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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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    LB 04-21-14
    LB 04-21-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I am trying hard to like Jack Reacher"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I really miss Mitch Rapp and i am trying hard to find a replacement. I do think that Jack has the potential but the story is so slow, and long. It is getting better now that I manage to start the second part - but it was an effort to get here. Not sure I will be able to finish.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    Slow and not so interesting


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I like Dick Hill, he is ok


    What character would you cut from Without Fail?

    none in particular, just more actions


    Any additional comments?

    I am seriously considering giving up on Jack Reacher's series. He is not even close to become my Mitch Rapp's replacement - maybe the Gray Man might.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Val 04-06-14
    Val 04-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Without Fail Lee Child"
    Would you listen to Without Fail again? Why?

    Yes down the road awhile. I like the book and After I read the rest of my book, or listen to them I could do this book again


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I usualy wish it keeps going, but that is not Reacher


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't have one


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

    Just on the edge of my chair


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Larry PLAINFIELD, IL, United States 03-10-14
    Larry PLAINFIELD, IL, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Mr. Child not your best."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book to anyone due to the extremely bad reason for the entire novel. You learn a lot about the secret service but the motive in this story was completely unbelievable and ridiculous. Not his best work at all.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

    Yes I would listen to Lee Child again as he is a great writer.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick Hill is one of the best narrators in the business.


    Did Without Fail inspire you to do anything?

    No....I felt the story up until the motive of the crime behind the entire story was revealed was pretty good. The motive made me feel like I wasted a lot of my time. I am still shaking my head.


    Any additional comments?

    No his best but that will not stop me from reading more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Franklin Tallahassee, Florida, United States 02-15-14
    Franklin Tallahassee, Florida, United States 02-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The plot was weak. The characters are likable and the reader is good.


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

    Probably not.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emotion and personality.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 2011
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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 2011
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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

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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 2014

    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 2012

    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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