5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story in the series!
This was a little different, working with the Secret Service as a consultant. Too bad about the girl - but had to happen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Is Jack becoming a social animal?
I'm attracted to Lee Child's novels because of the hardboiled and self-contained nature of his hero, Jack Reacher. After almost two decades as a military cop in the U.S. Army, Jack now wanders the U.S. with only the clothes on his back - no car, no charge cards - and a penchant for crossing paths with assorted villains. Very soon, the reader begins to feel sorry for the...
Published on April 29 2003 by Joseph Haschka
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story in the series!,
This review is from: Without Fail (Jack Reacher, No. 6): Jack Reacher Series, Book 6 (Kindle Edition)This was a little different, working with the Secret Service as a consultant. Too bad about the girl - but had to happen.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love The Story,
This review is from: Without Fail (Jack Reacher, No. 6): Jack Reacher Series, Book 6 (Kindle Edition)This is an other fine book. the hole series is just such a great read, and it's hard to wait for the next one
4.0 out of 5 stars good book.,
This review is from: Without Fail (Mass Market Paperback)again, in typical Jack Reacher fashion, the plot is one that keeps you guessing until the end. This is one of the better novels I have read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Reacher Gainfully Employed!,
This review is from: Without Fail (Mass Market Paperback)Without Fail is not going to disappoint fans of Jack Reacher. Lee Child comes up with a new setting for Reacher's persuasive combination of detailed analytical thinking and overwhelming violence. Actually the latter is fairly understated in this story, and our hero does not end up taking on two, four or six mindless heavies in a brawl, which seems to be the fairly normal scenario.
This time round there is a plot to assassinate the vice president elect, and Reacher and his female associate from the Army, Neagley are co-opted in by the Secret Service who are clearly struggling to bottom out the threat. As a novelty, and for the first time I can remember post his army days, Reacher is actually employed in gainful employment as opposed to drifting around, righting wrongs in his own inimitable fashion. Of course, we have the usual romantic attachment which surprisingly is not Neagley. This is fairly understated which I personally prefer to the rather physical and extended descriptions in other stories such as the more recent The Affair (Jack Reacher).
This is certainly a book which keeps you turning over the pages and whilst I normally end up rating Reacher stories at Four or Five Stars, this is, in my opinion, at the higher end. If I had a criticism of the plot it is only that I found the motivation of the would be assassins rather improbable, but maybe that's just me and in any case it does not detract from the tale which I thoroughly enjoyed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Reacher cannot fail.,
This review is from: Without Fail (Mass Market Paperback)A good story and well told. Classic Reacher performing as only Reacher can in stopping a plot to assassinate the Vice President of the United States. There is always something to learn in a Lee Child novel and this is no exception as you find out how threats to public figures are handled by the Secret Service, and how blindly following a policy can lead to unforeseen consequences. Laterally thinking, and unstoppable, Reacher brings the story to a dramatic conclusion in the winter snows of Wyoming. The ending contains everything I look for in a Lee Child novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reacher Reaches the Insider's Place,
This review is from: Without Fail (Mass Market Paperback)If you have read any of the Jack Reacher novels you know he's the ultimate outsider, someone who was an insider and now enjoys his freedom. In Without Fail, old ties bring him into contact with the Secret Service to protect the Vice President. Reacher finds himself tied down a bit too as his brother's ex-lover becomes attracted to the resemblances between them.
The premise of this book is strong. Take someone who is tough and resourceful and have them probe for security weaknesses. Reacher is obviously perfect for that role.
While focused on that premise, the book works well.
But it turns out there's a real threat . . . and it's frightening! In the beginning, this premise also works well. But the premise eventually breaks down into a series of plot twists that left me feeling disappointed with who the baddies are and why they are after the Vice President.
The book's ending is clearly the weakest part of the story. It's too bad. The book starts off quite strong.
If you don't like to read books that end weakly, I suggest you read the next book in the series, Persuader, instead. It's a much more satisfying offering.
5.0 out of 5 stars Without Fail,
This review is from: Without Fail (Mass Market Paperback)I so like Lee Child's writing and love his character,Jack Reacher.
Super,good read,as always.
5.0 out of 5 stars Reacher on the government payroll again??,
This review is from: Without Fail (Hardcover)Lee Child's "Without Fail" has a slightly different onset than his previous novels. Ex-MP major Jack Reacher, for once hasn't inadvertantly stumbled into a quagmire requiring his expertise and skills, he's being sought out. Secret Service agent M.E. Froelich is relentlessly pursuing him. Froelich, a former girlfriend of Reacher's deceased U.S, Treasury agent brother, Joe, has just been promoted to command the entourage sworn to protect Vice President elect Brook Armstrong. Apparently during pillow talk, Joe bragged that his younger brother Jack would be the perfect individual to test the efficiency of the protective Secret Service net surrounding a high ranking government figure.
Froelich, remembering Joe's boast and now being in a position to authorize this type of audit was seeking out Reacher. She ultimately convinces Reacher to secretly stalk the V.P. and try to uncover opportunities to broach security and do him harm. Reacher recruits ex-Army master sergeant and lethal and capable colleague Frances Neagley to work with him.
During their mission Reacher and Neagley discover that the audit was a charade. The Secret Service has apparently been infiltrated and there actually have been threats made on the life of V.P. elect Armstrong. At the urging of Froelich's boss, Agent Stuyvesant they join with the Secret Service to help eradicate this dangerous threat to security. Reacher fans can imagine what happens next!
Suffice to say that Lee Child is an extraordinary entertaining writer.
4.0 out of 5 stars Layer Upon Layer of Mystery and Violence,
This review is from: Without Fail (Hardcover)This is a complex thriller, and in it we see Jack Reacher a little differently than we have in previous outings. He has been asked by a woman who was involved with his now-dead brother to help her find weak spots in the Secret Service protection of a newly-elected Vice-President. This meeting with M.E. Froehlich opens up a little of Jack's history to us and the life that he and his older brother led while they were growing up as army brats in various army bases throughout the world. We also see Jack request the aid of a former co-worker from the army. Neagley is the female equivalent of Jack - brilliant, well-trained and oh so cool. Jack and Neagley make a formidable team. Not only do they find the weaknesses in the Secret Service protection detail, they hunt down and take retribution themselves on the bad guys that not only threatened the Vice-President, but who hurt and killed people who were close to them. Child's writing is spare and chilling. Yes there is violence, but it's not over-drawn and seems to flow as part of the story and helps build the terrible tension that is simmering throughout the whole book. His form of writing keeps the reader hurriedly turning pages to find out what happens next.
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