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Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel

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Written By: Lee Child

Narrated By: Scott Brick

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: November 2018

Duration: 12 hours 51 minutes

Summary:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from “a superb craftsman of suspense” (Entertainment Weekly).

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn’t get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What’s one extra day? He takes the detour.

At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians had been on their way to New York City to sell a treasure. Now they’re stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. The owners seem almost too friendly. It’s a strange place, but it’s all there is.

The next morning, in the city clerk’s office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He’s told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He’s always known his father left and never returned, but now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place?

As Reacher explores his father’s life, and as the Canadians face lethal dangers, strands of different stories begin to merge. Then Reacher makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense . . . and deadly.

Praise for Past Tense

“Child is one writer who should never be taken for granted.”—The New York Times Book Review

“[Lee Child] shows no signs of slowing down. . . . Reacher is a man for whom the phrase moral compass was invented: His code determines his direction. . . . You need Jack Reacher.”—The Atlantic

“Superb . . . Child neatly interweaves multiple narratives, ratchets up the suspense (the reveal of the motel plot is delicious), and delivers a powerful, satisfying denouement. Fans will enjoy learning more of this enduring character’s roots, and Child’s spare prose continues to set a very high bar.”—Publishers Weekly (boxed and starred review)

“Another first-class entry in a series that continues to set the gold standard for aspiring thriller authors.”—Booklist (starred review)

“With his usual flair for succinctness and eye for detail, Child creates another rollicking Reacher road trip that will please fans and newcomers alike.”—Library Journal (starred review)

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  • Anonymous

    A little drawn out for Jack Reacher

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • John V.

    Not Lee Child’s best. The narration was also just ok. True Reacher fans will get minimal joy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Good read. Enjoy the twist involved toward the end

  • James B.

    Great Book and narrator.

  • Michael A.

    Best of the Best! Reacher a true hero!

  • Dave B.

    Hi people. I am an author myself. I was surprised to hear the story had a Y plot that met in the last part of the book. It takes a brave author to mess with a proven formula of success. I got into the separate narratives easily and my real interest was to see how Reacher was going to be involved in the other part. I was not disappointed in Reachers family story or the canadians story either. I was very pleased when Reacher made his grand entrance just in the nick of time. I could not put it down as we say. Book and plot might be too complicated for simpler minds but I give it high marks....

  • Clausia C.

    Certainly not my favorite Reacher. Story was disjointed and confusing. One thing basically had nothing to do with the other :(

  • Hazel G.

    This book started off slaw and confusing to me. I couldn’t follow it mainly because I was interrupted so often. However when I finally got into it and could identify the storyline, I was set. I wanted to hurry to get to the end. Very entertaining. This is one of my favorite authors and character.

  • John C.

    Ok book. Very hard to follow.

  • Ron H.

    Reacher is back. Best book in the last 3. Good plot and nice interwoven stories. I really like Scott brick as a reader.

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