The Enemy

The Enemy

Book - 2004
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An elite military cop, Jack Reacher was one of the army's brightest stars. He is on the case after a general is found dead, and within hours the general's wife is murdered.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2004.
ISBN: 9780440245995
9780440241010
0440241014
9780385336673
0385336675
Characteristics: 393 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary: An elite military cop, Jack Reacher was one of the army's brightest stars. He is on the case after a general is found dead, and within hours the general's wife is murdered.
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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.

lfranz Jul 17, 2012

Great read if you enjoy Army/MP reads.

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c210flyer
Feb 17, 2012

Exciting, good plot and good characters. 8 of 10 for me.

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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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