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Night School

(Jack Reacher #21)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  61,904 ratings  ·  4,099 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 369 pages
Published November 7th 2016 by Delacorte Press
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Tim Shaw I agree with all the comments below, one of the worst Reacher novels of the series. I thought Reacher back in the army, that he would be rougher and t…moreI agree with all the comments below, one of the worst Reacher novels of the series. I thought Reacher back in the army, that he would be rougher and tougher. Found it a bit boring and repetitive. Think there were one or two lines in the book that Lee Child just copied and pasted in. i.e The dress, the hair, the nylons" must have been in the book 5 times or more. Not a spolier but for much of the book I thought the bad guy was selling Bull semen !!!!!! Not a strong or interesting story at all.(less)

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James Thane
The twenty-first entry in the Jack Reacher series is another flashback to an adventure that occurred while Reacher was still in the army. The year is 1996; Reacher is only thirty-five years old, and he's fresh off a very successful mission for which he has been awarded a medal. But immediately after the ceremony, he's issued new orders to attend a night school course--hardly the reward he was expecting after a job well done. He's now effectively off the rest of the Army's radar, at least for the ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Night School (Jack Reacher, #21), Lee Child

Night School is a 2016 novel by Lee Child. This is the twenty-first book in the Jack Reacher series.

It is written in the third person. 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.

In 1996, U.S. Army Major Jack Reacher is in Virginia to receive a medal for eliminating two militants in the Balkans when he receiv
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I'll say 3.75 stars, rounded up...

In penning another of his 'flashback' Reacher novels, Child stirs the pot and leaves series fans divided. Taking the story back to 1997, Reacher still works for the Military Police and is summoned to attend some additional training in the form of an evening class. The course outline is vague and Reacher is sworn to secrecy, but he has nothing to lose, showing up to a classroom where representatives of the CIA and FBI await him. The class is a cover to instil int
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lee Child sure writes great books. And Jack Reacher is a great character. I'm a big fan. Although I've read these books in publication order, I'm not sure it's necessary.

With this book, Child goes back to 1996, three years after a bomb went off in the parking garage below a very tall building in New York City. Reacher is Major Reacher, an MP in the U.S. Army. He and two other men from other U.S. government agencies are sent to Night School. I love that Child can write about various periods of R
Andrew Smith
In this prequel, set in the mid nineties, Reacher is still in the Army. He’s a major in the military police and has been drafted into an emergency task force. Intelligence services in Europe have heard something: ‘The American wants a hundred million dollars’. Nobody knows who The American is or what could cost such an exorbitant price, but it’s assumed to be bad news, very bad news.

For fans of this series there will be few surprises in the set-up, the cast is small enough to allow readers to b
Joanne Harris
I've been following Lee Child's books from the start, and they are always enjoyable, as well as being competent, readable and well-crafted; but recently I've started to feel as if this particular goldmine has been mostly exhausted. I totally see what the author has been trying to do in the past two or three books- to create different scenarios - but I'm not sure the best way of doing this is to go back into Reacher's past. A man is the sum of his life's experience, and the younger Reacher seems ...more
Yatharth K
DNF at 77%

I know! 77% is too late to give up, but I had to. I couldn't care to read anymore. It wasn't interesting a bit. The reason I got to 77% was because, Lee Child's writing is very smooth with short and clear sentences, the dialogues are sometimes witty, the descriptions are sometimes interesting, but this particular book had nothing else.

Let me first start first with why you shouldn't read this book:

1. No clear stakes: Well, the conflict is as good as the villain, and in this story, bel
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

After receiving a medal in the morning, Major Jack Reacher along with two others, FBI and CIA, were buried deeply in a highly secure establishment they called Night School. But it wasn’t a school. 1996 and the hierarchy had heard something big was going down. The message that had been overheard; “the American wants a hundred million dollars” was chilling – they needed to discover what could possibly have enough value to warrant that figure…

Sergeant Frances Neagley joined the team, and befor
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something different from the norm for this series as Lee Child takes Reacher back into his past and back into uniform. I liked it especially as we see a different side of Jack as well - more brain and a bit less brawn than usual!
Of course he still single handedly takes on half a dozen men at a time and comes out not even breathing heavily. Where would we be if he could not do that? However he also has to spend a lot of time planning, strategizing and outguessing the enemy and he does it well.
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My rating: 4.4/5

Night School has everything that you would expect from a Jack Reacher novel. It was fun and fast. It was stylish and.... simple(?) who knows?!
But It was really good. I actually liked this one better than most of the other Jack reacher novels. This one has more simple story but at the same time it's entertaining. I started it and after some pages.. that's it. The novel ended. Blimey!

Jan 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This story starts with lots of baseball metaphors and justifiably strikes out. This is one of the most tortuous, xenophobic, clumsy, 3rd Reich inspiring, unappealing Jack Reacher stories I've come across. Could it be that Lee Child has lost it? Based on some of the past readings, it seems the answer is yes. 1 of 10 stars! ...more
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 21 in the Jack Reacher series published 2016.

4 entertaining stars

What can you say? ‘this is Jack Reacher’ what you see is what you get.
Much to my surprise this was not the continuing saga of the worlds most introverted bass ass/nice guy. This is yet another prequel concerning Jack’s life as a MP in the US army.
Not that that was a problem it’s still Jack Reacher and its still bloody good entertainment.
The story starts with three men, all from law enforcement, but all from very different fiel
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vine
For his 20th book, Lee Child takes us back to 1996 when Reacher was a major in the U.S. Army. After receiving a medal, Reacher is hustled off to a "training school" which translates into being lost in the system. There is a suspected crisis and the National Security County (NCS) is forming a team of the Army, FBI and CIA to combat it. This is pre- Internet days when about 10% of the population used it. It is amazing how we were able to function.

Reacher brings his sergeant and flies to Hamburg t
picoas picoas
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Bubble Gum Fun or On How Davy Crockett Plays a Stupid Part: “Night School” by Lee Child

The way I read the Jack Reacher novels is for their underpants. Because Jack doesn't own clothes he isn't wearing, it means I can know how long he's been wearing the same set of underpants. I’ve been told he changes every three days, which to my way of thinking is still not often enough, to say the least (I change them daily…lol), but in some of the
Bam cooks the books ;-)
*3.5 stars. I needed a break from some pretty heavy reading and a new Jack Reacher story was just the ticket. The twenty-first book in the series takes the reader back to 1996. Jack has just been given a medal by the US Army for a job well done and is told that his next assignment will be to return to school for a course entitled 'Impact of Recent Forensic Innovation on Inter-Agency Cooperation.' Of course that is a smoke screen for an important top-secret mission involving the National Security ...more
Dee Haddrill
Jack Reacher is undeniably one of my top 5 fictional heroes (which is why I'm so unhappy about the movie casting, but I digress). Night School gives us a look into one of Reacher's Army service adventures, and is as awesome a book as always. ...more
Jason Merchant
Nov 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Night School is certainly one of the weakest and most poorly plotted of the usually enjoyable Jack Reacher series. Set in 1996, with most of the action taking place in Hamburg, it is a mediocre overseas police procedural with Reacher heading a small, secret team trying to track down an American who is about to be paid $100 million for something. The plot is full of implausibilities (view spoiler) ...more
Terence M - Latin Deferred (for the time being)
Audiobook - 11:12 Hours - Narrator: Jeff Harding
Re-listen - First heard in late 2016 and rated it 1Star dnf. (See original review below).

My second listening was on 18 January 2020. My rating is 3.0 of 5.0 Stars - "I Liked It"

"Night School" was definitely better than a "1Star dnf" rating, but not one of Reacher's best. It was still a bit of a struggle for me as I found the plot, storyline and dialogue all somewhat uninteresting and confusing, particularly in the first 50% to 65% of the audioboo
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Got an advanced copy from Goodreads Giveaways. Wow! This is a great one, definitely in my top five of Reacher novels. Reacher is in the Army. A major in the MPs in 1996. He's sent to "school", but, being that it's Reacher, nothing is as ordinary as it seems. From there the action continues to build, as do the stakes. Like I said, I've read all the Reacher books and this is one of the best.

Really glad I got a copy early, but now I have to wait even longer until the next one!
The 21st book in the Jack Reacher series is a step back in time. It is 1996 and Reacher is still in the Army. The story opens with his being awarded the Legion of Merit. Immediately following the ceremony he is given new orders. Ostensibly he is being sent to school. With two other students. One is with the CIA and the other is with the FBI. Each fresh off a big win. Shortly after arriving at "school" they learn the real mission. There is a Jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany with an under ...more
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
For the fans of the Jack Reacher novels (Of which I am big one), the latest story takes place in 1996 when Reacher is still in the army. Wasn’t sure how I would feel about that, but turns out it is as good as those that take place in the present. Reacher is sent to school, but in reality he and two others (one from the FBI and the other CIA) are really part of a secret mission to find out what US property or Intel is being sold for millions of dollars. With some assistance, Reacher figures out t ...more
Dec 17, 2016 added it
This is an observation and it relates to our Hulking hero, Jack Reacher, who has to be going on a hundred yrs old and also to Lee Child, one of my all-time favorite authors.

Without further ado........Please, Mr. Child.......

It's time to let this money-maker go! Please.
Did Lee Child even write this? Seriously. Reacher was dramatically different in this book compared to previous books.
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 21 of the Jack Reacher series. In this book, Lee Child has Reacher step back in time to 1996; Reacher is still in the Army. Major Reacher has just received the Legion of Honor Medal. He earned this for action in the Balkans.

Reacher is sent to Germany to Night School, which is a tiny interagency group of American operatives. Reacher represents the Army Military Police; there is an F. B. I. agent and a CIA operative also in the group. They have been watching a Saudi Cell in Hamburg. T
Donald Grant
Nov 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Lesson learned...

After reading and reviewing Make Me by Lee Child, I had promised myself it would be the last Reacher novel I would read. When I heard about Night School and the story being about Reacher when he was still in the Army, I decided to give it a try. Surely it would be different. Unfortunately, I should have kept my promise.

This book definitely qualifies as Child’s worse to date. There may be one as bad coming in the future, but this reviewer will not be reading it.

Child wrote this a
The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane)
Jack Reacher stories are always interesting because Reacher is always Reacher. The book takes Reacher back to 1996 while he was still in the Army. Interesting plot but I have read a couple of books with this type of plot so I rated a little lower because of the lack of originality.
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
In a prequel set in 1996, Jack Reacher is sent to "school" along with two others, one is FBI and one is CIA, reporting only to the head of the NSA, his deputy, and the President. An Iranian mole for the Americans reports that some American is selling something worth $100 million to terrorists. Each student grabs their most trusted colleague, which for Reacher is Sergeant Frances Neagley, who has reappeared in the most recent books. Things develop slowly, and Reacher has to wait 100 pages (maybe ...more
Kylie H
Oct 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adrenalin
I was a little confused at first, and then realised that this was a story from Reacher's past when he was still in the Military Police.
This instalment sees him pursuing an supposed ex-military man that has apparently set up a deal to sell 'something' for $100 million to the middle east. It becomes a race to work out what is for sale, and what this means for US national security.
Never a dull moment, it is typical Reacher save the day again but we cheer him all the way as he does it with little ef
Jun 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 21st book in the Jack Reacher series by author Lee Child. The Jack Reacher series is somewhat a 'guilty pleasure' of mine, I normally enjoy Detective Thrillers but there is something about this series that I can't resist now and then. This book was pretty much what I have come to expect from Lee Child, lots of action and adventure but I felt it was a little below the normal standard.

The book goes back to 1995 when Jack Reacher was aged 35 and being given the Legion of Merit for the s
Pamela Small
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NIGHT SCHOOL has a boring and laborious start, so much so that I put it down several times, having no interest in it. But then, I thought the beginning of Reacher's story is usually slow and methodical, as Lee Child sets up the exposition. So, I picked it up again and am so glad I did! The story line races along as the mystery unfolds and is enthralling as the mystery is developed and solved. The plot is unique ( how does Mr. Child think of these unusual stories?) The characters, as always, are ...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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