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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
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 .
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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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.
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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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!
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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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.
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.
Elvan
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short and quintessential Jack.
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
Shelves: to-review
A lot of build-up with minimal payoff.
Melanie
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novella, thriller
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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Rosemary
The Christmas Scorpion - a review by Rosemary Kenny

The soon-to-be-released short story The Christmas Scorpion is #23.5 in the incredible Jack Reacher series by Legendary Commander of the All-Action Hero genre, Lee Child.
When a freak blizzard traps Reacher in an isolated roadhouse with four strangers, tensions run high.
Two of the 'inmates' are police security for a VIP who's in deadly danger if they can't break out of their blizzard-consumed motel in Southern Carolina - ironically where Reacher h
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Ed
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
#22.5 in the Jack Reacher series. This 2018 novella by author Lee Child is a sub-par entry which apparently serves only to introduce readers to an excerpt from the next full length Reacher novel - Past Tense (2018). Read it as a freebie but don't expect any great patented Reacher action.

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 arr
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Heather
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
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. Reacher finds refuge in a snowed-in roadhouse with four other strangers stranded by the storm. Two of them are British military police, separated by the weather from the VIP they are detailed to protect. Can Reacher help them find their guy, or will an undercove ...more
Sue
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Any day with a Jack Reacher story is a good day. Jack is almost always in the wrong place at the wrong time which typically means he is exactly where he needs to be to save the world. In The Christmas Scorpion, Jack again lands in a place he wasn't supposed to be, wrapped up in a situation not of his making. A freak snowstorm hits California and Jack takes refuge in a bar along with two couples. One couple need his help to find the missing British Minister of Defence whose car didn't make it yet ...more
Karen Voitik
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
>Book Review – The Christmas Scorpion
>I am an independent reviewer. This short story is the 6th in the Jack Reacher series. Jack travels south for the winter months and comes upon a freak snow storm and 2 couples trapped in a bar. One couple only works together out of MI6 or something similar and talks Reacher into getting them transportation out of the bar. They are body guards who have lost their body to guard. The elderly couple comes along.
>This story is very short, but packed full
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Don Goodrum
I like Lee Child and really enjoy the Jack Reacher books. I even like the movies, even though Tom Cruise doesn't look anything at all like Reacher. But if a book is a work of art and something like Tolstoy's War and Peace or Tolkien's Lord of the Rings is akin to the Mona Lisa or the works of Van Gough or Monet, then The Christmas Scorpion is the literary equivalent of a doodle drawn on the back of a napkin in a bar. It's a good doodle, full of the talent and care of a much longer and more delib ...more
Linda
It's Christmas Eve. Jack Reacher is headed south to get away from the winter cold when he is stopped by a freak blizzard in a small southern California town. He holes up in a roadhouse with four other strangers. Two of those strangers are British Military who managed to hit a ditch and lose the VIP vehicle they were supposed to be protecting. The other couple are older and look very harmless.

When a military helicopter arrives to help look for the missing VIP he takes on Reacher, the British and
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Patrick Stirling
Got this on amazon for $2 - not worth it! It's only 30 pages so no time for an actual plot. But Child is good at setting things up and it's an engaging if short read. I like his style enough that the plot holes weren't overly glaring, although much worse than usual. People are always unbelievably open and forthcoming with Reacher, also the whole setup was far too pat with all the right elements in place at the perfect time. This is usually the case in Reacher novels but in the longer format it's ...more
Nick Brett
Oct 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
A VERY short story at 21 pages. A ten minute read.
Reacher is caught in a snowstorm with four others, two of whom are British MPs who have lost the guy they are escorting, and there is a possible assassin in the area.
Far too short and doesn’t even hang together particularly well. A few more pages would have balanced this out to a more credible level. Lee Child could have written this over a coffee break and it feels like he probably did. Don’t bother.
Chera
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Christmas Scorpion was published in episodes in The Mail on Sunday in December 2017. This is a short story and it does show Reacher's unique thought processes and attitude. The identity of the Scorpion is the mystery and readers are kept guessing to the end. This is a quick read and not a full length novel with time to develop characters and plot; it is a quick shot of Reacher. That being said, it's a quick look into Reacher's trek around the country.
Brian Aherne
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even At $1.99 It Is A High Per Word Price

The four stars are a big compromise. It is so short that if it were not a Reacher story it would be a two star or maybe by stretch, a three. It is though, so the higher rating. A highly improbable turn of events, no time for character development, A misapprehension of southern California traffic density, and an interesting, if unrealistic, twist.
Kieran McAndrew
Reacher likes the warmth, so it is mildly inconvenient to find himself snowbound on Christmas Eve in California.

He soon finds himself in a race against time to save the participants in a Top Secret meeting from a high level assassin.

A good idea, which has not been given enough room to flourish. Mildly diverting, but probably not worth the cost of the download.
thomas marshall
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Too Short

🔱 As much as I love you as an Author Mr.Childs, Boy the Christmas Scorpion, was like putting a juicy worm on a hook to catch a Fish (ME) which you did, Hook, Line & Sinker.......
I even took an afternoon Nap because I knew once I started I would find it hard to put down .......
On a Serious Note, keep up the good work 🤗
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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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