The Enemy

Version: Unabridged
Author: Lee Child
Narrator: Dick Hill
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Thriller
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: May 2004
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 14 hours
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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 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.

Reviews (15)

Written by Larry K. on January 28th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Have not been disappointed in a Reacher book so far.

Written by Maila E. on December 10th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is so far my favorite of the series. It gives me more of his family background, his relationship with his brother Joe, and the life he had before he left the army. There's plenty of suspense, though I figured the role of one major character, there were other surprises. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Written by Jason P. on December 19th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love this series, this book gives you some insights on Reachers military life and family background, a must listen if you are a fan of Reacher !

Written by Corwin Porter on October 3rd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Story has twists and turns all the way to the conclusion.

Written by WILLIAM CORSON on September 24th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Nice book especially when listened to first in the series. Read the books as they were published but listening in the proper order is nice.

Written by Mary Ann Frishman on July 12th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I have read many Lee Child books and I think that the books are better read than listened to.

Written by PAMELA THOMPSON on September 27th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent Reacher escapade, always on target, always in control. Narration is spot on and compelling.

Written by Andrew Soliz on August 3rd, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

great book good mystery story ,gives clues of who is the bad Guy but you have to pay attention to details given.

Great pre-quel

Written by oodeluph from Middlesex, NJ on July 17th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Early Jack Reacher story, takes place while he is in the military. Wonderful book; great action and very nice plot. I loved it. Sorry, no plot spoilers, here.

the best Jack Reacher so far

Written by Angie Teal on April 26th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is my absolute favourite Jack Reacher novel so far. It shows how Jack Reacher was molded in the military and through his parents. Great reader like always (Congrats Dick Hill), great story line. Didn't want to get out of the car. If you are interested in reading the whole series I would suggest to start with this book, even though it is book#8 in the series. I hope that Lee Child will write more about Jack Reacher as an active duty soldier.

Author Details

Author Details

Child, Lee

Lee Child was born in the exact geographic center of England, in the heart of the industrial badlands. Never saw a tree until he was twelve. It was the sort of place where if you fell in the river, you had to go to the hospital for a mandatory stomach pump. The sort of place where minor disputes were settled with box cutters and bicycle chains. He's got the scars to prove it.

But he survived, got an education, and went to law school, but only because he didn't want to be a lawyer. Without the pressure of aiming for a job in the field, he figured it would be a relaxing subject to study. He spent most of the time in the university theater - to the extent that he had to repeat several courses, because he failed the exams - and then went to work for Granada Television in Manchester, England. Back then, Granada was a world-famous production company, known for shows like Brideshead Revisited, Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect and Cracker. Lee worked on the broadcast side of the company, so his involvement with the good stuff was limited. But he remembers waiting in the canteen line with people like Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Natalie Wood and Michael Apted. And he says that being involved with more than 40,000 hours of the company's program output over an eighteen-year stay taught him a thing or two about telling a story. He also wrote thousands of links, trailers, commercials and news stories, most of them on deadlines that ranged from fifteen minutes to fifteen seconds. So the thought of a novel-a-year didn't worry him too much, in his next career.

But why a next career? He was fired, back in 1995, that's why. It was the usual Nineties downsizing thing. After eighteen years, he was an expensive veteran, and he was also the union organizer, and neither thing fit the company's plan for the future. And because of the union involvement, he wasn't on too many alternative employers' wish lists, either. So he became a writer, because he couldn't think of anything else to do. He had an idea for a character who had suffered the same downsizing experience but who was taking it completely in his stride. And he figured if he brought the same total commitment to his audience that he'd seen his television peers develop, he could get something going. He named the character Jack Reacher and wrote Killing Floor as fast as he could. He needed to sell it before his severance check ran out. He made it with seven weeks to spare, and luckily the book was an instant hit, selling strongly all around the world, and winning both the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel. It led to contracts for at least nine more Reacher books.

Lee moved from the UK to the US in the summer of 1998. He lives in New York and France with his American wife, Jane. They have a grown-up daughter, Ruth. Lee likes to travel, for vacations, but especially on promotion tours so he can meet his readers, to whom he is eternally grateful. His latest thriller, Nothing to Lose was published in 2008.