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Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher #13)

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“High-powered, intricately wrought suspense.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Hold on tight. . . . This novel will give you whiplash as you rabidly turn pages. . . . May be [Lee Child’s] best.”—USA Today

New York City. Two in the morning. A subway car heading uptown. Jack Reacher, plus five other passengers. Four are okay. The fifth isn’t. An
ebook, 432 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Delacorte Press
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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
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
Mar 27, 2009 Kirsty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kirsty by: I won it as an advance copy from Waterstones!
Shelves: botns
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
Eric Shaffer
Aug 13, 2013 Eric Shaffer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
This is the 13th novel in the Jack Reacher series. I have found the series to be very enjoyable but as with any series some stories are better than others. This is one of the better ones.

When the novel opens Jack Reacher is in New York City riding a subway at 2AM. He is observing the few other passengers in the subway car. There are five. Four look okay. The fifth doesn't. She raises a red flag in Reacher's mind. When he was an MP and in Israel he was made aware of a list of physical and behavio
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
Mar 19, 2016 D.G. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best Reacher books yet - I'm giving it 5 stars just because how he dealt with the evil doers. No condescending bullshit, the author knew the reader wanted to see the villains suffer - I certainly did, after having nightmares reliving "that scene" - so he had Reacher go all out crazy on them. I applaud you, Mr. Child!

As usual, Reacher is minding his own business - this time in the subway - when he sees a situation and gets involved. Soon enough, he's looking for answers even though the
Jun 12, 2009 Randy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jane Stewart
I like the Reacher series. When I’m done with one, I’m eager for the next. This was good.

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.

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
Jul 02, 2012 Harry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Stephen Embry
Dec 09, 2012 Stephen Embry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 13, 2011 Ashok Banker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 16, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller fans
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
Justin Podur
Jun 27, 2013 Justin Podur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Una Tiers
Nov 03, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Reacher affair, and as always, a fun read. It's 2am. Reacher is on the subway and notices a suspicious female passenger. He runs through his MP training, and she checks on nearly all the tell tale signs of a suicide bomber. He could just get off at the next stop, but he's not wired that way. Reacher approaches her, and a few word are exchanged. Then she pulls out a pistol and blows her own head off. No bomb in her bag. That's like the first 20 pages, so just try to put it down after that ...more
William Bentrim
Sep 01, 2013 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 20, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 03, 2014 Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Aug 23, 2014 Johnny Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 29, 2009 Marjie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 16, 2014 Derek Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 25, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, lee-child
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
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
Sep 17, 2014 Michael Johnston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lou Robinson
Nov 18, 2015 Lou Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trash fiction for me, but you can't beat a bit of Reacher. Usual elements all covered, although he didn't get much nookie in this one. Great NY setting and a little weird given recent events that it was about terrorists. Good book, strong 4*.
May 13, 2015 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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