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Without Fail (Jack Reacher #6)

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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  39,691 ratings  ·  1,126 reviews
�As the ultimate outsider, Reacher brings a fresh, if cynical, perspective to a world that he never made � and can�t wait to escape.� � The New York Times

�[The] plot is ingenious�This is a superior series.� � The Washington Post Book World

�Relentlessly paced�and absolutely mesmerizing.� � Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Skilled, cautious, and anonymous, Jack Reacher is perfect f
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Published April 10th 2003 by Brilliance Audio (first published May 13th 2002)
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Sara
I like Reacher. I really do. But Lee Child creates the most flawed scenarios and it drives me batty sometimes. Reacher has been recruited to help deflect an attempt to assassinate the new VP.

Now, if we are to believe this story, the Secret Service is employing idiots. For example, Reacher specifies a church tower that could be used by a shooter. Does the SS put a man in the tower to prevent the possible use by an assassin. Or even to be able to see any other possible danger. No. The lead SS age
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Gem
I was pretty disappointed with the 6th book in the Jack Reacher series. The first few were brilliant - fast, furious and somewhat believable despite the larger than life protagonist and plot lines.

Without Fail lacked most of the drama that we have come to expect from Lee Child's thrillers. The plot didn't tie up (I won't spoil it, but the antagonists had a very poor motive for killing the VP).

There is also one massive plot hole that doesn't add up. It was to do with the 'messages' and one parti
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Heather
I bought this book when Cody's - historic, tragic Cody's as anyone in the Bay Area knows - was going out of business. It was 40% percent off, and I was casting about for the type of book that would magically unlock the keys to moving plot forward and making pages turn since, ahem, I was having some slight trouble in that regard. I don't know if I learned anything in the craft dept other than that Jack Reacher is an awesome badass, stone-cold professional, crafty and smart hero who actually made ...more
Abel Keogh
If you haven't read any Jack Reacher novels. This is a great place to start. The only thing that stopped this book from getting 5 stars was Child's appalling lack of knowledge about Wyoming.

Near the end of the novel the protagonist, Jack Reacher and a colleague Frances Neagley, are on his way to the fictional town of Grace, Wyoming which is a couple hours north of Casper – a town I lived in for two years. Reacher and Neagley take a plane to Denver and decide to drive to Grace.

Child describes t
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Mark Chisnell
I’m a huge fan of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, and I think I might have mentioned previously that they were the inspiration for some aspects of Powder Burn and my new ‘Burn’ series. So I needed no encouragement to pick this one up when it was also chosen as a Goodreads group read. And as usual, I wasn’t disappointed.

Jack Reacher appeals to the angry and vengeful core in all of us – there are no judges or juries in Reacher’s world, just violent retribution dispatched swiftly, without compunct
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Jane Stewart
3 ½ or 4 stars, can’t decide. Reacher didn’t beat up as many thugs as I would have liked, but I still enjoyed it.

STORY BRIEF:
Someone is threatening Armstrong, the newly elected Vice President. Froelich is in charge of the Secret Service team protecting him. She used to date Reacher’s brother who told her about Reacher’s talents and abilities. She hires Reacher to test her security and then to help with the current threat. Reacher hires one of his army buddies to help.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
Another g
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Molly
Have you heard of Jack Reacher? He's become a favorite among a handful of people I know. We were each introduced to Reacher at one time or another by the same person, who conveniently has almost every book written about Reacher.

Lee Child's brainchild is a gargantuan man, ex-military, a nomad, and deadly (both to enemies and to women). In previous books, he would tell time without looking at a watch. But in Without Fail, he was constantly depending on his watch. Confusing. Also, this one is less
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Eric Kibler
I'm gradually reading the Jack Reacher books in order, and this is the sixth. After making it through nearly half the extant books, I'd have to say that the other Jack series (Repairman Jack by F. Paul Wilson) is the more consistently entertaining, that is if you don't ...mind a little supernatural horror with your vigilante action. The previous Jack Reacher outing, Echo Burning, was a superb Texas gothic tale. But this one strains credibility in a couple of ways. First, I don't buy the motivati ...more
Jerry
Fine 6th Jack Reacher -- Secret Service thriller !!

We have read the entire Lee Child / Jack Reacher series, so obviously we enjoy these action packed thrillers about nice guy, smart guy, ex-MP Reacher. "Without Fail" is no exception, and a fast start -- a near-miss assassination attempt on Vice President-elect Armstrong -- soon leads the Secret Service to haul in Jack to act as a consultant and help them try to penetrate their security surrounding the veep so that they can plug any loopholes. Us
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Kathy Davie
Sixth in the Jack Reacher suspense series revolving around an ex-military policeman whose brother believes in him completely. His mandate? To assassinate the Vice-President.


My Take
It's definitely a Reacher with his deductive abilities, but there's something missing in this one for me. It might've been the suits...

M.E. was clever in the way she found Jack.

I do enjoy reading Reacher's analysis of situations and people. The way he assesses the threat and calculatingly determines the best approach t
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Harry
I'm going to add the same review for all of the Reacher series, so if you've read this one, you've read 'em all. If you feel a certain affinity for the lone hero, a man of principle, of unwavering knowledge and assent as to his own actions, than Jack Reacher's your kinda guy.

Lee Child has created an unforgettable and unique character in his creation of Jack Reacher. Jack seems to implicitly understand that he is a unique animal/human running around on this planet and that in spite of social con
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May Wong
Jack Reacher is a man’s man, but also a woman’s man. This is the enigma. He lives by his own code of conduct; a law unto himself. He believes in taking an eye for an eye, especially in retaliation for the death of someone he cares about (but not necessarily). Jack is judge, jury, executioner – fans might say “avenger”.

The characters that Lee Childs paints are so nasty; they do not seem to deserve our understanding and certainly not our forgiveness. But do they not deserve the rule of law? Where
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James
The next in the series, and Jack Reacher time has come around again. This time Reacher is approached by the Secret Service to perform a secret audit of their protetion detail for the vice president elect. Reacher realises immediately that there's going to be more to it than that – in fact, Reacher audits the protection so quickly that it doesn't even make it into the book, instead he briefly describes his report to the agent in charge, M.E. Froelich.

We're reintroduced, indirectly, to Reacher's b
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Erik
The 6th novel in the Jack Reacher series was published in early 2002, but had to have been completed before the events of 9/11 because there is no mention of any heightened security anywhere. That being stated, I was disappointed in one aspect of this novel; (SPOILER) Jack Reacher is recruited to work closely with the CIA's detail in charge of providing security for the Vice President-elect. But throughout the story, Reacher, who doesn't own anything but the clothes on his back (and even those a ...more
Aaron
While reading this installment of the Jack Reacher series, I remarked to my fiancee that this just might be the best one so far. She lauhed at me, and chided that I have said that for every one that I have read so far. She's right. I probably have.

But, to me, that's the beauty of this series. It's fun to see the progression, not just in Child's plotting but in his writing in general. It would be difficult, I would think, to keep outdoing your own cleverness. That's one of the dangers of writing
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David
If you've been following my reviews very long you know that I am a HUGE fan of this series by Lee Child. Without Fail wasn't quite as strong as the others I've read thus far.. but still a pretty good read.

A Secret Service agent does the impossible-- she tracks down Jack Reacher (she used to date his brother Joe) She is the head of the security detail for the newly elected Vice-President and she asks Reacher to to examine if her operation is truly protecting the V.P. Reacher shows her some holes
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Nette
Well, this was a pleasant surprise. It was chosen by someone in our office book club and I thought, ugh, isn't this guy one of those Tom Clancy/Robert Ludlum clones? I was expecting terrible dialogue and a lot weapons porn ("He shouldered the TEK45 version 4.5 missile launcher and snapped in the the specially modified Glockenspiel drone detector, stolen from a former KGB armory in Turkistan") , but it turned out to be a clever, twisty thriller. It reminded me a bit of a Thomas Perry novel becaus ...more
Robby
Sep 28, 2013 Robby rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All (esp. Jack Reacher Fans)
Recommended to Robby by: Goodreads Friends
This is #6 in the series. A very good read. I enjoyed the premise of having Jack Reacher taking the job to assassinate the vice president of the United States. Theoretically that is. He is asked to do this by a female (M.E. Froelich) Secret Service Agent who is heading up the vice president-elect's protective detail; to find the holes in her system. Well that's the basis of the story anyway but from there things tend to escalate as is par for any true Jack Reacher storyline. Looking forward to h ...more
Steve
A compelling installment in a high-velocity, entertaining series. This one seemed slightly different from some of its predecessors, with the plot line being less driven by chance and more by design/recruitment (which, frankly, makes more sense to me). Inserting Reacher into a Secret Service operation/situation was interesting, and it worked out pretty well (in terms of story line).

The sustained tension/drama is the defining feature of the book (and, from my perspective, the series). Child begins
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Phil
Toni Morrison has set me free.

Not in the "Oh, her Beloved is a Masterpiece! I'll never be the same again!" kinda way. But this Harvard professor, Nobel winner admitted that she reads consumes loads of mysteries. So my dirty little habit is validated.

Lee Child is a writer with an austere mind. I like that glimpse into foreign territory. His characters are also logical and nimble enough to surprise. Jack Reacher, the protagonist of his books, was an elite ex-military cop. He's now a vagrant by pre
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Larry
Reacher is so unpolished that one sometimes wonders how he reached officer grade O-4 (Major), which would imply managing a wardrobe, knotting a tie, and displaying minimal social skills in the officers' mess and at the CO's annual Christmas party. It's not that Jack is a Neanderthal; he just doesn't care to run with the rest of the lemmings anymore.

In WITHOUT FAIL, M.E. Froelich, who heads the Secret Service protection detail for the newly elected Vice President, Brook Armstrong, hires Reacher t
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Kellie
#6 of the Jack Reacher Series-I struggled to stay interested in this book through the middle. Then, the action picked up a little bit but it was still a bit slow. I like the Jack Reacher character. He is mysterious, dangerous, and sexy all at the same time. I think the plot was what I struggled with in this one. It wasn’t paced fast enough for me. The book started with Jack roaming again. He is on the east coast. ME Froelich tracks Reacher down and asks him to do an audit for her. She wants him ...more
Rose

I love the concept of Jack Reacher and have devoured many of the series in the past.

In this one Reacher's remit is to stop the assassination of the US Vice President.

As you would expect from Lee Child,the plot was well constructed (although the naiveté of the secret service personnel strained credulity at times). But although I enjoyed it,I have to say this is not one of my favourite Jack Reacher books. The pacing was rather slow to begin with. Also, I think the Reacher character was rather lost
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Mark Soone
Not my favorite Child/Reacher book so far in this series, and I would likely go 2.5 if that were an option and perhaps even just a 2 if this were a stand alone rather than part of a series that I very much enjoy.

This time the premise was very unbelievable as Reacher becomes a consultant for the secret service and if that is not far fetched enough he is given some kind of autonomous free reign over the entire department. Shouldered with helping the secret service defend the vice president, Reache
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Nagesh Kumar C S
I know everyone is going ga-ga over Lee Child and his unconventional hero Reacher. I may be in a minority, but that's just the way it is..
Too much of build-up, too much mystery and some perplexing situations, lot of puzzles to make it look a brainy thriller in the beginning, a dull 600 page inside and then a damp squib of a revelation as to the ID of the villains..Not delivering in the end, Mr.Child...This the third highly rated book i read of Reacher series( after The hard way, Gone tomorrow) a
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Corey Palyan
You do not need to start with the first Jack Reacher book to understand this new book. Lee Child does a great job starting the sixth book as if it were the first. Without Fail is a suspense thriller that leaves you questioning the out come as much as the characters involved in the story. Jack Reacher, an ex-military cop, roams the country homeless without identification, a cell phone or anything somebody could track. He is not without money though. In order to keep his identity unknown he throws ...more
Joanna
Okay, so these books are not perfect. They are not great literature, the characters are not much more than they have to be to serve the plot, and the plot sometimes doesn't make a lot of sense when you step back and look at it with a critical eye. But. Wowee, are they ever fun! This is a fabulous example. Jack Reacher is a larger-than-life hero with a bit of a chip on his shoulder, a need to romance a prettier-than-reasonable co-star, and serious attachment-avoidance issues. He rocks! He can sol ...more
Mary JL
Yes, I know---another Reacher book. I intend to read the whole series, so you will continue to see more of these If you are unfamiliar with Jack Reacher--and like well crafted mysteries, you should check into this series.

In this---the sixth novel of the series, author Lee Child tries something a bit new. The FBI wants Reacher to examine their plans for safeguarding the vice-president and see if he can find any weaknesses in their system. Preferably before someone else does.

Reacher is quite a bit
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Iris Blobel
O-M-G ... what a rollercoaster ride. Loved it! Though in a way short on action, it's a page turner from start to end.

Joe Reacher's ex-girlfriend, M.E. Froelich from the Secret Service asks Jack Reacher for help. Help in form of trying to kill the Vice-President Brook Armstrong. And he delivers - he finds the weak points in the protection of the VP.

Only then he learns that the threat is actually real and the hunt for the bad guy begins.

Mix a little bit of romance, yes, Reacher in a suit (!) and a
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Eric Wright
The Secret Service is receiving baffling threats on the life of the incoming Vice President. A female secret service agent hires Jack Reacher to find the holes in their protection. He calls in a long term colleague, and with the agent they quickly begin intense investigation of every possible lead and flaw in the system. The tension is almost unbearable. Who has the VP in his sights? Why?

Child, has spun a very detailed plot and requires intricate knowledge of security procedures. Having become
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Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a pr ...more
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