Travelling light

2009-07-29 00:00

BOOK REVIEW

Gone Tomorrow

Lee Child

Bantam Press

GONE Tomorrow is the latest Jack Reacher thriller, which will have men and women (yes, this action hero appeals equally to both sexes apparently) reaching for their wallets.

For the uninitiated, Reacher is the ultimate loner, he travels super-light; just a toothbrush and the odd credit card. In the earlier books (this is the 13th) he even managed without those, staying off the radar to pop up here and there as a lone avenger and righter of wrongs.

However, security measures post 9/11 have meant even the Reachers of this world have had to come in, some way at least, from the cold. And 9/11 is very much the background to Gone Tomorrow.

The story opens with Reacher travelling in a subway train in New York City when he realises the woman sitting opposite shows all the signs of being a suicide bomber — Reacher recognises them thanks to having once caught sight of an Israeli profile of the aforesaid. Fans will know Reacher tends to have arcane bits of knowledge stashed away for such unforeseen circumstances.

As it turns out she isn’t, but still manages to meet a gruesome end that propels the ensuing thrill-ride which cleverly blends in U.S. politics, post 9/11 concerns and some heavy-duty violence.

Child is expert at pulling you along, adding cliffhanger twists that wrong-foot Reacher as well as the reader. But this reader (although initiated) remains unconvinced, despite the critical acclaim for both the series and Child’s stripped-down prose. After reading a clutch, I’ll ­admit Reacher is a genuine original but they are still the sort of books you leave behind on the plane. Here ­today …

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.