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WHAT MAKES A HERO? WHO BETTER TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION THAN LEE CHILD… ‘It’s Lee Child. Why would you not read it?’ Karin Slaughter ‘I don't know another author so skilled at making me turn the page’ The Times In his first work of nonfiction, the creator of the multimillion-selling Jack Reacher series explores the endurance of heroes from Achilles to Bond, showing us how this age-old myth is a fundamental part of what makes us human. He demonstrates how hero stories continue to shape our world – arguing that we need them now more than ever. From the Stone Age to the Greek Tragedies, from Shakespeare to Robin Hood, we have always had our heroes. The hero is at the centre of formative myths in every culture and persists to this day in world-conquering books, films and TV shows. But why do these characters continue to inspire us, and why are they so central to storytelling? Scalpel-sharp on the roots of storytelling and enlightening on the history and science of myth, The Hero is essential reading for anyone trying to write or understand fiction. Child teaches us how these stories still shape our minds and behaviour in an increasingly confusing modern world, and with his trademark concision and wit, demonstrates that however civilised we get, we’ll always need heroes.

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Kümme aastat pärast teenistusest lahkumist on Reacher niivõrd kättesaamatu, kui see Ameerikas üldse võimalik on. Tal pole ei telefoni ega kindlat aadressi ja seljakotis leidub üksnes kõige hädavajalikum. Kui vana võitluskaaslane sõjaväe päevilt leiab sellest hoolimata võimaluse talle sõnum saata, on Reacherile kohe selge, et asi peab olema tõsine. Frances Neagleyga kohtudes saab Reacher teada, et üks nende kunagise kaheksaliikmelise eriüksuse kaaslastest on jõhkralt mõrvatud. Reacher ja Neagley otsustavad üksuse uuesti kokku kutsuda, ent ootamatult selgub, et seda pole sugugi lihtne teha. Kõik vanad relvavennad on kuhugi kadunud. Joostes aja peale võidu ähvardava ohuga, püüavad endised võitluskaaslased lahendada mõistatust, mille vastused peituvad ühises minevikus. Üks on aga kindel: eriüksuslastega ei tasu tüli norida.