Review of “Gone Tomorrow” by Lee Child

This is the 13th in the Jack Reacher thriller series, which feature a superhero/killing machine who, fortunately, works on the side of the good guys, and isn’t bothered by any ethical scruples when “the ends justify the means.”

Jack Reacher is a retired U.S. Army military policeman from the elite 110th investigative unit, in which he served for thirteen years. He won the Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Soldier’s Medal, but couldn’t hack the discipline and hierarchy. Now he travels around with no permanent home or relationships, and no luggage except a fold-up toothbrush. He prides himself in his technological ignorance and lack of encumbrances. Occasionally he showers by bribing hotel maids to use rooms before they are cleaned. He buys cheap clothes and throws them away when he is done wearing them. We don’t know where he sleeps or how he grooms himself (if indeed he ever does). Nevertheless, he seems to have no trouble in getting women to have sex with him, and although he is now in his forties, he can take on any number of opponents of any skill level and vanquish them all.

In this book, Reacher witnesses the suicide of a woman on a subway train, and decides that it is his job to get to the bottom of who she was and why she did it. It turns out to be a very complicated matter of national security. What a remarkable coincidence that Jack Reacher was on the scene! In the end, it is Reacher alone against a terrorist cell of 22 people, but I won’t spoil it for you by telling you which side wins! (LOL)

Discussion: You may ask, if Jack Reacher is so hot to eliminate bad people, why didn’t he just stay with the military police? The answer is authority: he doesn’t want to answer to it. And responsibility and permanence are anathema to him also. (In one humorous passage, he muses that, when he was twenty-two, “a four-day relationship would have seemed long to me. Practically like engagement, or marriage.” Older now, his tolerance level seems even lower!)

All of these aspects of Reacher can be annoying, but it is his “superhuman” abilities that put him towards the cartoon end of the character spectrum. On the other hand, if Child suggested that Reacher had Asperger’s Syndrome, Jack’s odd combination of quantitative skills and social aversion might seem more plausible.

Evaluation: After a number of Jack Reacher books, I just want to grab Jack by the shirt and say “Get a job! Start a blog or something! Use deodorant!” But I seem to be the only woman who wants to grab his shirt for any other reason than to pull it off and jump in the sack with him…

Rating: 3/5

Published by Delacorte Press, a trademark of Random House, Inc., 2009

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15 Responses to Review of “Gone Tomorrow” by Lee Child

  1. I’ve never read a book featuring Jack Reacher, but it sounds like I need to. I wonder how I’d react to him.

  2. Meg says:

    I see Lee Child’s books everywhere but I have yet to pick one up!!!

  3. Jenny says:

    Lol I love the evaluation section! I haven’t read any of these so I can’t contribute my opinion. Reminds me of Mitch Rapp in Vince Flynn’s series, though I’ve only read two of those lol.

  4. Wow, I had no idea that the Lee Childs books were Luke that! At Bookmans they always flew off the shelves, especially in snowbird season. Wishful thinking on the old guys’ parts? Ha!

  5. Like that, not Luke that. Silly autocorrect!

  6. sandynawrot says:

    Yeah, I will admit I would rip his shirt off because I know he has a six pack. And while he probably smells, the pheromones would do their job I’m thinking. You know, you are completely right. He needs to get a new gig. A girlfriend, a job, something. This wandering about and busting up bad guys is a turn on but there needs to be a fresh plot sometime soon. I keep obsessively checking the library website for the latest (The Affair) on audio to come in. And you know, this chick who talks to him on the phone? The one who has his old job? Something is going to hapen there I think.

  7. zibilee says:

    I know that Sandy loves these books, and every time I see a review of one of them, I start to think that perhaps I should jump on the bandwagon too… Reacher sounds like an enigma, but one that is sort of irresistible to women, which intrigues me. This was a fun review, and I am glad that you mostly liked the book!

  8. pagesofjulia says:

    I heart Reacher SO much but do wonder how he knows he doesn’t have a dozen or more fatherless children running around all over the globe.

  9. Jenners says:

    I read only one Reacher book and I’ve not gone back again so I guess I wasn’t all that taken with him either!

  10. I have read several, but the owning nothing gimmick just bothers me so much…Jack, really, buy a duffel bag, some underwear and a spare shirt for heaven’s sake !!

  11. Barbara says:

    I hear so much hype about the Reacher series that I shun the books. Too much advertising has the opposite effect on me that it is apparently supposed to have. I’m the same way with movies as a rule. Loved your review. Just a folding toothbrush? Eeeuuw!

  12. Staci says:

    I love Reacher but haven’t gotten near as far into the series as you have!

  13. stacybuckeye says:

    LOL!! He may skip the deodorant but at least he always carries his toothbrush with him!

  14. Margot says:

    I got a Lee Child audio book (Bad Luck and Trouble) from the library just so I can see what all the fuss is about. I’ll let you know.

  15. Julie P. says:

    So you’re saying I should start with some earlier ones?

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