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The Hard Way (Jack Reacher #10)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  43,504 Ratings  ·  1,854 Reviews
In Lee Child's astonishing new thriller, ex-military cop Reacher sees more than most people would...and because of that, he's thrust into an explosive situation that's about to blow up in his face. For the only way to find the truth--and save two innocent lives--is to do it the way Jack Reacher does it best: the hard way....
Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, so
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Published (first published May 16th 2006)
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Jun 02, 2012 Rob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Jack Reacher virgin. Reading The Hard Way. Feeling he has to give Lee Child a go, just because every one else has. And his mother-in-law thrust the book upon him.

Jack Reacher. Star of The Hard Way. Kind of a cross between Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Littlest Hobo. Spends his time being right about everything almost all the time. Except when it's convenient for the plot. Seems to know almost everything, but he's never heard of text messaging. Can guess the time really really accurately. Go
Jul 02, 2012 Harry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 20, 2015 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
reacher doing it the hard way this was this first lee child book i ever read and i had to read all of them after that. five out of five stars all the way
Toni Osborne
Feb 08, 2009 Toni Osborne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack Reacher, book 10

Jack Reacher known as the best man-hunter in the world ends up helping Edward Lane, a well-paid mercenary, whose wife and stepdaughter have been kidnapped. Initially Reacher volunteers to help, as the case develops, things prove not to be what they seem. Alarm bells ring when he discovers Lane's previous wife was kidnapped and also during a mission two members of his crew were left behind in a foreign country...what is Lane hiding, what type of character is he?, can he be tr
Jane Stewart
Weak 3 stars. Not as good as other Reacher books. Mostly solving a mystery. Not enough action. But it kept my interest.

Reacher is sitting in a coffee shop and observes a man enter a parked car and drive away. Reacher soon learns that this man was a kidnapper picking up ransom money. Lane’s wife and daughter were kidnaped. Lane asks Reacher to help find them. Lane runs a group of military mercenaries for hire.

It’s mostly police style investigating. Not enough smart
Ahmad Sharabiani
The hard way (Jack Reacher #10), Lee Child
عنوان: راه سخت - کتاب 10 - از سری جک ریچر؛ نویسنده: لی چایلد؛ مترجم: محمد عباس آبادی؛ تهران، تندیس، 1395؛ در 539 ص؛ شابک: 9786001821974؛
Jun 21, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Hard Way is a classic Jack Reacher novel - great pacing, clues are there but you'll miss them until Reacher identifies them, and Reacher puts away a slew of bad guys by himself at the end. Generally, this is a fun read with all the elements you expect. Two things work less well than in a typical Reacher novel though. First, there's no real tension or believable relationship between Reacher and a former-FBI agent with whom he has several consensual romps. Second, the reader isn't made to care ...more
Maggie James
Dec 31, 2013 Maggie James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
It's hard to go wrong with Lee Child - I've not yet read a Jack Reacher novel I didn't enjoy. This one isn't as gripping as some of the others - 61 Hours, for example - yet it delivers everything one expects. Reacher's Sherlock Holmes-style deductions, his effortless strong-arm tactics with the bad guys, together with a fling with a female character before slipping away. OK, so that's the formula for all the Reacher novels, clothed in a different plot each time, but it works. An entertaining rea ...more
Kathy Davie
Sep 17, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Twelfth chronologically (and tenth publication-wise) in the Jack Reacher thriller series about a huge man with an even bigger sense of honor who will take down the bad guys.

My Take
This was another intense one. I do love how Reacher withheld and poked at Lane. How he pushed to get involved in the rescue of Kate and Jade. This man does not suffer fools! He already has a tendency to observe, calculate, and catalog and his years in the military police have provided him with a wealth of psychological
CJ Bowen
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Apr 27, 2017 Rosie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another good one!
Em "Reacher"
Feb 24, 2017 Em "Reacher" rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jack-reacher
Even though this book is called The Hard Way, Jack Reacher skillfully overcomes all his obstacles, be it a locked door or a gang of henchman, with great panache because he is Jack Reacher. In fact, there are only two instances where Reacher seems genuinely caught off-guard, and neither instance has anything to do with the plot. First, he is surprised by the general existence of text messaging. Second, he is surprised by a cell phone’s vibrating ringtone. It’s common knowledge that Reacher doesn’ ...more
Jan 23, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
It all began with someone opening a car door and driving off. Reacher witnesses this innocuous event, paying it little attention while spending time in New York City. When called upon to answer questions about the man he saw, Reacher soon realises that he may have witnessed part of an elaborate ransom payment. A woman and her daughter have been kidnapped and Reacher is hired by the distraught husband to help bring them home at any cost. While working with his temporary employer, he soon learns o ...more
May 30, 2015 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this one (again, the rating is for quality within the series rather than an absolute rating). You know what you're getting, though there was less of the violence this time, more police procedural in nature.


The twists? Figured them out almost at the beginning, yet Reacher only gets there on page 406. They seemed really obvious too, though I can't say they detracted from the reading.

I've not really paid much attention to how infuriatingly smug Reacher can be at times eith
Apr 22, 2009 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
Do you remember the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon-- Rocky would prepare to announce the next segment and Bullwinkle says "Hey Rock, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat." Rocky answers in disbelief, "Again, that trick never works!" As I started the next novel in my never-ending pursuit of completing this series of Reacher novels I had one of those moments where I wanted to say "Again? Jack Reacher is in the wrong place at the right time Again?"

While that moment in the first few pages of "The
Mary JL
Jun 01, 2011 Mary JL rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults fans of mysteries action and thrillers
Recommended to Mary JL by: I am a fan of this author
Shelves: mystery-horror
At first it seems simple: Jack Reacher sees the pick-up of a kidnap ransom. So Edward Lane wants to hire Reacher to track down the bad guys--and find his wife and child.

But those of us who are fans of the Reacher novels know its NEVER simple with this series. Jack Reacher does not take long to realize that there are large holes in the story he is being told. Edward Lane is definitely hiding something. So Reacher starts digging deeper into the past.....

Lee Child has a tremendous gift for putting
Aug 01, 2009 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is so much to love about Lee Child's novels because he has created the character of Jack Reacher of whom there is so much to love. This installment is pretty tame and laid back compared to the action of some of the other novels. But it is because of the effortless and natural progression of the storyline that makes this one so special in my mind. Nothing in the plot seemed forced or rushed. Reacher is drinking a cup of coffee on page one and gets sucked into helping catch kidnappers simply ...more
**3.5 stars**

Not the best Reacher book ever but it had a happy ending (sort least for the series standard) which I liked. This series is so bleak sometimes, that it's good to see people risking everything to protect those they love.

As usual with this series, Reacher is minding his own business when trouble finds him. A woman and her child had been kidnapped and Reacher happened to witness something. From then, he gets involved in the search for her kidnappers.

Who kidnapped the woman and
Ken Doggett
Aug 28, 2015 Ken Doggett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's rare, if ever, that a reader will guess the ending of a Jack Reacher novel, and this one is no exception. Even though vague clues are given, the convoluted plot takes twists and turns that leave the reader guessing to the very end. And the ending is the action-packed climax that everyone has come to expect from a Lee Child novel.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but it did have its faults, such as bad grammar (the constant misuse of the word "like") and the way Reacher's guesses and the result
Andrea Drew
Jul 10, 2015 Andrea Drew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, but then I've read quite a few of the Lee Child books, around 5 or 6 and knew what to expect.

What I most liked about this book was this is the first one I've read where it all doesn't seem to come easy to Jack Reacher. Others may disagree, but I enjoyed it.

There was the odd twist here and there, and no I didn't see the ending coming. Maybe part of that is I read late at night when I'm tired and want to escape. And escape I did for all 371 pages.

Thanks again for a great read
Johnny Williams
Mar 24, 2013 Johnny Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now this one you Reacher fans don't want to miss. Reacher is still in the Army ( sort of LOL)and you will see how he begins to develop his hard ways-- and distrust. Lee Child seems ( to me) to use this book to really get down inside Jack not only show his hard tough side but also his caring and nurturing side as he goes head strong against some the higher ups in the Army-- If you haven't read some of the previous books in the series -- this is no place to begin--
Apr 25, 2015 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was okay, but not Reacher at his best.
Rex Fuller
Aug 31, 2012 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have read them all and can't separate any of them in my mind any more because I liked the Reacher series so much I read straight through all of them.
Suzze Tiernan
Aug 18, 2015 Suzze Tiernan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very satisfying Reacher saga. More then the usual amount of investigative work, typical violence, and a page-turning ending.
May 27, 2017 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Review of the Audiobook

Published by Brilliance Audio in 2008.
Read by Dick Hill
Duration: 12 hours, 2 minutes

Jack Reacher is just hanging out in a New York City coffee shop, drinking coffee and staring out the window when he gets caught up in a kidnapping case. Turns out he witnessed the money hand off without even realizing what he was seeing. The ransom payer tracked Reacher down, picked him up and brought him to his exclusive penthouse apartment/office. Turns out his wife and stepda
Matxalen (matxi_books)

This time, the plot in itself might have been simpler and more erratic but nonetheless it was a pleasure to accompany Reacher once more!!

Everything started so suddenly and quickly that it was confusing, and every opinion that was brought up was so believable... but in this case it wasn't difficult to see where things would end upon Yes there were some twists but it was quite predictable!!
And just like always: not everything and everyone is as it seems...
Lachlan Sims
Mar 28, 2017 Lachlan Sims rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some critics are quick to dismiss Lee Child's Jack Reacher stories as too much of the same thing. That maybe so, but Reacher is a true hero, and each story is a new adventure with new problems to solve, new people to help and more villains so set right.
Terri Lynn
Poor Jack Reacher. The man can't even sit in a cafe in Manhattan and enjoy his favorite drink- coffee- without a nasty crime needing his skill to solve and risking his life falling into his lap.

For those who don't know him, Jack was born in a military family, looks NOTHING like pretty boy Tom Cruise (think Mickey Rourke in "The Wrestler" for what Jack looks like), and his whole family is now dead. He spent 13 years as a military policeman and investigator and has now been seeing the one country
Dec 26, 2008 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recentlyread
Back in the day, writers of some merit (i.e. award-winning, popular?) might have been expected not to use, not once but a couple of dozen times, annoying instant clichés like “back in the day.” I know hardly anyone in real life who doesn’t use this expression ironically. But Lee Child puts it into the mouths, with absolutely no irony, of just about all his characters in this thriller; its repetition became so loathsome to me and G while we listened to this novel on our recent car trip to New Jer ...more
Kevin Alderwick
Feb 22, 2017 Kevin Alderwick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've read one you've read em all but this one was a particular highlight for me. I shan't give spoilers but enjoyed the setting, the pace and the finale
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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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