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No Middle Name

(Jack Reacher #21.5)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  12,882 ratings  ·  1,195 reviews
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
Hardcover, 418 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Delacorte Press
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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
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
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!
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.

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 ...more
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 :)
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...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.
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.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, own-print
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
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 ...more
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.
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"*
Alexa ❤️
4 Stars

Overall I enjoyed No Middle Name. I especially enjoyed the novellas based on Reacher’s childhood! There were a few 3 Star stories which just didn’t quite do it for me but weren’t bad and then the rest were 4-5 Stars which made me crave more.
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 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
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
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
pretty good short story collection mainly about Jack Reacher. The best were the ones from his teen years. I liked the peak into how Reacher became what he is now.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jack Reacher is trouble. Wherever he stumbles upon injustice, he's going to take steps to correct it. For those of us who missed some of the stories in which author Lee Child wrote about Reacher's past, those stories are now in an anthology, No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories. And, I find them even more satisfying than the novels.

My favorite stories in the collection feature a young Reacher. In "Second Son", Jack Reacher is only thirteen, the second of two sons of
Alasandra Alawine
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reacher never disappoints this lady and Lee Child again hit a home run with these short stories. Some I had read before and some he used pieces of in full length novels but they were all enjoyable reads.

Too Much Time - Reacher realizes there is something hinky with a police sting when he is set up by the cops. He counts on an honest cop to help him catch the dirty FBI agent when he breaks out of jail

Second Son - Read before see my previous review

High Heat - Read before see my previous review

Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lee Child’s No Middle Name is a collection of Jack Reacher short stories. Through these tales, we get to see the ex-Army Investigator in various stages of his life solving abbreviated mysteries and crimes. It is apparent that really young Reacher (on base in Okinawa using his developing deductive prowess to rescue his father’s military career) and teen Reacher (in the 1977 New York City Blackout confronting mobsters) are way more cool than anyone could ever hope to be at those ages. After all, ...more
Fred Forbes
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you are a "Reacher creature", you know that when new material becomes available, all the other stuff you are reading gets set aside and you dive in. Actually figure this is 4.5 stars since any fiction this addicting is most worthy. Slight discount since many of the stories stretch credulity (which I can't reveal with risking massive spoilers), but it is fun to have Jack Reacher stories delivered in short intense bursts - like "mind candy". I enjoyed the varying locations and physical ...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 ...more

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