"Second Son", by Lee Child

Second Son (Jack Reacher, #0.1) - Lee Child
Book # 15.5 or (0.1), in the Jack Reacher series

This short story gives of a glimpse of teen-age Reacher when he just arrived with his family at a military base in Okinawa where his father Captain Stan Reacher is to take command of a unit which would take part in an invasion of China, if war is declared.

We are in 1974 an already Jack at 13 displays sharp detective ability, fighting prowess and self-confidence to solve within hours problems. In those few pages Jack manages to send a bully to hospital with broken ribs, clear his brother of cheating charges and lead grown up military policemen in recovering a missing code book. The plot is set at the military base and the players are exclusively military members and their families.

Rapid read indeed, zipped through it in no time. Although too short it was still nice to read a few more things about our hero and get to know his parents and his brother Joe who played a prominent role here. Nothing extraordinary everything is simple and at the point but what it does well is set the scene for Jack’s later life as a MP.

Entertaining enough but worth buying is the big question. I borrowed it from the library….