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The Enemy Audiobook

The Enemy

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Publisher's Summary

Jack Reacher. Hero. Loner. Soldier. Soldier's son. An elite military cop, he was one of the army's brightest stars. But in every cop's life there is a turning point. One case. One messy, tangled case that can shatter a career. Turn a lawman into a renegade. And make him question words like honor, valor, and duty. For Jack Reacher, this is that case.

New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina "hot-sheets" motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can't be controlled. Within hours the general's wife is murdered hundreds of miles away. Then the dominoes really start to fall.

Two Special Forces soldiers - the toughest of the tough - are taken down, one at a time. Top military commanders are moved from place to place in a bizarre game of chess. And somewhere inside the vast worldwide fortress that is the U.S. Army, Jack Reacher - an ordinarily untouchable investigator for the 110th Special Unit - is being set up as a fall guy with the worst enemies a man can have.

But Reacher won't quit. He's fighting a new kind of war. And he's taking a young female lieutenant with him on a deadly hunt that leads them from the ragged edges of a rural army post to the winding streets of Paris to a confrontation with an enemy he didn't know he had. With his French-born mother dying - and divulging to her son one last, stunning secret - Reacher is forced to question everything he once believed...about his family, his career, his loyalties - and himself. Because this soldier's son is on his way into the darkness, where he finds a tangled drama of desperate desires and violent death - and a conspiracy more chilling, ingenious, and treacherous than anyone could have guessed.

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

©2004 Lee Child; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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    USA 06-08-10
    USA 06-08-10 Member Since 2000

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    "He didn't reply...."

    This was my first Reacher novel and I really wanted to like it. I like the main character and the premise, but does the author have to continually state that the character doesn't respond to a dialouge or activity? I know it is nit picking but it drove me crazy and took away from what could have been a great story. Does Child do this in the other Reacher novels? I'd hate to get another one if he does.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Ridley San Deigo, CA USA 05-31-10
    Gail Ridley San Deigo, CA USA 05-31-10 Member Since 2016

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    "Very Engaging Content from Start to Finish!"

    Lee Child's Reacher series is one my favorites because of the great story telling by Dick Hill and the wonderful and believable characters in the story line. Reacher has this way about him... that is so sarcastically Reacher! I love it! It was great to hear about his mother and brother and his clear attitude about honor and loyalty especially when exposing the government corruption in this episode. As with some of the other reviews, I too found it hard to stop listening. I am so happy that there is a new Reacher book on Audible.com this month! Enjoy

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 07-17-16
    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 07-17-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A look back at the army days"

    The Enemy is Lee Child's 8th Jack Reacher novel. This time out, is a look back at Jack during his army days. What begins as an unexplained transfer followed quickly by the sudden death of a general, a missing briefcase, and a non-existent agenda evolves into a convoluted plot cobbled together by co-conspirators on the fly. At the same time, Jack must also deal with a serious illness with his mother and learns a family secret.

    All the attributes associated with Reacher are in evidence, his fighting skills, but mostly his deductive reasoning to piece together a complex web of seemingly unconnected details. There is also a good bit of high level warfare strategy directly relevant to the time period which encompasses the collapse of the former USSR which provides ample context for the substance of the mystery. Jack's penchant for doing what's right rather than caring about the law is also ably demonstrated. Child continues to provide fresh situations for this engaging, relate-able character.

    Dick Hill provides another superb rendition with an excellent range of voices and great pacing. This is another quick listen as both the story and narration move the action along quickly.

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    mary ottoson 11-09-08 Member Since 2015
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    "by far the best Jack Reacher Book I've read"

    An excellent book but once again the male reader should not do the female part in an attempt to make it more realistic. Get a woman to read the part of the females.

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    Donna United States 09-20-17
    Donna United States 09-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    l loved every page of this book. It was a great from the very first page.

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    Scott 09-17-17
    Scott 09-17-17
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    "Painfully slow"

    Starts strong. As with his previous five books, Child outlines a nice story but then fills it with muck. This story is so slow, my sloth fell asleep. Reacher is a terrific character and I give r-e-s-p-e-c-t to Child for creating a strong, male character with a great ethic who is politically and socially mainstream. Still, his writing focuses on whacky irrelevancies that fill eighth percent of the book. I don't give a crap how many fibers are in the rug when it has nothing at all to do with the story. Details are a great literary tool overused here for the purpose of pushing books out. I love some of Child's descriptions and insight and I wish I could commission a book where he is given the time he needs to write a good book instead of filling it with old mayonnaise and rushing on to the next one. I wouldn't be so upset if he was not a good writer. Talent wasted in the name of deadlines. I want a tighter novel, written with a better balance of detail and plot. I just can't take it anymore. I was reading the novels in order but now am relieved to see a new Vince Flynn novel. I'm back to Mitch Rapp. Lee, please give me a call when you get it right. Maybe I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt here but I think you have it in you to do sooooo much better.

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    Francisco Agraz 08-30-17
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    "Suspense-filled -satisfactory ending"

    Love it when Reacher "does the right thing" and now I have a better handle on one more reason why J. Reacher acts like he does. Read it to learn the Paris secret.

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    RXDOG 08-12-17
    RXDOG 08-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved the view into Reacher's past"
    Would you listen to The Enemy again? Why?

    Yes, I would! Great book!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Enemy?

    The look it gave into Reacher's family and past. Very intriguing.


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

    Solid performance! You can tell he puts his own flair into it.


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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 08-04-17
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 08-04-17 Member Since 2013

    Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!

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    "Quite the adventure!"

    I have not read all of the Jack Reacher books. I have also not read any of them in any kind of order. That being said, I have really enjoyed all of the Reacher books that I have read. The books convey a slightly different version of Reacher than the Hollywood movies portray. He is not 100% action all of the time, like in the movies. Most of his job is working as an investigator for the Military Police. A lot of talking to suspects and witnesses, and figuring out "whodunnit". Reacher is a great character, and there is some action where he gets to kick some butt. Those parts are great and exciting, they are just not the majority of the book.

    Great narration, and the overall experience was very nice. I will definitely look for more Reacher books in the future!

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    Chester Seymour 07-28-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Back when Jack was still a Major"
    What made the experience of listening to The Enemy the most enjoyable?

    If you are a Jack Reacher fan, you'll love listening to this story about back when Jack "none" Reacher was still in the Army.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I didn't see the end twist coming. I should have. Upon a second time through the book you recognize all the clues that Lee Child dropped in there for you. But I have to confess, I missed them the first time through.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Dick Hill IS Jack Reacher. at least in my mind. Even when I read a Jack Reacher story for myself, I read them in Dick Hill's voice.


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

    I thought this one had a great ending. I still can't believe I missed the twist. Looking back it should have been obvious.


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