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(Jack Reacher #7)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  59,315 ratings  ·  2,526 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.

Mass Market Paperback, 496 pages
Published March 25th 2008 by Dell (first published April 1st 2003)
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Jane Yes, strangely. At times I felt impatient with the flashbacks, which increased as the tension built, however it was like watching something in…moreYes, strangely. At times I felt impatient with the flashbacks, which increased as the tension built, however it was like watching something in horrified fascination, because the tension was matched with a pace that just kept building to the finale.(less)

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People were depending on me. I had been beaten many times. But I had never just quit. Not once. Not ever.

This book! OMG, my heart is still beating so fast as though it's going to jump out of my chest! What an adrenaline-pumping ride!

Ok, take a deep breath...

Alright, I will keep this short as I know that there's no way I can write this review without going into detail, in which will ultimately give the story all away. So, no spoilers here.

Once again, Lee Child dazzles me with this top-notch sto
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Persuader (Jack Reacher #7), Lee Child
Persuader is the seventh book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It is written in the first person. Jack Reacher is working unofficially, with the DEA to bring down a boy's father, Zachary Beck, who is suspected of smuggling drugs, under the pretext of trading in oriental carpets. They stage a kidnap effort on Zachary's son, Richard Beck. A frightened Richard places in his trust on Reacher, and asks him to take him back home. Reacher gains
This is the first Jack Reacher book I’ve read. Maybe I should have started with the first one in the series, but I picked up this one used. For fifty cents. Reading some of the Goodreads comments about the varied quality of the Reacher series, I was probably better off starting with this one.

The tricksy misdirection at the beginning of the book aside, this was a decent read. Reacher, reminded me of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser, big, tough, smart, can handle himself in any situation. But he’s not a
Dec 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To me this was the best of the series after Killing Floor.
Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-stars, perhaps a bit more.

This and "Echo Burning" are by far Child's best books in the series (so far). The pacing is terrific, mostly. The dialogue and action are very good, mostly. The climax is good, but too drawn-out in parts. The plot is very, very clever. This would have been 5-stars if not for Child's momentary returns to excessive detail and repetitive prose.

As usual with my reviews, please first read the publisher’s blurb/summary of the book. Thank you.

Lots and lots of guns in this
Cameron Mitchell
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
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
An awesome Novel.
My RATING: 4.4/5

The Novel is in full throttle. The flashback story line is awesome and the twist in the flashback is great. The novel is fun and intriguing. Back to awesomeness !
See u guys at next, Thank you.
Freda Malone
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
As always Lee Child is an exceptional writer. I think this one is going to be tabbed a favorite of mine. Reacher has met his match with the character, Paulie, who is just a lowly bodyguard, or so it seems. Finally, my hero (Reacher) isn't so tough and perfect. I love the thinking process in the writing as Reacher tries to solve yet another mystery, but this time, he's a bit slower figuring out the clues. There was more suspense and a little more wit, I had to laugh at the reasoning behind tippin ...more
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 Reac ...more
Maureen DeLuca
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A 4 star read - but I just had to throw in another star for such a great series - and of course- a great character!!! I know I'm behind in this series- I started with book 1 and I am reading them all in order- looking forward to book number 8 !!
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Karin Slaughter
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the book that put Lee Child on my must-always-read list. I hated Killing Floor because (1) obviously Lee had never been to Georgia when he wrote this and (2) I wasn't yet published when it came out, so I had to be a jealous hater.

Both were remedied by the time I read Persuader, and I could love this book for the pure reading pleasure that it is. Also, I had met Lee by then and he is so handsome and dreamy that it's hard not to see his beautiful, sensitive eyes whenever I think of Jack Re
Sloane Howell
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reacher fights a man the size of Texas, and fires shotguns that could blow a drug tunnel to Mexico. What more can you ask for?
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
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Number 7 in the Jack Reacher series.
Jack Reacher at his best, heart pumping thrills and spills from page one to the very end.
Jack can't believe who he has just seen, someone that he killed ten years ago. Jack is quick enough to get the number plate of the car that the dead man just got into. He phones a friend that he knows in the military police to see if a trace can be put on the number plate. Not long after the FBI are knocking on Jack's door. Jack explains his interest in the number plate a
I thought Killing Floor was a fun novel that showed a lot of promise. Its sequel, Die Trying, had very genuinely good shit but also bloated horribly and killed the momentum with the FBI agent plotline. Tripwire had a shamefully obvious mystery and a glacial plot with flashes of true suspense. So I was not really jazzed on the Reacher series. But ever since I started them, I liked Child's overall style, pacing, and prose. But I gotta admit, when I saw Make Me on the shelf, I thought to myself Tha ...more
Manuel Antão
Aug 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Shit, This Thing Is Selling Millions: "Persuader" by Lee Child

I’m taking two risks here by writing this review. The first risk sounds repetitive. I have the distinct impression that I’ve written about this in several of my previous texts. The second risk might be because you might incur a waste of my (and your) time by reading this diatribe. After reading one more Reacher book, I just had to write (again) about this.
Imagine the follo
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
James Fearn
Nice title.
Easy read, not very challenging either.
Plot was great.
Written like this review.
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Kathy Davie
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Tenth chronologically in the Jack Reacher thriller series (and seventh publication-wise) revolving around a retired MP roaming the country and rescuing the threatened. What can I say? Reacher just hates "big smug people who think they can get away with things".

My Take
Reacher is hot for vengeance and talk about TENSION. Sneaky, too. A grand scheme to get Reacher inside the house so he can search for a missing agent. A plan with so many ways it could backfire…and it does in ways expected and not.

Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
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
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-19-season
It's nice to see a recurring character series where the author isn't afraid to take narrative risks - in this case altering his established structural style by using a parallel flashback storyline.**

** I used this exact same review for Another Man's Moccasins, the 4th book in the Longmire series. Lee Child did it half a decade earlier (and I'd be surprised if he was the first) but its just as impressive, and just as well done.

Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mike (the Paladin)
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
And here we go again. Jack is (in this volume) the ex-MP (as opposed to the books where we get stories during his time as active duty MP). The book opens with a scene that sets up our story and leaves us wondering in what "our hero" is involved. What is happening has to do with JR seeing someone from his past, someone who is supposed dead. As a matter of fact Reacher had no doubts he was dead (view spoiler)

From here Reacher gets sucked into a...we
Riju Ganguly
Books can cause real pain. As the world beyond the room goes silently into the embrace of Morpheus, hapless guys stuck with an unputdownable read, keep rubbing their eyes, and carry on. It happens whenever a Jack Reacher novel gets picked up by me. It happens especially if Reacher has some unfinished business, that must be settled NOW. Because, right then the book becomes an unfinished business, and I become Jack Reacher.

Unfortunately, the climax of this book came as a massive disappointment. Pr
Andy Knights
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It kept me gripped from beginning to end. One of the best so far in the series.
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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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