Review of “Night School”

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Book Review – “Night School” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Lee Child (http://www.leechild.com). Mr. Child has published 21 novels. All “Jack Reacher” thrillers. This is the latest in that series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story is set in 1996 and located mostly in Germany, though some is in the US. The primary character, as might be expected, is US Army Major Jack Reacher.

Reacher is a member of the US Army Military Police. At the beginning of the story he is assigned to a until that is very quietly being assembled to thwart the sale of something to Muslim extremists for $100 million. They don’t know who is selling it or what it is. Their only lead is an apartment in Germany with four young Muslim men.

Reacher and the small assembled team pursue many paths in their investigation before they finally believe they have found the who and the what. Their efforts are somewhat disrupted by radical right wing elements within Germany. Along the way in the story Reacher finds a brief time to enjoy the company of an attractive woman that is part of the team.

I have not read any of the other Jack Reacher novels, but thoroughly enjoyed the 8 hours I spent reading this 385 page Mystery Thriller. The Reacher character is not necessarily a violent man, but he is more than willing to do what is needed to accomplish what he sees as his mission. Nor does he take threats from others lightly. Those that oppose his investigations are obstacles to be removed. I liked the Reacher character. The cover art is not very interesting. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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