No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories by Lee Child

No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories

Get ready for the ultimate Jack Reacher reading experience. No Middle Name includes eleven previously published stories and a thrilling new novella. This pulse-pounding collection marks the first time that all of Lee Child’s short fiction starring Reacher has been available in the same place at the same time. No Middle Name begins with Too Much Time, a brand-new work of s...

Title:No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories
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ISBN:0399593578
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:432 pages

No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories Reviews

  • Matt
    Jun 16, 2017

    I always enjoy when something Reacher pops up on my radar, particularly when it has not been sullied by Tom Cruise. In this recently released collection, Lee Child has amassed a number of previously published short stories and compacted them between two covers. Some I have read and enjoyed, others I am discovering for the first time. I have decided not to review each individual piece, but to offer an overarching summary of general sentiments.

    Child shows off Jack Reacher in an interesting light w

    I always enjoy when something Reacher pops up on my radar, particularly when it has not been sullied by Tom Cruise. In this recently released collection, Lee Child has amassed a number of previously published short stories and compacted them between two covers. Some I have read and enjoyed, others I am discovering for the first time. I have decided not to review each individual piece, but to offer an overarching summary of general sentiments.

    Child shows off Jack Reacher in an interesting light within this collection, tapping into some of his early years as a military brat through to his itinerant ways, best known to readers throughout much of the series. Reacher is depicted as a precocious and highly attentive youth, even when still under the watchful eye of his parents and begins his independent ways soon thereafter, ending up in New York during the Son of Sam killings in the late 1970s. From there, the reader sees Reacher in the middle of the career within the military, showing off his MP skills and honed interrogation techniques, which have served him well. Some of the latter stories depict Reacher as stumbling upon something of interest, a theme found in many of the series novels. It appears that no matter his age or where he is located, Reacher seems to have a way with the ladies. Baffling enough, he is always able to extract himself from their grasp as he continues his travels around the world. A wonderful collection of stories that show Reacher as he progressed through life. Ideal for the hardcore Reacher fan (though some may have read all these tales), though it also might be a decent piece for those who wish to discover the man with No Middle Name!

    Lee Child has spent two decades honing his Jack Reacher character, developing both an ongoing story of his random wanderings into small towns across America and significant pieces of the man's backstory. Reacher is a complex character, even if he prides himself for not having a large historical footprint. Child has created this collection to show off the fifty-seven years of Reacher's life through the stories that readers have come to love. Each story can and does stand on its own, but series fans will love noticing the development in the character over time. Seeing Reacher develop from teenager through to his current stage was best shown by placing the stories in chronological (age, not publication) order. Longtime series fans are used to Child's flashback novels and stories, some of whom create tension when reviews pile up. That said, this collection offers something for everyone while we wait for the next full-length novel.

    Kudos, Mr. Child for this fabulous collection of stories that keep Reacher fans happy. I am excited to see what awaits us in the coming months.

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  • Linda
    Apr 15, 2017

    Who wouldn't love a collection of short stories about Jack Reacher. An insight into the boy who became Reacher, his brother, his parents, incidental stories and finished off with a sneak peak into The Midnight Line, the new Reacher novel coming out at the end of this year. If you have read all the other Reacher novels then this is a must, but even if you are new to the character I think you would find this collection highly enjoyable.

  • Ed
    May 19, 2017

    Lee Child's new novella and a collection of tightly constructed short stories about the life and times of Jack Reacher, the man who" has no particular place to go and no hurry to get there" jump off the pages. Like the series, some short stories are better than others but overall this highly entertaining collection provides additional insight into a character that has evolved over the last 20 years or so into a truly iconic fictional protagonist. If you like Jack Reacher, this book is a must rea

    Lee Child's new novella and a collection of tightly constructed short stories about the life and times of Jack Reacher, the man who" has no particular place to go and no hurry to get there" jump off the pages. Like the series, some short stories are better than others but overall this highly entertaining collection provides additional insight into a character that has evolved over the last 20 years or so into a truly iconic fictional protagonist. If you like Jack Reacher, this book is a must read.

  • Bill Lynas
    May 25, 2017

    Lee Child puts together a collection of short stories featuring his engaging hero & drifter Jack Reacher. Here you will find tales of Reacher as a child, a teenager & an adult which puts a new spin on the more formulaic stories we are used to reading.

    Five of these stories have been previously published as e books, six in other publications & there is a new novella (Too Much Time) to get things started. All in all it is a decent collection to please Reacher fans like myself while we

    Lee Child puts together a collection of short stories featuring his engaging hero & drifter Jack Reacher. Here you will find tales of Reacher as a child, a teenager & an adult which puts a new spin on the more formulaic stories we are used to reading.

    Five of these stories have been previously published as e books, six in other publications & there is a new novella (Too Much Time) to get things started. All in all it is a decent collection to please Reacher fans like myself while we wait for the publication of the next full length novel, The Midnight Line, which is out in November 2017. If you cannot wait that long the first three chapters of The Midnight Line can be found at the end of this collection & what a good start to a story they are too.....roll on November.

  • George Paul
    May 19, 2017

    When I'm not reading books germane to my profession as a minister and religion journalist, I like to read mysteries and thrillers. At the top of my list of must-read authors is Lee Child, who has written twenty-one novels featuring Jack Reacher, as well as the twelve short stories contained in 

    , just released by Delacorte Press on May 16.

    The book contains one new story, "Too Much Time," and eleven previously published stories, the

    When I'm not reading books germane to my profession as a minister and religion journalist, I like to read mysteries and thrillers. At the top of my list of must-read authors is Lee Child, who has written twenty-one novels featuring Jack Reacher, as well as the twelve short stories contained in 

    , just released by Delacorte Press on May 16.

    The book contains one new story, "Too Much Time," and eleven previously published stories, the oldest, "James Penney's New Identity," having been written in 1999. With the exception of "Too Much Time," the stories start with Reacher as a youth and end in the present day. They are of uneven quality, in my opinion. "Too Much Time" is Lee Child at his best, as Reacher is arrested for a crime we all know he didn't commit. "Maybe They Have a Tradition" and "No Room at the Motel," both Christmas-time stories involving pregnancies, are, well, just okay.

    The number one rule of fiction is the willing suspension of disbelief, which is especially important when reading Reacher stories of any kind. Reacher is a decorated, West Point educated, ex-military police officer who now travels the United States (and world) with little more than some cash, his passport, and a foldable toothbrush in his pocket. Along the way, he gets himself into scrapes with miscreants, whose crimes he detects and whose just sentence he metes out, often violently, even lethally. In other words, he's a homeless sociopath whose rough justice happens to be directed at targets who had it coming.

    What keeps you from thinking about Reacher's shortcomings too long, in addition to the fact that the targets of his beatdowns are deplorable, is Lee Child's prose, which I can only describe as kinetic. Child has a way of pulling you along word after word, sentence after sentence, page after page. He makes you want to know what will happen next because you're right there with Reacher, who's wondering that too.

    If you haven't read any Jack Reacher stories, I wouldn't start with 

    , which I generally liked. Start at the beginning with 

    . The novels will make you a fan. 

    is for the already convinced.

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    P.S. If you found my review helpful,

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  • Jacqueline
    May 26, 2017

    Nice selection of Reacher stories to tide us over until the next full sized novel comes out. Some were from Reacher's childhood or young manhood. A few were when he was in the military and a couple were normal hobo Reacher stories. I really enjoyed seeing him as a teenager. Some were better than others for me at least but they were all good if you love Reacher.

  • Jeanette
    Jun 18, 2017

    Having read High Heat and Deep Down previously, I still enjoyed this one to a MORE than 4 star.

    These Reacher, and especially the flashback, are like short story candy. Each has a different era core (the teenage ones are plain milk chocolate and then they get darker and richer with each decade added to Reacher's age) but the whole nougat has a crisp and crunchy perfect era outside- so the entire effect, whether reading them in hot, cold, rainy or beach perfect weather always seems like a perk an

    Having read High Heat and Deep Down previously, I still enjoyed this one to a MORE than 4 star.

    These Reacher, and especially the flashback, are like short story candy. Each has a different era core (the teenage ones are plain milk chocolate and then they get darker and richer with each decade added to Reacher's age) but the whole nougat has a crisp and crunchy perfect era outside- so the entire effect, whether reading them in hot, cold, rainy or beach perfect weather always seems like a perk and paid vacation from the mundane, dire or negative.

    Honestly, no one ever said I was averse to big men- but really and truly Reacher is the ultimate. And his perceptions are perfect for the episodic and temporary.

    Lee Child's short stories have some flaws, but I will not be the one to point them out to you. Because I enjoy them WAY too much to discourage for any reason.

    Lastly, just an observation- but Reacher in any age, even as a teenage loose cannon, he tends to observe on a level with Sherlock. But the physical surpasses. BY FAR!

  • Scott
    Jun 07, 2017

    This book is primarily targeted for fans of the “Jack Reacher” series by Lee Child, and will probably most enjoyed by the more hardcore fans. It is a collection of twelve short stories involving Reacher, and about five of them have already been available in electronic format. It seems to be the practice of several mainstream authors to write short stories for e-readers and then when they have enough to put together, they publish the stories in print editions. One of the benefits is having the st

    This book is primarily targeted for fans of the “Jack Reacher” series by Lee Child, and will probably most enjoyed by the more hardcore fans. It is a collection of twelve short stories involving Reacher, and about five of them have already been available in electronic format. It seems to be the practice of several mainstream authors to write short stories for e-readers and then when they have enough to put together, they publish the stories in print editions. One of the benefits is having the stories organized together for easy access, and enabling authors to sell a product twice – individually and in a collection. (Yes, I realize that is an editorial opinion and I will stop now.

    Some stories are better than others. I really enjoyed “Too Much Time” and “Small Wars”. I was not a big fan of “Not a Drill”. However, one of the nice things about the stories is that you get to experience Reacher as a teenager, young adult, and when he was in the military. You get to interact with his family in some of them, including his brother Joe, his dad and mom. One of the things I appreciated was that Lee Child really wasted few words. The stories ranged from about 55 pages to as few as about 5 pages. Each story was only as long as it needed to be, which was nice. If they were short and to the point, then that was how Lee wrote it.

    Overall, the more hardcore Reacher fans will find the most enjoyment from these different types of shorter adventures. Others will appreciate some of the stories more than others. I am not usually a big fan of short story collections, but this one was worth the read. Not great, but good.


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