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The Hard Way (Jack Reacher #10)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  41,117 Ratings  ·  1,754 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, soa
Paperback, 477 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Dell Publishing Company (first published May 16th 2006)
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Dec 21, 2011 Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if I can consider this the best Reacher book yet because some of the really great ones even have a re-readable aspect to them. This is a solid one timer because of the thriller angle but definitely one of the best so far. Without a doubt a great twist on a stale kidnapping story. ABSOLUTELY nothing that's been done before with that subject. Most likely never done with brute finesse that only Jack Mother F$)*ing Reacher can provide either. Lee Child is a one pony show with only writi ...more
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
Sep 22, 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
Maggie James
Jan 04, 2014 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
Tenth in the Jack Reacher suspense 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 field study of the worst of human nature. It's
CJ Bowen
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Jul 09, 2014 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
Aug 01, 2011 Mary JL rated it liked it
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
**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
Sep 08, 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
Aug 06, 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--
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
May 14, 2016 Suzze Tiernan rated it really liked it
Another very satisfying Reacher saga. More then the usual amount of investigative work, typical violence, and a page-turning ending.
Apr 28, 2015 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was okay, but not Reacher at his best.
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
If you were in a tight spot and you could call anyone in the world, living or dead, real or unreal, anyone at all to help you out, who would you call? Miss Marple? Ha! MacGyver? Ha! Ha! Batman? Don’t make me laugh. Let me tell you who I’D call – Jack Reacher, that’s who. You wanna know why? Well for starters, he’s a six foot something ex-military policeman who knows his guns, ammo and the most effective places to punch people, AND quite attractive and incredibly buff, but mainly because he’s a G ...more
Sep 25, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*maybe slightly spoilers in reflection*
Summary: Reacher finds himself in the middle of quite the kidnapping mystery. Kate and Jade Lane have disappeared and Reacher's contracted by the distraught Mr. Edward Lane, but the more Reacher investigates, the more skeletons he finds in Lane's closets.

Most people are just going to read the book, but for the few of us who love audiobook versions, be aware that there's a very long, very tedious, pretty much maddening section around disc 6 or 7 where Reache
Harshith J. V.
Feb 05, 2013 Harshith J. V. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime and thriller fanatics
Shelves: suspense, crime, thriller
Read few years back may be in 2008. I read it from Reader's Digest special publication called "Select Editions" which consists 4 condensed novels released every three months. So I could not read the original version. But still was a good read and put in my wishlist to purchase his other novels such as The Affair, The Killing Floor and Worth Dying For.

The Jack Reacher character is kind of Sherlock Holmes character in deducting clues to be considered but with a killer attitude to figh
Gerald Sinstadt
Reacher - a man of no fixed abode - is in New York, a city whose streets and their names he can recall in detail from memory. He is in a diner late at night idly watching the world outside. The following night, Reacher - a man who is always on the move - is in the same diner when a waiter points him out to a stranger who has just walked in. By chance, it seems that some nefarious activity Reacher had seen the previous night is of interest to the stranger. Reacher didn't know there was anything s ...more
Mike Nemeth
Sep 22, 2013 Mike Nemeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In his 10th Jack Reacher novel, Lee Child again places his hero, the giant with frozen turkey-sized fists into a scenario in which he's arbitrarily selected to participate in an intense unfolding drama. This one puts him in the employ of one Edward Lane, angry, ex-military and vowing revenge and destruction on whomever kidnapped his beautiful wife. Then we find out there's a kid involved. Lane didn't mention it at first. It's the first indication readers get that this man, who now heads a seemin ...more
Nov 11, 2008 Sandie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Afficianados of kick butt heros
Like most of the "kick butt and take names" heroes of books and movies, Jack Reacher, protagonist in The Hard Way, is representative of the typical masculine fantasy (think Mark Wahlberg in Shooter.....or maybe Bruce Willis on steroids). That is not to say that Reacher would not be a welcome visitor to some women's fantasies, because I'm sure he would.

An ex-military MP, with powers of observation few mortals possess, Reacher is a "will-o-the-wisp" with no particular place he calls home. In this
Apr 29, 2013 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mmm
Jack Reacher, having a coffee watches a man cross the street and drive away a Mercedes. The next night, in the same coffee shop, he is asked by a man if he noticed anything the night before. Being Reacher, of course he did. What he saw was the pickup of ransom money from a kidnapping. Edward Lane's runs a group of military contractors - it was his wife and daughter that were kidnapped. And it wasn't the first time - his first wife was kidnapped and murdered 5 years ago. Reacher gets involved to ...more
Aug 10, 2015 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent travel reading - not too taxing on the mind, and plenty entertaining.... But, alas, not one of the best Reacher books (in my opinion).... I liked the set-up, the plot twist was sufficiently gratifying, but the chase-and-mayhem section seemed almost formulaic, almost as if Child was working against a deadline.

I think part of my frustration here was that - unlike many of the prior installments - Reacher knew too much about things that there was not necessarily any reason he'd know all about
William Bentrim
Jun 17, 2013 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hard Way by Lee Child

Jack Reacher ends up working with an ex-FBI agent in this book. A mercenary leader’s wife has disappeared and all his hard core special force types are useless to him until Reacher finds the perp.

Child has a very vivid imagination. He comes up with some amazingly despicable people. Some of this book was hard to read but fits perfectly with Reacher’s style of justice.

You can’t really describe Jack Reacher as a hard man with a soft heart because the soft spots on his hea
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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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