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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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  • Thomas
  • Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • 06-16-17

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Would listen again
twelve more words to go before I can submit this review. whew!
There more words?

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A very compelling story!

"The Enemy" is sort of a flashback to an earlier time when Reacher was still an MP in the Army, and his brother and his mother were still living. So in this story we get to know some of the more personal things about Jack and his brother and Joe. Also this story is not quite as much of an action story as some of the others have been. But the mystery and the intrigue and the story it's self will not disappoint you. I think this one easily belongs in the top 3 or 4 Reached novels.

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good read

of course you do ask really? ? a few times, but that's part of the fun.

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Great book in the series

The Jack Reacher series Is a favourite. I've read most of the others and it's good to know that they all can stand on their own without having to be too careful about the order.
I really like how Dick Hill brings Reacher to life, perfect choice for as a narrator.
Now if they could nail down the right actor to play him in the movies.

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  • BDHumbert
  • Fort Pierce, FL, United States
  • 05-17-17

Love

Jack Reacher - the ones with him "on the road" are a bit better IMO - but this wasn't bad

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  • Robert
  • Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
  • 05-16-17

Teacher at his best

Great story and narration.....hated to hear the last words...loved the plot....well read by Dick Hill

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Not Flattering to the Military

The story is unflattering to the military. In my years working as a contractor during the Vietnam years, my experience was similar and different depending on the base. Child is correct in his statement about the rot nearer the top. Also, my experience is that sergeants are the key to any functioning operation.
All in all, a good story.

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Solid Reacher novel

I think I enjoy this style more and more when I listen to it. The character, Jack Reacher, grows on me with every book. There were some obvious twists in the plot and then some things you were not ever going to see. It was enjoyable. The ending is fitting, much more realistic than an always triumphant story, yet you still feel good about it.

I don't think Jack will ever find a woman he will settle with. He just loves doing the right thing and helping in his own way.

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A must read for Reacher fans

I have to admit that I came to this book through a long route. I exhausted every library recording opportunity I had to go through most of the other Reacher books. I'm not sorry that I waited, but there is a lot of backstory in this one that makes thongs in his future make sense. Good story!

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One of the best

I loved this book. I learned a great deal about Reacher's mother. She was very special. Since I haven't read these in order but have bounced around the series, I'm especially glad I read this one for that reason. Plus it was a good story anyway.