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The Enemy (Jack Reacher #8)

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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. Th
Paperback, 464 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Dell Publishing Company (first published May 11th 2004)
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OK, I will admit it....after not even paying attention to Lee Child's name in the bookstores all these years, I am now a committed Jack Reacher fan. And it even pains me more to reveal that it was the Tom Cruise movie that motivated me to start reading the series! (Ouch...that hurt just to type)

But, whether you go to see the movie or just want a fun read, I highly recommend these novels. I have read two now and am on my third. Same engaging character (Reacher,) great plot lines, wonderful suppor
Kathy Davie
Technically eighth in the Jack Reacher suspense series revolving around an ex-military policeman out to see the world. And save it. This story takes place at Fort Bird in North Carolina.

Chronologically, it's more like first as it takes place when Jack is still an M.P.

My Take
I just love how Reacher's mind works. It's fascinating to read how he pulls the clues together, how he puts himself into the killer's mind. I do like the post pathologist. He's as interested in truth as Reacher and they dance
This is one of my favorite Lee Child books - and that says a lot as I would say he IS my favorite author! This book is a bit of a departure as it follows Jack Reacher while he is still in the military instead of Reacher, the ex military hobo.

He is removed from his post in Panama and stationed in North Carolina on New Year's Eve. A strategic relocation by someone that still has yet to be identified... While "celebrating" the new year in the MP office he is called to a run down hotel where a 2 st
This is a Jack Reacher novel. He gets into trouble, he gets into more trouble, then there is a fight or something gets blown up, then everything works out, and Reacher moves on. Good stuff, but he is not Tom Cruise!
Prequel time. Rather than Reacher the wandering loner, The Enemy gives us Reacher the army man; Reacher the Major; Reacher the Military Policeman. Long before the events of the previous seven novels (and referred to obliquely in at least one of them) Reacher got involved in something while he was an MP Major and had to take a demotion as a 'punishment'. This is the story of that something.

Reacher has been transferred back from Panama to a nowhere base in North Carolina. His transfer papers sign
Jane Stewart
Weak 3 stars. It wasn’t as fun or engaging as other Reacher stories. A long drawn out mystery with a tell-all at the end.

A general was meeting someone for sex in a motel and dies of a heart attack. His briefcase with confidential documents is missing. Someone kills his wife the same day. Someone kills a Delta force soldier in the woods a day or so later. Reacher’s boss is transferred out and replaced by Willard who tells Reacher not to investigate these deaths.

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
Jane Debano
I haven’t previously read the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child, although his fans I’ve talked with are extremely loyal and eagerly grab each new installment as it hits the shelves. Then I met him at a recent mystery conference and he seemed so intelligent, I decided to give the series a try. I started with The Enemy, because although it wasn’t written first, it is the earliest in the fictional life of Jack Reacher.

When we first meet Jack, he’s a Major in the Military Police, an Academy grad and
A nice trip back in time to Jack Reacher as an MP. Get to meet his family. Although I figured out one clue right away, Child still managed to throw in surprises at the end.
Amazing scene with Reacher and his brother taking leave of their dying mother in Paris:

Then she revisited another old family ritual. She did something she had done ten thousand times before, all through our lives, since we were first old enough to have individuality of our own. She stuggled up out of her chair and stepped ove
Lou Robinson
This was the novel that took us back in time to Reacher's army days. As fast paced as the previous books, I couldn't really put it down. I liked the ancillary characters of the Sergeant with the baby and Summer, his attractive sidekick for this book. It follows the standard pattern of a Jack Reacher book - he ends up in trouble, he gets some girl action, lots of people die and it ends up with him carrying on as before, alone (although in the case of this book, demoted and back on service abroad, ...more
Lee Child's Reacher novels are all pretty similar and generally preposterous, but still I find them satisfying. They are great books for beaches and airplanes. In this installment, we step back in time to Reacher's days in the Army as an Executive Officer of the Army Military Police. It's the waning days of the Cold War, January 1990, and Reacher is stationed at an Army Base in North Carolina. On New Year's Eve a General is found dead in a seedy roadside motel, and shortly afterward his wife is ...more
Here I was thinking that the Jack Reacher novels were all action and fast-paced movement with lots of interesting settings in the macho worlds of military/police/criminals. I was amazed to find that The Enemy kept me pondering and thinking long after I was done reading it. I got thinking about all the "enemies" in the story that drove the plot. I assumed that the enemy referred to in the title was the murderer that Reacher was tracking down. But then the story is set in the political upheaval in ...more
Terri Lynn
This particular book is a prequel to the other books in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series but he has said he thinks it will have more emotional impact if read after the first 7 and before the books that follow and he is right about that.

When we first met Jack Reacher in Killing Floor Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1) by Lee Child, he had spent 13 years as a military cop and had retired from the Army. He was living a weird life which continued through the next books where he kept getting caught up in mysteries or being asked by some government
Apr 13, 2009 Tripp rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Thriller readers only
Lee Child's Jack Reacher books tend to elicit extreme responses. (Boy, that website is something, note how the smoke moving across the page flows from the cigarette of Child on to the nearly shirtless Reacher actor. Steamy!) Anyway, people either love the hard-boiled prose, the violence and the twisty mysteries, or they view the prose as overly staccato, Reacher as an unrealistic superhuman and the violence as disturbing. I count myself in the former group, but I can see how it isn't everyone's ...more
Another great thriller / murder mystery by Lee Child! This one takes you back in time, when Reacher was still an MP. Several plots are going at the same time that come together in the end. I actually managed to figure things out before the end, which is usually hard with some of the Reacher books. I can't wait to read the next one in the series.
This one's a prequel, from back when Reacher was still in the Army and perfecting his killing-with-a single-bash-of-his-elbow skills. There was a bit too much driving/flying around, but it had a really interesting (if implausible) plot. Have I mentioned lately how much I love that every one of these books features at least one strong, competent, professional woman -- a female version of Reacher, minus the elbows? And that Reacher finds this so knee-bucklingly attractive that he usually ends up i ...more
Feb 11, 2013 Ed rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Spy Story and Thriller Fans
This story could have been better if Child had not tried to do so much.

Generals and Special Forces soldiers are being murdered. People are being treated as chess pieces. The Berlin Wall has fallen and the game is changing and a lot of powerful people don't like it.

The sub-plots intrude as Reacher realizes that maybe the choices he's made and the loyalties he took for granted need to be re-assessed.

Everything comes to a reasonably satisfying conclusion but I like Reacher better when he's out th
Jane Brant
In terms of the Reacher novels, this one surpasses the craftsmanship of most of the others. There is an amazing balance of characters with story-life lines in this book, all relevant and interwoven with quite a lot of expertise. While I know little of the military and what an MP does, Reacher shows a "softer" side in this book when he has to deal with the terminal illness and death of his mother...only to discover in himself that a certain strength really is from her, and not his father. I liked ...more
I really think this was a solid 3. The 2nd half performance of Child came on que as expected. The first half was just a prolonged lengthy setup. This was fairly predictable though, I nailed it early on. The way it was came about was completely interesting though. You can't fail with Jack Reacher, you just end up appreciating him. I think that the series overall is one of the best and there is no reason this book should be skipped. It was good, it only gets 3 stars from be but I if I could break ...more
Jimmy Fisher
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If you've seen my reviews on the Jack Reacher series (I've reviewed "Without Fail" and "Persuader" for Goodreads, read all eight so far, couple more in the queue), you'll know I REALLY like this guy. This book is an interesting flashback to the days when Reacher was an MP in early 1990, when the Berlin Wall was coming down and it was very ambiguous what would happen to the various branches of the Military with no big enemy to fight and therefore justify all those Defense expenditures. The partic ...more
This is an addictive story, part police procedural, part thriller, that takes place during the first 10 days of 1990, mostly on US Army posts (in North Carolina, California, and Germany).

What makes this book so compelling is its engaging narrator, Jack Reacher, a high-ranking army MP (military policeman). Reacher is a smart, dedicated, highly disciplined loner with an obsessive sense of right and wrong. He’s also big and tough and fearless.

He tells the story in a no-nonsense style that’s both
Flashback to Reacher as Army Major / MP -- fine tale!

We've been hooked by Child's Jack Reacher series since reading "Killing Floor". Unlike the other seven, which feature our leading man as basically a vagrant vigilante, wandering around incognito solving difficult problems and snapping necks here and there (!), in "Enemy" we have almost a Clancy-style military thriller from when Jack was still in the Army. After being transferred rather suddenly just before New Year's 1990, Jack is soon embroil
Lee Child's Jack Reacher series continues. This is a series of thrillers about an action hero -- Reacher. When Child is good, the books are, well, thrilling, and the hero, Jack Reacher, engages in a lot of action. This is usually the case.

Unfortunately, in some books, such as "Echo Burning" (My review: Child departs from this successful formula, deciding instead to write a "borer" with a "do nothing hero". "The Enemy" is a little of both. To be fair, the
Scott Rhee
In "The Enemy", Lee Child's eighth Reacher novel, Child takes a slight departure by going back in time. The novel is set on the New Year's Eve of 1989, when Jack Reacher is an up-and-coming young military police officer. He is duty officer stationed in North Carolina on New Year's Eve, when he receives the call that the body of a general has been found in a nearby motel. Not long after, he receives word from high up that he is to control the situation immediately. Apparently, the general was car ...more
Lee Child- The Enemy (Dell 2007) 4.5 stars

Jack Reacher is one of the best. You want a military crime solved, you come to him. On New Year’s Day a two-star general is found dead in a hotel room and his briefcase is nowhere to be found. It is 1990 and with a troop reduction looming, Reacher must prove his worth by controlling this delicate situation. Hours later the general’s wife is found dead miles away. Told to back off of the case, Recaher is unable to follow those orders, for he is being fram

In a Lee Child composition, some of the recognizable elements are: clean, elegant prose; a tight plot; abundant twists and turns; and more than one heart stopping surprise. An added element in "The Enemy" is that this book not only stops the heart, but tugs at the heartstrings.

"The Enemy" takes place in 1990, as the Berlin Wall is coming down and the world is drastically changing. In the Army, Jack Reacher's life-long home, change is not good. It's an enemy to be defeated by any means necessary
The writing was satisfactory, although I found myself skipping through sections that didn't seem to add anything to the story - too much detail about moving through an airport, for instance.

There were a lot of characters in this book and Child handled them by assigning interesting character notes but not getting too in-depth. For example, protagonist Jack Reacher refers to his sergeant as 'my sergeant' or 'the sergeant with the baby son.' We never learn her name. Reacher's opposite numbers at ot

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 one case that changes everything. For Jack Reacher, this is that case.

New Year’s Day, 1990. In a North Carolina motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. Within hours the general’s wife is murdered. Then the dominoes really start to

Max Fallon
One of Lee Child's best. He takes the reader back to Reacher's Army days.
It's New Year's Eve, 1989, and Reacher ends up responding to a call about a dead two-star General who is discovered in a motel off post.
Reacher is tough as ever, as he juggles arrogant superior officers, special forces soldiers and beautiful women.
The Enemy gave an interesting insight into Reacher's past. I loved seeing how Reacher, who is so rootless and spontaneous as a civillian, acts in military life.
The Cold War is ov
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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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