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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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    Vincent Chestnut Ridge, NY, USA 11-30-12
    Vincent Chestnut Ridge, NY, USA 11-30-12 Member Since 2003
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    "One of the better Jack Reacher books"
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    I read (listened to) a couple in the Jack Reacher series and decided to start from the beginning if the series and read the ones I missed in order.

    The Enemy was interesting because it was like a prequel to the series.

    It kept my interest and answered some unanswered questions from the series.

    I had trouble putting it down.

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    Rick ATASCADERO, CA, United States 11-12-12
    Rick ATASCADERO, CA, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "another great Reacher novel"
    Where does The Enemy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This isn't as good as some, and better than others


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

    It is like all the Reacher books that deal with Jack while he is still in the military


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    I am becoming familiar with his voice to the point where i think if it were anyone else at this point i wouldn't buy the series


    Any additional comments?

    I prefer the later writings when Jack is wandering about the countryside, the military stuff isn't my favorite

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacque United States 10-16-12
    Jacque United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2012

    I love a good listen while driving long distance or even walking. I live in a retirement beach community with my husband in Seal Beach,CA

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    "Child's really keeps you guessing on this one"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I won't miss a Lee Child "Jack Reacher" novel. I have a list in order starting from book one. I can't wait to get to the next one and see what is going on with this smartee pants.I recommended this to my Grandmother friend and she can't put them down she is 88.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Reacher of course and always. He is so smart, cleaver, and brave.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    He is the voice of Reacher. If he isn't the narrator when I select the book at audible.I get the book and read it for myself. He is GREAT!!!!


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

    This book is different from the previous stories, as this goes back in time to when he was in the military. And talks about his Mother. I Love that He left her as per her wishes.So He wouldn't have the memories of how she looked sick.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Reacher does fall in love and have a home and kids before it is to late.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clarence Turner Lakewood, WA USA 09-03-12
    Clarence Turner Lakewood, WA USA 09-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Didn't like the demotion..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Definitely worth listening to. Reacher is someone we men would really like to be at times. A free spirit who takes no "crap" from anybody - and he gets the girls too.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lee Child before, how does this one compare?

    I like Reacher more in a civilian setting.


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

    Jack Reacher


    Did The Enemy inspire you to do anything?

    Write this review.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, United States 08-07-12
    Laura Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "One of his better ones."
    Would you listen to The Enemy again? Why?

    No, I have to many other stories to listen to. I might if I didn't have others not listened to yet.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Enemy?

    When he doesn't play ball with the higher ups.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    It was ok


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 02-09-12
    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 02-09-12
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    "A good read for Reacher fans"

    I agree with many other reviewers -- if you are a fan of the Jack Reacher books you will enjoy this. On the down side, there are stretches that are painfully long-winded. I was out walking one day and there was a discussion of crowbars that got me about a mile and a half. All in all, a worthwhile read for Reacher fans, or crowbar fanatics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Sturgess Laguna Niguel, CA 12-14-11
    Pam Sturgess Laguna Niguel, CA 12-14-11 Member Since 2006
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    "This one surprised me."

    I didn't think I'd like it but it's one of my favorites. It's really great to "see" Reacher as he was when he was in the Army. So many of the other books refer to it and this puts lots in perspective to what came later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Garland, Texas, United States 04-25-11
    Frances Garland, Texas, United States 04-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    ""I Said Nothing""

    That phrase is used many times in the book and at first you wonder why but as you begin to understand some of what makes J Reacher tick it makes perfect sense. One of the best in the Reacher series I have read. Child presents a more thoughtful character. Here we get a look into a bit of his family life with the parts about his mother and brother. "You will do what is right" his mother told him almost as her blessing on him and so forms the code he will live by. I found this book totally enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric North Salt Lake, UT, USA 06-19-10
    Eric North Salt Lake, UT, USA 06-19-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Read"

    This is a very good book. The whole series with Reacher in them is really fun and keeps you wanting to read until the end.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Keith ROCKMART, GEORGIA, United States 06-06-09
    Keith ROCKMART, GEORGIA, United States 06-06-09 Member Since 2008
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    "best Reacher novel yet"

    Very good novel...it was a hard one to put down, I personally think it was one of the best Reacher books I've read, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good military thriller.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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