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Night School by Lee Child ( Jack Reacher #21)

Night School by Lee Child

About the Book – Night School

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.

Two other men are in the classroom—an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there.

Then they find out: A Jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor—a Saudi courier, seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown. A CIA asset, undercover inside the cell, has overheard the courier whisper a chilling message: “The American wants a hundred million dollars.”

For what? And who from? Reacher and his two new friends are told to find the American. Reacher recruits the best soldier he has ever worked with: Sergeant Frances Neagley. Their mission heats up in more ways than one, while always keeping their eyes on the prize: If they don’t get their man, the world will suffer an epic act of terrorism.

From Langley to Hamburg, Jalalabad to Kiev, Night School moves like a bullet through a treacherous landscape of double crosses, faked identities, and new and terrible enemies, as Reacher maneuvers inside the game and outside the law.

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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.” 

Quote from the book, Night School

Our Review of Night School

It was a refreshing experience to see Reacher in his military days and his full authoritarian mode. You get to see the Real MP Reacher and his deduction skills in this book. One of the things that I loved about the book was to see his military “buddies” and The rapport and the whole dynamics they have to make things happen. I think from a couple of last Reacher books, the spark was getting dull for me but even though not to its fullest, this book had a bit of old magic in it.

The book of course goes through a lot of sleuthing, deductions, and analysis and takes its due course to come to its main plot but it’s interesting to go through the whole journey. Well if you are expecting Reacher to go around and kick people’s asses on every page then you might want to tone down the expectation of that happening. The plot is more of a chase. A chase against time to get to a very formidable truth that could quite literally change the fate of the world. Ok, I am putting in big words but the point is that even though I wouldn’t put it among the best Reacher appearance, this book still has a wonderful charm and I did enjoy meeting Reacher this time.


In conclusion, I would say Reacher fans, dive in but leave all your heavy expectations outside and just enjoy the journey. I think the trouble, especially with me, has been that I have been overly obsessive with how Reacher should be and behave that poor books are not able to match my expectations. So I am guessing it is my expectations that might have been pushing me away from truly enjoying the Reacher magic. Speaking of which I can’t wait for season 2 of the Reacher series

Squirrel Rating

Squirrel Rating- 4 Stars

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