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Without Fail | [Lee Child]

Without Fail

Jack Reacher is approached by a Secret Service agent who needs a favor. "I want to hire you to assassinate the Vice President of the United States," she asks. She is the newly appointed head of the VP's security detail and wants Reacher to try to penetrate her team's shield. He has the skills and the stealth and no one knows him. How else can she be sure her protection is truly effective?
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Publisher's Summary

Jack Reacher is approached by a Secret Service agent who needs a favor. "I want to hire you to assassinate the Vice President of the United States," she asks. She is the newly appointed head of the VP's security detail and wants Reacher to try to penetrate her team's shield. He has the skills and the stealth and no one knows him. How else can she be sure her protection is truly effective?

What she doesn't tell Reacher - but what he soon discovers - is that a very real and deadly team of assassins has just put the VP in their sights and will stop at nothing to realize their objective. These men have planned well, but they haven't planned on Reacher. For only Reacher has the head and the heart to corner his prey and bring them to justice - without fail.

Don't miss any of Jack Reacher's adventures.

©2004 Lee Child; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

“The book is a joyride for listeners, full of false leads, dead ends, concussive bursts of action, and characters who are fully realized and individual. This is as much fun as an audiobook performance can be.” (AudioFile)

“The sixth time's a charm for thriller meister Child, whose latest escapade starring ex-military cop Jack Reacher is handily his most accomplished and most compelling to date.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

“…a thriller of unequaled emotional depth.” (Booklist)

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    Camille 10-15-13
    Camille 10-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Get a female reader for the female parts"
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    Good Jack Reacher as usual. Dick Hill does a good job for the male parts, but his female parts sound like sleezy, creepy old men! Please get a female to perform female parts of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan S. Farnsley 05-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Lee needs to do more research"
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    Yes


    Has Without Fail turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Could you see Without Fail being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I have seen the Reacher movie, and listened to th first six books in the series, and I have to say they are all pretty much the same. Same characters, same basic situations and basically the same plots, just different locations. My biggest compliant however is with the attention to detail while describing weapons.

    Possible Spoiler Alert

    During the climamatic ending when the bad guys have Reacher cornered, Child makes two glaring mistakes, one of which would have cost Reacher and his companion their lives. It has been proven that a hand gun magazine spring does not lose its integrity being fully loaded for long periods of time, even years. However, Reacher bets his life on this myth.

    Secondly, when the bad guy pulls his Glock pistol, he clicked the safety off. Glock pistols are referred to as "Safe Action" pistols because the safetys are internal, and include a trigger safety. There is no external safety to click.

    The whole scenario that lead to the conclusion was paper thin and the final ending was ludicrous. Will I listen to more Reacher novels? Probably. However, if you are looking for an alternate author, I highly recommend Vince Flynn and the Mitch Rapp series. His works are plausible, well researched and entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Cary, NC, United States 03-24-13
    Amazon Customer Cary, NC, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Hmm"

    I am about 3 hours into the listen...I really am not enjoying the narrator....hope it gets better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 12-19-12
    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Sad - poor effort"

    Sad to say I did not like this book. Very S L O W and never really getting to the point. This book drowned on and on and on and on about such little details that played no part in the big picture. As much as I will be the first guy to stand up and promote these books - don't start with this one.

    Blah!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 09-19-11
    Thomas 09-19-11 Member Since 2015

    Fiction reader/listener: law enforcement, spy, military, science thriller, disasters.

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    "Child never fails"

    Lee captures the spirit of a true fictional hero. His stories of Jack Reacher cannot come fast enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dave 04-17-15
    dave 04-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Reacher can do no wrong,,, but I still read em"

    As with all Lee Childs reacher novels, his hero is too much of a hero. Still I enjoy switching off to them, and when on sale, do end up buying and listening

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Nelson Kingsport, TN United States 04-05-15
    Greg Nelson Kingsport, TN United States 04-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great Reacher tale"

    Another great Reacher tale with a great reading performance. Work your way through this series and you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cee Cee Newton, MA 03-24-15
    Cee Cee Newton, MA 03-24-15 Member Since 2011

    Car singer

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    "Way too wordy"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Every sentence was so wordy and descriptive it bored me. Not that exciting and I love Lee Child.


    What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less talk more intrigue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn M Chamberlain 03-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but not great."

    Too many non factual reference... I.e. taking the safety off on a Glock handgun, and referencing the "National DMV data base".

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    Douglas 03-11-15
    Douglas 03-11-15
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    "Without fail"

    This is the first Lee Child book I have read (well...listened to - downloaded the audio edition).
    Entertaining, good character development, interesting storyline. I plan to start at the beginning of the series and continue because of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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