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Lee Child , Dick Hill
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May 11 2004 Jack Reacher Series (Book 8)

Jack Reacher. Hero. Loner. Soldier. Soldier’s son. An elite military cop, he was one of the army’s brightest stars. But in every cop’s life there is a turning point. One case. One messy, tangled case that can shatter a career. Turn a lawman into a renegade. And make him question words like honor, valor, and duty. For Jack Reacher, this is that case…

New Year’s Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina “hot-sheets” motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can’t be controlled. Within hours the general’s wife is murdered hundreds of miles away. Then the dominoes really start to fall…

Two Special Forces soldiers—the toughest of the tough—are taken down, one at a time. Top military commanders are moved from place to place in a bizarre game of chess. And somewhere inside the vast worldwide fortress that is the U.S. Army, Jack Reacher—an ordinarily untouchable investigator for the 110th Special Unit—is being set up as a fall guy with the worst enemies a man can have.

But Reacher won’t quit. He’s fighting a new kind of war. And he’s taking a young female lieutenant with him on a deadly hunt that leads them from the ragged edges of a rural army post to the winding streets of Paris to a confrontation with an enemy he didn’t know he had. With his French-born mother dying—and divulging to her son one last, stunning secret—Reacher is forced to question everything he once believed…about his family, his career, his loyalties—and himself. Because this soldier’s son is on his way into the darkness, where he finds a tangled drama of desperate desires and violent death—and a conspiracy more chilling, ingenious, and treacherous than anyone could have guessed.

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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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From Booklist

*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
3.0 out of 5 stars The Enemy is a good thriller, but..... July 4 2004
By carl801
Format:Hardcover 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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Reacher military career crisis June 14 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Words Cannot Express June 5 2004
I agree that the Jack Reacher series is arguably the best thriller series out there. It's certainly the most believable anyway. Even the villains in this series seem somehow to be people that you've heard of. Jack Reacher himself is totally believable. He is larger than life surely, but he has human failings and faults just like everyone does, and he's not afraid to admit them to himself or to others. This book is unique because it is a prequel. We see Jack as an MP before he was mustered out and before he started drifting. The descriptions of army life and tank battles are so vivid that I felt like I was there. Lee Child obviously knows what the US Army is like. In this book Reacher finds himself in the middle of a very far-reaching conspiracy. The more that he and his lieutenant Summers dig, the more Army dirt they dig up. It puts them both on the wrong side of the "powers that be" and they both are working outside the law in order to bring down some very high-profile bad guys. This is one of the best books that I've read with a conspiracy theory as the main plot focus. If you love Jack Reacher you'll love to read this book and see a younger Reacher and see a bit of where he comes from.
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Published 1 month ago by beheldocean42
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe give this one a miss.
Interesting plot but not much action....a lot of jumping on planes and going back and forth to Europe.
Not the best Reacher story I have read.
Published 1 month ago by Kathy
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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!
Published 6 months ago by James Cain
5.0 out of 5 stars The best so far!
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... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Zane
5.0 out of 5 stars I've read all of his novels & am awaiting his next one The whole Jack...
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. Read more
Published 7 months ago by aslakeview
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
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. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Techno geek
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
typical Lee Child.. I like his work his books are all different and that's what makes me want to read them.
Published on Aug. 9 2012 by Dodi
4.0 out of 5 stars Very fun read.
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... Read more
Published on April 16 2012 by J Reader
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.
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