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The Hard Way

(Jack Reacher #10)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  51,879 Ratings  ·  2,274 Reviews

Featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the new blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise, as he comes to the UK.

Jack Reacher is alone, the way he likes it.

He watches a man cross a New York street and drive away in a Mercedes. The car contains $1 million of ransom money. Reacher's job is to make sure it all turns out right - money paid, family safely returned.

But Reacher

Kindle Edition, 512 pages
Published September 4th 2008 by Transworld Digital (first published May 16th 2006)
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Reacher, alone in the dark. Armed and dangerous. Coming back.

This is what I call perfection.

The Hard Way is my most favorite in Jack Reacher series so far. Just when I thought Lee Child's book couldn't possibly get any better, he has outdone himself once again with this unputdownable read! If I could, I would give it more than 5 stars.

Who would have thought that just sitting and drinking coffee would get Jack Reacher involved in the investigation of the kidnapping for ransom of a woman and her
May 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to believe that I used to like this character and the writing of Lee Child. This type of story too much resembles most of his latest. Two versions left until I have them all read, but I'm being bored. 2 of 10 stars
Jun 02, 2012 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 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
Scott S.
"Picked up the MP5 submachine gun and slung it over his left shoulder. Then he headed back north . . . Reacher, alone in the dark. Doing it the hard way." -- Lee Child, page 460

A sort of routine Jack Reacher thriller seemingly involving a kidnap / ransom with one or two good twists, I think this would have benefited from some editorial tightening to the plot. (At nearly 500 pages, it's still just a somewhat ordinary crime / mystery story.) 'Girl Friday' Lauren Pauling - an ex-federal agent turne
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Jack Reacher series is probably my biggest guilty pleasure read. I never go in expecting great literature, but I always expect a story that has me curious and excited about how things will play out. It is part of the reason why I take such large gaps between reading each book. Reading them back-to-back ruins the fun somewhat, whereas reading one every few months or so means I get the enjoyment the books deserve.

Although the books are immensely popular, I find myself constantly giving three-s
Toni Osborne
Feb 08, 2009 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
May 20, 2015 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
Book Addict Shaun
Just brilliant. As with every Lee Child story I have read I am just in awe of how he writes such a multi-layered tale. Something that starts off relatively simple, only to evolve into a gripping and heart-stopping read. The story in The Hard Way I felt was incredibly strong, I did work out a couple of the plot twists but they were all just so masterfully executed and I enjoyed every single page of this book. The ending was probably one of my favourites so far. I just love Jack Reacher. (Though w ...more
Maggie James
Dec 31, 2013 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
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؛
Kathy Davie
Sep 17, 2012 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
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
(Sigh) I've said it before, and I'm going to say it again, I can't get enough of Jack Reacher, I think he's becoming my new addiction, after the end of each book, it just leaves me wanting more, and The Hard Way is no exception!!

This time Jack Reacher finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, or is it the other way around, in the right place at the right time? As he's enjoying a nice day in New York City, he watches a man cross the street to a Mercedes and drive it away, it would seem
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
Eddie Owens
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Jun 21, 2015 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
CJ Bowen
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Apr 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was okay, but not Reacher at his best.
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All Reacher wants is to spend some time soaking New York as much as he can. But as fate would have it, he gets caught up in a case. Edward Lane’s wife and child has been kidnapped and the kidnapper wants a ransom. Edward involves the police and pays the ransom to no end. Then he hires Jack Reacher to finish the job. Is that his best or worst move? Because Edward Lane has a history that Jack Reacher is bound to find out…

I love this series like no other. Jack Reacher is a guy who delivers time and
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really just picked this up for a reading challenge but once i started this i could not put it down. My first Reacher book and i LOVED IT!!!!!

I did realize who the bad guy was quite fast which wasn’t what i typically like. The amount of detail in this book was amazing. I felt like i knew everything and was there when it was taking place. The book kept my attention the whole time which is saying a lot since i am easily distracted. This book almost reminded me of a James Bond type movie…..
Emily Ross
Ehhh, this was good but not brilliant. Reacher is enjoyable, but this wasn't a massively gripping story or plot. It was pretty much everything you expect from a Jack Reacher novel, only it was a bit more predictable. Even if I don't quite know how I guessed the plot, it is the first time I've managed it with the Reacher novels.
Dec 26, 2008 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
Jan 23, 2013 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 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 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
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Reacher does it again! These books are a lot of fun to read, even though they are a bit violent for my tastes. I love seeing how Reacher's mind works and how he figures out the most implausible scenarios. And he manages to travel without a driver's license, credit card, or cell phone, and only one set of clothing. In reality this would be impossible, but it's still kind of fun. I almost thought this story would end without a lot of details of guns, but of course, that came into play in the ...more
Mary JL
Jun 01, 2011 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 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
Stephen Hull
"How was it?"
"OK for what it was."
"The style?"
"Short sentences. Short words. Good airline book."
"How about the plot?"
"Ludicrous, but that's what you want in a book like this."
"You didn't believe it was possible, then?"
"Belief isn't what it's about. Do you believe Tom Cruise as a six foot five blond-haired ex-MP?"
"I'm asking the questions here. Did all the threads come together? Was it a compelling read?"
"It was logical, if highly unlikely. It was also fun. I was happy to pick it up and continue.
Em "Reacher"
Feb 24, 2017 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
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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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