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
I have listened to the Reacher series in the story-arc order and am 9 books deep so far. I love this series. It moves along well. Reacher is a badass. The enemy was written later in the series, but it is a prequel. It works to listen to it in the story order. I recommend it.
Dick Hill does Reacher well. I may prefer the other common reader used (Jonathan McLain) for some of the stories I have heard so far, as he sounds more like Reacher in my head. Hill however has good pacing and is decent. Interestingly I have a Koontz book read by Hill that I just cannot get into and have not finished, and Hill is one of the detracting reasons. But he does the Reacher series just fine.
I cannot wait to have the whole collection. Keep writing Lee. I am a faithful fan now.
I've been listening to the Jack Reacher books in order, and this was the best of the bunch. As disclosure, I had to skip Without Fail as it was not available. Not only was it a solid story, that sheds some light on Reacher's past and what he's about, but I found Dick Hill's narration to be just about perfect. Really solid all the way through to the end.
You know this is a good one when you laugh at how awesome the ending is.
If you like Reacher, you will love this book. Great backstory to his character and a good mystery with some fantastic action scenes.
I have read several Jack Reacher novels and, for the most part, have enjoyed them. Jack Reacher is a larger than life character with almost super human abilities in intelligence, perception & brute strength. This novel is a sort of prequel, if you will.
At 14 hrs & 9 minutes this book is about 4 hrs too long. It is wordy & dare I admit, boring in spots. While Reachers character often draws his conclusions from the tiniest bits of information this one really stretches the imagination. It would take a crystal ball to link these events together. And it is presented in loooong explanations. Which is good in a way because you could never deduce any of it on your own. And, of course, he is always right.
There are so many characters and this book is so long I could not remember who was who. And many of the characters were so uninteresting & irrelevant I do not know why they were there in the first place.
It was interesting "meeting" his brother & mother since they are referred to in previous books. But they are little more than a distraction. And to be honest, I do not care for the way he interacts with them. I wanted to smack him.
I will probably read another Jack Reacher novel. After all every author is entitled to a dud now & then.
This is a really great book. Different from the others because it rewinds back to when Jack Reacher was in the Army. It gives a great story on where his career began. I like the parts where he interacted with his family. It makes him more human and understandable. Just like the others great story, great narrator, over all I loved the book.
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