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
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.
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.
I generally like the Reacher books, and this one helps explain some of Reacher's background, so I'm glad I listened. But it has quite a convoluted, totally unbelievable plot. I also prefer the stories that are told in third person rather than first person. Most of the book is dialogue between Jack and his
I listened to the first few books by Lee Child the Jack Reacher series and I loved them but this one was a total disappointment. It was so boring. So many details and no excitement. But I look forward to the next one.
I am a retired psychologist with lots of time on my hands, thus I listen to a lot of books.
I started out reading Jack Reacher books in the later times so was nice to learn about his history when he was 29 and learning more about his relationship to his mother and brother Joe. I thought it was well read by the speaker and the story kept my interest throughout.
This was my first Lee Child book I was very impressed with it. The reading by Dick Hill was superb. Looking forward to get more of his books. Highly recommended
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