BOOK REVIEW: The Enemy by Lee Child

INFORMATION

9780857500113-us-300Title:  The Enemy
Series:  Jack Reacher #7
Author:  Lee Child
Publisher: Bantam
Published:  2011
Language:  English
Format:  Paperback
Pages:  560
ISBN: 9780857500113

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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Mystery, Adult.
Average Goodreads rating: 4.14

Featuring Jack Reacher, hero of new blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise, in his younger days as a Military Policeman in the US Army.

New Year’s Day, 1990.

A soldier is found dead in a sleazy motel bed. Jack Reacher is the officer on duty. The soldier turns out to be a two-star general. The situation is bad enough, then Reacher finds the general’s wife.

This stomach-churning thriller turns back the clock to a younger Reacher, in dogtags. A Reacher who still believes in the service. A Reacher who imposes army discipline. Even if only in his own pragmatic way….

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MY REVIEW

My Rating and General Opinion

4.25*

Yes, I guessed early one who the culprit was once again but I still enjoyed it very much.

I enjoyed it but at the same time it was too confusing with all of that military drama!! What a bunch of…. They should think about the better good and not about the better paycheck, please!!.

The Writing

Entertaining and one that keeps you going.

The Story

This time the story went back, back to a time before the first Jack Reacher novel Killing Floor (which I loved), and it didin’t dissapoint.

We get to meet a younger Jack, still in the military but non so different from the man he is nowadays. We also get to meet his family and the moments those were in were the best ones of this novel.

The plot of this one, was a twisted one. Twisted because it could certainly have happened in the real world (and I won’t even discard it didn’t happened…).

A man appears dead in a motel with signs of a heart attack, ok nothing suspicious there, but were is his stuff? After this one another corpse appears, apparently a burglary gone bad, still not suspicius right? But it turns out this victim is related to the first one. And then another macabre murder… and another more!! It keeps you guessing, maybe not that much as who the culprit is (not in my case at least) but yes as what the motives might be. I knew the answers for who and when for the macabre murder but I just couldn’t imagine the general why for this whole mess… and let me tell you what a mess!

How hypocrite can they be? How selfish really?? I don’t understand how a supposedly respectable person can get to this lengths…

The Characters

Jack Reacher was as previously very entertaining! Especially entertaining, I would say, giving that him being younger in this one we got to see him smart mouthing superiors (which I don’t approve, but enjoyed it very much), being a bit of a crazy goat and the “tricky” moral compass that I pick him up to be. And still he completely surprised me with that ending… I wasn’t expecting that, he should have thrown him under the bus with the rest of them but instead…

I also got really emotional with the Reacher family, giving what we’ve known from book one, it was nice to see those little family interactions.
And it was too sad how even if he didn’t think it was gonna affect him that much, how his world crumbled down from both parts of his existence

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I would recommend this one. After one year of reading any Reacher novel, it brought me back to the beginning, to the time I felt for this deeply flawed character and his adventures.

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LET’S GET SUPERFICIAL

We know covers are essential to booklovers, they are the first thing that grabs our attention so here I go!

Here we have to good examples of how different covers can be found across the sea…

Two covers that have nothing in common except the title and author! Which one do you prefer? In my case I am a big fan of the UK editions, how aesthetically they all follow the same pattern with different colors and a little wink to the plot.

 

Some more editions around the world…

 

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