Lee Child is a quiet, undemonstrative man who is phlegmatic about his success in the thriller field. The Enemy will no doubt attract the usual enthusiastic acclaim, and it deserves to. One thing that is guaranteed to please Child is the open-mouthed astonishment of American readers who learn that... show more
Lee Child is a quiet, undemonstrative man who is phlegmatic about his success in the thriller field. The Enemy will no doubt attract the usual enthusiastic acclaim, and it deserves to. One thing that is guaranteed to please Child is the open-mouthed astonishment of American readers who learn that this writer of the most idiomatic American thrillers (with brilliantly realised US locales) is actually English. But there's never a sense of striving for effects in such taut Child novels as Killing Floor and Die Trying. Child simply delivers the goods, US-style--and The Enemy is no exception. Child's usual protagonist, the tough and resourceful Jack Reacher, is in North Carolina on New Year's Day, 1990. Elsewhere, world-shaking events are underway, such as the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. But Jack's job as a Military Police Duty Officer has him concerned with what initially seem to be less significant happenings: a soldier has been found dead in a sleazy motel and when Jack goes to the house of the soldier (a two-star general) to inform his wife, he finds her also dead. Needless to say, events in another part of the globe are having fatal repercussions in the US, and Reacher is soon up to his neck, with the body count rising. As a glimpse into the early life of Jack Reacher (now securely one of the most admired heroes in contemporary thriller writing), this is meat and drink to the Child aficionado. Child foregrounds characterisation in his pacy narratives, and this eighth outing for Jack has all the adrenalin-producing qualities of its predecessors. --Barry Forshaw
Publish date: 2004
Publisher: London: Bantam
Pages no: 412
Edition language: English
Series: Jack Reacher -6 (#8)
Panie Child. Ja rozumiem, że to nie ptak. Że to nawet nie samolot. Że to Jack Reacher. Rozumiem, że on wygra pojedynek z każdym przeciwnikiem, a czasem nawet z kilkoma naraz. Rozumiem, że jego nawet wojskowy rygor nie dotyczy na tyle, żeby nie mógł trochę nawrzucać wyższemu stopniem oficerowi tylko ...
"The Enemy", the ninth Jack Reacher book, takes us back to January 1990, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, when Reacher was a Major in the Military Police. One of the things I enjoyed about the previous book, "The Persuader" was the glimpses it gave me of who Jack Reacher was when he was in ...
Read by Melissa: I love Jack Reacher! I really enjoyed this story - much more so than the other Reacher books I've read recently. It was fascinating to see a younger Reacher, still in the army, but still embodying all those characteristics that Child has built up to be 'typical' Reacher. The story h...
It's New Year's Eve, just on the cusp of a new decade, 1990, and military police officer Major Jack Reacher has just arrived at his new command after being inexplicably reassigned. He doesn't have time to enjoy rolling in the new year though because before he's even settled he gets a call from the l...
Oh, I loved this one, and loved it hard! Technically it's the 8th installment, but chronologically it starts when Reacher is still in the army. I loved this glimpse of his past. Reacher in the army, with his mother, in Paris. I enjoyed all of it and finally this was a book that kept me guessing and ...