Cleaning the Gold

Cleaning the Gold

A Jack Reacher and Will Trent Short Story

Book - 2020 | First William Morrow paperback edition
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"Will Trent is undercover at Fort Knox. His assignment: to investigate a twenty-two-year-old murder. His suspect's name: Jack Reacher. Jack Reacher is in Fort Knox on his own mission: to bring down a dangerous criminal ring operating at the heart of America's military. Except now Will Trent is on the scene. But there's a bigger conspiracy at play - one that neither the special agent nor the ex-military cop could have anticipated. And the only option is for Jack Reacher and Will Trent to team up and play nicely. If they can."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2020
Edition: First William Morrow paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062978301
Branch Call Number: FIC Slaug
Characteristics: 126 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Child, Lee - Author

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sandra80
Nov 21, 2020

A quick easy read. I like both characters so it was interesting and enjoyable.

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CL_kcls
Aug 07, 2020

Neither Jack Reacher nor Will Trent are much of themselves in 'Cleaning the Gold'. They are both a subdued shadow of the characters many of us excitedly wait to read. Had this been the introductory story to either set of novels, I would never have gotten to know them.

That said, the premise of the story is quite good, but the execution of is, at best, lacking. As other reviewers elsewhere mentioned, I was left looking for the rest of the ending. In as much as 'Cleaning the Gold' was published in 2019, perhaps our heroes will meet again to figure out what they started and how to finish it.

If you are not familiar with either character or author, please don't judge them on this book. Jack Reacher is simpler to understand, while it takes a while to flesh out and understand the depth of Will Trent and his experiences.

I am a bit shocked the' Cleaning the Gold' only took up half of the pages in the book. The remaining half are excerpts of books from both authors - both of which I read prior to this short story.

3 stars because I'm a fan of both characters and both authors. I am a bit concerned now that Lee Child is handing off the Reacher novels to his brother. Reacher is a character that is singularly Lee Child. I will admit though that it can be done. Those who have taken up the mantel after the death of Tom Clancy have done it well. The question becomes will we accept perhaps a lesser Reacher or is it more important that a favorite character go on? When Sue Grafton died suddenly, her family kept a promise that no one will continue the Kinsey Millhone books. Missing them both still stings.

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Galvinator
Aug 01, 2020

Truly a SHORT story. It's 79 small pages (probably 50-60 pages if printed in typical book size) plus 46 pages of teasers for other Slaughter and Child books. I haven't read Slaughter before and am a Reacher fan. The contrast in the two authors' writing and their characters was interesting. I don't have the benefit of prior Slaughter books, but this sample didn't paint Trent as much of a hero figure to me (his character, motives and actions seemed paler and less pure compared to Reacher). Reacher's thoughts/character seem to be on a simpler, higher plane and his actions stronger and more consistent. A quick read, but not satisfying.

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azklarry
Jun 29, 2020

If I could give this book Minus stars I would. Love both authors but this is a true piece of trash
(in my humble opinion).

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pinezapper
May 27, 2019

Interesting to see the merger here with Slaughter and Child's respective protagonists. I have been a reader of Childs for quite sometime and have never read Slaughter's writing. Therefore, it was easy for me to see Slaughter's writing. I was surprised how chauvinistic she makes her protagonist out to be and even uses perverse language when he is describing his feelings. Child doesn't do that.

In short, It was a failure of two worlds and the only result was leaving with no interest in continuing with Slaughter.

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