The Enemy by Lee Child and why you should be reading the Jack Reacher series

The Enemy (Jack Reacher Series #8)The Enemy. Finished 1-21-13, rating 4/5, 464 pgs, pub. 2004

Book 8 in the Jack Reacher series (Book 1) (Book 2) (Book 3) (Book 4) (Book 5) (Book 6) (Book 7)

She had lived through desperate times and she had stepped up and done what was necessary.  At that moment I started to miss her more than I would have thought possible.  At that moment I knew I would miss her forever.  I felt empty.  I had lost something I never knew I had.

Chapter 19

Jack Reacher, loner extraordinaire, wasn’t always such a hard man.  There was a time when he had a job, a family and friends.  He was a star in the military police force and he was content with life.  This story of his time at Fort Bird was quite a departure for Reacher and I liked it but Reacher didn’t feel completely known to me either.  This is a military police procedural with some mom and brother time thrown in for fans.  His mother’s storyline was powerful.  I liked the change of pace, but am looking forward to the roaming Reacher with nothing but a toothbrush to take on the world.

Why should you be reading the Jack Reacher series?  Because he’s alpha male dreamy.  He isn’t held back by rules but is ruled by what is good and just and he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty in the pursuit of justice.  He’s a tall, commanding man who, if you count the number of women he’s charmed out of their clothes, knows his way around a woman’s body.  Wonder if I can get Reacher to take a bus to Cleveland?

I found this paperback on my shelf and was ready to read it after seeing the Jack Reacher movie.

23 thoughts on “The Enemy by Lee Child and why you should be reading the Jack Reacher series

  1. Sandy says:

    I’ve read every Reacher book ever published…he is the ultimate anti-hero. I suspect that he might smell bad though, since he only gets a change of clothes when the old ones get ripped or bloody. I loved this installment because we got to meet his family and got to see him when he still worked (for that reason I also loved The Affair). I am boycotting the movie though because Tom Cruise is NOT Reacher. Not even close. Makes me sick. I am ready for the series to take some kind of turn though. This toothbrush in the pocket and a girl in every city is getting a little old.

    • stacybuckeye says:

      Since I just read this one, Reacher is still relatively fresh for me. Like with any series, no matter how beloved, I do think there needs to be closure when the time is right. I’m feeling that way about Lucas Davenport right now.

  2. Leslie says:

    I just found Reacher a few years ago. I know, where have I been! I jumped right in with the most recent book but now I’m thinking I should go back to the beginning of the series.

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