So how fun to pick up It’s Worth a Shot and find a similar—but kid-friendly—version of Jack Reacher! The protagonist, a CIA agent, is even named Jack! This Jack must deal with a renegade Soviet president who wants to destroy the United States, but he also has to think about office politics, staying within his operating budget, and walking his dog.
And how’s this for a smooth transition between the spy business and everyday life? While out with his dog, Jack stumbles upon a critical piece of evidence:
Jack and his dog played with the ball for a couple of hours, but when Jack threw the ball a
little bit low, a little bit far, and a little bit fast, he found his dog sniffing around at a tree.
At first he did not really think much of it; his dog sniffed at odd things all the time. But when
his dog began to sniff further into the tree, Jack became interested.
The author maintains just the right balance of drama and quiet humor. Jack is a resourceful Intelligence Agent who, while doing his best to stop World War III, also must deal with broken elevators, power outages, outdated computers, and junk mail.
This novel shows us that a big-budget action hero can also have a personality and a private life outside of his CIA job. If anyone ever decides to make a Jack Reacher Jr. movie, they could write the script straight from this story!