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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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    Cyn Sam USA 01-10-15
    Cyn Sam USA 01-10-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Very enjoyable listen"
    Where does Without Fail rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Really enjoyed listening for a long drive. It kept me awake and motivated. Good performance made it very easy to follow all the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Sagle, ID, United States 01-03-15
    Roy Sagle, ID, United States 01-03-15 Member Since 2015

    Reader and long-distance commuter.

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    "Good, Not Great"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I thought it was the best Reacher book I've read (about six or seven) -- UNTIL the end. The end was contrived and beyond reality.


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

    The ending was by far the weakest part of the book.


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

    The narrator was good.


    Was Without Fail worth the listening time?

    It beat radio, but it still falls into my "Fluff" category.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like the character Reacher, but lets have at least a plausible ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beth in Dalton 01-01-15
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    "Excellent as usual"

    I'm in love with Jack Reacher. A man with many talents. Without Fail is an entertaining read and shows chivalry and passion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Will Jones Minnesota, USA 01-01-15
    Will Jones Minnesota, USA 01-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    Outstanding. A very good audio book. I recommend some female narrators too. That would enhance the experience of the audio book

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    Amy Wichita Falls, TX, United States 12-31-14
    Amy Wichita Falls, TX, United States 12-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty Good"

    Story started off strong, but really tapered off. I couldn't wait to resume listening during the first half, but it felt like a chore to finish it when I got about three fourths of the way through.

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    Josie 12-23-14
    Josie 12-23-14
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    "Attached to the reader"

    It took me a while to get used to the fact that Dick Hill seems to have to push the last breath of a sentence out. I hope it is not a health issue for him. But by the end of the book I was attached to his style, and am now reading the next Lee Child and feeling at home and taken care of by Mr. Hill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joange Rice, VA, United States 12-05-14
    Joange Rice, VA, United States 12-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Reacher Can Do No Wrong!"

    I love Jack Reacher!! I don't care how corny the plot may be or how predictable the outcome, I am totally entertained by the Reacher books! Dick Hill is his usual excellent self. Go for it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    EEC 10-22-14
    EEC 10-22-14

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    "Suit Up!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Without Fail to be better than the print version?

    What Can I say...Reacher actually wears a suit in this novel, which is novel in itself. A nicely paced great read from Lee Child. Dick Hill as usual gives a great performance and gives a depth to the characters you just don't get by simply reading.


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    kristina karraker 09-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Sooooo slow"
    What disappointed you about Without Fail?

    No action, story is all theory and ideas. It just goes on and on and on.


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

    No, hopefully the next one will go back to normal Jack Reacher.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Like the narrator


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 07-10-14
    Linda 07-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Love Jack Reacher Stories"
    Where does Without Fail rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a middle of the favorites list in the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I always enjoy the background stories and this one has a lot of information about Jack's big brother Joe.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy that these books are not in chronological order for the most part. It is enjoyable feeling the store evolve no matter what order you read them in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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