The Enemy

The Enemy

A Jack Reacher Novel

eBook - 2004
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An elite military cop, Jack Reacher was one of the army's brightest stars. But in every cop's life there is a turning point. One messy, tangled case that can make a lawman question words like honor, valor and duty. For Jack Reacher, this is that case.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2004.
ISBN: 9780440334989
0440334985
Characteristics: 1 online resource (393 p.)

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PolyWogg
Nov 03, 2019

BOTTOM-LINE:
Nice backstory, weak mystery
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Jack Reacher is still in the military and gets transferred out of Panama just before New Year's Eve, 1989. The Berlin Wall is falling, Panama is heating up with Noriega, and Reacher is watching grass grow at his new post, until a General drops dead at a seedy motel.
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WHAT I LIKED:
The story gives more of Reacher's back story, and it is interesting to see the "man alone" working within a command structure with others. And it is an interesting premise -- what do you do in the military when the future looks like you're about to become obsolete? The supporting characters were good, and it was nice to see Reacher with his brother and mother. At the end, there is a twist about an error Reacher makes early on that comes back to bite him, and it is a great element to keep. The aftermath is kind of abrupt, with who went where and what happened next, but hard to avoid in a "flashback" style story.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The premise for the story is a little far-fetched, but when they get to the final reveal, the real specific motive is ridiculous as the people involved would never have done what they did, at least not on paper, and not openly. Reacher stumbles around in the dark long past where certain lines of enquiry should have been obvious, and particulalry for the identify of a specific witness. And the killer.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him / her on social media.

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Suellen1111
Oct 08, 2019

Not my favorite Reacher book. Too slow.

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DavidCarr
Nov 10, 2018

Book #1 chronologically
https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/jack-reacher/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Reacher_(book_series)#In-story_chronology
1. The Enemy (2004) Description Book eBook
2. Night School (2016) Description Book eBook
3. The Affair (2011) Description Book eBook
4. Killing Floor (1997) Description Book eBook
5. Die Trying (1998) Description Book eBook
6. Tripwire (1999) Description Book eBook
7. Running Blind / The Visitor (2000) Description Book eBook
8. Echo Burning (2001) Description Book eBook
9. Without Fail (2002) Description Book eBook
10. Persuader (2003) Description Book eBook
11. One Shot (2005) Description Book eBook
12. The Hard Way (2006) Description Book eBook
13. Bad Luck And Trouble (2007) Description Book eBook
14. Nothing To Lose (2008) Description Book eBook
15. Gone Tomorrow (2009) Description Book eBook
16. 61 Hours (2010) Description Book eBook
17. Worth Dying For (2010) Description Book eBook
18. A Wanted Man (2012) Description Book eBook
19. Never Go Back (2013) Description Book eBook
20. Personal (2014) Description Book eBook
21. Make Me (2015) Description Book eBook
22. The Midnight Line (2017) Description Book eBook
23. Past Tense (2018) Description Book eBook

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titok
Aug 15, 2015

To find a Jack Reacher book I hadn't read yet! It's like Christmas!

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billmacrotarian
Oct 12, 2014

The Enemy is set at New Year’s 1990 with Jack Reacher in the army. The Cold War is over and the first Gulf War is just around the bend although the characters don’t know that. A heart attack leads to murder and a cover up. It’s not clear what’s going on through most of the book and that’s consistent with the best Reacher novels. A subtext is the presence of gays in the US military which Child handles deftly without bowing to the gods of political correctness. Unlike earlier entries and most subsequent ones The Enemy gives us some background on Reacher, his mother, and his brother. Perhaps Child wanted to put a more human face on Reacher. Perhaps he wanted to justify Reacher being fallible. Perhaps it’s just filler. In any case it’s a good entry in the series albeit not one of the top ones.

MBSL500 Apr 09, 2013

Read this years ago and am re-reading it. I think the early Reacher books are better than the later ones, although all are excellent. Child is a master at weaving a story around a strong fascinating central character.

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jimg2000
Feb 21, 2013

In depth look into the military politics after the fall of the Berlin wall while reacher had to stop one serious conspiracy that led to murders and, unfortunately, his demotion in the military rank.

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gloryb
Dec 08, 2012

Click the tab to read the plot summaries. Child takes his time in telling us how it came about that a military commander was found dead in a cheap motel with military papers missing. The story explains why Reacher left the MP, provides more info on Reacher's family, both his mom and his brother Joe.

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BillyTodd
Sep 25, 2012

My first Lee Child book to read. I have heard a lot of good things about his books. I've heard that they are all page turners, very exciting. Maybe it's just me but this book did not live up to the reputation. Over all, it was an OK story but for me, it was slow in many places. I don't mind reading books over 500 pages. I've read all of Clive Cussler's books and most of his are over 500 pages. I feel that this book was too long for the story. Maybe if additional editing had been done to remove some of the slow passages, this would have shortened the book and made it more enjoyable for me. I plan on reading The Killing Floor next to give Lee Child a 2nd chance.

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gloryb
Sep 12, 2012

I like the female counterparts that Child places to work beside Jack Reacher. They are usually just as intellectually astute at thinking through the 3 W's of a murder and always prove to be an asset to Jack. Summer doesn't disappoint. This novel is set on army bases with a subtheme of gays in the army. Hard to put down, but always a pleasure to pick up.

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timspork
May 22, 2013

“This was like July 13th, 1943, the pivotal day of the Battle of the Kursk. We were like Alexander Vasilevsky, the Soviet general. If we attacked now, this minute, we had to keep on and on attacking until the enemy was run off his feet and the war was won. If we bogged down or paused for breath even for a second, we would be overrun again.”

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