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The Enemy | [Lee Child]

The Enemy

New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina "hot-sheets" motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can't be controlled.
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Publisher's Summary

Jack Reacher. Hero. Loner. Soldier. Soldier's son. An elite military cop, he was one of the army's brightest stars. But in every cop's life there is a turning point. One case. One messy, tangled case that can shatter a career. Turn a lawman into a renegade. And make him question words like honor, valor, and duty. For Jack Reacher, this is that case.

New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina "hot-sheets" motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can't be controlled. Within hours the general's wife is murdered hundreds of miles away. Then the dominoes really start to fall.

Two Special Forces soldiers - the toughest of the tough - are taken down, one at a time. Top military commanders are moved from place to place in a bizarre game of chess. And somewhere inside the vast worldwide fortress that is the U.S. Army, Jack Reacher - an ordinarily untouchable investigator for the 110th Special Unit - is being set up as a fall guy with the worst enemies a man can have.

But Reacher won't quit. He's fighting a new kind of war. And he's taking a young female lieutenant with him on a deadly hunt that leads them from the ragged edges of a rural army post to the winding streets of Paris to a confrontation with an enemy he didn't know he had. With his French-born mother dying - and divulging to her son one last, stunning secret - Reacher is forced to question everything he once believed...about his family, his career, his loyalties - and himself. Because this soldier's son is on his way into the darkness, where he finds a tangled drama of desperate desires and violent death - and a conspiracy more chilling, ingenious, and treacherous than anyone could have guessed.

Don't miss any of Jack Reacher's adventures.

©2004 Lee Child; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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    Stacy 04-16-14
    Stacy 04-16-14 Member Since 2015

    July is my month in the rotation; be gentle it's my first month doing this on my own

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    "Surprise; a Prequel"

    After The Persuader, which I considered mediocre; I was ready for a strong bounce back novel. Child definitely delivered with The Enemy which to my surprise was the first non sequential Reacher novel.
    In many ways I felt this was a more natural setting for Child's Jack Reacher character. The character's comfort level in the U S Army setting seemed superior to that in his civilian incarnation. I liked the inclusion of his mother's past as well; it took her out of the French June Cleaver on an army base that appeared through the initial seven books as well as the three Reacher novellas. Furthermore Reacher seemed to work better within a system where he had well qualified subordinates assisting him. In my opinion this was an excellent comeback work for Child.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 02-02-14
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "This is not our usual Reacher!"

    Reacher's history is released in pieces in short stories and at least one other book. His mother, brother, and some military background are given more depth here.

    He is an Army MP so he is not the anonymous wanderer that we usually follow. He is expected to follow rules. He breaks protocol to tie together seemingly disparate crimes, but manages to tie everything together and uncover a conspiracy. There are relatively few hand-to-hand, bone crushing encounters in this book, but one has serious consequences for his future in the Army.

    Dick Hill, again, does an excellent job of narrating.

    Overall, this is another enjoyable Reacher adventure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 09-06-12
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2008

    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.

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    "Good thriller but not the place to start"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jamo002 06-03-09
    jamo002 06-03-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Reacher Rocks!"

    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 01-25-15
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 01-25-15 Member Since 2015

    retired writer

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    "The Enemy Within"

    Another very good Reacher story by Lee Child. This one is very different from most others in the series. Reacher's usual bone crushing fights only happened once which gets him in really hot water because he is still in the military. He has reached the rank of Major and he is an MP with a chest full of medals, even a Silver Star. Nevertheless, he breaks military protocols to find out who is ordering military men, and one military wife, murdered. The story tells how devious Reacher and his female investigator had to be in order to investigate the higher ups in the military hierarchy. We are introduced to his brother Joe and his mother. Reacher and Joe goes to visit their mother in Paris. We are told a lot about his mother's past as a young girl which is surprising and totally unexpected. This story is very convoluted with many minor players, but it ranks high on my Reacher list because it held my complete attention for every minute. A Good Read.... Recommend.

    As usual, Dick Hill provides a superb performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Coleman Clark, NJ 12-08-14
    Michael Coleman Clark, NJ 12-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Reacher Procedural Prequel!"
    Would you listen to The Enemy again? Why?

    Yes, absolutely. The police procedural writing and Dick Hill's narrating make this an excellent listen. Once I get through a few more, I'd be thrilled to go back and listen again.


    What other book might you compare The Enemy to and why?

    I don't have any useful comparisons


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've only listened to Dick Hill as Jack Reacher and I love it. He is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators because of the different voices for each character. That being said, none of them are ever over the top.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Only extreme excitement and satisfaction.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm thoroughly enjoying Dick Hill's Reacher narration in random order, I suggest everyone do the same.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Robertson 07-25-14
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    "Fantastic narration of an intruguing story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if the friend likes suspense and action novels.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I liked this one as it gives background to some of the other Reacher novels. You learn about what kind of man and soldier Reacher is. Characterization is a lot more real than in some of the later ones where he's just an indestructible machine, completely alone in the world and a lot more hardened.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Dick Hill is *perfect* as Reacher.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory G. van Hartesvelt Northern Michigan 06-08-14
    Gregory G. van Hartesvelt Northern Michigan 06-08-14 Member Since 2012

    Chappy

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    "Jack Reacher 101"

    Now I understand a lot more about what makes Reacher tick. As you learn background about Reacher, he is learning background about himself. A case during his active duty service days that keeps you listening when you should be doing something else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    05-20-14
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    "I said nothing, She said nothing."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    he used "nothing" so many times it became quite irritating and took away from the experience.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lee Child before, how does this one compare?

    I have listened to a number of Lee Child's books, most of which were quite good. This was the worst of the lot.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt he was a good narrator but was punished by repetition.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was a decent plot.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading a number of "Reacher" books this was a disappointment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndie Stevens 05-11-14 Member Since 2015

    C.A.S.

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    "The Jack Reacher Prequel... Another Winner"

    Once again Lee Child makes Jack Reacher a super hero-

    I have enjoyed previous Reacher novels, on the edge of the seat action, gripping adventure, and hard-to guess mystery. This one takes us back to Jack's days as a Major in the Army MP force. We get a sense of what made Jack who is in the other books in the series.

    I so enjoy this series that I am going back through and listening to them in chronological order although I have already listened to most of them, as they were purchased.

    Reacher is a man's man, who doesn't worry about other's feelings toward him. He has a strong sense of right, wrong, and justice that doesn't always follow the letter of the law. But I find myself agreeing with the choices he makes when it comes to dealing with the bad, the evil, or the just plain stupid.

    Another aspect of this series that I find refreshing, is that for the most part, the language is clean. The reader gets great descriptions of situations without some of the crassness we have come to accept in today’s world. The love scenes are the same. The reader gets a sense of serious and erotic passion without the raunchy description that is usually found in modern novels.

    Dick Hill is an excellent narrator. In fact, I have listened to another series, simply because Hill was the narrator... I was not disappointed. He is able to use intonations and various voices so that the reader knows which character is speaking. With Child's writing style and Hill's narration there is not a lot of "he said" and "she said" in the narration, which I thinks makes a story more difficult to listen to. Hill's female voices sound a tad funny coming in his deep expressive voice but you get used to it.

    I highly recommend this if you are looking for action, mystery and adventure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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