Book Review: Not A Drill by Lee Child

I wanted a short story to accompany me as I was going through all of my rereads, being that those were old stories and I wanted something new. I also realized I didn’t have a book up for this week’s review so off to Libby I went. 10 or 15 audiobooks later, I’d finally settled on this one, under the reasoning, “I’ve read 2 or 3 Jack Reacher books before and have YET to have been disappointed.”

Book Description

Title: Not A Drill
Series: Jack Reacher Book # 18.5
Author: Lee Child
Edition: Audiobook (Libby/Library)
Length: 1 hour 27 minutes
Genre/s: Fiction, Mystery, Short Story

Blurb (Goodread)

In this short story from Lee Child, Jack Reacher is again on the move. But even a pleasant hike on a beautiful summer day turns into a walk on the wild side . . . and perhaps something far more sinister.

Jack Reacher is on the road, hitching a ride with some earnest young Canadians who are planning a hike through some of the last unspoiled wilderness in North America in the dense forests of Maine. They part ways after sharing a hot meal, and Reacher checks out a quiet town surrounded by countryside serene enough to cool even his raging wanderlust. But not for long. First the trail is suddenly and inexplicably closed. Then the military police show up in force. Maybe it’s a drill. Or maybe it’s trouble—the kind of trouble that always finds Reacher, no matter how far he travels off the beaten path.


This book was a pretty good and decent read, short and more surprisingly, a little different than the usual Reacher I’m more used to. In the last few Reacher books, there were tons of suspense, action, and just Jack Reacher being Jack Reacher, a badass. There were thrills and moments filled with adrenaline, all of which were strangely absent here. In fact, this book almost felt a bit more like a cozy mystery with its pacing and the general plot. There was no constant and lingering sense of impending doom, fear, or danger.

Still, while it’s a bit too short and lacked what I loved in the longer Reacher books, I did somewhat enjoy it. There was a moment when Lee Child was describing the forest so well that you could almost reach out and touch the leaves and smell the air. The ending was a bit bland. Nothing really major happens and, throughout the whole story, there wasn’t even a major sense of urgency, which is why it felt a bit more like a good cozy read.

The story revolves around Reacher hitching a ride with a group of young Canadians who were planning to go on a hike. When they get to their destination, to their shock and dismay, the trail was closed. A few of them break off and continue to go into the woods, despite it being sealed to the public and oh, don’t forget the military police that are there. Something’s up in those greens and nobody will say what, but one thing is for sure, the military aren’t there for a drill. They’re serious about turning the public away from the trails.

An alright read. I don’t particularly care much about the [short] length, but it did feel a little boring and thrill-less compared to the usual Reacher that I’m used to. Still though, it’s a decent book to curl up, seeing as it also feel more cozy than his other adventures.

Time for some golden eggs! Not a Drill (Jack Reacher #18.5) by Lee Child gets…

Three Shiny Shiny Eggs!


5 thoughts on “Book Review: Not A Drill by Lee Child

  1. […] I think I may have mentioned this before in another tag, but while no books this year were really true disappointments, if I had to choose one of my 2022 finished reads, I would say that Not A Drill by Lee Child came pretty close. I have read a few of the Jack Reacher books, and they were also so exciting. Sure, this may have been a short story, but it was a bit too short, and I even felt a little bored with it. You can find my review on this book here! […]


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