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The Enemy by Lee Child

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Important to the story line, but not my favorite...

  • Jan 6, 2006
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In this installment of the Jack Reacher series, Lee Child takes a step back into Reacher's past... The Enemy.

Most of the Reacher books involve current day action since Reacher left the military police and started drifting around the country. But in The Enemy, you're dumped back into 1990. Reacher gets a call on New Year's Eve related to a dead general in a hotel room. Naked, with condom, but no partner. No briefcase either, and that overlooked fact causes Reacher to wonder if perhaps the missing sex partner took off with classified material. As he digs a bit deeper, he learns that he's not the only MP that's been pulled from duty in one location and stuck in a temporary position on a state-side base. The generals who were *supposed* to meet with the dead general claim that there was no agenda to the meeting, although Reacher knows that *no* Army meeting is held without one. Other people start turning up murdered along with the general, such as his wife and a Delta Force soldier on Reacher's base. Jack's being squeezed by his new commanding officer to just write up everything as a "training accident", but of course Reacher can't leave well enough alone. Throw in a personal relationship with his investigating partner, as well as his mother's terminal cancer and death, and Jack's got a lot going on emotionally and one wrong step can get him thrown into the brig for a very long time...

While this wasn't a bad novel in the series, it's definitely not my favorite. I wasn't sure at first whether I had picked up an older novel in the series, or perhaps this was a book that Child wrote early on but that wasn't published until now. In reality, he just decided to go back and fill in the blanks related to Reacher's relationship with his brother and how his military career made him what he is now. The huge jump in chronology wasn't expected, and it threw me at first. On top of that, I felt as if the story line was a bit convoluted and I was having problems following who was doing what. While it's important to read the book in order to fill in more character blanks, I wasn't quite as spellbound with The Enemy as I was with other installments.

But that's not enough to stop me from grabbing Persuader off my shelf and starting that one now... :)

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Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
What an exception writer Lee Child is. Some of what he writes is so unbelieveable but so engrossing.
review by . March 14, 2009
Lee Child has something pretty good going with his Jack Reacher novels. Prior the The Enemy, we've known Reacher as the ex-military police officer and a drifter who has a penchant for finding trouble and for trouble finding him. In this novel Reacher is still in the military and a very hot case falls into his lap.     The plot itself is fairly simple one. While stationed at Fort Bird, North Carolina Reacher is on duty when a General is found dead in sleazy hotel room. But, it's …
review by . May 20, 2005
Lee Child has something pretty good going with his Jack Reacher novels. Prior the The Enemy, we've known Reacher as the ex-military police officer and a drifter who has a penchant for finding trouble and for trouble finding him. In this novel Reacher is still in the military and a very hot case falls into his lap.    The plot itself is fairly simple one. While stationed at Fort Bird, North Carolina Reacher is on duty when a General is found dead in sleazy hotel room. But, it's …
review by . October 21, 2004
This is a mystery with so many historical and social undercurrents that you must be very knowledgeable about the atmosphere of the times to understand them all. The setting is New Year's Day in 1990 and they are giddy times in Europe. The German people are smashing the hated symbol of the communist conquest of Eastern Europe, the Berlin Wall, to pieces. For all practical purposes, the Cold War is over and the Western democracies are victorious. However, military people who are paid to think ahead …
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The latest entry in what is arguably today's finest thriller series (Persuader, etc.) flashes back to series hero Jack Reacher's days in the military police. It's New Year's Eve 1990, the Soviet Union is about to collapse and the military is on tenterhooks, wondering how a changed globe will affect budgets and unit strengths, when the body of a two-star general is found in a motel near Fort Bird, N.C. Investigating is Reacher, 29, an MP major who's just been transferred from Panamaâ€"one of dozens of top MPs swapped into new posts on the same day, he later learns. Missing from the general's effects is a briefcase that, it's also revealed later, contained an agenda for a secret meeting of army honchos connected to an armored division. Then the general's wife is found bludgeoned to death at home and, soon after, a third body surfaces, of a slain gay Delta Force soldier whose murder contains clues pointing to Reacher as culprit. With Summer, a young black female lieutenant MP at his side (and, eventually, in his bed), Reacher digs deep, in his usual brilliant and violent way, butting against villainous superior officers, part of a grand conspiracy, as well as against members of Delta Force who think that Reacher killed their colleague. Unlike recent Reacher tales, the novel is as much mystery as thriller, as Reacher and Summer sift for and put together clues, but the tension is nonstop. There's a strong ...
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ISBN-10: 0385336675
ISBN-13: 978-0385336673
Author: Lee Child
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date Published: 2004
Format: Hardback, Paperback
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