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The Enemy. Lee Child (Jack Reacher Novel) Paperback – Jan 6 2011


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam (Jan. 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857500112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857500113
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,907,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AnnaKarenina on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 6 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.

If you haven't read any other books in the series, you may actually like the series better if you start with this book rather than Killing Floor which was the first Jack Reacher novel written. If you decide to do that, then go back and read Killing Floor next and follow the chronological order of publication thereafter.

The most unusual characteristic about Jack Reacher is that he is so unconnected to people and places. The Enemy does a fine job of translating that quality into a military setting.

Mr. Child has decided to focus on an unusual period in recent military history: The moment when the Berlin Wall was falling. The story does a good job of developing how a military organization adjusts to its victories.

For those who want to know more about Jack Reacher, the book is also interesting for what it reveals about his family life.

The action in the story builds around the circumstances that follow the unexpected death of a general in a place where he wasn't expected to be found. Reacher is brought in to cover up the details to protect the Army and the family. But he's soon on the trail of crimes . . . and an officialdom that seems committed to covering up those crimes as well.

As usual, Reacher takes it on himself to find out the answers . . . regardless of orders and the personal consequences.

Anyone who has been in the military will delight in his many carefree challenges to authority.

The story itself is more than a little far-fetched, sort of along Tom Clancy lines. But the action redeems the lack of credibility in the story.

Have fun with this one.
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By J Reader TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 16 2012
Format: Mass Market 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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