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Past Tense

64.3% complete
2018
2024
1 time
45 chapters
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 Jack Reacher*
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Jack Reacher*   See series as if on a bookshelf
A series of action / adventure novels by Lee Child and later also by Andrew Child featuring the main character Jack Reacher.

1) Killing Floor
2) Die Trying
3) Tripwire
4) Running Blind
5) Echo Burning
6) Without Fail
7) Persuader
8) The Enemy
9) One Shot
10) The Hard Way
11) Bad Luck and Trouble
12) Nothing to Lose
13) Gone Tomorrow
14) 61 Hours
15) Worth Dying For
16) The Affair
17) A Wanted Man
18) Never Go Back
19) Personal
20) Make Me
21) Night School
22) The Midnight Line
23) Past Tense
24) Blue Moon
25) The Sentinel
26) Better Off Dead
27) No Plan B
28) The Secret
29) In Too Deep
Copyright © 2019 by Lee Child
In Memoriam
John Reginald Grant, 1924-2016
Norman Steven Shiren, 1925-2017
Audrey Grant, 1926-2017
Jack Reacher caught the last of the summer sun in a small town on the coast of Maine, and then, like the birds in the sky above him, he began his long migration south.
May contain spoilers
He picked a spot, and stood in the gutter, and stuck out his thumb.
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Added: 07-Feb-2022
Last Updated: 02-Feb-2024

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 30-Apr-2019
Penguin Books
Paperback B
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Date Issued:
30-Apr-2019
Format:
Paperback B
Cover Price:
$9.99
Pages*:
512
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
2506
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-399-59353-5
ISBN-13:
978-0-399-59353-6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from #1 New York Times bestseller author Lee Child, "a superb craftsman of suspense"
(Entertainment Weekly)


Jack Reacher sticks out this thumb and starts an epic trip across America from Maine to California.  But he doesn't get far.  On a country road deep in the New Hampshire 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 a detour.  At the same moment, not far way, two young Canadians are trying to get to New York City when their car breaks down near a lonely motel.  The owners of the strange establishment seem almost too friendly.  As Reacher explores his father's life, and as strands of different sotries begin to merge, he makes a shocking discovery:  The present can be tough, but the past can be tense... and deadly.

"There's a reason [Lee] Child is considered the best of the best in the thriller genre." - Associated Press

"This series [is] utterly addictive." - JANET MASLIN, The New York Times

"Jack Reacher is today's James Bond, a thriller hero we can't get enough of.  I read every one as soon as it appears." - KEN FOLLETT
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Canada: $12.99
 15-Oct-2019
Random House
Book on CD
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Date Issued:
Cir 15-Oct-2019
Format:
Book on CD
Cover Price:
$19.99
Length:
12 hrs 51 min (399 pages)
"Read":
Once
Reading(s):
1)   31 Jan 2024 - 2 Feb 2024
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
12845
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-593-10533-8
ISBN-13:
978-0-593-10533-7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Scott Brick  - Narration
From amazon.com:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • THE BLOCKBUSTER JACK REACHER SERIES THAT INSPIRED TWO MAJOR MOTION PICTURES AND THE STREAMING SERIES REACHER

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.
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 09-Mar-2022
Random House
Audiobook
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Date Issued:
09-Mar-2022
Format:
Audiobook
Cover Price:
$31.50
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
2423
Publisher:
ISBN:
Unknown
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Scott Brick  - Narration
From audible.com:

Number-one New York Times best-seller.

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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©2018 Lee Child ℗2018 Random House Audio

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Lee Child  
Birth: 29 Oct 1954 Coventry, West Midlands, England, UK
Notes:
From www.jackreacher.com:

Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV's "golden age." During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars' worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.

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