The Enemy (Jack Reacher Series #8)

The Enemy (Jack Reacher Series #8)

by Lee Child
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The Enemy (Jack Reacher Series #8) by Lee Child

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lee Child’s Make Me.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440334989
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/11/2004
Series: Jack Reacher Series
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 888
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Lee Child is the author of nineteen New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, ten of which have reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures; the first, Jack Reacher, was based on One Shot. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in almost a hundred territories. A native of England and a former television director, Lee Child lives in New York City.


Birmingham, England

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

Coventry, England


Sheffield University

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The Enemy (Jack Reacher Series #8) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 331 reviews.
spinspinnsuga More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of Lee Child, but my librarian recommended I pick up one of his books and I sought this one out first. What a delightful surprise. At first I didn't think I could like the dry and gritty Jack Reacher, but in the end I grew to love him. I'm ignorant in terms of military systems and terminology but Child manages to describe and inform without boring or confusing me. He keeps me engaged and completely entertained. This book was dark, gritty and packed with tension and excitement. I couldn't put the book down. I'm very excited to read the rest of Child's works.
taylani More than 1 year ago
All of the Jack Reacher series is absolutely riveting and exciting. I can never put down these books. It's crazy, like an addiction. I have read one a week.... I have 2 left... and have no idea what I am going to do when I have to WAIT for the next one to come out! Lee Child, please, write faster!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think Lee Child's books are all excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The additional background to Reacher helps understand this complicated man. Although he's done some excellent "action" movies, as well as other genre films, I can't imagine Tom Cruise portraying this "giant of a man - both physically and mentally".
Patches33 More than 1 year ago
I have read Killing Floor and it was great but this was even better. Jack Reacher is a hard as nails justice server. great read.
falcons75scp More than 1 year ago
If you think that you might be interested in the Jack Reacher series (now that a movie based on one of the books is out), this is a great place to start. Although this book is listed as #8 in the series, it is really a prequel. It is a relatively fast-moving book with plenty of intrigue. Reacher is somewhat hard to like, but not quite unlikeable either. I've now also read Killing Floor (#1 in the series) and I'm glad that I started with the prequel first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Reacher books by Lee Child. Great reads! This one is a definite page turner.
goldieinaz More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic Jack Reacher story! Does not dissapoint so I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Lee Child, Jack Reacher series is one of the most entertaining I have ever read. Not one book disappoints, in fact they always exceed expectations. Keep them coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great Reacher story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was another good Jack Reacher book. Read this before series # 1. Daisy
mj318 More than 1 year ago
A great peek into the world of Jack Reacher while in the military that gives the reader insight into his post-military life in other books of the series. The story is a page-turner typical of Lee Child's best writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will read and enjoy anything with this character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great Reacher story. He is his tough and intelligent in deducing the situation. Good ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lee Child couldn't write a bad story if he tried. Always enjoy his novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was at first confused on how Jack Reacher went back to the service but I could not put this one down either. The suspense keeps you holding on and you can't wait to turn the page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I began reading the Jack Reacher series a while ago, and am attempting to read the books in sequence. It seems that with each new book in the series, they get better and better. This book was so far the best. The story contained quite a bit of personal familial background, which helped to develop the Reacher character. I won't go into story detail, as enough reviewers already have. Sufice it to say that this is a fun series for action/mystery lovers and offers lots to look forward to, as there are many books in the series. Enjoy!
angela66 More than 1 year ago
Reading Lee Child's Jack Reacher books are like reading a family chronicle. "The Enemy" is #8 in a series of 16. The books keep you interested from the first paragraph. "Jack Reacher" is a very believable character. Each book has a totally different plot but somehow Lee Childs threads them back to previous books and they all have a "gasp" factor to them. Can't wait to read the next 8 "Reacher" books.
jessiB26 More than 1 year ago
I Love them all.
SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
This is a prequel where Jack is still in the military. The reader is able to learn much about his background, his mother and his brother. If you're new to the Reacher series, you might want to read this one first. Without a doubt, there's plenty of action as usual, and Child draws the reader in quickly. Plot is strong, characters are deep. My only "complaint" is that the story slows here and there, more than one would like with a novel such as this. Overall - another Reacher hit and one you won't want to pass up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second Lee Child book that I have read and I enjoyed it as much as the first one (Die Trying), and I look forward to the next. I find it amazing the way he brings everything together and how it fits one piece into another.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fans of Reacher have wondered for a few years what made this lone wolf tick. We were drawn to him, and even admired him, even though he was brutal and lawless. We realized in previous books he acted more like a law to himself, and he had his own code of justice. WELL! THE ENEMY gives us a glimpse into Reacher's emerging psyche that is prevalent in the novels previously published. It is an astute skill to have the character developed but unknown to the reader- why/how Reacher's character had that dark charm. We have been mesmerized by Reacher for years, but NOW we get a glimpse into the basis for his idiosyncratic, wandering ways! Regrettably, it was very slow reading at parts and painfully tedious to the point of boredom. However, I would give The Enemy 3.5 stars because it is a precursor to all the Jack Reacher series, and therefore, important for fans to read. Just skim over the picaynue police details, and get the gist: the army is corrupt and causes Jack Reacher's grave disillusionment. The last pages are THE BEST!
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Carnitas_Fever More than 1 year ago
If you have seen the Jack Reacher movie, or have read many of the books, there is a blip in an otherwise really good track record for Reacher. Someone that looks at his background usually makes a comment about his being busted from a Major to a Captain, and then working his way back up. Well, this is a prequel book that takes a look at a case that Reacher had while still in the Army. All is not right when people start to drop dead from murders. They become connected, and then Reacher has to chase leads all across the globe while members of the Army try to cover it up. This is a really good read. He doesn't get into as many fights as he does in some other books. This one is more of a police story rather than most of his other stories of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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