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Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher #13)

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Suicide bombers are easy to spot. They give out all kinds of tell-tale signs. Mostly because they're nervous. By definition they're all first-timers.

There are twelve things to look for: No one who has worked in law enforcement will ever forget them.

New York City. The subway, two o'clock in the morning. Jack Reacher studies his fellow passengers. Four are OK. The fifth isn'
Hardcover, 441 pages
Published April 2009 by Transworld Publishers
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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
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
Mar 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kirsty by: I won it as an advance copy from Waterstones!
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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 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Alex is The Romance Fox
Gone Tomorrow, the 13th book in Lee Child's Jack Reacher Series - Jack Reacher, maverick, loner, a nomad who drifts from town to town and who lives by his own rules and regulations is back.

This time he's in New York City and one night riding on the subway, spots a woman in the same carriage he's travelling on, who he finds intriguing and he reads her body language which makes him think that she may be a suicide bomber.
“Suicide bombers are easy to spot. They give out all sorts of telltale signs.
Sean Peters
Dec 21, 2012 rated it liked it

Another Lee Child's book finished.

Although still good, I feel this one was a little slower then others I have read. A little too much bogged down in history although did build up to a exciting end.

Starting next one


Su Ridley
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant...One of the best opening chapters of any book I have ever read. Always excellently researched, as always. Following Jack Reacher's logic is thrilling. Read it.
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
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
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.

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
Jun 12, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mystery/thriller with a plot about terrorists, in both the past and present. The first half of the book was mostly solving the mystery. The second half was mostly action and dealing with the bad guys. One plot point was partially unresolved, which disappointed me a bit. Maybe it gets addressed in a later book in the series? A quick read that held my interest.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher, #13), Lee Child
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
At the beginning Jack is riding a NYC subway and spots a woman he deduces is a suicide bomber. After a while he confronts her and she unexpectedly shoots herself. Jack then commences to try to find out why she did and of course uncovers a huge criminal enterprise. Very exciting.
Stephen Embry
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Justin Podur
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Ashok Banker
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
May 14, 2011 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
Emily Ross
I loved this book! This was my first Jack Reacher novel (and what a brilliant blurb it has? How could I wait 13 books in order to read it?) and it did not disappoint. Even now, months later, I think about this novel when I'm reading others in the Jack Reacher series. It kept me guessing until the end and I really liked that. The plot was brilliant and the characterisation was superb.
Anish Kohli
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well, Jack Reacher is back and back in style.
Thank you so much Lee Child for reviving this series for me. Thanks a ton.

To be quite honest, I had almost given up on this series with the last few installments being pretty bad in terms of the plot. Writing style from Child has been always good and is more or less constant. Lee Child is a repetitive writer, to an amateur it might feel a little annoying, but stick with him. There is a formula behind this repetition of his. I’ll explain it in his trad
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, satisfying return to the Jack Reacher series after a long hiatus, possibly my over-reaction to what a stinker installment 12, Nothing to Lose, proved to be. (Snore...) True to form, round 13 (this book) was, once again an enjoyable straightforward package of escapist "literature" offering an extremely quick read, sufficiently entertaining that it was pretty much a start-to-finish affair, without much interruption (other than some changes in seating/venues)....

Maybe it's just a matter of
June Ahern
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Oct 14, 2015 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 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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
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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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“You see four guys bunched on a corner waiting for you, you either run like hell in the opposite direction without hesitation, or you keep on walking without slowing down or speeding up or breaking stride...Truth is, it's smarter to run. The best fight is the one you don't have. But I have never claimed to be smart. Just obstinate, and occasionally bad-tempered. Some guys kick cats. I keep walking. - Jack Reacher” 8 likes
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