- File Size: 3272 KB
- Print Length: 512 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385336691
- Publisher: Delacorte Press (May 16, 2006)
- Publication Date: May 16, 2006
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000GCFG7E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,322 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Reacher, a former Army military police major, is a character like no other. Intuitive, independent, indomitable - he walks softly and carries a very big stick."—The Biloxi Sun Herald
"Plenty of suspense writers play the tough-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold card, but Child is indelibly skillful, quickly sketching intriguing characters as he drops bombshell after bombshell. With its taciturn but engaging hero and almost unbearably prolonged tension, The Hard Way makes reading easy indeed."—The Miami Herald
"In The Hard Way, Reacher is better than ever."—Contra Costa Times
"Fans...will find themselves hanging onto their armchairs for dear life. The Hard Way is a breathless, well-paced thriller."—Denver Post
“Nine red-hot books ago, Lee Child concocted the rough, tough Superman of the crime-busting genre, as smart and charismatic as he is unbeatable. And then Mr. Child broke the mold. Early next week (why delay good news?), Reacher returns in this series' 10th installment, The Hard Way. It's one more labyrinthine story that takes off like a shot: as usual, Mr. Child has you at hello.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Plunges Reacher into one of his most challenging-and thoroughly engrossing-adventures to date."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Like all the best thrillers, this one is about more than pace--the narrative propels you forward with a locomotive’s thrust, but Child never loses sight of the small detail or the human fabric."—Booklist, starred review
"[Child] shows again his mastery of the thriller.... Jack Reacher may know the time to the minute without a watch and bring justice to b...
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Jack is drawn into a kidnapping by simply sitting and drinking a cup of espresso while enjoying the sounds of New York. He sees someone leave a car unattended in front of a fire hydrant, sees another man take the car and leave. Not so mysterious, right? But wait, this act leads to some very distinctly mysterious happenings, A mercenary, Edward Lane, wants to hire him to find his wife, Kate, and stepdaughter, Jade, who have been kidnapped. Several million dollars later, which Lane pays without blinking an eye, Reacher feels something else is going on. Something is "off."
The journey takes him and his new temporary partner, Pauling, an ex-FBI agent-turned-PI down a twisted path of deceit, torture, and death. Almost too late, Jack realizes what is really going on and---well, read it. You won't be disappointed.
Not the most exciting novel in the series but entertaining enough for me. There's less action, gunplay and brawling than some of the other stories which may leave some readers disappointed. Happily, Lee Child's penchant for errors on US military topics and inaccuracies regarding various firearms is absent from "The Hard Way" which is a postive. It's true as some other reviewers observe that these stories are a bit formulaic but as it turns out it's a successful formula so why change it? I'll be starting "Nothing to Lose" shortly and looking forward to it.
Reacher knows nothing about Lane, but soon he happens to meet the sister of Lane’s first wife, Anne, now deceased, and an ex-FBI agent Lauren Paulding, who investigated Anne’s disappearance. A troublesome picture of Lane begins to emerge, especially his ruthlessness. Now Reacher is on full alert; he enlists Pauling in his search for the kidnappers but wonders what Lane is hiding. Eventually, after sorting through the disconnects, of all places, the case leads to a farm outside London.
As usual the story is fast-moving and compelling. Of course, Reacher uses his immense physical skills to advantage, but it is his mind that gives him the ultimate advantage over his opponents, which generally means surviving the extremely dangerous situations in which he repeatedly finds himself. As per his custom, Reacher is back on the road with his toothbrush only hours after righting the wrongs that are eventually revealed.
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I was buying Jack Reacher book's regularly and have most of them.
Then the absolutely terrible decision was made to put the diminutive Tom Cruise in the films to play the huge,rugged,hero Jack Reacher.
It spoiled it for me.And everybody i know.When reading the book is now,instead of a big,muscular intimidating,attractive man in my mind's eye,there is the small pretty boy cruise.
WHY?Mr Child,did you allow this to happen?
A complete disaster and a real loss and disappointment for thousands of reader's.
However, in the end I did finish it, despite Lee Child's annoying 3rd person comments near the end along the lines of "Reacher alone in the dark and invincible". There was a big twist at the end that I didn't see coming, which again helped it to get 3 stars. But would I recommend it - no I wouldn't. There are better Reacher novels than this.
The US has obviously been very kind to Childs, it has made him a rich man and his invulnerable hero, Reacher, a world best seller.
England is not so well beloved by Childs, through Reacher's eyes he only sees a dirty, over-crowded, inefficient country. Reacher appears to have a great deal more first hand knowledge of the place than might be reasonably expected. He bemoans the mollycoddling of the British 'Nanny State', apparently seeing it even in the over-busy road markings of London's streets. The hackneyed accusation of poor British dentistry is also trotted out. We begin to hear Child's voice much more than Reacher's and it is a familiar one of the ex-pat who believes himself only appreciated in his adopted land. It is not deeply thought out nor analysed in any detail and is at odds with Reacher's normal take on his surroundings.
I don't expect to like every author as a person but equally their personal views are not thrown in one's face with quite such alacrity. Maybe Great Britain was particularly uncaring and neglectful of Child's obvious abilities, if so he is getting his own back here.
Of course, this is what we buy Lee Child books for, and The Hard Way does not let us down. It is as good a "thriller" as all the previous volumes, and has a fine pace, that draws us along in 50 page chunks. It does not need too much concentration, and is a perfect book for travelling or holidays. Its not going to improve your mind, teach you anything new, or make you think too much, but heck this is entertainment from a professional writer who knows his trade as well as anybody and always delivers what is required. If you need a break from the more serious stuff, you won't really go wrong with a Jack Reacher novel.
Keep up the good work Mr Child.