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Jack Reacher walks alone. No job, no ID, no last known address. But he never turns down a plea for help.

Now a woman tracks him down. A woman serving at the very heart of US power. A woman who needs Reacher's assistance in her new job. Her job? Protecting the Vice-President of the United States.

©2002 Lee Child (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks

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  • K
  • Australia
  • 10-04-15

Great Story Concept

You never think that personal protection could be so complex and challenging. Lee Childs, through Jack Reacher, looks at protecting the vice president(Probably why they call it fiction). Once you get past the nearly, laughable concept that a guy off the street can be used as a security consultant, the plot unfolds into a solid story where Jack Reacher lives in the echo of his brother, looking at revenge and love.

Solid and enjoyable story and the audible presentation is brilliant.

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  • Mr Rupert Seymour
  • 06-28-13

Listen to the details ... perfection in words

Lee Child is a master story teller and Reacher is the means by which we see this.
The story comes across slowly, it's never forced into action though you are aware that simplicity has retreated and the strands of something very complicated are emerging. Lee Child's skill for observation is the glue that binds thought and action together. It's the small details that bring colour and understanding of his characters into a unity. This book is excellent.
All this together with the voice of Jeff Harding makes for compelling listening.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-15-15

Uninteresting, far fetched story

Probably my least favourite Reacher story. Not really fast moving, The female secret service character was very annoying. Doesn't inspire confidence in the rest of the stories.

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  • Carôle
  • 02-19-15

A Simply Brilliant Reacher Novel

I love Jeff Harding's narration; I love the flawed, yet individually perfect character of Reacher; and I love the diversity of these situations that Lee Child weaves into a highly credible story.

Previous reviewers have been critical about Reacher's involvement with his brother's ex, but I consider it a very real world, typical, likely turn of events. The Reacher character is not holy, moral or chaste. He's never been portrayed in that way; he could never have survived these various situations if he were!

He has his own code of justice and morality. We enjoy viewing it through his eyes, living through his thought processes. What do I like best about him? "Reacher said nothing." He's quite a wise man…

Enjoy this, you'll learn a lot about him and his brother Joe.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Geeza Fett
  • 07-04-14

Wonderfully implausible nonsense

What did you like most about Without Fail?

Our hero's absolute commitment to the cause and this story's showcasing of his knowledge and background

Would you recommend Without Fail to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, because if you're reading the Reacher series, why would you miss one out, even though this isn't the best I've listened to so far

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

Harding has a very good voice for narration and tempo

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

Not particularly

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  • Linda Carroll
  • 06-13-15

Jeff Harding is Reacher!

I have loved all recordings with J H as narrator simply because he is also an actor who creates a splendid mind image of the story.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandra
  • 01-09-14

Learning more about Jack Reacher!


Meeting his dead brother's ex-girlfriend/lover and forced to talk about him, Reacher develops enormously as a credible character in this book.

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  • Mr. S. Hyams
  • 07-23-13

Brilliant and compulsive

Recent convert to Jack Reacher novels ...ignore the film with Tom Cruise.
Think Raymond Chandler on steroids. Well thought out story with twist and turns as new evidence comes to light. ...not managed to guess the outcome yet of any of the stories.
Like the intricacies and characterisations, very well voiced by Jeff Harding, now my preferred reader.
I now know a lot about weaponry and ways of killing people!

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  • T
  • 01-28-14

Dragged a little

Def not one of the best. Unusually this book didn't have the punch some of the other books are over flowing with. It had its good bits but only some and the chapters felt too long for me. The female love interest although every man would have probably done the same thing it was a little morally disappointing coming from 'the hero' we all can't be.

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  • Edward Murphy
  • 11-25-17

Gripping ... to the end!!

I am hooked on Reacher! This book was expertly researched and written .... Jeff Harding brought the characters to life! Heartbreaking at times but for me the best Lee Child yet!

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  • Iain
  • 11-15-17

One of his best.

At last jack Reacher doesn't know everything. One of the best since the first book. Without fail is worth the purchase.

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  • Bleech
  • 11-08-17

Good

Jeff Harding once again does a solid job of narrating this classic Reacher story.

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  • sharee
  • 07-13-17

excellent

another excellent jack reacher story.
loved every minute of it. can't wait to start the next

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-22-17

Jack at his best

It was great to see Jack Reacher was working with the good guy's this time not trying to prove he isn't a bad guy

Anthony

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  • Stuart
  • 03-20-17

Excellent

Brilliant novel. As good as any Jack Reacher novel I've read so far. Cannot recommend this series highly enough.

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  • Jason
  • 02-20-17

His best work!!

Excellent story, Brilliant tension - thoroughly enjoyed from start to end. My favourite Jack book so far!

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  • Roxanne
  • 02-17-17

Great story great characters

A good book set in interesting locations . Good characters that you can connect with.

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  • John
  • 09-29-15

great story

a great story, easy to listen. narrator could have a little more enthusiasm in his voice i felt but overall very well read.

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  • Micheal
  • 07-07-15

Not his best but still pretty good

I love the Jack Reacher books I've read so far. This was the first I'd listened to. It was a good solid story but maybe not quite enough action. I was disappointed at all, just not as good as previous Reacher books.

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  • Benjamin
  • 02-04-15

6 down, one of the best yet.

Enjoyed this one, it was classic Reacher & Harding's narrative is spot on. Potentially best of the six I've read thus far.