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Persuader (Jack Reacher #7)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  28,727 ratings  ·  1,430 reviews
Jack Reacher

The ultimate loner.

An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he’s moved from place to place…without family…without possessions…without commitments.

And without fear. Which is good, because trouble—big, violent, complicated trouble—finds Reacher wherever he goes. And when trouble finds him, Reacher does not quit, not once…not ever.

But some unfinish
Hardcover, Large Print, 645 pages
Published December 31st 2003 by Thorndike Press (first published May 13th 2003)
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I am totally loving this series. (Although I think it must be best NOT to read them back to back because then the formula wears through.) This is a good one -- tense, claustrophobic, and non-stop action. Two quibbles -- the romance between Reacher and Duffy seems...unmotivated. Like the author says to himself, "And this is the place where I start the romance," and proceeded to have Reacher make out with the nearest available female character. Also, the last 20 percent of the novel seems unduly l ...more
This bad-ass walks around with an anaconda in his pants (apparently, that's a type of revolver but it's still pretty impressive)
Anaconda Revolver
He has an AOL device hidden in his shoe. He says nothing a lot. So does everyone else in this novel.

I'm not cut out for crime fiction. It bugs me.
Gigantic hobo detective Jack Reacher once again wanders into more trouble than any happy-go-lucky wanderer would reasonably expect. This time, after encountering a ghost from his past, a man named Quinn who should be dead, Reacher gets involved in an undercover DEA operation to take the man and his smuggling operation down. Reacher poses as a gun-for-hire in order to infiltrate Quinn's operation. The DEA wants him to go in and recover an agent who went missing and is presumably held captive. Rea ...more
I would have to rank this as one of my favourite Lee Child books, even if I thoughs the start was dubious. For the first chapter or two, I worried this might even be a Reacher novel of a standard to rival the disaster that was Nothing to Lose. Then, of course, we got a little farther into the book and I was able to reassure myself that no book could be as bad as Nothing to Lose. I think if Lee Child were to write another book as bad as Nothing to Lose, I'd have to give up on him. Anyway, Persuad ...more
Jane Stewart
2 stars for the back story. 4 stars for the rest. Another fun tough guy Reacher story. Several scenes where he takes out bad guys, my favorite parts.

Reacher thought he killed bad guy Quinn ten years ago. He recently saw Quinn on the street. He learns that FBI agents are trying to catch Quinn and Beck who work together. They believe Beck is into drug smuggling. Reacher gets hired by Beck and is now undercover.

There is a great scene in the beginning with Reacher thwa
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
Scott Rhee
Author Lee Child clearly has a love-hate relationship with guns in his novel "Persuader". It's apparent that he does not like the ease with which anyone can buy or sell guns in this country, and he has disdain for gun dealers, legal or illegal, who sell guns without any care about who they are selling to. On the other hands, guns abound throughout the novel, described in loving detail and used quite frequently. His hero, Reacher is similarly contradictory: he does the right thing but not always ...more
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I really almost gave this 3 star's based on the fact that it took for ever for things to happen here. It was fairly predictable early on as well. One of the things that I enjoy about Reacher books is how he seamlessly gets into these situations. Except, you look back and think it was flawlessly integrated into his life. Not out of the ordinary. This seamed out of the ordinary for me. When Reacher was in his "situation" at the Beck's house though he made it feel seamless. Once that train left you ...more
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Jeff Miller
Picked this up at Amazon since it was free and had it on my digital bookshelf for awhile. Due to internet outage and unable to buy another book to read I decided to try this one out.

So for with about 60 percent of the book finished I have really enjoyed this fast moving story of a former military MP out to finish one of his failures have to go undercover in a drug gang which is being run by a group higher up. It does not matter that I have not read any of the other novels in this series since th
Another exciting Jack Reacher adventure. Each time I pick one of these up on a Daily Deal I always think that it will be my last, but Lee Child has a great pen for action-adventure.

In this addition Jack finds himself knee deep in a covert mission where he is to extract an under cover operative that is caught up in a drug opperation, however, all things are not what they may seem. When he infiltrates and gains the trust of some of the key players involved, he starts to realize that the whole con
This book is written from the male POV without alienating the female reader. The storyline centers on gun, drugs, and essentially some violence - but it isn't "in your face" or glorified. No excessive swearing (though some, in context). Also: this is my first Lee Child novel and I had not read any of the previous Reacher stories. That being said, I still really enjoyed it.

I read this on my Kindle and found myself slipping it out of my purse and reading a few pages here and there throughout the d
It's really hard to say something about a Jack Reacher book--in a very real sense, if you've read one, you've read 'em all (maybe this changes after book 7, but I doubt it). But dang it all if you don't come back for more and more and more--like Pringles, or Fritos, etc. Great action; totally outlandish, but (in the moment definitely) believable plot; lots of testosterone-y fun.

Two things I'd like to mention about this book.

First, there's this fad in TV lately where you watch a scene or two at
My name is James, and it's been seven months since my last Jack Reacher. The seventh in the series, Persuader should follow the same, increasingly predictable formula. Except, something feels wrong; it doesn't feel like Reacher – from the unusual eagerness to get involved, and the carrying of two guns, to the shooting of a cop. These things are totally out of character for the man we've spent six novels getting to barely know. Then I realised, the biggest thing that feels wrong about this Reach ...more
Lee Child is back on top form! I wasn't so impressed with his last two additions to the Reacher series, but 'Persuader' has it all - it's fast and full of action, and the plot draws out clever little twists right through to the end. I love that Lee Child's female protagonists are just as strong as their male counterparts, and maybe even more so in many cases.

I know that the Jack Reacher series is formulaic and easy - the sentences are short, and he always gets the girl (or does the girl always g
Gloria Bernal
4.5 stars for this, one of his best! We love Jack Reacher. Not reading them in order, as it's not necessary, but this older one didn't disappoint us. Both my husband and I are fans, as this series is not gender-biased, although the male population probably appreciates all the intricate facts about guns that he provides in his novels. A female may find herself skimming over some of the testosterone-filled paragraphs. He is very graphic and generally lengthy in his writing about fight-scenes, stra ...more
Lou Robinson
This really was Bond type stuff, definitely my favourite Reacher so far. I loved the location, all based on the wild Atlantic coast round Portland, and Jack was certainly on form. Killed loads of baddies, some romantic interlude, and left as usual at the end to carry on roaming. Fab.
Jack Reacher, the track 'em down, blow 'em away dude, using a combo of brains and brawn to eliminate slime balls... not always legally, but effectively... (Works for me!) Author Lee Child again follows his usual format~ loner good guy v exceptionally bad guys~ with plenty of action and aforethought, but way too much "filler" info. Somewhat predictable, yet still enticing enough, via a few surprise twists, to keep the pages turning. Large cast of characters with few to root for, including some of ...more
Andy Knights
I loved this book. It kept me gripped from beginning to end. One of the best so far in the series.
It's amazing how interchangeable these are, and how well suited they are to being read while traveling due to their junk-food-like delivery of thrills, unmaskings, and fights. I consumed this volume in the space of two Bolt Bus rides and a few subway trips in between. Give the author credit: interchangeable is also consistent. It's easy to embark on a 6-hour trip with one of these, knowing you have the proper amount and type of entertainment. Nothing in this installment stood out to me, except t ...more
Feeling the need to read something less cerebral after House of Leaves, the charity shop came through with a highly enjoyable Jack Reacher novel. You know what you're going to get with a Reacher novel and this was a good one too - swiftly into a great set up, nasty and brutal, first person, OTT action. It works well and has a satisfying (if slightly over long) conclusion.

You've also got to love Reacher for getting annoyed when he wins a fight that was about to kill him through an unfair (as he s
Lots of fun with all the usual Reacher mayhem and body counts.
Roger Angle
The first chapter isn’t bad, a fairly exciting action scene, although it doesn’t make complete sense. The last line of Chapter One is startling and turns the story on its head. It’s great, in a way. The second chapter explains why Jack Reacher was there, and then it gets way too complicated and repetitious for me. A paragraph or two of back-story would suffice. The narrative breaks two of the rules I tell my students: Don’t repeat and don’t explain. The worst thing you can do is go through the p ...more
Derek Davis
This is the best Jack Reacher book of the series I've read so far. Told first person, it initially put me off, didn't seem to hang right, but I soon found out why, and then it made perfect sense.

Looked at from inside himself, Reacher appears more vulnerable, more human, more given to chance and good luck, less a machine of destruction than is sometimes the case. We get little of the usual indifferent tough guy, less about his looming presence and strength (at several points he's pitted against a
I borrowed this ebook from the library because I'd read Lee Child's short story The Second Son, really enjoyed it, wanted to try out a full-length book of Child's, and Reacher #7 was the only one available to borrow. I put a hold on the first Jack Reacher novel.

Like the short story, this book gripped me from the beginning. The writing is tight; the character Jack Reacher came to life right away; the suspense began from the first word and kept on going. There was a flashback after chapter one. I
Ian Mapp
Another holiday and another Reacher. But hold on a minute, something is very different here. This is written in 1st person. You know something has changed but it takes a while to pick it out.

Usual format although this one has a nice line when the trick played at the beginning is summed up by reacher himself as "having more holes than swiss cheese". This is a nice line and allows you to forgive the author anything else that transpires. I think Child just plays with the form. His books are all ide
Jack Reacher -- great leading man in great thriller!

It was tough not to like Jack Reacher when we tried our first Lee Child novel, "Killing Floor". Back in "Persuader", the seventh in the series, our amazing hero Reacher is his usual one-man army in tracking down relentlessly a man he thought he killed ten years ago as a military MP.

The book opens fast as Reacher gets involved in what looks like a kidnapping, kills a couple of bad guys, and then by accident, a cop. This gains him access to the f
Bruce Snell
Book 7 in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child - 3.5 stars. This time out, it appears that Lee Child is finally getting it right (almost).

Reacher has been hired by the DEA to go undercover to get evidence against a suspected drug kingpin and to help retrieve a missing agent. Of course Reacher has his own agenda because 10 years ago the suspected drug lord's boss had killed one of Reacher's investigators.

The story is mostly well written with a couple exceptions - first, the bad guys are too "ex
Alain Burrese
"Persuader" is the third Jack Reacher novel I've read by Lee Child. After reading "One Shot" and "The Hard Way," I went backwards a bit and read this earlier book. I really liked the bad guys in this novel, especially the behemoth Paulie. You knew his demise would come, and I liked how Child did it. I also liked how Child wove the back story of events from ten years previous into the present day happenings of Jack Reacher.

I was a little surprised when I started reading the book that it was in fi
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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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