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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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    Marsha 04-27-13
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    "Outstanding"
    Would you listen to The Enemy again? Why?

    Yes - liked the story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Reacher, of course


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

    Dick Hill brings the story alive!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Almost


    Any additional comments?

    Haven't found a Reacher book yet that I haven't liked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Greenfield, IN, United States 04-21-13
    Amazon Customer Greenfield, IN, United States 04-21-13 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy listening to many different types of books. I like to listen while I am in the car and working.

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    "Not as good as the others"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Dick Hill make this worth reading. I didn't like the story so much but the reader kept me going. I figured out the plot long before Reacher did and that was dissapointing


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Obvious plot


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

    Dick Hill is the only voice for Jack Reacher!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Life in hiding


    Any additional comments?

    Too predictable this time, I hope the next one is better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    shawanda greensboro, NC, United States 04-17-13
    shawanda greensboro, NC, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Intriguing..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love all of the books that I've read by Lee Child so far that has Jack Reacher as the leading man. He kicks butt. I'm such a fan I was actually disappointed when Tom Cruise played him in One Shot. They should have gotten Dolph Lundgren to play the part.


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

    The inflections in his voice when he's reading. His descriptions actually take me to the place he's talking about. I feel like I'm actually there.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but when I went back to it, it was like I never pressed stop. I always wanted to know what else was happening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    katherine friendswood, TX, United States 04-02-13
    katherine friendswood, TX, United States 04-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Getting to know Jack a little better."

    This is a typical Reacher book, but it lets you in on what he did in the military. It also gives you insight about his mother and brother. Jack is a sexy tough guy and I enjoy the series.

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    John Blacksburg, VA, United States 03-25-13
    John Blacksburg, VA, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Reacher being Reacher"
    What made the experience of listening to The Enemy the most enjoyable?

    Dick Hill is perfect for the Reacher series. He has the main character in just the way he plays out in my imagination. He especially nails the nuances of Reacher being sarcastic or Reacher being ironic or Reacher being playful, etc.


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

    I don't think the plots/story lines of the Reacher books compare to much of anything - I guess in many ways they are fairly standard action/mystery fare. But Reacher books do compare to Reacher books. This is a less violent Reacher than many (although he does a thorough job of beating someone) and maybe a little less romantic in his romance but he is the same contradiction of a "lifer" who loves the army yet somehow finds authority figures he won't obey.


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

    Reacher


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't know if moving is the right word but surprising perhaps. When it was all over and Reacher still confronts his antagonist (and how he confronts him) surprised me.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read Reacher, start. Its a great series. If you have, read this one - its good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Decatur, AL, United States 03-08-13
    Carla Decatur, AL, United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "That's what I'm talking about!!"

    You know when you really like a series and then you read an installment and it's "OK" and then maybe one is only "so-so" and you're like "Maybe I don't really love this series as much as I thought" ?.... Well, The Enemy totally cements my love affair with J. Reacher. So different than the others. So much detail into who and why and what he is. So funny and sad and jaw dropping surprising. So good.

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    M. Davis Casablanca, Morocco 02-25-13
    M. Davis Casablanca, Morocco 02-25-13

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    "Great story with suspense"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Enemy to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I love the opportunity to listen to a great story and the images just form in my mind like I'm watching a movie.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Reacher because of his straight talk ad dialogue.


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

    Reacher.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part that tlaked about his mother and the Resistance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Duck SEADRIFT, TX, United States 02-10-13
    Duck SEADRIFT, TX, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2011

    I love to read espionage and criminal thrillers. My lifestyle doesn't allow time to sit and read so audio books is really an enjoyment.

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    "Lee Child and Dick Hill do it again"
    Where does The Enemy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was one of the best I've listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Corey. He is written in as a smart ass, but a brilliant detective.


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

    I have listened to all the Lee Child books and this one was great!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book

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    Thomas 02-08-13
    Thomas 02-08-13
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    "A good story hurt badly by the narrator."

    First, this is not one of Lee Child's best books in the Reacher series. In fact, it may be the weakest so far. Still, it's Reacher, and it's Lee Child, so there's really no missing it for me.

    Any fan of the Reacher series knows that you REALLY have to suspend your disbelief to wade through some of the truly incredible plot developments and character motivations in these novels. We know Reacher is going to sleep with at least one of the main female characters. We know Reacher has superhuman physical capabilities (literally), as well as superhuman psychic powers. That's all part of the show.

    So it's Reacher, and most of us know what we're getting into.

    What I didn't know I was getting into was this narrator. This was my first fiction book on Audible, and I didn't know what to think of the narration. It sounded horrible to me, but I thought that was just how things are done. I actually decided early on in this novel that I would stick with non-fiction in Audible, because I couldn't handle being jarred out of the story by the crazy choices of the narrator.

    Now that I have a few other Audible fiction books under my belt, I can say that no, it was just this narrator who was so bad. The most glaring flaw of this narrator is that he uses a ridiculous falsetto when he does female voices. Imaging using the worst, most ham-handed impression of a man doing a female voice, and that's what you get here. It almost sounded like a joke to me at first.

    After a few more Audible fiction books, I know that men can do female voices just fine without sounding silly.

    Another weirdness of this narrator is that he has to give each and every character a distinct dialect. Each person is either southern, or New Yahwk, or Bahhhston, or doing a Dan Akroyd Chicagoan impression from Saturday Night Live.

    Do you get the idea I didn't like this narrator? Good.

    If this same narrator is doing any of the other Audible Reacher books, I'll stick with the Kindle version.


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    Steven Lino Lakes, MN, United States 02-06-13
    Steven Lino Lakes, MN, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "First exposure to the Jack Reacher series"
    Would you listen to The Enemy again? Why?

    No. I rarely read a book more than once. This is my first venture into audio books, and I expect to move on to the other Reacher Books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The protagonist is unshakable. Always cool, and observant, he brings his observations and conclusions to life.


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

    Jack Reacher.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Introducing Jack Reacher.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the way Dick Hill narrates. He fits the character of Jack Reacher to a "T".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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