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Publisher's Summary

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.
Don't miss any of Jack Reacher's adventures.
©2004 Lee Child (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By CBDC on 09-30-09

Made me really admire Reacher

I liked this book - I've read (and enjoyed) many of the other Lee Child Reacher novels, but this one seemed to make Jack Reacher more approachable and human. He's the ethical and hard-ass he is in the other books, but the relationships with his mother and brother, her history, put Reacher's character in a context where I really liked him. In the earlier books I've read, he was always the "good guy" but not quite as whole a person. It's also a really good listen..

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3 out of 5 stars
By Joanna on 06-24-09

Pros and Cons

I have to give this book mixed reviews. The major positive (no pun intended!) is that it is a prequel for the retired military MP Jack Reacher we have come to know to this point. Personally, I have been craving to know more about his life while he was actually in the military, and this aspect of the novel was a wonderful treat. The story thoroughly immerses the reader into military life and gives us great insight to its lifestyle. We are given more background to fill in the gaps of what makes Reacher tick, and how he came to acquire his special "talents." As always, Child creates interesting characters and Dick Hill does a wonderful job with the narration.

On the down side, I have to say that this investigation was slow as molasses, sometimes to the point of being downright boring. It is the first Reacher novel that I was actually relieved when it was over. It was long and drawn out, there were tons of dead ends that didn't even give the reader a chance to begin to speculate who-dunnit, and I was very disappointed with the story. And to top things off, the ending was very sad for Reacher. After a seemingly endless struggle for him throughout the ordeal of the investigation, I felt unsatisfied and exhausted at the end of the book. I love the Reacher character, and have followed the series from the beginning, but this book left me feeling conflicted. Perhaps that was Child's intention, but I read these books for entertainment, and it was a bit of a downer.

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