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Publisher's Summary

New York City. Two in the morning. A subway car heading uptown. Jack Reacher, plus five other passengers. Four are okay. The fifth isn't.

In the next few tense seconds Reacher will make a choice and trigger an electrifying chain of events in this gritty, gripping masterwork of suspense by #1 New York Times best seller Lee Child.

Susan Mark was the fifth passenger. She had a lonely heart, an estranged son, and a big secret. Reacher, working with a woman cop and a host of shadowy feds, wants to know just how big a hole Susan Mark was in, how many lives had already been twisted before hers, and what danger is looming around him now.

Because a race has begun through the streets of Manhattan in a maze crowded with violent, skilled soldiers on all sides of a shadow war. Susan Mark's plain little life was critical to dozens of others in Washington, California, Afghanistan...from a former Delta Force operator now running for the U.S. Senate, to a beautiful young woman with a fantastic story to tell and to a host of others who have just one thing in common: They're all lying to Reacher. A little. A lot. Or maybe just enough to get him killed.

In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America...and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it's a mystery with only one answer the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.

Take another thrill ride with Jack Reacher.
©2009 Delacorte Press; (P)2009 Random House

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Good but not his best

I love the Jack Reacher stories. I especially like the reader for the stories. Makes the stories that much more grittier. This story line took a long, long time to develop. Prepare yourself to wait a while until you get to who the bad guys are and what they are doing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Joanna
  • SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States
  • 02-18-10

Another Winner

For any fan of Lee Child's character Jack Reacher, it's pretty much impossible to not love any one of his books. In this book (the first one to my knowledge) Reacher acts as narrator of the story himself and it works well. Also, Child ventures into deeper literary territory in this book by bringing a geo-political backgdrop to the story. Reacher, as usual, is minding his own business when he gets mixed up in a plot that involves a long kept secret that is being protected by the DOD, the FBI, and a high-profile senator. The bad guys in this book? Al-Qaeda. Child delivers this plot successfully with strong research and some grueling realities of the world of terrorism. As expected, Reacher takes on this evil, abberant group with the same aplomb that he has with far lesser foes. Great book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Constance
  • Milford, CT, United States
  • 07-26-09

Dick Hill IS Jack Reacher.....

My favorite Dick Hill Reacher is from The Enemy but this one had its moments. The ending was really something.....I won't forget it anytime soon. Hill can be three voices at once and never drop the suspense. I do not know how he does it. Great work guys!!!!!!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Zane
  • Fallbrook, CA, USA
  • 07-24-09

Slow Start, Good Ending

We're all getting older including Reacher. To me he has lost 1/2 a step since Killing Fields. The 2nd half of the book "took-off" and Reacher prevails the way only he can. Dick Hill IS Jack Reacher. Superb as always. I'll give it 3.5 stars. Thanks Lee.....keep it coming.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Typical Child/Reacher Story

While not the best of breed, it is generally quite good. Much better than some of the other options out there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A bit boring, esp the beginning and last few hours

My first Reacher book. I found the book too slow, with too few characters. My take on the book is that it is a long 14 hour chase with revenge as the motive. Very minor plot twists, a GREAT 7 hour story, a long long 14 hour audio book. This is one of the few books I wished I would have bought the abriged version. I suspect I would have liked that much better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • WHITE PLAINS, NY, USA
  • 06-27-09

Could not Finish

I've listened to over 200 audiobooks while driving and this is the first one I had to walk away from. After 2 hours I thought to myself... is this so bad because the reader is just bad or is the story equally at fault. After 4 hours, I knew it was both. I generally can't wait to make my daily drive to work & home with a really good story. I found myself dreading this one and had to bail after only a couple days. The entire book (well the first 4 hours anyway, I can't comment on whether it reverses its course in hours 5-14) is halting, uninspired, tedious and unnecessary conversation with lackluster characters. The reader serves to emphasize the dullness of the conversation. My first foray into Lee Child, probably my last.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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One of the best Jack Reacher books

The reader is the same as always, Dick Hill, but his pace of reading is so slow for the first couple of hours, I thought something was wrong with my iPod. The book grabs you right away and then there are a couple of hours of the plot being slow, where things just don't make sense. Then towards the end of Part I the book ramps up and you won't want to stop listening. This is Reacher at his best Great read (listen)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • United States
  • 06-21-09

Jack Reacher is back!

Thank you, Lee Child. This is the Jack Reacher book I've been waiting for. I was very disappointed in the last 2 books. I didn't even finish the last one. I thought the days of my favorite character were over. But Mr. Child delivers in this book. Great Jack Reacher book. Full of logic and thinking and intuition and oh, yeah... Reacher! So, if you're a Jack Reacher fan, download it today.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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You don't want to be Jack Reacher's enemy

This was the 3rd or 4th Jack Reacher book I listened to and it was up to par with the others. However I bet most listeners were like me and really wanted to get to the end to learn a key piece of information which was never divulged by the author. That was frustrating. The listen was enjoyable but without that information the overall plot didn't make a whole lot of sense.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful