New Year's Day, 1990. A soldier is found dead in a sleazy motel bed. Jack Reacher is the officer on duty.
The soldier turns out to be a two-star general. The situation is bad enough, then Reacher finds the general's wife.
This stomach-churning thriller turns back the clock to a younger Reacher, in dogtags. A Reacher who still believes in the service. A Reacher who imposes army discipline. Even if only in his own pragmatic way...
©2004 Lee Child (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
"The Enemy", the ninth Jack Reacher book, takes us back to January 1990, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, when Reacher was a Major in the Military Police.
One of the things I enjoyed about the previous book, "The Persuader" was the glimpses it gave me of who Jack Reacher was when he was in the Army. It left me hungry for more. Perhaps it had the same impact on Lee Child because "The Enemy is set entirely in Reacher's Army past.
"The Enemy" is a sort of "Origins of Wolverine" book. it deepened my understanding of how the Jack Reacher I met in the previous books came to be the way he is.
"The Enemy" explores how the US Army works via an investigation into the death of General. The plot is tight, complex and satisfying, spiced by conflicts with an asshole superior officer with an agenda and a larger mystery around a coordinated but unexplained large-scale re-assignment of Special Unit MPs.
I know nothing of the US Army other than what I've seen of their bases in Germany and the UK but I found Child's depiction of it convincing and compelling: the sheer scale of the organization as it was back then, the way bases are the same everywhere in the world, right down to the menus in the Officers' Club, the power of rank, the freedom to work the system, the complete lack of control on where and under whom you will serve.
I enjoyed seeing Reacher outside the US, in Germany (where the US bases make everything seem as close to home as possible) and France in which Reacher, son of a French woman, seems more at home than in North Carolina. I was fascinated to see how Reacher behaved with his older brother, a man who was killed in the first Jack Reacher book, "Killing Floor" and who's ghostwad evoked in the sixth book "Without Fail" when Reacher is approached by his brother's ex-girl friend.
Reacher in 1990 seemed less damaged and less lost than the Reacher in the other books. The Army and his family give him stability and a sense of purpose. It becomes clear how the loss of these things would change him for the worse.
But the 1990 Reacher is still recognisable. The things that make him scary are already present: his tendency towards violent confrontation, his inablity to let things go, his habit of using others to achieve his own agenda and his willingness to appoint himself as both judge and executioner. The things that prevent me from writing him off as a psychotic thug are also there: hisdrive to do the right thing, his willingness to take the consequences for his actions and his strong desire to keep the Army the way he thinks it should be.
"The Enemy" is a well-written period criminal investigation novel that would be attractive as a stand-alone novel. The insight's that it brings on Reacher's origins move it up into a compelling read and encourages me to thank that the Reacher novels will continue to get better, which is good news as I still have eleven more to go.
"Another brilliant Jack Reacher book by Lee Child"
The Enemy is of a very high standard and very much like Lee Child's other Jack Reacher books, an in-depth journey into Whitehouse politics and murder
You cannot rate anyone in a Jack Reacher book any higher than Jack Reacher himself. A very convincing portrait of an ex-army policeman with all the skills, knowledge and experience of someone who grew-up as an army child
I believe Jeff Harding is one of the greatest US voice-over artists that has ever been used to read USA-based audio books. As a blind reader of thriller audio books, I have listened to a large number of his audio books and I marvel at his capacity to not only make the books interesting but to read in so many different voices and dialects, even British English on some occasions! I rate Jeff as one of the best.
Without giving much away, the scene where the vice President was visiting a homeless shelter to serve lunch was the most moving part of the book
I rate this book as one of the best in the Jack Reacher series.... although I must say, I have already read seven and they are all brilliant
"Another good Reacher Novel"
The story was well planned out and kept me guessing.
Jeff Harding narrating made it all the more easy to listen to, he is the best.
Another great Jack Reacher novel. The plot was interesting and action packed. If you like the series or the genre you'll like the enemy, a real listener/page turner.
"Another excelent Jack Reacher novel."
With a gripping story line and excellent narration this was another excelent thriller from one of the best modern writers of today. This is my third Lee Child audio book in a row and will probably be my next choice when my next credit comes due.
""I said nothing!""
I said nothing!
The annoyance I felt at his disregard for Army protocols which seemed out of character but perhaps a means to an end in terms of the wider plot.
The dinner scene in Germany
Never has such an engaging story had so many statements saying that he/she/they/we/I said nothing. Although the story didn't take a genius to figure out the perpetrator(s) it was clearly going to be tough for Reacher to do his thing. At first I thought thi
"More about Jack Reacher"
Memorable characters, a superlative, thought-provoking story about the times in which we live, and superlatively read.
"A bit monotonous"
My first Reacher book. Not that impressed. Will try another as people tell me they are good.
I love this series and I never want to end! Lee child's is god !
"It dont get much better"
Story telling as it should be. One of the best books of its kind I've ever come across. I love the way he combines hard and soft story telling, tender and tough all weaved into one. The scene with his brother and mother was really moving that contrasted with many of the more harsh and gritty sections. I really like the way he 'pads out' chapters with interesting background information. Jeff Harding did a great job of telling the story, a real tour de force of a novel.
"Slow burner but great book"
Jeff Harding is Reacher ! Even if I read a Reacher book I have to do his voice in my head !
Always great when Jack beats the hell out of a bunch of baddies.
Same great performance.
It was interesting enough but slower than the other Reacher books I've listened to in the past so was happy with a few hours each day.
A bit of a slow burner but some great moments and a great ending.
Willard character was good, but should have been exploited more. Summer character was quite good, overall the plot was obvious.
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