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Non sfidarmi

(Jack Reacher #21)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  48,759 ratings  ·  3,547 reviews
È il 1996. La guerra fredda dovrebbe essere finita da un pezzo, ma c'è un nuovo e altrettanto pericoloso nemico sullo scenario internazionale. Jack Reacher ha trentacinque anni e non ha ancora abbandonato l'esercito. È appena rientrato da una missione che ha portato a termine con successo e viene insignito quella stessa mattina di una medaglia al merito. Ma, poco dopo la ...more
Hardcover, La Gaja Scienza, 400 pages
Published June 21st 2018 by Longanesi (first published November 7th 2016)
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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…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
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
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
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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عنوان: مدرسه شبانه (سری جک ریچر #21)؛
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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
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!

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,
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 before
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4000-books
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.
Susan Johnson
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
Manuel Antão
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.
Jason Merchant
Nov 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Terence M
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
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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.
Did Lee Child even write this? Seriously. Reacher was dramatically different in this book compared to previous books.
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge Jack Reacher fan so naturally I loved this book.

What I particularly like (others might find it annoying) is how Reacher applies logic and reasoning to a puzzle to work out the most likely scenario. I almost find it endearing - tragic, I know. But I just love following his thought processes.

This book is another that delves into Reacher's past while he was still an MP in the army. He is to work with FBI and CIA agents to stop a suspected terror plot but there is absolutely no
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Readers,

I could not find the actual book here on so I used this audible version.

As a Lee Child fan, this book did not disappoint. It is very well written. Mr. Child's character development is superb, 3-D. I could see these characters in my mind's eye.

I always learn something new from having read Jack Reacher books. This one involved a very heavy plot line, a possible horrific scenario nipped in the nick of time. This one kept me on the edge of my seat, and I found myself
Chris Callahan
3.5-This is a well-plotted mystery and worthy entry in the Jack Reacher series. My personal preference for the character are the atmospheric stories where, as an ex-military loner, he wanders into trouble in unlikely places in the US, in this series prequel he's on more or less of a European spy mission while still in the Army. On the whole, though, I found it a better than average read as is the case with most of Lee Child's books.
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a bit of a different feel to this one, the 21st, I believe, in the author's popular Jack Reacher series. That's probably because it takes place back in 1996, when Reacher is still in the army. He's got pretty much the same swagger, mental and physical capabilities, but he seems a little less, well, for want of a better word, exciting. Put another way, except for the obvious physical size differential, at times I actually could envision Tom Cruise in the movie role this time around.

This flashback Reacher is comparable to one of those dinners you make the first time that originates from a practiced and old favorite recipe book that you have owned for 10 years. And it's one of the two recipes that you have never tried previously but have used all the 3 or 5 ingredient standard favorites from that same wore recipe book numerous times. So now you try the "hard" one. And it's the one you haven't made because it has so many different and hard to find ingredients. 12 at least, ...more
Bill Lynas
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's face it, Lee Child's Jack Reacher books tend to follow a fairly tried & trusted formula. However, the formaula seems to work as the books are always bestsellers....& here I am reading book 21 in the series, having read all the others that preceeded it. Still, it's nice to see Child shake the formula up just a little bit, with a story set twenty years ago that takes place mostly in Germany instead of the USA. Night Schhol is, for me, one of the best entries in the series & I'm ...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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“You could try," Reacher said. "But you'd get hurt. You're out of your league. You're up against something you never saw before."
"You have a mighty high opinion of yourself."
Reacher nodded at Neagley. "I'm talking about her. I'm just here to clear up the mess.”
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