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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Abridged edition (May 11 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590864115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590864111
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 10.5 x 3.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 172 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Child (The Persuader, etc.) brings back his intrepid hero, Jack Reacher, for another excellent mystery, which steps back in time to the eventful first few weeks of 1990. The Berlin Wall has just come crashing down, marking an end to the Cold War, and as a result, the U.S. Army is facing a massive restructuring of purpose and personnel. During this turbulent time, 29-year-old Reacher, an MP major stationed to a base in North Carolina, is called on to investigate the death of a two-star general found dead in a seedy motel. Veteran reader Wolf, who has given voice to Reacher in seven previous novels, slips easily into this character; his calm, thoughtful delivery fits perfectly with Reacher's contemplative first-person narration. Wolf uses his voice to draw listeners into Reacher's investigation, as the MP ponders each clue and follows a trail of cover-ups and murder to the highest echelons of the military. Although Wolf struggles a bit with his French accents, his narration complements one of the best novels in Child's series.
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*Starred Review* Child's eighth Jack Reacher novel isn't a classic thriller in the mold of its predecessor, Persuader [BKL Mr 15 03], but it's just as compelling. This time Child sticks closer to the police-procedural formula, lavishing on investigatory detail and building suspense gradually rather than propelling the reader ever forward with high-octane thrills. The story, which hinges on the death of a general in a lowlife motel outside Fort Bird, North Carolina, moves back in time to the early nineties, when Reacher was an up-and-coming military policeman. Trying to recover the dead general's briefcase, which contains sensitive information regarding the army's post-cold war plans, takes Reacher and his partner, an African American female, deep into the treacherous heart of military bureaucracy--and into a tragic by-product of the "don't ask-don't tell" policy regarding gays in the armed forces. In a subplot involving Reacher's mother, ill with cancer, Child also incorporates some fascinating backstory regarding Reacher's childhood as an army brat. Known for his hold-your-breath action scenes, Child proves equally adept at portraying how a criminal investigation uses the smallest of building blocks (a yogurt container) to construct a compelling circumstantial case. Combine that with finely textured relationships--always an extra dimension in this series--and you have a novel that takes Child in a new direction (more Michael McGarrity than Stephen Hunter) but does so flawlessly. Bill Ott
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By carl801 on July 4 2004
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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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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Format: Hardcover
Lee Child's latest excellent Jack Reacher offering is a prequel chronicling an emotional and conflicted segment of Reacher's military career. Reacher, a major in the military police and Army executive officer in Panama during the U.S. mission to overthrow Noreiaga is abruptly transfered days before New Years Day 1990 to Ft. Bird, North Carolina. He soon learns that other top notch executive officer MP's have inexplicably been transfered to new posts. Reacher's commanding officer, the venerable Colonel Garber has also been curiously restationed. It is a time of major change in the world. The Berlin Wall is about to topple and Communism is disintegrating creating a difficult transition for the cold war based U.S. Army.
Within days of Reacher's new posting in Ft. Bird, a two star general Kramer based in an armored division in Germany is found dead in a seedy hotel close to the base. He was in transit to a conference in California with his staff. Sensitive documents within his possesion appear to be missing. Reacher is summoned to investigate and led to a strip club bar across the way. His theory is that the general sustained a heart attack during an affair with a prostitute. In the bar filled with off duty soldiers, he questions a special forces sergeant Carbone.
Normally a married general expiring during an illicit tryst would probably be covered up to protect the reputation of the senior officer. However within days, General Kramer's wife and Sgt. Carbone are both found brutally bludgeoned to death. Reacher now has a major problem on his hands. Without the backing of his trusted C.O., he joins forces with a capable young female African American lieutenant Summers to help him decipher the murders.
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