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Persuader [Hardcover]

Lee Child
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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May 13 2003 Child, Lee
Jack Reacher.

The ultimate loner.

An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he’s moved from place to place…without family…without possessions…without commitments.

And without fear. Which is good, because trouble—big, violent, complicated trouble—finds Reacher wherever he goes. And when trouble finds him, Reacher does not quit, not once…not ever.

But some unfinished business has now found Reacher. And Reacher is a man who hates unfinished business.

Ten years ago, a key investigation went sour and someone got away with murder. Now a chance encounter brings it all back. Now Reacher sees his one last shot. Some would call it vengeance. Some would call it redemption. Reacher would call it…justice.

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Jack Reacher, the taciturn ex-MP whose adventures in Lee Child's six previous solidly plotted, expertly paced thrillers have won a devoted fan base, returns in this explosive tale of an undercover operation set up by the FBI to rescue an agent investigating Zachary Beck, a reclusive tycoon believed to be a kingpin in the drug trade. The novel begins with a bang as Reacher rescues Beck's son from a staged kidnapping in order to get close to his father--and trace the connection between Beck and Quinn, a former army intelligence officer who tried to sell blueprints of a secret weapon to Iraq but was murdered before he could pull it off. Or so Reacher thinks, until he spots Quinn in the crowd at a concert in Boston. As usual, Child ratchets up the tension and keeps the reader in suspense until the last page, although his enigmatic hero hardly ever seems to break a sweat. In the tough guy tradition, Reacher and his creator are overdue for a breakout, and this muscular, well-written mystery might be the one. --Jane Adams

From Publishers Weekly

The promo copy on the ARC of Child's new thriller proclaims, "We dare to make this claim: Lee Child is the best thriller writer you're probably not reading-yet." Hopefully the "six-figure" marketing campaign promised by Child's new publisher will make that statement obsolete, because readers will be hard-pressed to find a more engaging thriller this spring season. Child is a master of storytelling skills, not least the plot twist, and the opening chapter of this novel spins a doozy, as a high-octane, extremely violent action sequence sees Child hero Jack Reacher rescue a young man, 20-year-old Richard Beck, from an attempted kidnapping before the rug is pulled out from under the reader with the chapter's last line. The rest of the novel centers on the Beck family's isolated, heavily guarded estate on the Maine coast where Reacher takes Richard. Richard's father is suspected by Feds of being a major drug dealer and the kidnapper of another Fed, and also seems to have ties to a fiend who killed Reacher's lady 10 years before, someone Reacher thought he'd killed in turn, in a vengeance slaying. Tension runs high, then extremely high, as Reacher, ingratiating himself with the dealer and hired on as a bodyguard, pokes around the estate, looking for the kidnapped Fed and evading and/or disposing of in-house bad guys as they begin to suspect he's not who he seems. But then little in Child's novels is as it at first seems, and numerous further plot twists spark the story line. What makes the novel really zing, though, is Reacher's narration-a unique mix of the brainy and the brutal, of strategic thinking and explosive action, moral rumination and ruthless force, marking him as one of the most memorable heroes in contemporary thrillerdom. Any thriller fan who has yet to read Lee Child should start now.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW - What an adventure!!! May 22 2003
Mr. Child starts this book out with what appears to be a kidnapping and the killing of a cop. Is this the real story, I am not going to tell you here. I want you to read for yourself.
This book for me was one of those that had my stomach in knots and had me turning the pages one right after the next. Full of suspense and undercover type assignments in the present and also something that happened ten years ago.
This is the seventh book in the Jack Reacher Series. If you have not read one of his books before, I don't know that it would make a difference as any history that you need to know is told throughout the book. You might not get some of his quirks like only having one change of clothes, but I don't know that that is a necessary fact that you would have to know to get enjoyment from this book.
This is written in first person and in my opinion very well done. Persuader is an action packed and on the edge of your seat thriller. It makes for a very quick and fun read. All I can say after reading it is WOW! I love the good guy that does bad things to see that justice prevails. I also like the fact that Jack is a little dark at times and that comes from his background which you learn in bits and pieces from his other books in the series. I do enjoy the Jack Reacher character and also the wonderful storytelling ability of Lee Child. I can't wait for the next release in this series that has the name of Next Best Enemy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Run out of gas? June 30 2004
I've read most of the Reacher books. "Die Trying" was my first, and Reacher and the plot intrigued me. I went back and read the earlier one, "Killing Floor," and enjoyed it, too. In fact the first four were well above average for the genre. Reacher is an implausible, comic-book-hero type character. He gets into lots of interesting scrapes and intriguing situations -- always involving a beautiful young lady several years his junior with a very active libido. The books are action-packed but sometimes smothered in detail. The later books (especially "Echo Burning," his weakest) seem even slower and less engaging. My advice is to start at the beginning and read until you no longer want to know what happens next. Yes, I'm through with Reacher. John Sandford, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Nelson DeMille, James Lee Burke, Janet Evanovich, and Jeffrey Deaver are keeping me entertained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reacher aspires to exocise old demons June 30 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sauntering around the streets of Boston, ex-Army M.P. Jack Reacher inadvertantly encounters a ghost from his past. Francis Xavier Quinn, ex-Army lieutenant colonel based in intelligence had been caught treasonously selling military secrets to Syria in a Reacher orchestrated investigation. The arrest went sour, exacting a huge emotional toll on Reacher. An enraged Reacher mistakenly thought that he had dispatched Quinn with two gunshots to the head causing him to fall off a cliff into the Pacific. This chance meeting proved that to be incorrect.
Reacher calling in a favor from an old Army buddy, caused the raising of red flags when he asked for a license plate
check on Quinn's vehicle. A DEA team led by Agent Susan Duffy was in the midst of a sting against Zachary Beck, a reluctantly coerced underboss of Quinn. Beck a rug dealer was purported to be a drug kingpin. The team had already lost an agent, Teresa Daniel, working undercover at the Beck estate. The DEA convinced Reacher to work with them to help find Daniel, bust Beck and take down Quinn.
They staged a kidnapping of Beck's son Richard in which Reacher
rescued the boy and delivered him to the Beck compound situated on a remote Maine peninsula. Reacher gradually gained the confidence of Beck and became part of his security team. Part of that team was a Quinn crony named Paulie, a steroid muscled 400 pound gargantuan with a fricasseed deviant brain, placed there to keep Beck in line. All the while, Reacher working with the DEA team was plotting a scheme to savor the sweet taste of vengeance against the hated Quinn.
Having read all of Child's Jack Reacher series of thrillers, it's safe to say that I'm a huge fan of this talented author. Persuader definitely ranks among his best.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I liked Persuader best of the Jack Reacher novels I have read so far. The plot is more deliciously complicated with little twists, there's a better use for all of that gun lore, high tech makes brief appearances and the bad guys are more complex than usual. In addition, Mr. Child provides us with a nice back story that develops along with the primary story line.

This story revolves around serendipity. There's a chance meeting where Reacher sees a man who should be dead . . . and Reacher wants him dead. When approached by DEA agents for an illegal penetration of a suspect's operations, Reacher wants in to finish the job he started ten years earlier.

The story revels in the sort of twisted villains, monster guards, pitched battles, and intrigue that make the earliest James Bond books so appealing. As a result, you get gore with a cutting edge of sadism. I don't recall a book about a different type of hero that's so much like Bond in the action. Perhaps You Only Live Twice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal , Suspenseful and Spectacular! May 25 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
These three words describe Lee Child's Persuader, but you could use a lot more - terrific, heart-stopping, wonderful, but in all things it is a brutal story. The book is named after a very sophisticated assault rifle, and the book is aptly named since it is a very sophisticated thriller that will have you turning pages from the very first. This book is also unique in the Reacher series because we get to see a younger Reacher in it as well as the Reacher we have come to love (the loner). There are flashbacks to when he was a military cop, and it's interesting to see that. The guy actually does have a past. In this book Reacher is on a personal vendetta to get someone that he thought he killed ten years before. He meets all kinds of bad people, and on his way to exact his revenge he kills a lot of those people. He is faced with the most dangerous adversary out there - one who has really nothing to lose, but Reacher won't quit until he gets him. Hang onto your seats - you're in for a wild ride - and you won't be getting much else done while you're reading this book. It's a stunner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Typical Jack Reacher. If you are a fan then you must go back and re-read some of the older ones again
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3.0 out of 5 stars Superhero
He gets just a little dinged up in this one but still bests all the bad guys and a raging ocean into the bargain. Not bad research and quite accurate detail for the most part. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Photo-Op Dave
PERSUADER is the 7th book in the Jack Reacher series. I've have all the books with Reacher and have read them multiple times. However, Persuader is one of my favorite. Read more
Published 19 months ago by RJ Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Persuader by Lee Child
It was great in every possible way. Voice excellent - narration was superb. I'll be back for many more.

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