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The Christmas Scorpion

(Jack Reacher #22.5)

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This short read (20 pages) is perfect for a coffee break and includes the first three chapters from Lee Child’s new thriller – Past Tense.
Jack Reacher likes to head south for the winter, to stay warm: so just before Christmas he arrives in a small town in Southern California. But the weather there is not warm and dry, as it’s supposed to be: he arrives in a freak blizzard.
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ebook, 48 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Transworld Digital
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Matt
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s almost time for the annual Jack Reacher novel, but that does not mean that Lee Child has been resting on his laurels. This short story that includes our rough and tumble protagonist is a perfect bridge for those who can never get enough—Tom Cruise-less—Jack Reacher. Winters for Reacher must have a single element, warm weather. That explains why he’s made his way to Southern California just in time for Christmas. However, Mother Nature has opted for something a little more troubling than coa ...more
Gary
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I have read this series from the very start but recently lost ground with keeping up to date with Jack Reacher's exploits due to the volume of books I have to read. Conscious of this I decided to read this short read to get me back in the mood.
It didn't take long to get back into the books but unfortunately like most short reads just as I was enjoying reading it, the book was over.
50 pages really isn't long enough to develop any kind of plot or characters but it did leave me ready to try a full
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Bill Lynas
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have to admit that although I really enjoy Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels I do find his short stories a bit hit and miss. This is an average entry. The main problem is that although Reacher is in the story there is sadly very little for him to do.
Lo9man88
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm sad to report that i didn't gain a freaking thing by reading this short story , it was just Meh .
I f hate time wasting .
Richard
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
The beauty of an ebook or kindle. Produce a short story, call it number 22.5 in the series and promote book 23, Past Tense in the process.
Genius, and why not set it at Christmas, Christmas Eve perhaps and have lots of snow and use Christmas in the title.
No problem in any sense for a successful author and in Lee Child’s case quite a simple exercise. Job done, excellent piece of marketing; look I’ve even read it now. Plus promote it with a wonderful cover design. Do these guys ever get the credit
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Kathi Defranc
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short Story That Reminds You to Keep Eyes and Mind Open

Great quick read to keep Reacher fans entertained. I enjoyed it!! You are introduced to all characters immediately and join the little adventure.
Skip
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, e-books
Seeking warm weather for the winter, Jack Reacher ends up in Barstow, California during a freak snowstorm. He is caught in a diner, with a vacationing couple and two Brits: members of the Royal Military police, who've been separated from their charge. A little drama, followed by a surprise, but almost no JR. Hopefully, the forthcoming novel Past Tense will help readers forget this 26-page short story.
David Berkowitz
I was quite disappointed by this Reached short story. While it does have the Child/Reached clean, straightforward style it lacks the compelling storyline that I have come to expect in this story. The Reacher short stories have, in the past, still had a strong narrative even though they were more focused on revealing more about the hero than a major issue.

In The Christmas Scorpion we get neither a compelling story nor do we learn anything new about Jack Reacher. The closest we come is that Reache
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Diane
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Barely even a taste of Jack Reacher - barely even a teaser!

The build up and the break down gone in 20 pages!

From the blurb: On Christmas Eve, Jack Reacher stumbles into a no-name bar in the California desert, desperate to take refuge from an unexpected snowstorm. Reacher came to Barstow for a little R&R. Instead, he’s sequestered in a dark little roadhouse with a bartender, a bewildered elderly couple—and two members of Britain’s Royal Military Police. They tell Reacher they were escorting a
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Jeanette
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Snappy little short story about a one time snow blizzard event out West within the high desert (USA) during Reacher's current yearly (either Southwest, South, or Southeast) trek to warmer climes.

It's basically the intrigue of 5 travelers caught in a diner with few resources. Of course, Reacher owns always the fewest material resources, but carries most of the "resources" or contacts/ options in his head. Observation, association, "allies", first impressions of strangers- military backgrounds- qu
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David Highton
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Reacher short story
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
I love these little short stories. This one is another quick fire one, not a whole lot can be said about it! But it’s Reacher and I love him so of course I enjoyed it!
Kathy Davie
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
It's a Christmas tale that is so incredibly short, and as much as I adore Reacher, I didn't find it worth the $1.99.
Wendy
Jan 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let’s see. This “short” story tests the limits of short. It’s 25 pages long.... if that. Yes, a nice scenario afoot, and it ends. It reminds me of those bedtime stories I tried to get away with as a parent, “Once upon a time they lived happily ever after....the end”. The cover page and copyright information are probably part of the 25 pages. My takeaway is that the publisher wanted something (anything) with a holiday hook, gave it a pretty cover, added a fun festive title, and somehow felt comfo ...more
Andrew Shaffer
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it
The climax of the story is literally one sentence. Like Lee Child had someplace better to be.
Tony Hisgett
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
This was a very short story, that just happened to have Jack Reacher in it, although he contributed very little to the story. There is an interesting twist at the end, but overall it wasn’t very inspiring.
Mary Heron
Disappointed

Love these Reacher.short stories especially the ones set.In his past but this one disappointed. Reacher is stranded in a snowstorm with some people who have a problem, naturally Reacher resolves.himself.to help.them. No surprises there.and at.48 pages there's not much room for.frills. So my problem the book is about 100 pages long we also get a preview of the new book Past Tense now I paid £1.49 for this and happy to spend it, if I had a story even a little bit longer. If you are goi
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Tony Jay
A Small Gift

I enjoy Mr Child's short stories. Not like his novels, in a different way like breakfast is different than dinner but both are delicious; if you're lucky.
This one is a snack and not a satisfying one, the coffee is cold and the tasty pastry was cut in half. I'm still hungry.
I gave it three stars but only because it's Christmas.
Jo Hurst
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Just as I thought this was getting interesting it finished which was disappointing. I did not realise it contained 3 chapters of past tense. Now I never read a preview of chapters unless I own the book already and even then I just move to the actual book so what I thought would be a shortish read turned out to barely cover my cup of tea. This story could have become really good. Instead it didn’t, it ended. Shame.
Nancy
Jack Reacher was looking for a warm place to spend Christmas, and finds himself in the middle of a blizzard in California. Of course he finds himself in the middle of trouble once again. Jack is the one who takes things into his own hand, and catches the bad guys. I thought the story ended up to abruptly. It was a very short book, and it took about 30 minutes to read.
Karen
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished all of the Jack Reacher novels and short stories a few weeks ago, and I have been missing him. So, when I saw this story, I had to read it. It was good, not his best but good.
Jessica
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Didn’t see the end coming at all... I had to reread the last page because I almost missed it!
Elvan
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short and quintessential Jack.
Сибин Майналовски
И десет звезди бих дал заради споменаването на Меси! :) Но и без него разказът е чук :) Чудесен Лий Чайлд! :) :) :)
Stacey
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lee Child Takes A Turn As Santa

A Christmas gift for Reacher fans. Our favorite hero, caught in unexpected circumstances, is what we always want him to be - low-key but always thinking. Always one step ahead, even in snow up to his waist.

The coolest part is that these stories make me believe these kind of high stakes things happen all the time, and that a guy like Reacher saves the day.

This is a great, quick read that doesn’t disappoint. Highly recommended.
kartik narayanan
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
A lot of build-up with minimal payoff.
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I love this Jack Reacher series .   This sort of holiday novella contains one adventure in the string of situations Reacher ends up entangled.  There is the usual unusual scenario, being stuck out at a bar in the middle of a snowstorm on Christmas Eve.

Reacher observes everything clearly and deduces the actual problems. I was totally lost.  He is able to work a solution a
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Melanie
The Christmas Scorpion was an enjoyable short story wherein Reacher finds himself snowed in at the unlikeliest of places.

It’s Christmas Eve and Jack Reacher is on his annual trek south for warmer weather when he’s unexpectedly waylaid in the California desert by a snowstorm. Reacher finds himself stuck in a roadside bar with the bartender, an unhappy elderly couple, and two members of Britain’s Royal Military Police. They inform Reacher they were on their way to a top-secret meeting, escorting a
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SassafrasfromAmazon
Thus far, I have read every Jack Reacher book in the series, including previous Reacher short stories. To the best of my recollection I rated the Reacher books and short stories 5 stars with few exceptions, and none for which I rated less than 4 stars.

This short, however, which took all of 10 minutes to read, was an abysmally epic failure. None of the qualities that I associate with Jack Reacher appeared in this short story. Primarily, the entire book consisted of conversations between several p
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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 pr ...more

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