HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Enemy by Lee Child
Loading...

The Enemy (2004)

by Lee Child

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
2,669None2,215 (3.95)46
action (19) adventure (19) army (12) audio (9) audiobook (10) child (13) conspiracy (12) crime (54) crime fiction (19) ebook (46) fiction (174) France (12) Jack Reacher (119) Jack Reacher Series (12) Kindle (12) military (28) military police (21) murder (23) mystery (128) North Carolina (19) novel (14) paperback (11) Reacher (47) read (41) series (29) suspense (40) thriller (152) to-read (23) unread (12) USA (11)
None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 46 mentions

English (35)  Dutch (2)  Spanish (1)  All languages (38)
Showing 1-5 of 35 (next | show all)
I know I can rely on Lee Child & Jack Reacher for an entertaining story. ( )
  dreamingbear | Feb 6, 2014 |
Lost too much sleep with pure enjoyment of this Reacher novel! Didn't go to bed until 6 am the last night of reading lol. ( )
  redheadish | Jan 29, 2014 |
I wanted to read the first story (chronologically) about Jack Reacher before the movie comes out with Tom Cruise in December. What a great story!!! Reacher is an Army MP officer who has to investigate the murder of a General near his post. Subsequent murders follow, which don't seem to be connected. Reacher finds all kinds of protocols broken, rules not followed, personnel flying from country to country - - one step ahead of Jack.

This is the first book I've read by this author, but it sure won't be my last!!! Enjoy! ( )
  blush48 | Jul 24, 2013 |
If you are a Reacher fan, you'll enjoy this book -- the first of which goes back in time to when he was actively serving as an MP in the army. Enjoyable, but Reacher does not seem quite as smart in this story, and being in the army restricts his movement -- and the entire story. Not quite up to the usual standard I expect in Child's Reacher novels. ( )
  Randall.Hansen | May 20, 2013 |
While this is not my favorite Reacher novel, I can still say that Child is improving as a writer with every outing (this being the eighth). In this installment, we turn back the clock to 1989, when the Berlin Wall had just fallen and Reacher was a military policemen. We see more of his brother Joe and we meet his Parisian mother. There's probably more biographical information on our hero here than in any of the other novels. His year of birth is established as 1960, which makes him no spring chicken in 2011.

If Reacher were Batman, this novel would be an issue of Detective Comics, showcasing him as a sleuth more than as a man of action. The fatal heart attack of a general leads to three murders, and Reacher must solve them all.

I used to get peeved when Child (an Englishman) would throw the occasional Brit-ism into Reacher's American milieu. They appear here, too, but now I see them as sort of a game rather than an annoyance. For example, what American uses the slang term "shirtlifter" for a homosexual? No one, that's who.

I'd welcome further forays into Reacher's past. F. Paul Wilson has been doing it too with his action hero Repairman Jack. I'd like to see how Reacher regained the rank of major that he lost in this novel. Keep 'em coming, Mr. Child! ( )
  EricKibler | Apr 6, 2013 |
Showing 1-5 of 35 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Information from the Finnish Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to the English one.
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
Dedicated to the memory of Adele King.
First words
As serious as a heart attack.
Quotations
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (2)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440241014, Mass Market Paperback)

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.


From the Hardcover edition.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:18:57 -0400)

(see all 9 descriptions)

"New Year's Day, 1980. 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."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

» see all 11 descriptions

LibraryThing Author

Lee Child is a LibraryThing Author, an author who lists their personal library on LibraryThing.

profile page | author page

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
292 avail.
71 wanted
4 pay17 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.95)
0.5
1 1
1.5 2
2 19
2.5 5
3 95
3.5 45
4 254
4.5 23
5 133

Audible.com

Four editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 89,503,648 books! | Top bar: Always visible