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
loved it.. great plot..military extras..tanks..weapons..bad guys..immoral guys..great women..meet Mrs. Reacher..
track the subtle clues... Reacher wraps it sill up..
This was a good book, I really enjoyed it. I've listened to a number of Jack Reacher books previously, and this one had a "who dunnit" feel to it more than the others I've listened to. There were not as many action scenes in it, however, there was a lot of internal dialog that Reacher made and which the reader is allowed into, which I really liked.
If you're looking for a lot of shoot-em-up action spots, I'd skip this one, but if you like a good mystery story, and want to get a better look into who Reacher really is, definitely pick this one up, you won't be putting it down soon after.
middle -- ignoring command structure at every turn gets old.
the death ofv his Mother
Dick hill is always entertaining
Hard not to root for him to be okay throughout the story....yet we already know from precious books he's been out for some time. Great story and nice to read about Reacher's mom and Joe too.
This book does not fall in chronological order. It is a sort of prequel - going back to when he was still in the army. Now, this may annoy readers who need to have everything in order. But for me, it was great. In this story, Jack and his brother visit their mother in Paris, and they learn more about their family that they ever imagined. Reacher's character is is much more developed as a result. I hope and expect that this will carry forward in subsequent books.
I don't know why so many reviews are critical of the narrator, Dick Hill. He brings Jack Reacher completely to life. His inflections and speech affects are spot on for a grizzled, cynical loner like Reacher. I cannot imagine a better narrator.
The story is pretty good. The investigation is a bit slow at points, but it was an interesting story nonetheless, and it shows insights into military life.
thrilling, frustrating and upsetting
Jack of course! He is so honest about himself and I love the way he works out solving the mystery--he even makes mistakes at times.
Yes, many many books and for some reason I enjoyed him more this time than I have in the past.
Made me mad---but loved the way Jack took over the problem.
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