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Second Son by Lee Child
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Okinawa, 1974. Even at thirteen, Jack Reacher knows how to outwit and overpower anyone who stands in his way. And as the new kid in town, that's pretty much everyone. His family has come to the Pacific with his father, who's preparing for a top-secret Marine Corps operation. After receiving a rude welcome from the local military brats, Reacher and his older brother, Joe, intend to teach them a lesson they won't forget. But it's soon clear that there's more at stake than pride. When his family's future appears to come crumbling down, it's the youngest Reacher who rises to the occasion with all the decisive cunning and bravura that will one day be his deadly trademark.… (more)

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Set in Okinawa, Japan in 1974 this novella is the first book in the Jack Reacher series by chronology and in publishing order comes after Worth Dying For.

It's a light and short story giving some further background to Reacher himself, his childhood and the family dynamic. Within we see the characteristic investigative style of Reacher beginning to form, as well as his way with the ladies.

Overall, a good little background piece with a short yet interesting story arc. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Nov 10, 2019 |
Not a review, just a tip: This short story is included in the unabridged recording of The Affair, read by Dick Hill.
1 vote littlegreycloud | Sep 29, 2015 |
A short story in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. Reacher is 13 years old and just moved to Okinawa with his marine father and his mother and brother. Reacher establishes himself on the street with the other boys. He assists the marines in finding a code book. ( )
  terrygraap | Jul 29, 2015 |
This short story had good points, but I didn't like the fact that it portrayed Reacher as having been essentially fully formed by age 13. In this story he not only fought the same way at 13 that he does as an adult, but he figured out 2 mysteries in basically the same way as well. This presents Reacher as not only preternaturally strong and street smart as a kid, but as a person for whom growing up didn't entail much of anything but getting bigger. ( )
  LoriAnnK | Jan 23, 2015 |
This novella gives us a glimpse into Jack Reacher's teenage years. Even back then, his parents knew he would be big and that they would need to teach him restraint. His powers of observation were strong for a thirteen-year-old and he already had an acute sense of right and wrong.

Funny SN: Even though the rest of the family goes by first names, Jack is called Reacher from childhood. Lol! ( )
  bohemiangirl35 | Jul 19, 2014 |
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On a hot August Thursday in 1974, an old man in Paris did something he had never done before: he woke up in the morning, but he didn't get out of bed.
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