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The Enemy. Lee Child (Jack Reacher Novel) [Paperback]

Lee Child
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Enemy is a good thriller, but..... July 4 2004
By carl801
Format:Hardcover
...it could have been a lot better had the author done just a little research about the US military. Every page has at least one irritating factual error about the Army. The idea that the Armor (not Armored) branch and the Infantry branch would foment armed insurrection and kill people over a disagreement on tactics is ludicrous beyond words. In the US military, we do not salute indoors unless reporting for duty. No one was wearing chocolate chip uniforms in January 1990. Weapons are never kept loaded in an arms room, ever. K-bar knives are associated with the US Marine Corps, not the US Army. No Army post I was ever on logged people leaving the post, even at the highest alert stages. The Quartermaster Corps is not responsible for post supply. You can't get a hotel in Paris with an Army travel voucher, no matter who it's signed by. Nobody gets reduced from Major to Captain without a prison sentence or a discharge to go with it. An order to cover up a crime is an illegal order. Following an illegal order is a crime as well. All Army officers are trained how to deal with illegal orders. And BTW, in US English, it would be Twelfth Corps, not Twelve Corps.
I could go on, but as I say, it's a good thriller and I enjoyed it in spite of its shortcomings. Mr. Child, the next time you write about the US military, get an American familiar with the subject to review and comment, both on your facts and on your use of US English.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alpha male with a conscience May 19 2004
Format:Hardcover
I've read all eight Jack Reacher novels. The Enemy is not the best of the books - that would be Persuader - but if you enjoyed the others you'll certainly like this one also. You know exactly what you want from a Jack Reacher book and you always get it, which is more than you can say for many popular crime series. Unlike the rapidly deteriorating John Sandford or James Patterson books, Lee Child knows that readers like Jack Reacher just the way he started out - an alpha male with a sense of fairness, but no time to indulge in tricky deep character development.
The Enemy is a 'prequel' to the other novels - Reacher is still in the army, a young MP and rising star in the elite 110th investigative unit. Being in uniform doesn't seem to cramp his characteristic style that much - he still resists authority and does what he likes in pursuit of justice, helped by the best kind of female sidekick - attractive, talented and emotionally undemanding.
The Enemy does not entirely live up to its promises - the falling of the Berlin Wall adds surprisingly little symbolism or color to the book - it's like, in a far off land some wall is coming down, now lets get back to the story here. The plot seems repetitive in the middle, with a lot of driving here, there, back and back again for Reacher to glean obscure clues that he doesn't deign to share.
We get interesting insights into Reacher's family, although he seems very flat about some quite momentous discoveries & events. But, that's what he's like, and that's what we like. Reading this book right now (May 04), it's impossible not to wish there were a few real life Jack Reachers - decent guys with a conscience, but tough as guts - to fix matters up in Iraq...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Enemy-Lee Child Feb. 14 2014
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Easy reading story with action and as excellent as Lee can be.A very twisted suspense story with smart conclusoins! Lee does it again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best so far! Jan. 23 2014
By Zane
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I have read every book in the series and saved this one for the last. I have loved every one and am sorry that so far the series is finished for me unless Lee Child writes a new one. They have kept me from doing lots of things because I could not put them down! I hope they make more movies and that they pick a more rugged actor to play Jack Reacher, more like his description in the book. I am glad I saved this one because I think it was the best one. My only question is did he die?
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I've read all of his novels & anxiously awaiting his next one The whole Jack Reacher series is great, I'd recommend them all. The only problem is the movie. Jack Reacher is 6' 5" 230 lbs. Tom Cruise is 5' & maybe 150 lbs, Jack Reacher should be Dwayne Johnson instead,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read Feb. 20 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the 8th book in the jack reacher series and I have been reading them in order, so my comparison is with the previous books. I quite enjoyed the history of jack reacher in the army, instead of as a drifter. I did find this book not as thrilling as some of the other books, but still a good read. As always, Lee Child leaves you wanting to read the next in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book Aug. 9 2012
By Dodi
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typical Lee Child.. I like his work his books are all different and that's what makes me want to read them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very fun read. April 16 2012
By J Reader TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I have enjoyed all of the Lee Child novels I've read so far and The Enemy is no exception. Child writes in two genres; the action adventure style of The Killing Floor and the "Who done it" style of Tripwire. The Enemy fits into the category of the latter. It's a mystery with the type of dynamic flow that kept me guessing until near the end.

I've found that I prefer Childs take on the mystery more so than his action stories. The characters all seem a little more human, vulnerable. The Enemy shows how intellegent Reacher is. He's forced to think his way out of situations. The evolution of the story also gave me some more insight into his development. He seems to have an ability to detach himself emotionally from pretty much any situation and The Enemy gives us some insight as to how he became this way.

The Enemy has a fast pace and a plot that will keep you interested and flipping pages. The story is focused on the series of crimes being solved and some ongoing family issues. There are no distractions away from the main push of the plot. The concept could be viewed as a little weak but I'm no military man or army scholar so I bought the whole thing. I'm a Ludlum fan as well so I'm somewhat inclined to follow conspiracy stories without much question.

For anyone who's already familiar with the Reacher character. You will be satisfied by this exploration of his early years. He is pretty much exactly the same person as a militiary man as he is after discharge. Smart, bold and afraid of nothing.

For more Lee Child hits and misses check out my other reviews.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Early Look at Reacher as MP
The Enemy moves out of chronological order to provide a Jack Reacher adventure while he was still an MP. That's easier to do with an action hero. Read more
Published on Dec 6 2008 by Donald Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Lee Child Has done it again
Lee Child has become one of my favorite authors and I have read all his books. I really enjoyed this book because it gave some background into Jack Reacher, Lee Childs main... Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2005 by Natalie P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Jack Reacher is terrific
Superman lives!!! Trying to ignore the glaring mistakes of our military in all Lee Child's adventure stories, I have read every one of them and enjoyed them all. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Carol
2.0 out of 5 stars The wrong vechicle for this yarn
Child writes in in interesting manner and creates an appropriate amount of suspense, however, he should not have chosen the US Army for his vechicle -- because his knowledge of... Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Janet M. Mehl
4.0 out of 5 stars A Military Police Procedural
Those who have read any of Lee Child's previous 7 Jack Reacher books would already know that Reacher is an ex-army MP major who now drifts around from place to place and has the... Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by Untouchable
5.0 out of 5 stars just turned out better and better
the storyline, the scenario, the plot, the development, the progress are all getting better and better. the editing also improved a lot. Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by justareader
2.0 out of 5 stars Imagerman Review
I read a lot of political intrigue, but this book was so amateurishly written and so disappointing. The premise is good but poorly developed and the main character is but a trite... Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by D. E. Stephens
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