GONE TOMORROW by Lee Child

Book Quote:

“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.”

Book Review:

Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky (JUN 5, 2009)

Jack Reacher is in the Big Apple in Lee Child’s Gone Tomorrow. He is just passing through, minding his own business, but as usual, trouble follows Reacher wherever he goes. This time, he is heading uptown on the number six train at two o’clock in the morning when he spots a woman who is displaying many of the behavioral indicators of a suicide bomber. Reacher approaches her and tries to talk her down, but he unwittingly ends up making a bad situation worse. This incident will have wide-ranging ramifications and will eventually involve an ambitious member of Congress, the New York City Police Department, the FBI, and the Department of Defense. Our hero, naturally, becomes a target, and he will need to make good use of his superior brainpower and awesome fighting ability to outsmart and overpower those who want him dead.

Child, who is British, long ago earned a cult following. His books are now a must read for those who enjoy escapist action-adventure novels. Reacher is the prototype of the taciturn loner who cares little about material possessions, but like a lawman in the old West, travels from town to town to clean up the messes created by more fallible human beings. Jack is sharp and observant; he scrutinizes people’s dress, body language, and speech for subtle clues that less alert people often miss. Although he is no longer a youngster, Reacher can still handle a weapon with ease and more than holds his own in hand-to-hand combat.

The plot of Gone Tomorrow involves a pair of bloodthirsty villains who enter the United States under false pretenses. Jack finds himself in their crosshairs; at the same time, he is caught in the middle of nasty turf wars between competing law enforcement agencies. Although he could have walked away from this mess, Reacher decides to get involved for reasons of his own, and the result is a grueling and bruising encounter with some extremely malicious adversaries.

This is a fast-paced and entertaining novel with intriguing tidbits about renting a hotel room on the cheap, various ways to elude your pursuers in subway tunnels, and how to use duct tape to save your life. Child has fun leading us and his protagonist down the garden path with a host of red herrings and false information. This book has its share of violent confrontations, a dollop of romance, and enough excitement to keep Child’s fans eagerly turning pages, wondering how their favorite macho man will get himself out of yet another impossible situation.

AMAZON READER RATING: stars-4-0from 509 readers
PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press (May 19, 2009)
REVIEWER: Eleanor Bukowsky
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AUTHOR WEBSITE: Lee Child
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June 5, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags:  · Posted in: New York City, Sleuths Series, Thriller/Spy/Caper, y Award Winning Author

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