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Jack 'No Middle Name' Reacher, lone wolf, knight errant, ex military cop, lover of women, scourge of the wicked and righter of wrongs, is the most iconic hero for our age. This is the first time all Lee Child's shorter fiction featuring Jack Reacher has been collected into one volume.

A brand-new novella, Too Much Time, is included, as are those previously only published in
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Hardcover, 418 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Delacorte Press
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Rachel It's a collection of short stories previously released individually between other books. The stories range from Reacher's childhood, military career a…moreIt's a collection of short stories previously released individually between other books. The stories range from Reacher's childhood, military career and the present. You can really read it at any point in the timeline because it jumps around. (less)

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Matt
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I always enjoy when something Reacher pops up on my radar, particularly when it has not been sullied by Tom Cruise. In this recently released collection, Lee Child has amassed a number of previously published short stories and compacted them between two covers. Some I have read and enjoyed, others I am discovering for the first time. I have decided not to review each individual piece, but to offer an overarching summary of general sentiments.

Child shows off Jack Reacher in an interesting light w
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Manuel Antão
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.


The Man-With-No-Middle-Name: "No Middle Name - The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories" by Lee Child



Everyone is equal, but is he or her the most human? Does Jack Reacher, the man-with-no-middle-name, embody many men?
 
I'm surprised people that are interested in books don't take the opportunity to step back and recognise the multi-cultic hogwash that has made contemporary literary criticism so predictable and boring. So much cr
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Kathi Defranc
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great compilation of Reacher stories

I have loved Jack Reacher since I found Lee Child years ago, and still get entertained by all stories of him. I have read several of these stories before, but great to read in order all over again!
Ken
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All the various eBook novellas and random short stories collected together in one nice volume.
I’d read most of the eBooks before, but it was nice to revisit them (and add reviews to them!)

Out of the 12 stories, I had previously only read 5 of them, so it was nice to read the others.
My favourites were Small Wars and Not A Drill.

Perri
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Here's a book to keep your Reacher addiction at bay while waiting for the next installment. A series of Jack Reacher short stories-his life in random sketches. Stories from his childhood (was Reacher ever really a kid, though?) to active military role, to the lone wanderer we know and love so well. Some are written in the first person and some in second which is kind of disorienting. The stories at the back of the book are the shortest and weakest. Still it's JACK NONE REACHER! That makes this h ...more
Gary
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Another Jack Reacher short story by author Lee Child that at only 12 pages long was always going to fall short in entertainment.
On the plus side was a free ok read that was well written, not bad for 12 pages I suppose.
Heidi Pedersen
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I know that Jack Reacher is a fictional character, but I have had a serious crush on him for years. {sigh} And in my mind, he does NOT look like Tom Cruise! Maybe more like Liam Neeson :)
Bruce Hatton
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: us-crime
This collection of short stories is a must-read for all lovers of Lee Child’s supersize superhero Jack Reacher. In many ways the format suits the character perfectly, even the shortest vignettes of little more than 10 pages. We still get to see Reacher’s thought processes at work as he analyses situations and assesses the dangers.
The stories cover a wide range of Reacher’s life: his childhood on marine bases with his father Stan, his mother Josephine and his older brother Joe; his early career w
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Bill Lynas
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lee Child puts together a collection of short stories featuring his engaging hero & drifter Jack Reacher. Here you will find tales of Reacher as a child, a teenager & an adult which puts a new spin on the more formulaic stories we are used to reading.
Five of these stories have been previously published as e books, six in other publications & there is a new novella (Too Much Time) to get things started. All in all it is a decent collection to please Reacher fans like myself while we wait for the
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Tim
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Nothing exceptional here. Just some short stories that mostly provide minimal interest and intrigue. You may find one or two decent stories among the lot. 5 of 10 stars
Jeanette
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Having read High Heat and Deep Down previously, I still enjoyed this one to a MORE than 4 star.

These Reacher, and especially the flashback, are like short story candy. Each has a different era core (the teenage ones are plain milk chocolate and then they get darker and richer with each decade added to Reacher's age) but the whole nougat has a crisp and crunchy perfect era outside- so the entire effect, whether reading them in hot, cold, rainy or beach perfect weather always seems like a perk an
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Gary
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
don't really go for short stories much but have to read everything about reacher ...more
William
3-stars mixed bag of short stories, two of them pretty good: "Small Wars" and "Everybody Talks". The rest are mostly a waste of time.


Too Much Time, 3 star, excessive detail, not believable

Second Son, 3.5 star, adequate, young Reacher sounds just like old Reacher

High Heat, 3.5 star, adequate, 16 yr old Reacher sounds just like old Reacher

Small Wars, 4 star, 1989 Reacher and Neagley murder mystery, Best of the bunch

James Penney's New Identity, 3.5 star, adequate, not much Reacher, surprise ending
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RG
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5* Its weird, I'm slowly losing interest in Jack Reacher. This had some Ok short stories, some even on his childhood. I think it will be massive hit to diehard Reacher fans but unfortunately just barely got a passmark for me. ...more
Linda
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who wouldn't love a collection of short stories about Jack Reacher. An insight into the boy who became Reacher, his brother, his parents, incidental stories and finished off with a sneak peak into The Midnight Line, the new Reacher novel coming out at the end of this year. If you have read all the other Reacher novels then this is a must, but even if you are new to the character I think you would find this collection highly enjoyable. ...more
Jacqueline J
Nice selection of Reacher stories to tide us over until the next full sized novel comes out. Some were from Reacher's childhood or young manhood. A few were when he was in the military and a couple were normal hobo Reacher stories. I really enjoyed seeing him as a teenager. Some were better than others for me at least but they were all good if you love Reacher. ...more
Bernard Jan
I don’t believe I’m saying this, but this might be the best Jack Reacher book. As a regular fan of novels over short stories, it would be a sacrilege in other circumstances. But Lee Child’s Jack Reacher short stories are so good I’m left stupefied and wondering.
Abbas Fardil
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice collection...Enjoyed that. The novella named as Too Much Time was very excellent to read. All of the tales were gripping reads. All of the stories take place at various points in Reacher’s life. It's interesting. It’s really a entertaining compilation. ...more
Ed
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lee Child's new novella and a collection of tightly constructed short stories about the life and times of Jack Reacher, the man who" has no particular place to go and no hurry to get there" jump off the pages. Like the series, some short stories are better than others but overall this highly entertaining collection provides additional insight into a character that has evolved over the last 20 years or so into a truly iconic fictional protagonist. If you like Jack Reacher, this book is a must rea ...more
Rick
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
A nice collection of short stories, some more cerebral than others. Recommended.
Kathy Davie
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Twelve short stories in the Jack Reacher thriller series, revolving around an ex-MP with super-human deductive skills, a love for a good brawl, and a crusading spirit.

No matter how far Reacher travels off the beaten path, trouble always finds him. Feel bad for trouble.

The Series
"Second Son", 0.1
"High Heat", 0.25
"Deep Down", 0.5
"Small Wars", 0.8
"James Penney's New Identity", 0.xx (Reacher's a captain)
"Everyone Talks"*
"Not a Drill", (after he leaves the service)
"Maybe They Have a Tradition"*
"Guy W
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John
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lee-child
Twelve short stories. The longer ones were better. Too much time straightforward with the empty bag Second Son a bit far fetched but fleshes our Jack Reacher’s youth. I enjoyed High Heat and the link to the Son of Sam killer. Small Wars was silly and to far fetched. Deep Down and the sniper rifle was ok with the four woman suspects including one with Russian links.

The shorter ones were not great, entertaining and it seemed every New York story referred to Bleeker Street. I guess Lee Child spend
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Melanie
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-print, thriller
No Middle Name is a great collection of Jack Reacher stories offering insight into Reacher's life when he was young, during his time in the military, and during his wandering years.

Of the twelve stories in this collection, six were new to me and six I had read previously. I like that the book offers stories that cover a wide range of Reacher's years. I think this collection is great if you're new to Reacher as you really get an idea of who the character is plus with the stories from early in his
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Scott
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This book is primarily targeted for fans of the “Jack Reacher” series by Lee Child, and will probably most enjoyed by the more hardcore fans. It is a collection of twelve short stories involving Reacher, and about five of them have already been available in electronic format. It seems to be the practice of several mainstream authors to write short stories for e-readers and then when they have enough to put together, they publish the stories in print editions. One of the benefits is having the st ...more
Plum-crazy
Now I'm not a fan of short stories (though I keep persevering!) but these are JACK REACHER tales & after all he's my hero, so I'm bound to find them good right?
Hmmm....well on the whole yes they were but.....& I really... REALLY... can't believe I'm going to admit this in print....one or two were just naff. Yes naff. Sorry but that's the way it is.

With a short story collection I usually find that they divide into 3 categories in my mind, these being: liked, disliked & didn't understand. These
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Terence M
I suppose you could call me a Jack Reacher fan. I have read and/or listened to all of the Jack Reacher full-length novels, many of them more then once, some more than twice. I have been disappointed with the last four or so titles, including having to send the latest two, "Make Me" and "Night School", to the DNF shelf.

For reasons I cannot elucidate, I do not normally read short stories, although I do have quite a few collections in my eBook library, including the previously published, but unrea
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Jon
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-series
Book of short stories featuring Jack Reacher. Several had been previously available. This was all new to me. A couple of the stories are really great. I prefer the ones set before the military. Quick read. If you are not already a fan, start from the beginning of the series.
Robert
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: x2019-20-season
Shorts and novellas of varying quality from varied points in Reacher's career. The Christmas tales were a bit contrived, and the pair of pre-Army stories bordered on unbelievable, but all together an enjoyable collection. ...more
Donna Hines
No Middle Name is a collection of short stories using the Jack Reacher collection.
It opens up with Too Much Time is quite a draw in as a new theme arises from a basic purse snatching turned near fatal crime.
Child's has been developing this Reacher character for quite some time and it shows.
Each story can be read independently and still have the flavor burst open.
Stories from childhood to his military background to lone wolf it's all in here.
From Small Wars to Second Son and Deep Down they are al
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Barbara Nutting
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Short stories - some ok and some not so. Just too many fist fights, too much of the military and guns. I’m surprised a Brit can relate to all this American hero worship, let alone write about it!

I did like No Room at the Motel, ‘‘tis the season. Also, the one about the Nighthawk painting, one of my favorites at the Chicago Art Institute.

But now I’m filing for divorce from Jack Reacher, he just isn’t the man I married any more!! Now he’s all yours, Emily!! ☹️
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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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