out all kinds of tell-tale signs.There are twelve things to look for.No one who has worked in law enforcement will ever forget them.





New York City.The subway, two o'clock in the morning.


Jack Reacher studies his
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Paperback, 556 pages
Published February 18th 2010 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This one's hard to review because any little detail I reveal might turn out to spoil a surprise for someone. I will say this was an exciting, satisfying read. Much more like his earlier Reacher books that got us hooked. Once you get past a certain point in the book, there's no good stopping point. You just have to keep reading right on through. Don't expect perfect plausibility. It's a thriller, so let yourself go and enjoy! There are even a few good laughs along the way. The thing about the rub ...more
Adam
You know that game you can play where "The Karate Kid" becomes a lot funnier if you just imagine that Mr. Miyagi is stoned the whole time?

You don't? Well, now you do.

Anyway, I've devised my own little game, and I play it every time I read a Lee Child thriller. I imagine that his hero, Jack Reacher, has Asperger's Syndrome.

Before any of you "psychologists" out there jump all over me -- no, all the pieces don't fit -- but his obsessive tendencies, his refusal to own any possessions, his rootlessne
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Kirsty
Mar 27, 2009 Kirsty rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kirsty by: I won it as an advance copy from Waterstones!
This book was brilliant. I couldn’t put it down. The action was there right from the beginning and didn’t let up throughout the whole story. The plot was fast paced, which made it a real page turner. The main character is one of those people that you can’t help but like, despite the fact that he’s a killer. The characterisation of Reacher is in-depth and gives the book real integrity. Having read Killing Floor - which introduced Jack Reacher - but nothing in between, I liked how the character ha ...more
Scott Rhee
I hate subways. They are a claustrophobic and xenophobic nightmare. Underground tin cans bulleting through tunnels, stuffed wall-to-wall with sweaty, grumpy people. Not my idea of fun. After reading Lee Child's 13th book in his Jack Reacher series, "Gone Tomorrow", I hate them even more.

Reacher has a talent for finding trouble. One could argue that trouble finds him, but half the time he does most of the footwork. In this case, a simple subway ride turns into a violent roller-coaster with geo-po
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Eric Shaffer
I was on page 369 before I realized that one of the characters in this novel by Lee Child was named Lee. Yes, yes, it was her last name, but she is constantly referred to as Lee, and yet I didn't notice till I was more than halfway through the book. I usually notice that type of author hilarity fairly quickly, but not this time. THAT'S how completely immersed I was in the action. This book is utterly absorbing. I am amazed at Child's ability to keep the pace break-neck and the turns switch-back ...more
Jane Stewart
I like the Reacher series. When I’m done with one, I’m eager for the next. This was good.

STORY BRIEF:
While riding on a subway train, Reacher sees Susan Mark kill herself. He is questioned by the cops, the feds, and a group of mercenary security guards. These groups and others think Reacher knows more than he says, and they follow him, pressure him, and try to hurt him to get information. This makes Reacher want to retaliate. So now he is now on the trail to find out what’s going on.

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Harry
I'm going to add the same review for all of the Reacher series, so if you've read this one, you've read 'em all. If you feel a certain affinity for the lone hero, a man of principle, of unwavering knowledge and assent as to his own actions, than Jack Reacher's your kinda guy.

Lee Child has created an unforgettable and unique character in his creation of Jack Reacher. Jack seems to implicitly understand that he is a unique animal/human running around on this planet and that in spite of social con
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Pamela
Typically I devour a "Jack Reacher" novel. His quick wit, logistical and deductive reasoning abilities make for an likeable, deadly, eccentric hero. "Gone Tomorrow" however, was somewhat disappointing. Instead of being enthusiastically pulled more and more into the story, I had to push myself to read through dead spots and a couple totally unnecessary graphically gruesome ramblings. Also, Reacher's famous wit seemed sparse and somewhat flat. Overall though, a viable, intelligent, solid plot...ju ...more
Randy
I'm a big Jack Reacher fan even though he is a totally ridiculous fantasy of a man. Jack is homeless but not broke. He travels with a fold up toothbrush, an ATM card and an expired passport. He has no suitcase. Just buys new clothes when the old ones get dirty. That's the fun part of the character. A sort of paladin who stumbles into mysteries which he must solve with brain and brawn (Jack is a huge guy who pretty much never loses a fight even against four or five experienced fellows). And, in e ...more
Stephen Embry
We all know that Jack Reacher is a psychopathic loner wandering aimlessly across America working out childhood conflicts by breaking bones. While he is socially isolated and eschews attachments he has a strange habit of instantly involving himself in conflicts which do not involve him, thus presenting the opportunity to inflict excess violence on his newly discovered foes. What more could you ask for? We tend to overlook his manifest faults because the writing is so good, and the foes so evil, i ...more
Ashok Banker
I really enjoyed this book. Probably the best Jack Reacher yet. I had issues with a couple of the first Reacher novels, and the later ones too - mainly because Reacher tends to talk and think more than act in them. This one has just the right balance of mystery and suspense - Reacher has to figure out what's going on and why and the process is as interesting as the action sequences themselves. What's more, the mystery itself is interesting. The US foreign policy insights are accurate and interes ...more
Ed
I really like the Reacher stories and this is one of the best. Some might describe Child's books as guilty pleasures and they are certainly full of violence and suspense but they also contain snippets of Reacher's philosophy which he has arrived at after realizing his chosen field as an Army Investigator was supporting a corrupt system.

Reacher realizes that a woman sitting across from him in a NY subway car is a suicide bomber. When he tries to dissuade her she pulls a gun and shoots herself. T
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William Bentrim
Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child

Reacher faces terrorists extorting a clerk from the Pentagon. As usual, when Reacher’s sense of justice is violated, mayhem ensues.

Child does a nice job bringing a historic perspective to the Afghan fiasco. At least Child has learned the value of history and the clarity of perspective it provides if one only studies it.

Reacher is the classic, doesn’t play well with others, protagonist. His frustration with the inability of the “machine” to protect the vulnerable, lead
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Terri Lynn
I like the Jack Reacher series but my goodness this was tedious. I kept putting it down and not wanting to go back to it. Reacher is on a New York train when he sees a woman who meets all the usual requirements for a suicide bomber but when he sticks his snout in, the woman whips out a gun and kills herself. Everyone else on the train car disappears and he is left to explain what happened. Immediately he is hassled by the feds, the NYPD, and some mysterious foreign guys in cheap suits with phony ...more
June Ahern
I listened to this Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child on CDs and it was read by one of my favorite storytellers, Dick Hill, who I think helped bring to life the superhero main character, Jack Reach, so vividly. This is one of a series of ex-military Jack Reach, who travels light - no cell phone (can you imagine?), no car (yikes - well he is in New York City) and just about a tooth brush is all he carries. He is savvy and not afraid of the CIA, FBI or terrorist. This is a fast paced, OMG, read for a day ...more
John
This was a fantastic read on a number of levels. First and foremost, Jack Reacher is "da mon!" Second, it is an educational and eye-opening look into one aspect of suicide bombers/terrorists. This isn't really a spoiler as you will find when you read the book. You'll also figure out the point of my comment within the first 50 pages.

These Lee Child "Reacher" novels are more analytical than thriller for the most part. There are some thrilling aspects to the stories for sure. However, most of the p
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Justin Podur
This was the first Reacher novel I read, and after reading it I had to read every single one of them, so now I am caught up. Why do I love Reacher? For a few reasons. First, because he seeks justice no matter what, and it is fascinating to see a character in action who follows that ALL THE WAY to its conclusion - which can get to some very unexpected places. Second, because watching him solve the mystery and do the deductions and bring obscure knowledge to bear is what every mystery reader has l ...more
Larry
I just reread "Gone Tomorrow," having read Childs' 2,000-word short story from last summer's New York Times ("Guy Walks Into a Bar . . .") that describes what Reacher was doing just before he got on the R train. The plotting holds up on rereading. Given that it is one of three Reacher books that are written in the first person ("Killing Floor" and "The Enemy" are the others), it's interesting to be inside Reacher's decision-making rather than outside watching his actions only. It may be harder t ...more
Johnny Williams
Well here we are again-- All of us Reacher fans-- And for me -- the best so far! We get Jack Reacher's Justice which is always satisfying but we also get pounds and pounds of twists and turns as Jack pieces tiny bits here and there and builds a haystack out of it all.
Child picks New York for the setting and thanks to his dropping all kinds of key excerpts about the city we all know it better

Reacher at his best -- taking a subway ride-- to start off this book and ending up on a rollercoaster trip
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Marjie
Not my favorite Jack Reacher novel, but even my least favorite is still awesome. He's back in New York this time, which I love. I don't like when Lee Child injects his political undertones about things like the war in Iraq, for instance, but it wasn't too bad. I guess when I'm reading a great fiction book like this I don't want to have to read about political complaints. But overall, I loved it as usual. Already can't wait for the next one.
Derek Davis
I'm developing a theory about the bland, amorphous titles of the Jack Reacher novels: A Reacher fan stumbling into a bookstore sees the meaningless blop of words on the cover and wonders, "Did I read that one? Geez, I don't know. Guess I'll pick it up." Ten pages in, "Shit, I just spent thirty bucks on something I finished three years ago. Oh well..."

The title of this one has absolutely nothing to do with anything. What the book does have is a pair of the vilest villains ever created and an almo
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Jennifer
Gone Tomorrow is #13 in Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series. I’m having trouble rating this book for a couple of reasons – first, it started off pretty slow with the first several chapters on a NY subway with Reacher going through all the detail of his surroundings, particularly involving one lady on the train that Reacher believes is a suicide bomber. Second, a lot of this book goes into political tensions between the US, Russia and Middle East… which personally, I don’t find interesting.

However, t
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David Carr
I had stored this novel on my Kindle, thinking one day it might come in handy, and it did. About to travel on a long flight, I discovered that the book I had planned to read turned out to be amateurish and unreadable (The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker), despite outlandish praise. So I turned to this Reacher novel and was rapt by the first sentence. Lee Child is very good at what he does, and reading him happens without evoking the critical sensibility I could not suppress r ...more
Michael Johnston
Another strong entry in the Jack Reacher series. Although Reacher is capable of extraordinary violence if necessary (and somehow it always seems necessary), his greatest weapon is the use of his brain. His observation skills and insightful detective work are always what solve the mystery. I have to say that in my experience character based mystery series often run out of creative ideas, settings and mysteries as they become seasoned. That's why I am so impressed with Child's Jack Reacher series ...more
Linda
A solid Reacher book. I love them. But my rating was for the average reader. For me it would at least be a four. But average readers have to get past the fact that Reacher is homeless, but has enough money to survive. He wears his clothes for days at a time and then throws them away and buys new ones because he can and because it's easier. And the endings don't always tie things up in neat little packages but do enough to know he will be back again to fight the next bad guy. If you can live with ...more
Jared Bird
This book came so close on multiple fronts to finally breaking the mold of Jack Reacher books that I've been reading lately. When I read these books, I want something smart- like when Reacher taunts his enemies (and friends) for not being as smart as him. This happens on a few occasions in this book, but the final one was actually a big let down, given that there was almost no real logical deduction that led him to his conclusion. Additionally, the middle of this book suffers from a dearth of ac ...more
Matt
It all began with a suspicious passenger on a New York subway. Reacher notices a woman exhibiting suicide bomber tendencies and seeks to diffuse the situation. After a brief confrontation, the woman turns a gun on herself and Reacher is left to wonder how the names she uttered before pulling the trigger tie together with this disturbing act. Working with the NYPD and some federal agents, Reacher realises that there are secrets this woman held that might implicate a politician with higher aspirat ...more
Michael
Jack Reacher is one tough dude. He's an ex- MP Major, built like an NFL defensive end, who lives out of his pockets (ATM card and folding toothbrush) who has a habit of running into trouble and not backing away. He has an analytical mind that is constantly figuring out his chances of survival and what the other guy is going to do. He makes Jack Bauer look like a pussy. I love Jack Reacher.
In this one he is riding the subway late at night and notices a woman sitting alone who matches all of the 1
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Ellen

Gone Tomorrow: A Jack Reacher Novel (Jack Reacher Novels)
by Lee Child


It's Jack all the way, May 4, 2013


This review is from: Gone Tomorrow: A Jack Reacher Novel (Jack Reacher Novels) (Paperback)
"Gone Tomorrow"

This book proved to be one of the best Jack Reachers yet. There were no holds barred and a cozy it ain't, not by a long shot.
Fasten your seat belts and prepare to be held fast by THE Jack Reacher.

I can't say that the ending alone held me spellbound. It was so much more than just the en
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Kathy Davie
Thirteenth in the Jack Reacher suspense series. This one is back in New York City.

My Take
Whoa...action, suspense, drama, and guilt. And Reacher is slowing down mentally in this one.

Macabre, but the comment did crack me up: Suicide bombers "by definition are all first-timers".

It's all chance in this story. The end game for the terrorists that takes them across so many paths. A lonely woman with a critical job who loves her son.

Then there are the supposed good guys. The ones who can do anything th
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Lee Child was born October 29th, 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 pr ...more
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