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
We've got him outnumbered; hope he can learn to like girly books.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
I don't have any useful comparisons
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.
Only extreme excitement and satisfaction.
I'm thoroughly enjoying Dick Hill's Reacher narration in random order, I suggest everyone do the same.
Yes, if the friend likes suspense and action novels.
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.
Dick Hill is *perfect* as Reacher.
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.
he used "nothing" so many times it became quite irritating and took away from the experience.
I have listened to a number of Lee Child's books, most of which were quite good. This was the worst of the lot.
I felt he was a good narrator but was punished by repetition.
It was a decent plot.
After reading a number of "Reacher" books this was a disappointment.
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.
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