Friday, December 2, 2016

Review: Night School

Night School Night School by Lee Child
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Here we have another Jack Reacher prequel novel, this one set in 1996, before the real world even had one Reacher book to enjoy. It's a pretty high-stakes international adventure, even if it's set in a relatively peaceful time, between the Cold War and the War on Terror. However, Night School still feels quite topical for today, twenty years after it takes place, with its primary issues being international espionage and terrorism, as well as more than a few potshots at Nazis - appropriate given who's taken power in America now. (And, unless I miss my guess, there's a scene or two that takes place in a decadent, disgusting club that would put Cabaret to shame.)

Naturally, this whole story-plot setup is tailor-made for Reacher - he can come in, do his thing, and then quietly move on with little to no fuss, other than from those arschlochen (that's the correct plural of that particular German word, right?) whose asses he summarily kicks.

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