The Enemy

The Enemy

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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 one case that changes everything. For Jack Reacher, this is that case.

New Year’s Day, 1990. In a North Carolina motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. Within hours the general’s wife is murdered. Then the dominoes really start to fall.

Somewhere inside the vast worldwide fortress that is the U.S. Army, Reacher 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—against an enemy he didn’t know he had. And against a conspiracy more chilling, ingenious, and treacherous than anyone could have guessed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501229763
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 05/15/2015
Series: Jack Reacher Series
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 125,288
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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. 346 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!
AmieG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Definitely not as good of a read as The Persuader. Sometimes Child goes into far too much detail about the various weapons used in the military than I am able to tolerate. Maybe I'm too "girly," but I could care less about which gun is which, how many bullets it takes, who made it and why! There were times I scanned ahead on the page to get to the action or dialogue rather than read yet another weapons description. Was nice to read about Reacher's background, though I am reading the books out of order, which probably doesn't help.
EBT1002 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, it's not great literature, but for what it is, this is as good as it gets. This Reacher novel goes back in time so we start learning more about his life in the military, before he was a rootless hero. It took me a while to get into it, but about halfway through I could say the usual: I dare you to tell me you can put a Jack Reacher novel down.
mikedraper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With the Berlin Wall coming down in 1990, The Cold War was ending. The military was due for a downsizine and certain commanders didn't want to see thier units lessened.Maj. Jack Reacher is suddenly transferred to a new base and is the duty officer for the Military Police on New Year's Eve. He gets a call that a two-star general has been found in a seedy motel, dead of a heart attack. When he goes to the general's home to notify his wife, Reacher finds the genreral's wife has been murdered.Reacher finds that the general was headed for a meeting and his briefcase, containing the meeting's agenda, is missing. When he continues to investigate, he is ordered to refrain because it could bring bad publicity to the military.Reacher and a young officer who is assisting him, Lt. Summer, feel that it would be unethical to stop the investigation so at the risk of their careers they continue their search.There is conflict with a Delta Force unit when one of their men reports that Reacher beat up two civilians without provocation. Later, when the Delta Force sergeant is murdered, the men in his unit give Reacher seven days to find the killer or they will come after him.This is a page turner in the highest sense of the term. Reacher is one of the best characters in literature and his bravery and dedication are shown here as never before. Many readers wanted to know why Reacher left the military and this story looks back on the events that led to his resignation from active duty.The story itself has excellent action scenes and Reacher's motives and investigatory actions are properly explained and logical.
crazybatcow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit more "detecting" in this Reacher episode than in the previous ones in the series, and a bit less butt kicking. The story is decent, the mystery decent, the glimpse of Reacher's life before he left the military very enlightening. It was a well-done back story which fleshes Reacher out a bit more than his straight up butt kicking stories. Overall a decent read.