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.
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©2004 Lee Child; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
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
The Enemy is Lee Child's 8th Jack Reacher novel. This time out, is a look back at Jack during his army days. What begins as an unexplained transfer followed quickly by the sudden death of a general, a missing briefcase, and a non-existent agenda evolves into a convoluted plot cobbled together by co-conspirators on the fly. At the same time, Jack must also deal with a serious illness with his mother and learns a family secret.
All the attributes associated with Reacher are in evidence, his fighting skills, but mostly his deductive reasoning to piece together a complex web of seemingly unconnected details. There is also a good bit of high level warfare strategy directly relevant to the time period which encompasses the collapse of the former USSR which provides ample context for the substance of the mystery. Jack's penchant for doing what's right rather than caring about the law is also ably demonstrated. Child continues to provide fresh situations for this engaging, relate-able character.
Dick Hill provides another superb rendition with an excellent range of voices and great pacing. This is another quick listen as both the story and narration move the action along quickly.
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.
My commute is so much better because of this wonderful gift my wife gave me.
I think I enjoy this style more and more when I listen to it. The character, Jack Reacher, grows on me with every book. There were some obvious twists in the plot and then some things you were not ever going to see. It was enjoyable. The ending is fitting, much more realistic than an always triumphant story, yet you still feel good about it.
I don't think Jack will ever find a woman he will settle with. He just loves doing the right thing and helping in his own way.
I have to admit that I came to this book through a long route. I exhausted every library recording opportunity I had to go through most of the other Reacher books. I'm not sorry that I waited, but there is a lot of backstory in this one that makes thongs in his future make sense. Good story!
I loved this book. I learned a great deal about Reacher's mother. She was very special. Since I haven't read these in order but have bounced around the series, I'm especially glad I read this one for that reason. Plus it was a good story anyway.
Retired from 30 years in both the Air Force and Army. I currently spend most of my time working around the house and taking care of my granddaughter Ryleigh.
I've enjoyed reading Reacher novels in the past, but it doesn't compare to a well narrated audio book. The story was excellent, and moreso because of the outstanding presentation. I look forward to listening again soon.
I loved this book. Wonderful story and some insight to Jacks' previous life in the military. That said, the "I said nothing" phrase that was repeatedly used got very old very fast.
Overall, this is a great listen. As a Reacher fan, this entry covers the hows and why's of his military career as an MP. As always, Dick Hill delivers as the narrator. My only complaint is the author's tendency to get buried in detail occasionally that does not move the story line forward. Otherwise, another chapter of classic Reacher
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