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3.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 5 3.88 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee Child Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jack Reacher Novels Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597102520
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Child has] the good. This author’s Jack Reacher novels pack a ‘Dirty Harry’ wallop…The Enemy is tight and effective…Even the minor characters in this book have a tough panache…[Reacher] emerges as a classic noir loner, and a very charismatic one…Lean, dynamic storytelling.”

    New York Times

  • “The military setting feels authentic and the dialogue dead-on…Riveting.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A thriller that gallops at a breakneck pace.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “A great addition to the series.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “The best showcase of Child’s talent to date…One of the best thriller writers at work.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • The Enemy sizzles with suspense and action. Child sets a breathless pace.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “A rip-roaring read from the first page to the last.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • “[Jack Reacher is]…the thinking reader’s action hero: a surprisingly tender combination of chess master and G.I. Joe.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Will keep you guessing.”

    Playboy

  • “Child has created a wonderfully tough, resourceful hero in Jack Reacher…Reacher is still one of the two or three most compelling figures in the new hard-guy, lone-wolf genre.”

    Daily News

  • “A fabulously suspenseful prequel…[Lee Child’s] best so far.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Textured, swift, and told in Reacher’s inimitably tough voice…Child has few peers in thrillerdom.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Compelling…Known for hold-your-breath action scenes, Child proves equally adept at portraying how a criminal investigation uses the smallest of building blocks 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, but does so flawlessly.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2006 Barry Award for Best Novel
  • A 2005 Dilys Award Finalist
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2005 Audie Award Finalist
  • Winner of the 2005 Nero Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan Wilson | 2/18/2014

    " This is a fascinating account of a case that defined Reacher's military career. Once again, he manages to unspool interesting threads in the days when the Berlin Wall was coming down and the Cold War was ending. This meant a likely shift in the composition of the army and Reacher finds himself in the middle of that transition. Child's book takes advantage of using a reflective lens to foreshadow the geopolitical future as we know it now. Overall, it's another winner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen the Librarian | 2/3/2014

    " This was on the bookshelf in my vacation rental, and since everyone seems to like Lee Child, I picked it up. Great read, and I haven't read any others in the series. I'm definitely going back to read the others. Good suspense and mystery; great military details for the novice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jitesh Mehta | 2/1/2014

    " another explosive book by lee child i loved it just like other books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaye | 1/27/2014

    " One of my favorites in the series so far. This is the book that explains how and why Jack Reacher will leave his career as a military police. It takes place while Reacher is still an MP. He gets an emergency transfer to a new base and ends up investigating the death of a general, his wife and a Delta solider. There is a bigger coverup going on but it is complex and interesting. Also nice to meet Jack's brother Joe while he is alive and working for the Treasury department. An added bonus for me were the scenes in Paris. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jefra Linn | 1/21/2014

    " Love ANYTHING by this guy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Ertz | 1/16/2014

    " I'm starting to go back and pick up the older Reacher novels that I haven't read. This is another strong story from Mr Child. It adds some to the overall Reacher mystique. Its weird now to read a book that talks about faxing and other 20th century technologies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Schlutow | 1/14/2014

    " This was an okay book. The book is set in the past when Reacher was in the army. The story help explains who Reacher is in the present, and how he ended where he did when he left the army. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeremiah | 1/10/2014

    " The tri-fecta: Inside man, unlikely romance, pointless subplot. Lee Child has a European's view of American institutions: they're all corrupt and evil and oppressive. It gets old. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 1/3/2014

    " I have gotten slowly moer fond of jack Reacher, the more I read--this one has him still in the military police, so he at least has a job that gives him an excuse for the kinds of trouble that he gets himself into along the way, and his repsonses are slightly more justified. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/24/2013

    " This was a really good mystery with plenty of twists and turns. Reacher was an engaging character. This was the 8th book in the series. But I didn't feel like I had missed 7 books o history on the character. Definitely going to read more in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Carswell | 12/9/2013

    " I really enjoy most of the Jack Reacher series, but this one was a disappointment. It was slow, and, well... boring. Nothing like what I've come to expect from Lee Child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 12/9/2013

    " I felt that this book dragged on and on and could have been cut in half. It was weird to read about Reachers Mom and Brother being alive. I wish this book would have been written sooner in the series to explain how he became ex-military and about his family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 11/25/2013

    " Lee Childs can describe bad guys and what they do so well.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina Stanley | 8/25/2013

    " Ripping good read. I gave this novel a 3 because I thought the main character, Reacher, acted out of character in a scene near the end (my opinion only). Otherwise, I would have rated this a 4. It's worth reading for the ride Child's takes you on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sunnan | 6/16/2013

    " I like all the Jack Reacher books- very exciting to read and in most cases,totally unexpected and thrilling endings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fernando | 6/14/2013

    " Interesting twist of police investigation in a military settings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 6/13/2013

    " I liked this one because it takes place during 1990 in the army. It gives good back story on Jack Reacher, his mother, brother, and career. He mentions in other books about making it to major and being demoted to captain and back up to major. This story goes over the demotion aspect. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bill | 5/13/2013

    " I thought this was the poorest book Child has written. Extremely slow, pedantic, and boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 7/11/2012

    " Love these Jack Reacher books, hard to put them down. Fast paced, believable murder mysteries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbie Watters | 4/10/2012

    " Eighth in the series, but goes back to the beginning of Jack Reacher's history. Good way to fill in the gaps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Carter | 1/23/2012

    " This book's a prequel in which we get to learn a bit more about Reacher's past. I enjoyed it quite a bit, particularly after taking a bit of a break from the series after tearing through the first seven books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie Shisler | 7/25/2011

    " I love Jack Reacher and this book did not disappoint me! So many twists and just when you think you've got it figured out, a new wrinkle shows up. Definitely did not see the ending coming! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian Holbrook | 6/29/2011

    " Different from what I'm used to but I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Millie | 5/28/2011

    " I love Jack reacher books and this one was grat. I couldn't put it down and it had me onthe edge of my seat until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 1/1/2011

    " Someone plwase get Jack Reacher a cup of coffee. Poor man is always in need of one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ajiek | 3/18/2010

    " Great story of REACHER, MY HERO!! "

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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.