The Enemy - Lee Child

The Enemy

By Lee Child

  • Release Date: 2004-05-11
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,613 Ratings


BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lee Child’s The Affair.

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.


  • The Enemy

    By boots saddle
    Another great Jack Reacher yarn. A little complicated plot, but entertaining, anyway.
  • The Enemy

    By cg342
    Great book. I love all the Jack Reacher books. Each one seems better then the last.
  • Great book

    By DetroitFAN4646
    Childs just sets the tone for other authors period
  • The Enemy

    By Hat36
    Lee Child is usually a pleasure to read, but this book eventually feels like a literary double team Whack a Mole story.
  • The best in a great series

    By Sspeidel
    My favorite Reachers take place in his old army days. He's less autistic- that's probably not the right word but you know what I mean. His disengagement from the concerns of the rest of us entertains me, but wears just a little when I read book after book. In "Enemy" Reacher really cares about the army, and it's refreshing.
  • The Enemy

    By Spaghetti & Meatballs
    Another amazing Lee Child novel. I absolutely HATE for them to end! I'm hooked & you will be too once you venture into Reacher territory.
  • The Enemy

    By jtchance1959
    I have recently discovered Lee Child. I have been reading all my life but lately I have discovered that while I could appreciate the recent execution of Tom Clancy or Jack Higgins books I wasn't floored by the experience anymore. Lee Child has brought surprise back into my reading and after reading four of his books I dare say I am in for the long haul.
  • Great page turner that keeps you hooked all the way to the end.

    By Remnant19
    As soon as I picked up the book and started reading I was hooked. I couldn't put it down. Lee Child paints a suspenseful story in your mind and leaves you wondering what's going to happen next every time you put the book down. I enjoyed every moment of it and was quite pleased once I finished the book.
  • best of the series

    By schleckster
    I've read them all and this is the one I remember most
  • Jack Reacher is great but Child knows nothing about the Army

    By eazyrooster
    Jack Reacher is cool and the story is really entertaining. But, given that Child's main deficit in this series is his complete misunderstanding of US Military life, it wasn't a good idea for him to center an entire book on that. It's hard to separate the glaring misconceptions that are basically cliches of what someone from outside the USA might assume about the armed forces from the rest of the story. For a book written in 2003-2004 there's no excuse for getting almost every detail of military life wrong. The correct info was, and continues to be, really easy to find.