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Without Fail

(Jack Reacher #6)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  97,055 ratings  ·  2,964 reviews
Skilled, cautious, and anonymous, Jack Reacher is perfect for the job: to assassinate the vice president of the United States. Theoretically, of course. A female Secret Service agent wants Reacher to find the holes in her system, and fast - because a covert group already has the vice president in their sights. They've planned well. There's just one thing they didn't plan o ...more
Audiobook, Unabridged, 14 pages
Published May 17th 2002 by Brilliance Audio (first published May 13th 2002)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Without Fail‎ (Jack Reacher #6), Lee Child

Without Fail is the sixth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was published by Putnam in 2002. It is written in the third person.

Jack Reacher arrives in Atlantic City, New Jersey from California after hitching a ride with a couple of aging musicians. He is approached there by M.E. (Mary Ellen) Froelich, a beautiful agent from the United States Secret Service who has managed to track him down. She has a special request for him. Someo
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
I like Reacher. I really do. But Lee Child creates the most flawed scenarios and it drives me batty sometimes. Reacher has been recruited to help deflect an attempt to assassinate the new VP.

Now, if we are to believe this story, the Secret Service is employing idiots. For example, Reacher specifies a church tower that could be used by a shooter. Does the SS put a man in the tower to prevent the possible use by an assassin. Or even to be able to see any other possible danger. No. The lead SS age
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“Why look for trouble?”
“I'm not looking for trouble. I don't see it as trouble.”

Alright, Lee Child had me glued to the pages in his engrossing suspense/thriller once again. I couldn't put this book down even for a minute!

Jack Reacher is amazing as always and I admire him even more in this book. Man, he’s freaking clever! Thankfully, Neagley helped him with this investigation; otherwise things might turn out differently from what I expected. I can tell I really enjoyed seeing them worki
James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
The sixth Jack Reacher novel opens when a woman named M. E. Froelich, who is the Secret Service agent in charge of security for Vice President-Elect Brook Armstrong, asks Reacher to assassinate Armstrong--in theory, of course. Someone has been sending death threats to Armstrong, which have been intercepted by the Secret Service, and Froelich wants Reacher to test the security arrangements that they have designed for the VP-Elect.

Reacher recruits his ex-army sergeant Frances Neagley, and together
I was pretty disappointed with the 6th book in the Jack Reacher series. The first few were brilliant - fast, furious and somewhat believable despite the larger than life protagonist and plot lines.

Without Fail lacked most of the drama that we have come to expect from Lee Child's thrillers. The plot didn't tie up (I won't spoil it, but the antagonists had a very poor motive for killing the VP).

There is also one massive plot hole that doesn't add up. It was to do with the 'messages' and one parti
Another enjoyable instalment: I think the audio format really suits me; I love to listen on my (mostly) daily walk after work. This one’s storyline was a little different, I enjoyed reading about a colleague of Jack’s came in to help him protect the Vice President and show the FBI where their safety measures were lacking, and to save him from a deadly assassin.

Of course, Jack was perfect for this. In a good choice of plot, Jack was approached by his brother’s ex-girlfriend for this work to be c
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an important Reacher book. Don't skip it.

An extra whole-star for the important and interesting character background here. Even though the pacing is often slow with plot holes, and there is sometimes excessive detail (a sad flaw of Child, too often), because of the spectacular scenes and backstory, I give the book 4.5-stars.

1. This book is perhaps the single best book showing Reacher and Neagley working as a team as investigators and thinkers, as an action duo and as friends.

2. It shows
K.J. Charles
I mean, it's a Jack Reacher book. There's a legal requirement to read one per holiday. This Jack Reacher book does the Jack Reacher thing in an admirably Jack Reacher way, what more do you want? ...more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Book 6 in the Jack Reacher series and I'm here for the ride. Arguably in a series you can almost lose the edge of the seat dramatics because you know in a 25 plus book series that your man is going to survive but Lee Child still gets my heart thumping with doubt.

There's someone out to assassinate the Vice President Elect of the United States and Reacher finds himself drafted by the Secret Service to investigate. 
Mike Finn
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, crime

This is a bare-bones thriller, a puzzle played-out in blood and death, with almost no emotional involvement.

Jack Reacher stands at the centre, almost more puzzling than the mystery he is trying to solve. He has insights that stretch credibility, based on a hyper-aware level of observation, remarkable recall and a willingness to run with intuition when logic can't get him ther
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action, thriller
Okay, another good read. Jack is what some may call an "odd duck"...sorry for the technical terminology. I mean he refuses to use or have anything that puts him on "the grid". He travels around looking like a huge homeless giant, he throws clothes away rather than wash them, no one can find him... Yet he keeps ending up working with (untrustworthy and corrupt) government agencies and agents.

It has to do with him being an incorruptible and bad-ass MP and in this case that his (late) brother was a
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, overdrive
Reacher - thriller with the indestructible “x-military” officer & drifter takes another dangerous project. The US Vice President Brook Armstrong threaten by “incredible assassins”.

Secret Service agent Mary Ellen Froelich - approaches him with the assassination project. A lover of Reacher’s dead brother, Joe.
Frances Neagley - Joins Reacher, former Army 110th MP Company friend.

US VP Armstrong says when he was a teenager his father brutally beat two “bullies” with a baseball bat. The “bullies” fam
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Number 6 in the Reacher series.
A bit disappointed in Without Fail I found it a bit on the slow side in places. Lots of, what I would call, irrelevant information.
I found the plot a bit unbelievable, the secret service couldn't protect the Vice President without Jack Reacher's help??
At the beginning when Jack was brought in to do a independent audit for the S.S., this sounded like it was feasible. But when Jack found gaping holes in the S.S's procedures Jack was invited to help protect the V.P.

It seems this type of book works well in audio, even more so when it is abridged as it cuts out any extra waffle or character development which is needless in an action romp where the characters tend to be in it for one book only.

Reacher is hired to kill someone of minor importance, the Vice President of the US. Why would he take such a job? Well it’s more like an audit of the internal security detail but with a hidden motive.

Things move quickly as they should in this type of book. There ar
Ashish Iyer
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Without Fail is not going to disappoint fans of Jack Reacher. Lee Child comes up with a new setting for Reacher's persuasive combination of detailed analytical thinking and overwhelming violence. Actually the latter is fairly understated in this story, and our hero does not end up taking on two, four or six mindless heavies in a brawl, which seems to be the fairly normal scenario.

This time round there is a plot to assassinate the vice president elect, and Reacher and his female associate from th
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great series; I love Reacher books.
Abel Keogh
Mar 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't read any Jack Reacher novels. This is a great place to start. The only thing that stopped this book from getting 5 stars was Child's appalling lack of knowledge about Wyoming.

Near the end of the novel the protagonist, Jack Reacher and a colleague Frances Neagley, are on his way to the fictional town of Grace, Wyoming which is a couple hours north of Casper – a town I lived in for two years. Reacher and Neagley take a plane to Denver and decide to drive to Grace.

Child describes t
So far, Without Fail has been among my favorite books in the Reacher series mostly we got to know more about Joe, and Reacher's feelings after his death. Reacher keeps everything in the vest and like a tough guy, he doesn't dwell too much on things he can't change but you would think that what happened with Joe would leave consequences. In this book, we got to know what he thought and felt. Note: This book has spoilers for Killing Floor.

The action was as usual - exciting if crazy improbable. I c
Oct 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
I bought this book when Cody's - historic, tragic Cody's as anyone in the Bay Area knows - was going out of business. It was 40% percent off, and I was casting about for the type of book that would magically unlock the keys to moving plot forward and making pages turn since, ahem, I was having some slight trouble in that regard. I don't know if I learned anything in the craft dept other than that Jack Reacher is an awesome badass, stone-cold professional, crafty and smart hero who actually made ...more
Another "Reacher" reread because of friends deciding to read "The Classics," they didn't pay attention to while in school, well, Lee Child's work is classic too...Reacher is pulled into the Secret Service & their duty to protect the Vice-President by an ex-girlfriend of his brother Joe...Great Read like all "Reachers!" ...more
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Without Fail is probably so far, my most favorite Reacher adventure yet! I've enjoyed all the other ones I've read so far, and not a bad one among them, but this one so far in my opinion is the best!

Jack Reacher is approached by US Secret Service Agent M.E. (Mary Ellen) Froelich, who had been assigned to protect Brook Armstrong, the Vice-President elect. Froelich has approached Reacher because someone is sending threatening messages to the VP, and she wants Reacher to speculate on how he would k
Sandra Hoover
This one will hold your attention cover-to-cover! It unfolds at neck-break speed - a race against the clock to figure out who is trying to assassinate a candidate for vice president of the United States...and why? Is it political? Personal? I never tire of following the thought process of Jack Reacher as he takes on a case and/or villain. There are some great support characters in this one and several intense scenes. I just couldn't put this book down until I finished. Another fantastic addition ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Rating: 4.3/5

Great Novel just like the others. This is not as good as Echo Burning. A bit slower here and there. The twists at the endings are not as impressive as the other novels. But still a great novel. There is no bad stuff about it. So, yeah. See u guys in the next one.
Steven R. McEvoy
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
First, I can state I love the Reacher stories. I have read 26 of them in the last 24 weeks. And only have a few to go to have read all of them in well under a year. I started on a whim by picking up the current release because the description caught my attention when I was looking at it as a gift for my father. That first one, Past Tense, was great and many since have been excellent reads. But there are a few things that I feel are inconsistent in this volume over the rest of the Reacher canon, ...more
Jane Stewart
3 ½ or 4 stars, can’t decide. Reacher didn’t beat up as many thugs as I would have liked, but I still enjoyed it.

Someone is threatening Armstrong, the newly elected Vice President. Froelich is in charge of the Secret Service team protecting him. She used to date Reacher’s brother who told her about Reacher’s talents and abilities. She hires Reacher to test her security and then to help with the current threat. Reacher hires one of his army buddies to help.

Another g
Mohammed Sheikh
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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President and vice president of USA gets tons of threats every year and all of the mails and letters and everything first checked by the secret service. Now vice president elect gets a death threat via a number of letters and secret service is taking it seriously. What is in the letter that made the secret service hire an outsider like Jack Reacher and find if there is mole inside in the name of a security audit. Now Reacher and his former co
Sean Peters
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it

I really enjoy the Jack Reacher books, so far, with the Reacher books read, this is my second favourite behind One Shot. Although nice to see a regular character helping and returning in this book to work with Reacher.

Always readable, gripping.

As always he is the ladies man.

very enjoyable


Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Audio book for my second time around this story
Without a doubt I would have given this four stars when I read the book upon original release. I was just captured with Jack Reacher; he attack the bullies that we all encounter in our lives.
Now, I am looking at the individual story and how Child delivers it. Outside of the information about my country and it's institutes I find little here.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
: The weakest of the series by far features a campaign of intimidation and assassination threats directed at the Vice President-elect. When something's going down, who to you call? Jack Reacher. It feels the overall plots for these books are agreed and then the characters just thrown at them? 3 out of 12.
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, tough-guy
This was a fairly disappointing continuation of Jack Reacher's drifter ways for me. A threat exist against the Vice President and suddenly Jack finds himself employed to seek holes in the VP's security - that was about the jeist of the story. ...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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