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No Plan B by Andrew Child, Lee Child
Narrator: Scott Brick
Series: Jack Reacher #27
Published by Ballantine, Delacorte Press, Penguin Audio on October 25, 2022
Length: 11 hours, 3 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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In Gerrardsville, Colorado, two witnesses to the same tragedy give two different accounts. One guy sees a woman throw herself in front of a bus in what authorities will call a suicide. The other witness is Jack Reacher. And he sees what actually happened: A man in a gray hoodie and jeans, moving like a shadow, pushed the victim to her death—before swiftly grabbing the dead woman’s purse and strolling away.
Reacher follows the killer on foot, not knowing that he is part of something much bigger and far-reaching . . . a secret conspiracy with many moving parts, with powerful people on the take, all involved in an undertaking that leaves no room for error. If any step is compromised, the threat will have to be quickly and quietly and permanently removed.
I have really enjoyed reading all the Jack Reacher series, including novellas. Jack Reacher started out wandering when he was maybe mid-thirties, and as the books went along he aged. Then, the books seemed to go back in time and cover times when he was in the military or freshly a civilian. I’m uncertain as to his age in No Plan B. I would read the earlier books in order but later books could be read standalone.
Reacher is traveling with no specific plans. He sees a woman who is tripped, so she falls under a bus and dies. He sees someone who steals her purse and chases after them. He gets the purse briefly before goons start fighting him. This event starts his investigation into the woman and why she was killed. The detective on the case is a smart guy but gets pressure to close the case when there is a suicide note and a fake purse turns up. Not the purse Reacher saw.
Reacher is really an amazing strategist with excellent observations skills, highly trained in fighting, physics, and some human nature as well. There were some other threads in the plot here with a young boy leaving his inadequate foster home when his dad is being released from prison, a man who has lost his son, another prison guard who is an old co-worker of the women killed being murdered too. While things may seem unimportant or unrelated everything weaves into a full picture. The bad guys are all after him and he thwarts them every time.
Reacher is in some bad spots but handles himself brilliantly. I’m a bit worried at times when he just disposes of the bad guys, not concerned if they die. Yet Reacher has such compassion for the innocent and abused; he goes out of his way to help them and improve their lives. Reacher has incredible strategies to take down all the villains and it’s exciting!
I really enjoy Scott Brick’s narration of this series. I am so comfortable with it, the voices all feel very right for the characters. Reacher, of course, even in dire straits handles things with calm effectiveness. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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