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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (17,676 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee Child Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jack Reacher Novels Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9780739357279
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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.

A decade post-military, 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
  • 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
  • “Electrifying…this series is utterly addictive.”

    New York Times

  • “[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.”

    Plain Dealer

  • “One of Child’s more satisfying finales.”

    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

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2008 Anthony Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 2/16/2014

    " I liked this one because it pairs Jack Reacher with a group of his of his friends, which is uncommon. And fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Bernick | 2/16/2014

    " Nice Reacher story; less gratuitous violence than usual and characters other than Reacher get some space. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 â™ ~Dawn~â™ | 2/14/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis | 2/13/2014

    " First half is a bit slow. The action picks up the last hundred pages and delivers vintage Jack Reacher. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth Niles | 2/8/2014

    " This was one of the better Jack Reacher novels from Lee Child. I read them all and looked forward to each new one, however, the last one, "Nothing to Lose", was pretty lame. At page 100(ish), I put the book down and had no desire to finish it. I will try his new one coming out in April but don't have high hopes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christian | 1/23/2014

    " This is the first Reacher novel where the breathless build up overwhelmed the ending. The central "crime" (for lack of a better word) kind of left me feeling "meh" about the whole thing. Still an enjoyable read, but this is also the first time Reacher has expressed any doubt about his life choices. I did not like that. Reacher is Reacher. He should never look back. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Favre | 1/20/2014

    " This was my favorite Reacher so far! Sure, Child creates new backstory for our hero, but it makes him more awesome than ever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack Jacobson | 1/19/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 1/16/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyable. This series is always a fun escapist read. You know, if you're comfortable with crazy amounts of violence and death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 1/12/2014

    " Typical reacher story, but makes me want to read more. Reacher is a comforting character with always something else to learn about him. He's the guy almost every man wants to be. Story was good and the twists were top notch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Imageseer | 1/11/2014

    " I hate to admit this in 'public' but I'm a sucker for a good gum shoe thriller! This is a really fun read. A group of eight ex special force tough guys/gals kicking their way through a mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Walker | 12/25/2013

    " Mathematical reasoning by Jack Reacher on display. Great plot and fine characters from his MP past. "

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

    " My new favorite mystery writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 10/22/2013

    " This book was really cool, i read it in 2 days. I loved the interaction with his old Army team. It was fast, exciting and kick-ass! Do Not Mess With The Special Investigators...... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 9/1/2013

    " I had not yet read any of the Jack Reacher novels - Wow, I'm going to find a few more! I do like the occasional shoot-em-up, blow-em-up story, and this one did not disappoint. I will put Jack Reacher on the same badass but likable list as Charley Castillo, John Raines and John Clark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 7/27/2013

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherrill | 4/30/2013

    " the story was ok, but drug on a bit to much for me, I did finish it tho. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanette | 4/10/2013

    " As always Jack Reacher kicks butt.Lee Child rocks with this series. Will read more for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe O'c | 1/3/2013

    " Outstanding; continuing character: Jack Reacher; Reacher reconvenes with former members of his old army group, after others from the group turn up dead; a plot to steal and arm missiles is uncovered "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 9/29/2012

    " This is the last Lee Child novel I read, but there are several others written previously - good mysteries and a great main character. Read an earlier one first. I like his work almost as much as Robert Parker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Strachovsky | 4/17/2012

    " Reacher returns with his old team in this page turner. Very suspenseful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 11/17/2011

    " this one let you know more about who Reacher is... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crescent | 9/14/2011

    " Now I have to admit, I'm kind of into the suspense/action novels...so if that's not your thing, then this book (or any other by this author) probably aren't for you. But I love Jack Reacher and Lee Child is a good author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Szegda | 6/7/2011

    " For ultra violent macho hero airport reads, this was pretty good. "

  • 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 dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.