My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
Probably thriller is a poor choice of words. It's a police procedural with the twist that it's within the military. The Jack Reacher series was well under way when Child decided to do a prequel. Origin stories are all the rage these days but I'm not sure it wouldn't have been better to leave this one a bit of a mystery. Not being a diehard fan, I'll leave it to those who are to weigh in on this issue. Having had the series recommended to me, this book came up and I gave it a try not knowing it was a bit of an outlier. Honestly, I'm not a regular reader of this genre, but the themes of the loner in pursuit of the truth against all odds is an appealing one for me. Being a military brat myself didn't hurt either.
It's no wonder so many folks are talking about the Jack Reacher books. They start fast and keep you hanging. If you want slow paced deep novels read Tolstoy. If you want some fast paced fun and a good murder mystery read Lee Child.
This was my first Reacher novel and I really wanted to like it. I like the main character and the premise, but does the author have to continually state that the character doesn't respond to a dialouge or activity? I know it is nit picking but it drove me crazy and took away from what could have been a great story. Does Child do this in the other Reacher novels? I'd hate to get another one if he does.
Lee Child's Reacher series is one my favorites because of the great story telling by Dick Hill and the wonderful and believable characters in the story line. Reacher has this way about him... that is so sarcastically Reacher! I love it! It was great to hear about his mother and brother and his clear attitude about honor and loyalty especially when exposing the government corruption in this episode. As with some of the other reviews, I too found it hard to stop listening. I am so happy that there is a new Reacher book on Audible.com this month! Enjoy
An excellent book but once again the male reader should not do the female part in an attempt to make it more realistic. Get a woman to read the part of the females.
Don't enjoy duplicate plots, or deja vue. Wish I could be specific, but the Paris chapter and victim found on the road reminded me of another LC book.
The Enemy is a smart and intelligent mystery with an interesting, if somewhat far-fetched, plot and characters who seem both real and believable. It is the 8th book in the Reacher series but, from the perspective of the calendar, the first and hence a good book as an introduction to the character and the series.
While the plot is far-fetched and hard to credit, the development of the story, the clues, the characters and the situations in which we see all of them together are well drawn and the story as a whole hangs together very well. Since the whole story does not come out until the end it is easy to find yourself up until that point drawn in and I was, at points, unwilling to put the book down to take care of things that needed to be done.
The narration is first class and although I do not think of Jack Reacher so much as an honorable person as a persistent one who is unwilling to be chased off the track, he has admirable and honorable traits. However some of his actions are, in my view, unethical as well as illegal, but the book as a whole is satisfying. Recommended, with reservations.
Dick Hill is amazing. He brings Jack to life with great artistry and sensitivity.
Jack dealing with his personal family tragedy and sense of regret (both professionally and personally.).
Jack of course.
The Enemy has become one of us.
You know you have hit a home run when you just can't stop jogging (even though you are ready to collapse) because you cannot bear to stop listening. What a treat this book was, and Lee, never, never lose Dick Hill !
This was a good flashback when Reacher was still an MP.
When Reacher started figuring out the twisted solution.
Dick Hill has the voice skills that make a book come alive.
Since I listen in my car, it made my commute go much better.