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Preview — The Enemy by Lee Child
The Enemy (Jack Reacher #8)
New Year’s Day, 1990. Th ...more
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 ...more
Chronologically, it's more like first as it takes place when Jack is still an M.P.
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 ...more
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 ...more
Reacher has been transferred back from Panama to a nowhere base in North Carolina. His transfer papers sign ...more
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.
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 ...more
When we first meet Jack, he’s a Major in the Military Police, an Academy grad and ...more
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 ...more
When we first met Jack Reacher in Killing Floor , 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Unfortunately, in some books, such as "Echo Burning" (My review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more