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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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    Judy 01-30-14
    Judy 01-30-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Always good!"

    Lee Child is a fine author and Dick Hill is easy to listen to. I've read many of these, produced by both of them, and enjoy them. This was no exception. Well worth the listen and well worth the price!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Diamond Bar, California, United States 09-14-13
    Barry Diamond Bar, California, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2006
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    "An enjoyable read and a very good narrator."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Mr. Child has a great imagination but it is necessary to suspend disbelief to get past some rather unlikely events. The USSS would not give any private person (military experience or not) carte blanche as was done in this book.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    Further research could have been done to assure accuracy. For example - Glocks do not have external safety's. This is something the writer should have known. Maybe I'm just too picky.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoyed his performance. Great, as usual.


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

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 07-27-13
    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 07-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Not the best Reacher but still entertaining"

    This story puts Reacher in a more conformist mode being on the inside working with Secrete Service instead of a rogue doing good his way. Good read but not the best Reacher novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 05-21-13
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Reacher hired to assassinate VP?"

    It is always amusing to me that Jack Reacher, who would prefer to be an anonymous wanderer, gets pulled into so many different scenarios. Some are by accident and others, when his expertise is required, take someone some clever investigating to track him down.

    This is one of those “find him” episodes. His expertise is needed for an issue with the Vice President. His experience as a sniper and an investigator take him on a dash across the US and a final resolution that is very Reacher. This is a well developed story with a few more tidbits about Jack’s past. It builds from the introduction to the conflict and through the adrenaline rush to an unusual conclusion.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Jack Reacher is one of my favorite characters. I will definitely continue my journey through all of the episodes.

    As usual, Dick Hill is an excellent choice for narrating any Reacher novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 05-07-13
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2011

    Nyoka Mullins

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    "Not too interesting"
    Would you listen to Without Fail again? Why?

    Probably not, there wasn't enough action for me


    Would you recommend Without Fail to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, some of my friend's like him because he's interesting, I like him in action, like head butting, breaking bones, twisting neck's and blowing the bad guy to hell and back...


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    Love his Book's


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

    not especially


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good book, I just like a lot of action....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kalista jupiter, FL, United States 04-17-13
    kalista jupiter, FL, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2005

    bibliophile

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    "'JACK REACHER LARGER THAN LIFE'"

    JACK REACHER, ultimate loner, owns nothing, has no ties, restless, on the move, ex military. i think stregnth and honor is his motto. we find reacher approached by a newbie secret service employee she would like jack to try to penetrate the net of protection woven about the vice president.. of course jack can get to him 6 ways from sunday. little does he know a real assasination plot is afoot. now it all gets dicey and it's up to Jack to protect and serve. dick hill is the voice of this series. great job narration, the tension, pacing keeps you listening into the night .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Greenfield, IN, United States 04-14-13
    Amazon Customer Greenfield, IN, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy listening to many different types of books. I like to listen while I am in the car and working.

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    "Another great Reacher adventure"
    What made the experience of listening to Without Fail the most enjoyable?

    I didn't know who to trust in this one. Felt like Reacher was always a step behind and on the wrong path all the time. About 75% into it I started seeing that Reacher was getting mad which is never good for the bad guy. Just like Michael Jordan, never make him mad!
    I really want vengeance just like Reacher did and you are really stress for him through the final showdown.


    What other book might you compare Without Fail to and why?

    Just like all the other Reacher book. Good adventure throughout.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Dick Hill "is" Jack Reacher.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A fathers sins


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book just like all the rest. I felt like it started a little slow at first and was more difficult to get into than some of the others, but once you saw the plot forming it was hard to put down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Siloam Springs, AR, United States 03-26-13
    Robert Siloam Springs, AR, United States 03-26-13
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    "Reacher Is Back!"
    If you could sum up Without Fail in three words, what would they be?

    A strong return!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course we read these because of Jack, but his Secret Service contact was a strong, likable character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Thanksgiving Day soup line scene was good, not too complicated, but exciting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No tears, no laughs, simply a good story.


    Any additional comments?

    After a disappointing Echo Burning, Child brought back a good Reacher read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    matt United States 03-18-13
    matt United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm a 31 year old software guy with a degree in History with 3 hour round trip commute to work every day... You know I'm listening to as many books as I can! :)

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    "Awesome As Usual"

    I'm a HUGE fan of this series. I like the way that Lee Child changes up his narration point of view from book to book. I also like that any one could jump in at any book in the series and not feel left out. (*Nor does he over do repeating things already known by faithful readers.) Just a great read! Dick Hill is really good too. I'm not as down and out on the other narrator as some people reviewed. Both have strong and week points. But the story really speaks for itself!

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    Sandyjean Wilton, CA, United States 03-04-13
    Sandyjean Wilton, CA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Always entertaining"

    I always am entertained by Lee Child. The premise of this was interesting and it was worth my credit, but I didn't feel it was as good as some of his other works.

    The story idea was good, but just didn't catch me as not being able to put the book down.
    I also felt that the the relationship between Jack Reacher and the "powers that be" was rather unbelieveable.

    As I said, a good read but most likely a book I won't remember in the future. (One of the prime things that I think makes a good book)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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