Lee Child Month #3: Persuader, The Enemy, One Shot

Written by Lee Child as the seventh book in his Jack Reacher series, the novel portrays Jack as one obsessed with revenge and wants to settle an old score that is ten years old. Jack pretends to help Chary Beck get his son back from some kidnappers but uses this to rise in the high rank of the criminal gang. Jack then discovers that Beck’s boss happens to be Francis Quinn, who is a former military intelligence agent. Francis brutally and murdered a female colleague while Jack was there, and it’s now ten years later and Jack is driven by revenge to give justice to the female partner.

It’s a book that gets filled with so much evil in the society like violence, sex, smuggling, revenge, sex, deception, and sadism. For those who don’t have the heart to read one death after another, Persuader is not your type. With a bit somehow misunderstanding of the plot at the beginning, I won’t recommend it as the first read for anyone looking for Jack Reacher series. However, the story line picks after the first or second chapter.

In his continuous series of Jack Reacher, The Enemy falls as the eighth book after Persuader. The book starts with the death of Army Major General Ken Kramer as a result of a heart attack while in a motel in North Carolina. He was in the company of a prostitute as Jack thought but later turns that she was a fellow female army officer. She must have stolen Kramer’s briefcase and went with it after his death. When Jack Reacher together with a woman MP Summer travels to Virginia to inform Mrs. Kramer about her husband’s death, they find her murdered. The book then introduces us to the military’s conspiracy of ensuring that they are not reduced in the impending downsizing. There are also some furious supremacy battles of the different branches of the military. Reacher finds himself in a dangerous zone when he goes to arrest Marshall in a bunker. There is firefight, and Marshall is wounded, and Jack ends taking him to a military hospital.

With the captivating storyline, this is one of the best books in Jack Reacher’s series. You will enjoy turning one page after another. The plot flows very well, and it connects pretty well. With the flashback about Jack’s past life in the military, it helps to understand him well. We can learn about his family as well. The book presents to us a growing Lee Child as a writer and I am sure you too will enjoy the book.

Being the ninth book of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, it has also been adapted into a film in 2012 starring Tom Cruise. The story starts with the killing of five people when a lone gunman fires in the crowd in a public plaza. The shooter leaves behind some evidence that points to James Barr, who is a former Army Sniper. James gets arrested and keeps telling the police that they have got the wrong guy, and they should get Jack Reacher for him. Jack catches the news on CNN while he’s 1500 miles away but gets on a bus to Indiana. However, Jack now wants to help the prosecution convict Barr. Jack wants Barr to pay for an act that was similar to the one a hand. By then, James went free when he went on a shooting spree. In the current case, the shooter made the killing of five people with six shots, and Jack believes that James did that on purpose. Yes, that one shot will give Reacher one shot at the truth. With the combined effort of James’ sister and Hellen who is a lawyer, the two can convince Jack that James is innocent, and someone must have set him up. Jack then gets into the mission of discovering the men behind all these.

The novel is one that is great and has a good story line with enough suspense from the beginning to the end. The mysteries surrounding the events are well drawn. Lee portrays Jack as a good character in his role as an investigator. Jack has good traits of deduction coupled with some sense of tenderness. You will love the way Jack reads people and the situations they are in to come up with a conclusion. The book portrays the many errors that sometimes occur while investigating some crimes and it’s no wonder we end up with innocent lives locked behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit.


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