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The Hard Way by Lee Child

The Hard Way (2006)

by Lee Child

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Listened to the audiobook version of this one again (can you tell I've just discovered Overdrive and its connection to our local library?). Same narrator as Personal, he does an excellent job with Reacher's calm, bad ass observations. This one started out a little *too* observation-y and spent a lot of time and adjectives on the set dressing.
The plot is a little thinner than Personal, maybe, but it's still a good read if you can overlook the shaky premise on which Reacher's involvement is predicated. ( )
  mhanlon | May 4, 2016 |
Not a bad Jack Reacher book. Not one of Lee Child's best either. This one sees Reacher at a cafe in New York City. He happens to notice someone getting into a car. The idea that he noticed this one person in NYC is a little unbelievable, especially since the man in question is pretty normal looking. The next night, someone else comes into the cafe looking for anyone who might have been there the night before and seen the guy get in the car. Because Reacher stands out like a sore thumb, he's fingered. This begins an association with several mercenaries and their boss, whose wife and step-daughter have been kidnapped. Reacher offers to help.

I think Child has done a good job with the idea of an always-wandering Reacher. It gives Child a lot of room to roam with locales and such. But at the same time, this one felt a bit too coincidental. This group of men needed just the kind of guy Reacher was, and it all begins so innocently. The story is good, it's just too neat for it all to have happened the way it did.

Not bad, but not his best.
  Jarratt | Apr 27, 2016 |
This is the 11th Jack Reacher I have read, and I have done them out of order. Given those circumstances, I am even surprised at myself for the five start rating, but it really was that good.... ( )
  MaureenCean | Feb 2, 2016 |
The Hard Way Lee Child

Number 10 in the Jack Reacher series

This book sees Reacher in New York where he happens to be onsite to witness a money drop in a kidnapping he is soon drawn into to trying to save the kidnap victims while as more time passes this becomes less and less likely.

Reacher begins to suspect that not all is as it seems

Another action packed booked that sees our "hero" once again taking the law into his own hands.
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  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
Another outstanding book in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. Reacher assists a mercenary group to find 2 victims of kidnap and possibly murder. An interesting twist occurs when Reacher travels to England. I recommend this book. ( )
  terrygraap | May 12, 2015 |
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Jack Reacher ordered espresso, double, no peel, no cube, foam cup, no china, and before it arrived at his table he saw a man's life change forever.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440241030, Mass Market Paperback)

In Lee Child’s astonishing new thriller, ex–military cop Reacher sees more than most people would...and because of that, he’s thrust into an explosive situation that’s about to blow up in his face. For the only way to find the truth—and save two innocent lives—is to do it the way Jack Reacher does it best: the hard way….

Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, soaking up the hot, electric New York City night, watching a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it away. The car contained one million dollars in ransom money. And Edward Lane, the man who paid it, will pay even more to get his family back. Lane runs a highly illegal soldiers-for-hire operation. He will use any amount of money and any tool to find his beautiful wife and child. And then he’ll turn Jack Reacher loose with a vengeance—because Reacher is the best man hunter in the world.

On the trail of a vicious kidnapper, Reacher is learning the chilling secrets of his employer’s past…and of a horrific drama in the heart of a nasty little war. He’s beginning to realize that Edward Lane is hiding something. Something dirty. Something big. But Reacher also knows this: he’s already in way too deep to stop now.

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In Lee Child's astonishing new thriller, ex-military cop Reacher sees more than most people would, and because of that, he's thrust into an explosive situation that's about to blow up in his face. For the only way to find the truth, and save two innocent lives, is to do it the way Jack Reacher does it best: the hard way. Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, soaking up the hot, electric New York City night, watching a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it away....… (more)

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