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Without Fail (Jack Reacher #6)

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With each new book, more and more join the chorus of praise for one of the most original and daring heroes in suspense fiction (The Providence Journal-Bulletin), Lee Child's ex-military cop Jack Reacher. In Without Fail, Reacher is approached by a Secret Service agent who needs a favor. I want to hire you to assassinate the Vice President of the United States, she asks. Sh ...more
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Published May 1st 2004 by Jove Books (first published May 13th 2002)
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Alp
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.75/5

“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 working
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Sara
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Gem
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 fins 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
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Heather
Oct 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike Finn
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, audio-book
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 there. Yet, the man who sees everything, seems to have no desire to engage with the world unless it is to exact revenge. He li
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Eric Kibler
I'm gradually reading the Jack Reacher books in order, and this is the sixth. After making it through nearly half the extant books, I'd have to say that the other Jack series (Repairman Jack by F. Paul Wilson) is the more consistently entertaining, that is if you don't ...mind a little supernatural horror with your vigilante action. The previous Jack Reacher outing, Echo Burning, was a superb Texas gothic tale. But this one strains credibility in a couple of ways. First, I don't buy the motivati ...more
Sean Peters
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hi

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

regards

Sean
Jane Stewart
3 or 4 stars, can’t decide. Reacher didn’t beat up as many thugs as I would have liked, but I still enjoyed it.

STORY BRIEF:
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.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
Another go
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Mark Chisnell
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m a huge fan of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, and I think I might have mentioned previously that they were the inspiration for some aspects of Powder Burn and my new ‘Burn’ series. So I needed no encouragement to pick this one up when it was also chosen as a Goodreads group read. And as usual, I wasn’t disappointed.

Jack Reacher appeals to the angry and vengeful core in all of us – there are no judges or juries in Reacher’s world, just violent retribution dispatched swiftly, without compunct
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D.G.
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
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William
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Molly
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Have you heard of Jack Reacher? He's become a favorite among a handful of people I know. We were each introduced to Reacher at one time or another by the same person, who conveniently has almost every book written about Reacher.

Lee Child's brainchild is a gargantuan man, ex-military, a nomad, and deadly (both to enemies and to women). In previous books, he would tell time without looking at a watch. But in Without Fail, he was constantly depending on his watch. Confusing. Also, this one is less
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Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws

This is one of the few Audiobook experiences I have and of course I went on to read the paperback copy of the book later on.

In this instalment of the Jack Reacher Series, Jack is recruited to find any loopholes in the Vice President’s security coverage. The Secret Service is pretty sure of an imminent attempt on the VP’s life and so they want a fresh pair of eyes on their plans to find out any holes in the plan that they might have missed. While the opponents may have had a good plan to carry ou
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Jerry
Jul 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fine 6th Jack Reacher -- Secret Service thriller !!

We have read the entire Lee Child / Jack Reacher series, so obviously we enjoy these action packed thrillers about nice guy, smart guy, ex-MP Reacher. "Without Fail" is no exception, and a fast start -- a near-miss assassination attempt on Vice President-elect Armstrong -- soon leads the Secret Service to haul in Jack to act as a consultant and help them try to penetrate their security surrounding the veep so that they can plug any loopholes. Us
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Harry
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
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Phil
Jul 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrills-n-spills
Toni Morrison has set me free.

Not in the "Oh, her Beloved is a Masterpiece! I'll never be the same again!" kinda way. But this Harvard professor, Nobel winner admitted that she reads consumes loads of mysteries. So my dirty little habit is validated.

Lee Child is a writer with an austere mind. I like that glimpse into foreign territory. His characters are also logical and nimble enough to surprise. Jack Reacher, the protagonist of his books, was an elite ex-military cop. He's now a vagrant by pre
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Nate
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barely makes the four-star rating because of Frances Neagley, who is both a smart, ruthless ass-kicker like Reacher as well as being an interesting character. I really wish Child would include more of her and less of the capable but ultimately forgettable girlfriend-sidekicks that populate the books.
Stuart
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.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Without Fail (Jack Reacher #6), Lee Child
عنوان: سوء قصد - کتاب 06 - از سری جک ریچر؛ نویسنده: لی چایلد؛ مترجم: محمد عباس آبادی؛ تهران، تندیس، 1394؛ در 540 ص؛ شابک: 9786001821585؛
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Mackey St
Until the most recent releases, I like Lee Child's books featuring Lee Child. However, Book #6 is about an assassination attempt on the VP of the US. In this story, the Secret Service calls in Reacher to tell them possible scenarios allegedly because Reacher was the best shooter the Army ever had. Riiigghht. The guy is a drifter, at this point he still hate the military, but let's call him in to tell us how to run a special ops. In addition, there are so many flaws. For example, each time Reache ...more
Bart Hopkins
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid Reacher novel, but there were some plot elements that drive me to go with four stars.
Siobhan
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone following my progression through the Jack Reacher novels knows of my strange love-hate relationship, whereby I label the Jack Reacher novels as guilty pleasure novels rather than novels I go out of my way to read. I tend to hand out three star ratings to the books, having only given one other four star rating prior to this one… and I think ‘Without Fail’ has earned the spot as my favourite Jack Reacher novel (thus far in the series).

The Jack Reacher novels are never perfect. I know the di
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May Wong
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jack Reacher is a man’s man, but also a woman’s man. This is the enigma. He lives by his own code of conduct; a law unto himself. He believes in taking an eye for an eye, especially in retaliation for the death of someone he cares about (but not necessarily). Jack is judge, jury, executioner – fans might say “avenger”.

The characters that Lee Childs paints are so nasty; they do not seem to deserve our understanding and certainly not our forgiveness. But do they not deserve the rule of law? Where
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Aaron
Jun 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While reading this installment of the Jack Reacher series, I remarked to my fiancee that this just might be the best one so far. She lauhed at me, and chided that I have said that for every one that I have read so far. She's right. I probably have.

But, to me, that's the beauty of this series. It's fun to see the progression, not just in Child's plotting but in his writing in general. It would be difficult, I would think, to keep outdoing your own cleverness. That's one of the dangers of writing
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James
The next in the series, and Jack Reacher time has come around again. This time Reacher is approached by the Secret Service to perform a secret audit of their protetion detail for the vice president elect. Reacher realises immediately that there's going to be more to it than that – in fact, Reacher audits the protection so quickly that it doesn't even make it into the book, instead he briefly describes his report to the agent in charge, M.E. Froelich.

We're reintroduced, indirectly, to Reacher's b
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Dreamer
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery, m-f
This Jack Reacher novel revolves around the political world in Washington - meh. Reacher and his old army pal Neagley are employed by the secret service to help Froelich, his brother's ex girlfriend, find out who is leaving threatening notes for the Vice President Elect.

“That's how you've got to think,” Neagley said. “Pump yourself up. Get to the point where it's impossible to imagine that these jerky guys with their silly notes are going to get within a million miles of you.”
Froelich smiled, br
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Matt
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
It all began with a proposition. "How would you like to assassinate the Vice President?" Reacher is contacted by the Veep's Secret Service lead agent, in hopes of finding some of the loopholes in the current coverage. After learning the agent's his dead brother's ex, Reacher must take a moment to reassess the situation, but soon takes the job and puts his knowledge to the test. After showing the Service many of their faults, Reacher is pulled in to learn of a set of letters seeking to assassinat ...more
Linda
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I've read a Reacher, and I really enjoyed this one.
Jack is working to prevent the assassination of the Vice President elect, and he's doing it a bit in the shadow of his deceased older brother. The women are smart, capable and human... always a plus.

There is a lot of speculation throughout the book as to why the VP elect is a target. During that speculation, an interesting theory was suggested, especially right now as our two US nominees have not yet named their running m
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Erik
Aug 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
The 6th novel in the Jack Reacher series was published in early 2002, but had to have been completed before the events of 9/11 because there is no mention of any heightened security anywhere. That being stated, I was disappointed in one aspect of this novel; (SPOILER) Jack Reacher is recruited to work closely with the CIA's detail in charge of providing security for the Vice President-elect. But throughout the story, Reacher, who doesn't own anything but the clothes on his back (and even those a ...more
David
Mar 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
If you've been following my reviews very long you know that I am a HUGE fan of this series by Lee Child. Without Fail wasn't quite as strong as the others I've read thus far.. but still a pretty good read.

A Secret Service agent does the impossible-- she tracks down Jack Reacher (she used to date his brother Joe) She is the head of the security detail for the newly elected Vice-President and she asks Reacher to to examine if her operation is truly protecting the V.P. Reacher shows her some holes
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Vikas
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again Jack Reacher finds himself trapped in a dangerous situation and again meeting people from past. Not only his own but from his brother's too.

This is typical of Lee Child book where in the villains are hidden till the last act/chapter and then revealed but none the less its a rollercoaster of a book which is action filled and fun.

Jack Reacher never be beaten whether in a fight or the fun quotient.

Hannah Polley
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, fiction, lee-child
I picked up this book at a charity shop and didn't realise it was the 6th book in a series. The book is about a former military person, Jack Reacher, who is enlisted by the Secret Services to help protect and defend the Vice President. I was initially a little disappointed in the book as I felt the first couple of hundred pages kept building the suspense but then nothing actually happened and the pacing of the story seemed a bit off. But once the action started, it didn't stop and was a really e ...more
M. Ashraf
The idea is very good, No one really give any attention to the VP so when he is a target of an assassination plot, it's somehow unique...
On a side note, not related to the book, TNT tried to make the VP cool giving him a secret organization to protect the republic in Agent X and the show backfired and got cancelled after only one season with Sharon Stone as its lead star so :/ the VP is still lame.
Anyway, The idea was good but the reason, the why? was :/ same as the end.
The whole situation betwe
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Sheila
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For basically being homeless and unemployed Jack always seems to find himself in tense life and world changing situations. As ex military with high clearance levels he is sought after by the leader of the Secret Service detail tasked with protecting the vice-president elect from assassination. There have been viable threats against the vp and Jack is asked to "assassinate" him. In other words to pretend to be someone out to kill the vp and find the holes in his protection detail.

Meanwhile there
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Dale
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Review of the Audiobook

Originally released in 2007 by Brilliance Audio.
Read by Dick Hill
Duration: 16 hours, 34 minutes
Unabridged


Jack Reacher is back. He is tracked down by his deceased brother's former colleague in the Secret Service (and ex-girlfriend) because she wants him to take a run at the security around the Vice President-elect in order to test it.

It turns out there is a serious plot to kill the Vice President-elect and Reacher and a partner he has brought in to help join in to hunt fo
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Nic Salzwedel
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book titled, “Without Fail” written by Lee Child is from a series of books about a man named Jack Reacher. Reacher is a hired assassin who is approached by a beautiful secret service agent named Mary Ellen, also known as M.E. with an unusual request. She asks him if he could design a way to assassinate the Vice President of the United States. It is not what it sounds like however. M.E. has been given word that there is a group that is planning to assassinate the vice president, so she asks R ...more
Steve
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compelling installment in a high-velocity, entertaining series. This one seemed slightly different from some of its predecessors, with the plot line being less driven by chance and more by design/recruitment (which, frankly, makes more sense to me). Inserting Reacher into a Secret Service operation/situation was interesting, and it worked out pretty well (in terms of story line).

The sustained tension/drama is the defining feature of the book (and, from my perspective, the series). Child begins
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Shishir Das
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lee-child
The book is awesome. The thriller, the action and the suspense, with a twitch of sadness. Gives a lot of insight about the protagonist's relation with his older brother, Joe. The moment when Froelich dies, that's when the book start to get more interesting. All in all, a great read.
WendyB
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Pretty good, the usual stuff you'd expect from a Jack Reacher novel. I didn't much like the reason for the attempts on the VP-elect's life. Seemed kinda anti-climatic after all the build up on how smart and competent the bad guys were supposed to be. Still, it was an entertaining read.
Barry
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This time Jack Reacher is seconded to be a body guard for the US Vice President elect and unravels an assassination attempt. Author Lee Child uses Jack Reacher's unanchored persona as a device to write a book about whatever thriller idea he might have, it requires a suspension of disbelief to find that Reacher can penetrate the inner sanctums of the US Special Services easily and bring along a comrade in arms with him, and be accepted easily into this world.
The book is a fine mystery on who the
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Debbie
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of all the Jack Reacher novels I've read, this one didn't do much for me. It was still a good story and I bet it would make an excellent movie, but it just didn't pull me in. I'm still a huge fanof Lee Child and his Reacher novels and will read ever last one!!
Danielle Gonzalez
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 6th in the Jack Reacher series, and I enjoyed it very much. Jack begins this journey with an elderly couple who perform jazz. He accompanies them to Atlantic City to ensure they are not taken advantage of. However, that's about the end of their story. While in Atlantic City, a woman with the Secret Service. M.E. Froelich, tracks him down and wants to hire him to see if the Vice President Elect is vulnerable to any threats. In Jack's unique way, he finds more than 3 ways that someone ...more
Stan Usher
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read a few Jack Reacher books before, seen the movie, and have loved everything I read and seen, so I was looking forward to this one as well. I was not disappointed. From the first chapter through to the end, its relentless action. The characters as I have seen in other Reacher books are all well fleshed out. The plot is plausible, and it roars along at a good pace. We learn a little more about Reacher in this book too. I have read a lot of this genre of book, and Jack Reacher is by far ...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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