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New Year's Day, 1990. A soldier is found dead in a sleazy motel bed. Jack Reacher is the officer on duty.

The soldier turns out to be a two-star general. The situation is bad enough, then Reacher finds the general's wife.

This stomach-churning thriller turns back the clock to a younger Reacher, in dogtags. A Reacher who still believes in the service. A Reacher who imposes army discipline. Even if only in his own pragmatic way...

©2004 Lee Child (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks

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Fascinating "Origins of Jack Reacher" novel

"The Enemy", the ninth Jack Reacher book, takes us back to January 1990, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, when Reacher was a Major in the Military Police.

One of the things I enjoyed about the previous book, "The Persuader" was the glimpses it gave me of who Jack Reacher was when he was in the Army. It left me hungry for more. Perhaps it had the same impact on Lee Child because "The Enemy is set entirely in Reacher's Army past.

"The Enemy" is a sort of "Origins of Wolverine" book. it deepened my understanding of how the Jack Reacher I met in the previous books came to be the way he is.

"The Enemy" explores how the US Army works via an investigation into the death of General. The plot is tight, complex and satisfying, spiced by conflicts with an asshole superior officer with an agenda and a larger mystery around a coordinated but unexplained large-scale re-assignment of Special Unit MPs.

I know nothing of the US Army other than what I've seen of their bases in Germany and the UK but I found Child's depiction of it convincing and compelling: the sheer scale of the organization as it was back then, the way bases are the same everywhere in the world, right down to the menus in the Officers' Club, the power of rank, the freedom to work the system, the complete lack of control on where and under whom you will serve.

I enjoyed seeing Reacher outside the US, in Germany (where the US bases make everything seem as close to home as possible) and France in which Reacher, son of a French woman, seems more at home than in North Carolina. I was fascinated to see how Reacher behaved with his older brother, a man who was killed in the first Jack Reacher book, "Killing Floor" and who's ghostwad evoked in the sixth book "Without Fail" when Reacher is approached by his brother's ex-girl friend.

Reacher in 1990 seemed less damaged and less lost than the Reacher in the other books. The Army and his family give him stability and a sense of purpose. It becomes clear how the loss of these things would change him for the worse.

But the 1990 Reacher is still recognisable. The things that make him scary are already present: his tendency towards violent confrontation, his inablity to let things go, his habit of using others to achieve his own agenda and his willingness to appoint himself as both judge and executioner. The things that prevent me from writing him off as a psychotic thug are also there: hisdrive to do the right thing, his willingness to take the consequences for his actions and his strong desire to keep the Army the way he thinks it should be.

"The Enemy" is a well-written period criminal investigation novel that would be attractive as a stand-alone novel. The insight's that it brings on Reacher's origins move it up into a compelling read and encourages me to thank that the Reacher novels will continue to get better, which is good news as I still have eleven more to go.

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  • Steven
  • 12-04-13

Another brilliant Jack Reacher book by Lee Child

Where does The Enemy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Enemy is of a very high standard and very much like Lee Child's other Jack Reacher books, an in-depth journey into Whitehouse politics and murder

Who was your favorite character and why?

You cannot rate anyone in a Jack Reacher book any higher than Jack Reacher himself. A very convincing portrait of an ex-army policeman with all the skills, knowledge and experience of someone who grew-up as an army child

What does Jeff Harding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I believe Jeff Harding is one of the greatest US voice-over artists that has ever been used to read USA-based audio books. As a blind reader of thriller audio books, I have listened to a large number of his audio books and I marvel at his capacity to not only make the books interesting but to read in so many different voices and dialects, even British English on some occasions! I rate Jeff as one of the best.

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

Without giving much away, the scene where the vice President was visiting a homeless shelter to serve lunch was the most moving part of the book

Any additional comments?

I rate this book as one of the best in the Jack Reacher series.... although I must say, I have already read seven and they are all brilliant

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Marcus
  • 12-03-13

Another good Reacher Novel

What did you like most about The Enemy?

The story was well planned out and kept me guessing.

What did you like best about this story?

Jeff Harding narrating made it all the more easy to listen to, he is the best.

Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favourite?

Jack Reacher.

Any additional comments?

Another great Jack Reacher novel. The plot was interesting and action packed. If you like the series or the genre you'll like the enemy, a real listener/page turner.

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  • Peter
  • 07-07-13

Another excelent Jack Reacher novel.

With a gripping story line and excellent narration this was another excelent thriller from one of the best modern writers of today. This is my third Lee Child audio book in a row and will probably be my next choice when my next credit comes due.

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  • Tobias
  • 03-13-14

"I said nothing!"

If you could sum up The Enemy in three words, what would they be?

I said nothing!

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

The annoyance I felt at his disregard for Army protocols which seemed out of character but perhaps a means to an end in terms of the wider plot.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The dinner scene in Germany

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Never has such an engaging story had so many statements saying that he/she/they/we/I said nothing. Although the story didn't take a genius to figure out the perpetrator(s) it was clearly going to be tough for Reacher to do his thing. At first I thought thi

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  • Sandra
  • 02-03-14

More about Jack Reacher


Memorable characters, a superlative, thought-provoking story about the times in which we live, and superlatively read.

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  • sarah
  • 10-31-17

Brilliant

Another thrilling read. I love these books and it's so good how easily you can get back into the story after putting it down.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-27-17

Good story

it was a good story and told well. I would recommend this book to a friend.

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  • Kamal
  • 10-09-17

Another great listen

Enjoyed the slightly different story - being told from Reacher’s time inside the military.

Standard brilliant writing expertly delivered.

Would recommend. But hey if you’re reading this review you already know how good the series is.

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  • Amish Shiz
  • 09-22-17

Great Story

I really enjoyed the variety of the voices. It always makes the story more enjoyable if the voices are believable

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  • JT
  • 09-04-17

gripping

as expected, great listen, on to the next in the series and I hope it's just as good.

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  • Donna
  • 11-29-17

Outstanding!

The Jack Reacher series is excellent and Jeff Harding is my favourite narrator! Thanks Lee!

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  • peter brazel
  • 11-12-17

The Enemy or you can say this is your life Reacher

I loved the book, this one will I will not give out a spoiler, but to understand the importance of who the person was and how, , that'sthe story.
Lee Child, Awesome author.
Read by Jeff Harding, he gives the novel and characters life, 10 out of 10.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-17

Interesting Plot

Enjoyed this I did work out the killer but for the wrong reasons, emotional finish

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  • Diana
  • 05-25-17

Great book

My husband and I are so enjoying the reacher books ! Read about four so far ...

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  • Gary
  • 02-01-17

Not much of a story

Was OK to pass the time at work, but story lacked substance. Felt like the parts about his mother were added as fill in because the book was short.

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  • Hugh
  • 07-24-16

Listen to / read this one first

I came back to this one for my second listen having read / listened to every other Jack Reacher story at least once. I enjoyed this even better the second time around. I feel I know the main character so much better now and rate The Enemy very highly. It has so much more meaning now and puts many of the other stories into perspective. I love Lee Child's writing style and the Jack Reacher series is one of the best in modern times. I thoroughly recommend this story and all of the other 19 or so in the series. Enjoy!

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  • SDB
  • 11-13-15

The best so far

I enjoyed The Enemy very much. It has been the best one so far. Particularly the setting......Reacher's days in the Military

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  • Micheal
  • 09-06-15

Good background

Not much action but still a worthy read. Getting some insight into Reacher's character and why he does what he does is pretty helpful. Looking forward to the next instalment.

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  • Benjamin
  • 02-16-15

A less engaging chapter

Let me just say, Jeff Harding was his usual great self. He has become the voice of Reacher for me now and generally does a solid job with the supplementary characters. I'm very happy to see he has narrated the remaining books.

I felt the this eighth chapter lacked much pull for me. It was interesting to get a sense of Reacher's back story and time in service, but the actual story didn't get me going.

I'm not worried having thoroughly enjoyed 6 of the 8 thus far, I'm sure the 9th release will have me hooked again.

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  • Julia
  • 03-06-14

Another good Reacher read

Any additional comments?

Just wanted to note that this book is out of sink in the Jack Reacher Series, this story is about Reacher when he was in the Military Police, I still enjoyed it and it filled in some of the gaps for me <br/>