The Enemy

The Enemy

A Jack Reacher Novel

Book - 2004
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Jack Reacher. Hero. Loner. Soldier. Soldier's son. An elite military cop, he was one of the army's brightest stars. But in every cop's life there is a turning point. One case. One messy, tangled case that can shatter a career. Turn a lawman into a renegade. And make him question words like honor, valor, and duty. For Jack Reacher, this is that case. New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina "hot-sheets" motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can't be controlled. Within hours the general's wife is murdered hundreds of miles away. Then the dominoes really start to fall. Two Special Forces soldiers--the toughest of the tough--are taken down, one at a time. Top military commanders are moved from place to place in a bizarre game of chess. And somewhere inside the vast worldwide fortress that is the U.S. Army, Jack Reacher--an ordinarily untouchable investigator for the 110th Special Unit--is being set up as a fall guy with the worst enemies a man can have. But Reacher won't quit. He's fighting a new kind of war. And he's taking a young female lieutenant with him on a deadly hunt that leads them from the ragged edges of a rural army post to the winding streets of Paris to a confrontation with an enemy he didn't know he had. With his French-born mother dying--and divulging to her son one last, stunning secret--Reacher is forced to question everything he once believed…about his family, his career, his loyalties--and himself. Because this soldier's son is on his way into the darkness, where he finds a tangled drama of desperate desires and violent death--and a conspiracy more chilling, ingenious, and treacherous than anyone could have guessed.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780385336673
0385336675
9780440245995
9780857500113
Branch Call Number: FICTION Child 2004
F CHILD
Characteristics: 393 p. ; 24 cm

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Woodstockgirl
Dec 06, 2014

This series is really enjoyable and this one really resonated with me for several reasons. The first one, which is kind of silly, is that Jack Reacher and I would have attended West Point at the same time if he were a real person. Because of that, his time in the Army is a time I'm very familiar with. This particular book is set during that time, which is a departure from the previous books. The second reason this one affected me was that his mother died in this book and he realized, as many of us do, that his mother was an amazing woman with hidden depths and that he would miss her for the rest of his life. The last thing about this book was that my library's copy was printed in the UK, so the British spellings of "kerb" and "tyre" were a fun change of pace.

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