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The Enemy (Jack Reacher) Mass Market Paperback – May 19, 2009
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Child (The Persuader, etc.) brings back his intrepid hero, Jack Reacher, for another excellent mystery, which steps back in time to the eventful first few weeks of 1990. The Berlin Wall has just come crashing down, marking an end to the Cold War, and as a result, the U.S. Army is facing a massive restructuring of purpose and personnel. During this turbulent time, 29-year-old Reacher, an MP major stationed to a base in North Carolina, is called on to investigate the death of a two-star general found dead in a seedy motel. Veteran reader Wolf, who has given voice to Reacher in seven previous novels, slips easily into this character; his calm, thoughtful delivery fits perfectly with Reacher's contemplative first-person narration. Wolf uses his voice to draw listeners into Reacher's investigation, as the MP ponders each clue and follows a trail of cover-ups and murder to the highest echelons of the military. Although Wolf struggles a bit with his French accents, his narration complements one of the best novels in Child's series.
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Child continues to knock out his action sequences with flair, but in The Enemy, he takes time to depict the piecemeal construction of a criminal investigation. He also spends energy on the hero’s relationship with his mother and brother, an effort that further fills in Reacher’s background and will surely please long-time fans of the character. It’s true, Child throws in some clichéd elements to this otherwise first-rate story. But most reviewers easily looked past that flaw. “After reading these books for so many years, I’m not easily kept in the dark,” claims the St. Petersburg Times, “so it’s always fun when I’m still guessing toward the end.”
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The Reacher stories are page turners, books I have found exciting, but never particularly rooted in realism. Child seemed to anchor this one more in relationships and realities that delivered doses of realism missing from the earlier books.
Well worth a read.
Usually what he has to do is rid the community of savage forces (generally Indians or outlaws) to make way for the ineluctable coming of civilization. He has, however, a profoundly ambivalent attitude toward the settling of the once primeval West. Although he commits the necessary act of violence, thereby clearing the way for the march of progress, in so doing he helps to bring into being a world that has no place for him. By definition, civilization eschews violence; he, who is defined by violence, cannot exist in the settled, tamed West, so, of necessity, he ends up a loner and a nomad, riding off into the sunset to avoid the trappings of civilized society. The Westerner is, in many ways, a tragic figure. By his nature ineligible for domesticity or matrimony, he is unable to accommodate himself to the modern West and is thus doomed to be a creature of the past."
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Very interesting character.
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