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Mystery Books - Lee Child - The Enemy - A Jack Reacher Novel

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The Enemy
Lee Child
496 pages
Dell (April 26, 2005)


The toughest MP in the 110th receives a call on New Year's Eve about a dead soldier in a seedy motel. It's happened before and it will no doubt happen again so Reacher palms it off on the locals only to get a phone call a little later from his commanding officer pointing out that the dead soldier was a two star general and it might be best if Reacher put in an appearance: Thus begins The Enemy.

Picking up a Lee Child novel is a double edged sword. On the one hand you are promised a great read and on the other hand you will probably stay up longer than you ought to in order to finish the book. The Enemy has everything you expect from Lee Child – crisp dialogue, a strong story line, some great action sequences and as always the unexpected.

The unexpected comes not in the form of a dead general but rather in the form of the Army itself and the reluctance to investigate anything with regards to the death of the general. Lee Child blends the private and professional life of Reacher in a practically seamless narrative which constantly moves the story forward while dropping hints to the reader at to the eventual resolution of the mysterious death of the general.

This man's army is a strange place to the uninitiated and Child does a tremendous job of explaining the competitive nature of the different corps within the army. Between the 110th, Delta, Psyops, Armoured and infantry there is a lot of ground to cover on two continents and with Reacher as both investigator and guide the reader is taken on one of the most entertaining Jack Reacher novels in the series.

Denis Bernicky

Other Lee Child Reviews

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Tripwire - A Jack Reacher Novel: When a private eye finds Reacher in Key West then suddenly turns up dead Reacher becomes interested in why the man was looking for him in the first place.

Persuader - A Jack Reacher Novel: Jack Reacher finds himself chasing a ghost and living with one of the biggest dealers on the eastern seaboard while doing the scut work for the DEA.

The Hard Way - A Jack Reacher Novel: Jack Reacher helps find the kidnapped wife and child of a mercenary

Bad Luck and Trouble - A Jack Reacher Novel: Do not mess with the special investigators takes on a whole new meaning when Calvin Franz turns up dead and Jack Reacher takes on the case.

Killing Floor - A Jack Reacher Novel: When Jack Reacher wanders into the town of Margrave he is quickly arrested on suspicion of murdered and the strength of an unimpeachable eyewitness.

Nothing To Lose - A Jack Reacher Novel: Jack Reacher finds himself moving between Hope and Despair while trying to figure out why he is being kicked out of the township of Despair Colorado.

61 Hours - A Jack Reacher Novel: Jack Reacher is trapped in a small town under lockdown and snowed in while a drug lord makes arrangements to kill a witness.

Gone Tomorrow - A Jack Reacher Novel: Reacher thinks he is dealing with a suicide bomber on a train but he is only half right and comes up against an enemy as strong and clever as he is.

Worth Dying For - A Jack Reacher Novel: It is the Duncan s versus Jack Reacher in the middle of a Nebraska county they control with an iron fist. It is irresistible force meets immovable object.

Echo Burning - A Jack Reacher Novel: Jack Reacher is wandering through Texas and gets picked up by a beautiful woman looking to hire a killer.

The Affair - A Jack Reacher Novel: Still with the 110th Jack Reacher is sent undercover to Carters Crossing to investigate the death of a local woman that may have met her fate at the hands of a soldier.

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