The Enemy by Lee Child

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lee Child’s The Affair.

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.

About Lee Child

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Lee Child is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of Jack Reacher thrillers. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero awards for Best Novel. Child, a native of England and a former television director, lives in New York City.
Published May 11, 2004 by Delacorte Press. 400 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, War, Action & Adventure, Crime, History, Travel. Fiction

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The eighth Jack Reacher tale (Persuader, 2003, etc.) is a fabulously suspenseful prequel that reveals Reacher's character as he uncovers a homicidal cabal of military officers.

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The Guardian

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You see, in Higson's post-apocalyptic London, it's the adults who have been affected by some dreadful something, and the children – who are unaffected – are their prey.

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Publishers Weekly

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Child (The Persuader , etc.) brings back his intrepid hero, Jack Reacher, for another excellent mystery, which steps back in time to the eventful first few weeks

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Book Reporter

Lee Child, creator of Jack Reacher and author of THE ENEMY, said in an interview, "Reacher fans always have two questions: What made him the way he is?

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Los Angeles Times

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The author advocates self-control but doesn't seem to have control of his argument.

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The Telegraph

Michael Arditti takes the title of his new novel from Voltaire: “The best is the enemy of the good.” Arditti writes with the same compassion and humanity as Voltaire, but without the biting satire.

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Gather Books

On New Year’s Day a two-star general is found dead in a hotel room and his briefcase is nowhere to be found.

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Common Sense Media

He could sense right away the soldiers pain, fear, frustration.

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Common Sense Media

After days of hunger and desperate loneliness, days filled with fear of killing and being killed, the narrator soldier crawls over to the enemy soldier's hole, finds him missing, and makes a discovery that convinces him that declaring peace is the only answer.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Jack Reacher (2002): The Secret Service comes up with a new method of evaluating their effectiveness: hire Jack Reacher to attempt an assassination.

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Jackson District Library

I haven’t previously read the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child, although his fans I’ve talked with are extremely loyal and eagerly grab each new installment as it hits the shelves.

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Sci-Fi Bulletin

Moving firmly into horror territory Higson mixes together fairy tales (Hansel and Gretel in particular), Lord of the Flies, 28 Days Later (notably the Christopher Eccleston sequence), Survivors, the Star Trek episode “Miri” and those Channel 4 series where groups of kids are left to fend for them...

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