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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (17,675 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee Child Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jack Reacher Novels Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9780739340684
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From a helicopter high above the empty California desert, a man is sent free-falling into the night…. In Chicago, a woman learns that an elite team of ex–army investigators is being hunted down one by one.... And on the streets of Portland, Jack Reacher—soldier, cop, hero—is pulled out of his wandering life by a code that few other people could understand. From the first shocking scenes in Lee Child’s explosive new novel, Jack Reacher is plunged like a knife into the heart of a conspiracy that is killing old friends…and is on its way to something even worse.

A decade postmilitary, Reacher has an ATM card and the clothes on his back—no phone, no ties, and no address. But now a woman from his old unit has done the impossible. From Chicago, Frances Neagley finds Reacher, using a signal only the eight members of their elite team of army investigators would know. She tells him a terrifying story—about the brutal death of a man they both served with. Soon Reacher is reuniting with the survivors of his old team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. The deeper they dig, the more they don’t know: about two other comrades who have suddenly gone missing—and a trail that leads into the neon of Vegas and the darkness of international terrorism.

For now, Reacher can only react. To every sound. Every suspicion. Every scent and every moment. Then Reacher will trust the people he once trusted with his life—and take this thing all the way to the end. Because in a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they’d better be ready for what comes right back at them…


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Quotes & Awards

  • Highly recommended ... One of the best books in the series. Library Journal, starred review
  • “Electrifying…this series is utterly addictive.”

    New York Times

  • It's easy to mock the testosterone of Reacher novels—until you read one. They're everything authors like WEB Griffin wish they had the talent to write. Rocky Mountain News
  • Reacher thinks and acts in nouns and verbs—no adjective need apply. He's a human missile; all you have to do is aim him. Palm Beach Post, Florida
  • “[An] action-packed thrill ride.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “A slam-bang yarn filled with Child’s usual terse life-and-death lessons.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Tension-packed…one of the most enjoyable of the Reacher thrillers.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “Should be required reading for all aficionados of the genre.”

    New York Sun

  • “A breathless, ultra-cool novel with relentless pacing.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “As usual in Reacher’s capers, practically nothing is what it seems, and the meticulously detailed route to the truth proves especially engrossing thanks to the joint efforts of this band of brothers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “One of the best books in the series.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Child remains the reigning master at combining breakneck yet brilliantly constructed plotting with characters who continually surprise us with their depth.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Perhaps there are action-lit writers more recognizable than Child, but the bet is that none of them will turn in a tighter-plotted, richer-peopled, faster-paced page-turner this year.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “With his spare and gritty writing style, Child again tosses his remote yet charismatic hero Jack Reacher into an all-too-personal case. With his own highly evolved moral code, Reacher is without doubt one of the most complicated and fascinating heroes around. Child is in a class by himself.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ Stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Once you meet Jack Reacher, you’ll be hooked, so be prepared to stock up on the series.”

    Amazon.com

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pygmy | 2/14/2014

    " A fine ensemble piece as Reacher sets out with a group of his former MPs to hunt down the people who are killing off members of his old group. I do wish we could get more background and character building for each of the supporting characters, as what I did see left me wishing for more. Amongst his peers and colleges, Reacher isn't always the best and the first, but they all round each other out in interesting ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 2/13/2014

    " Not one of the more exciting Reacher reads. During my reading, I found out Tom Cruise will be playing Reacher in an upcoming movie. Talk about terrible casting.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/21/2014

    " My third Jack Reacher novel. In this one the author reveals the military background of Reacher as he reassembles the old team. Entertaining, but don't expect complicated characters and be willing to suspend your disbelief more than usual. I enjoyed the example of team work and loyalty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Parthi | 1/10/2014

    " Starts very slow , with usual twists and turns in the middle , glides to final climax at a relentless pace . Generally Jack Reacher's Initial entry sequences will be racy and compelling, however in this book it is rather subdued and the Action really picks up in the later part of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Calli | 1/2/2014

    " I have several Lee Child books that I've picked up here and there at yard or library sales, but this is the first I've read. Grabbed to entertain me while the boys played games at the Fall Carnival. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 12/21/2013

    " Good read whilst on the airplane back to the UK. Usual Jack Reacher fare and an entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cat | 12/19/2013

    " I just love Jack Reacher, so have pretty much read every book Lee Child has written. Always an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Faith | 12/19/2013

    " Four characters in this one. Think I prefer the ones where he is the lone vigilante. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corey | 12/2/2013

    " Alot of fun to read with lots of twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya Lang | 11/28/2013

    " Such a dependable beach read, and such a page-turner. I brought this on vacation to Scottsdale and loved reading it by the pool--one of those engrossing books where you can't wait to come back to it and see what will happen. Way better than the James Patterson books... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 10/31/2013

    " Jack Reacher books are page turners...good series. Intersting characters. Detailed but not over-done. Can't wait to read more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 10/25/2013

    " another faB jack reacher novel. was nice to see a little bit of his vulnerable side when he was worried about what the others thought of his lifestyle and clothes. he is still my favourite man in the paperback world! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samra Muslim | 10/11/2013

    " Not the best Reacher book ... but still gripping enuff ... especially interesting to notice the changes in a US nomad's life post 9/11 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 8/6/2013

    " The reunion between Reacher and his team forces him to take stock of his nomadic lifestyle, making this story a deeper addition to a very popcorn series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 4/21/2013

    " A great read. The suspense keeps you on edge right to the very last page. Lee Child has performed an incredible feat, by writing an entire series on the situations Jack Reacher gets himself into. So far I've read seven of the books, and intend to read all of them (I hope). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack Jacobson | 3/10/2013

    " In the detective-find the perp world of fiction, I don't know of a better plotter than Lee Child. Gripping reading, very rational, with an unusually deep perception of how people think and function, both under stress and relaxed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mavis Thresher | 11/29/2012

    " One of the best Reachers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ankit Agarwal | 11/20/2012

    " A proper investigative thriller after a long time... my first reacher novel and I have to say that the author has you rooting for reacher just a few pages into the novel. Overall a good read but not excellent.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Macjest | 3/30/2012

    " Kind of reminds me of the A-Team, but in a good way. Retired Special Investigators from the military band back together on a case. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanna Deters | 10/5/2011

    " Typical Jack Reacher novel...full of suspense, action and a good read. I like this book because you get to meet some of his associates from the Army. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 8/11/2011

    " A very good story... a gripping plot with lots of twists and turns... as Reacher joins up with his old military unit. Someone is trying to kill them... and Reacher can't and won't let this happen. We receive more insight into Jack's past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natasha | 5/17/2011

    " Typical crime novel. Nothing to recommend above the hundreds just like it. Easy to read. Rather violent. Set in LA so nothing interesting there..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nana | 5/15/2011

    " Jack gets a coded message from one of the old gang of military investigators. One of them was murdered and several are missing. They start and investigation and won't quit until the problem is solved. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra | 5/3/2011

    " Well written and with a good rythm, but the characters are such (machist) stereotypes and the action scenes so predictable and full of unnecessary violence. Not recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 4/27/2011

    " Excellent book, kept reading and did not want to stop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 4/25/2011

    " This was the 3rd in a row of my Jack Reacher "binge". All really really good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J D | 4/25/2011

    " It was a good book, but not great. Story seemed to move slow compared to his later books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/21/2011

    " Lots of fun to read. You don't learn a lot (except maybe how to get revenge on an enemy) but it's a good time when you are reading it. Jack Reacher is a fabulous character. Really liked the settings in Las Vegas and LA. Felt right at home. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richda | 4/21/2011

    " Lee Child certainly knows how to get your attention at the beginning of his books. I found this one to be one of his more satisfying reads, and I enjoyed meeting some of his old army unit. I wonder what Reacher's body count is by now? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gordon | 4/20/2011

    " unlike the other Reacher novels I have read, in this one he joins up with his old Army investigations group and comes to the aid of others in the group. While some of the number games played were a little strange, I liked it better than the previous Reacher novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 4/14/2011

    " It took a while to wrap my head around it since I mostly read PNR. But overall it was good, good storyline, good plot, strong characters, with a pinch of humor thrown in here and there. If you're into military stories then this would be a good one for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 4/9/2011

    " Not as good as some of the author's other books in the series, but not bad either. I had a lot of time to read while traveling lately, so this helped pass the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 4/5/2011

    " All the Jack Reacher books are great. Quick easy reads with alot of action and a good story. Nothing to sink your teeth in, just pure entertainment. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rhonda | 3/21/2011

    " I have read a few other books in the Lee Child "Reacher" series and found them enjoyable. This one I read in two days and thought it was never going to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kacee | 3/19/2011

    " I love reading Jack Reacher books. Easy, fun, and entertaining. This one didn't disappoint "

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About the Author
Author Lee Child

Lee Child is the author of more than twenty Jack Reacher thrillers, including several New York Times bestsellers and number-one bestsellers. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero awards for Best Novel. All titles have been optioned for major motion pictures. He is a native of England and a former television director.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.