Second Son by Lee Child
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A short story; while up to Child's usual standards, not very plausible...
-The Army Rumour Service


In this new short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child, available exclusively as an eBook, a young Jack Reacher knows how to finish a fight so it stays finished. He knows how to get the job done so it stays done. And, in one of his earliest challenges, he knows that his analytical brain is just as important as his impressive brawn.
Okinawa, 1974. Even at thirteen, Jack Reacher knows how to outwit and overpower anyone who stands in his way. And as the new kid in town, that’s pretty much everyone. His family has come to the Pacific with his father, who’s preparing for a top-secret Marine Corps operation. After receiving a rude welcome from the local military brats, Reacher and his older brother, Joe, intend to teach them a lesson they won’t forget. But it’s soon clear that there’s more at stake than pride. When his family’s future appears to come crumbling down, it’s the youngest Reacher who rises to the occasion with all the decisive cunning and bravura that will one day be his deadly trademark.
Second Son also includes a thrilling excerpt from Lee Child’s forthcoming novel, The Affair.


About Lee Child

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Lee Child is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of Jack Reacher thrillers. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero awards for Best Novel. Child, a native of England and a former television director, lives in New York City.
Published August 15, 2011 by Delacorte Press. 40 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Peak Rank on Sep 04 2011
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The Army Rumour Service

Below average
on Sep 14 2011

A short story; while up to Child's usual standards, not very plausible...

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Gather Books

Above average
Reviewed by Tony Peters on Apr 15 2012

The introduction was kind of boring, but it does provide some insight into the background of Reacher’s family. The whole story is great for adding depth to this character and showing where he learned to be the way he is.

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