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 really loved the story. it was very well-told and highly unpredictable in the different turns and twists in the plot. my only complaint was that the reader didn't use a lot of tone fluctuation, sort of like a western movie. all of the characters talked in roughly the same Pace too. There wasn't a character that spoke faster than another or slower than another. that just hindered the natural flow of the story a little bit I think. the only other complaint I would make would be the authors over usage of the term "I said nothing."
These complaints were pretty minor though when looking at the overall book experience. I would listen to it again in a heartbeat.
I have enjoyed books 1 through 7 but this one was a bit boring. While this book was slow moving it was nice to get a little more history of Jack. Too much detail in some of the action scenes made me get bored and loose track of what was happening. It was an ok book. Also way to many "I said nothing".
maybe - if you like the Reacher series this one does give a background to his life prior to leaving the military.
Yes - but now know Reacher in the future he needs to write another one to explain how Reacher left the army in the rank he did. Left me wondering and hopefully as I go through the series it will be explained.
I like Reacher!
Not if Tom Cruise is Reacher, in my mind he is just not Reacher and so I will stick to the books only. Chris Hemsworth or Sean Bean might have been a better choice. I mean Tom Cruise is 5'7" and Hemsworth is 6'2" - it made no sense as Cruise is just not the Reacher I built in my own mind.
Great background story but the other plot couldn't have been slower and just dragged on. As another reader stated, "relieved when it was over" and I've not felt that way about any of the Reacher books. Onward to the next one!!
Audible fan!...Why didn't I discover audiobooks sooner? I would rather listen than watch.
Finally we get a little background of Jack Reacher and his day as an MP. I like the fact that Lee Child's novels can be stand alone books. This book is his eighth novel in the series yet it is the first (so far) in chronological order. His brother and mother are still alive and he is in the middle of an investigation that climbs to the highest echelons of the government. I think I have enjoyed this novel more than any others so far. (and I said that about the seventh). I do have one question though. What does Reacher do with his military pay?
Another great Reacher read! Child delves back into Reacher's past as an MP investigator with intrigue and subterfuge involving treason within the Army's highest ranks. The best and unique part of the story is the story of his mother, which lends a whole other angle of the stoic drifter. Highly recommended!!
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