|The Hard Way (Jack Reacher, No. 10
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In Lee Child’s astonishing new thriller, ex–military cop Reacher sees more than most people would...and because of that, he’s thrust into an explosive situation that’s about to blow up in his face. For the only way to find the truth—and save two innocent lives—is to do it the way Jack Reacher does it best: the hard way….
Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, soaking up the hot, electric New York City night, watching a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it away. The car contained one million dollars in ransom money. And Edward Lane, the man who paid it, will pay even more to get his family back. Lane runs a highly illegal soldiers-for-hire operation. He will use any amount of money and any tool to find his beautiful wife and child. And then he’ll turn Jack Reacher loose with a vengeance—because Reacher is the best man hunter in the world.
On the trail of a vicious kidnapper, Reacher is learning the chilling secrets of his employer’s past…and of a horrific drama in the heart of a nasty little war. He’s beginning to realize that Edward Lane is hiding something. Something dirty. Something big. But Reacher also knows this: he’s already in way too deep to stop now.
From the Hardcover edition.
- Five stars for Lee Child's latest
Inexorable like any good thriller should be, where the conclusion is surprising, yet completely inevitable, THE HARD WAY, carefully eases its iron-jawed lead character, Jack Reacher into a spiral of trouble that only a man of his kind can get into. Even minding his own business, he ends up witnessing part of a kidnapping plot and is soon sucked into a gripping plot involving a band of mercenaries, murder (the bad kind) and some judicious arm-breaking with fireplace implements. Man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. Reminded me of Todd Buchholz's new thriller THE CASTRO GENE. Check 'em both out. ...more info
- The new Reacher
Reading The Hard Way, I was struck by the evolution of Jack Reacher, always superbly confident, always superbly capable. Fallible though -- his fear in the tunnel in Running Blind, the bad cops who get the drop on him in Without Fail. But in THW, we see Reacher at his peak. Immovable. Unstoppable. Invincible.
Reacher, alone in the dark. Waiting.
- Good Thriller
In this novel, Jack Reacher is on the case of a kidnapped mother and daughter. The action swings from New York to rural England. The first time, to the best of my knowledge, that a Jack reacher novel has not been set entirely in the USA.
I felt the storyline was good, throughout, and I was hooked from the start. There was always something at the end of each chapter, that would make me want to keep on reading. The characters in it were interesting, too. Having said that, there are better Jack reacher novels out there, but, this one is still very good and certainly worth a read. ...more info
- I needed that
After having read some really lame so called thrillers, i was beginning to wonder if anybody knew how to write them.
So I went back to old faithful, and grabbed The Hard Way. I knew Lee Child would not let me down. He didn't.
I still feel One Shot is he best reacher book so far, but this one was worthy of the series.
Reacher is never really in trouble, nor do you ever feel his life is on the line. Sometimes it can get bogged down in too much details, especially about the surroundings.
But it was a hgood action read. ...more info
- good book
This is a good book and a fast read. The story is engaging and I would recommend it!...more info
- Can't put it down
Don't pick this book up if you don't have time to read it. It is exciting and hard to put down....more info
- SPREAD OUT THE ACTION A LITTLE
This was my first Lee Child read and after scanning a lot of reviews I expected more. During 90% of the book I thought Reacher was a pretty boring guy. He talks big and does nothing Columbo couldn't have done, he investigates. When the action scenes finally appear it is almost a surprise because I had seen no indication Reacher had it in him. Maybe I shouldn't have started this far into the series. ...more info
- No mystery, no characters, just a relentless plot
I started "The Hard Way" with hopes that the book would usher me into a new series I'd like. The book starts out well, but soon falters. There are numerous problems with the book, mostly pertaining to the author's apparent limitations.
First, everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY, speaks in the same manner. It doesn't matter if they're young, old, male, female, American, British, military, or civilian, they all speak in the same way, with the same tired cliche vocabularies, staccato sentence fragments, and machismo. It really becomes annoying.
Second, the "mystery" is pretty obvious. I had it figured out about 1/4 of the way into the book -- not the plot, but the basic outline of who was doing what.
Third, the obsessive attention to detail really gets boring. Does every facet on the cut-glass chandelier in the high-ceilinged, oak-paneled, maroon-carpeted lobby that smells of cigars and cosmetic counters as the filtered sunlight fades through the glass doorways, one revolving bracketed by a standard push door on either side -- does all this need to be described every time something appears? I found myself quickly searching for dialog so I could stop reading about every crack in the sidewalk.
Finally, the finale is just a little silly. The amazing deception Reacher enacts at the end has plenty of holes in it, and these are apparent as you read it (as if they wouldn't hear a 6'3" 250# guy running full-speed when their senses are piqued and they're under attack).
All in all, a disappointment. Starts out great, soon falters, and then drifts into a monotony of dialog and detail and weak plotting. Too bad. ...more info
- One of the Better Entries in the Reacher Series
I really enjoy the work of Lee Child. If you enjoy pure escapist entertainment, he is easily one of the best thriller writers out there. THE HARD WAY is the tenth in his highly successful series about ex-military investigator Jack Reacher.
Most of the Reacher novels focus on non-stop action. THE HARD WAY is a bit different, and is more of a detective story. A man's wife is kidnapped, and Reacher is enlisted to investigate the crime. I thought Child did a very good job setting up the story, although I must admit I found the big plot twist at the end of the novel to be very predictable. Still, THE HARD WAY is a lot of fun, and Child is an real expert at plotting a novel so that you can't stop turning the pages.
Keep in mind that Child's stories are not exactly realistic. Coincidence plays a large role in every Reacher novel, and the characters in THE HARD WAY are far from nuanced. The villain in this story, for example, is so thoroughly despicable that I didn't find him particularly believable. But that's okay -- Child is aiming for escapist fun here, not hard-core realism.
You can read the Reacher novels in any order, because he is the only recurring character in the books. Still, my personal favorite of the series is KILLING FLOOR, the first book. So I would strongly recommend starting with that novel if you haven't read it already. ...more info
- The Hard Way by Lee Child
I purchased this book for my 93 years old mother. When she received the book it was not a large print book which is what I had ordered. She lives in Illinois and I live in California so I was unable to package up the book and take it to the post office. She is unable to do that. Therefore, this was a most unsatisfactory order....more info
- The Hard Way
I have read all of the books in the Jack Reacher series and thought that the last few were not up to the high quality and intensity of those at the beginning. However, with this one the author redeemed himself and again can claim the the title of the best writer of the thriller genre. ...more info
- Strange lack of professionalism - is Reacher losing his edge?
This book, or at least some details in it, was somewhat disappointment for me. Somehow Reacher does very unprofessional things in the beginning of the book (following text may contain some spolers, sorry for that).
While watchout for the door, Reacher does not check beforehand whether there is backdoor or not for that building. Somehow that would be very very basic thing to do.
Also, the car with the money is left totally without surveillance. Further, there is no attempt to videotape or photograph the events near the car, how difficult would it be to to place some miniature device recording? Or for Reacher himself (or for some "extra") to use the camera? Especially when the husband of kidnapped woman has probably tens of millions of dollars one could suspect there are plethora of means that could be used. Anyhow, no aerial (helicopter etc.) nor electronic means are used to follow the money car. Why is that?
So, considering all the facts above, it seems that somehow in the plot persons had to be extremely stupid not to solve problem too early. Very confusing, earlier Reacher has been smart guy, prob he has now lost his edge??
Otherwise book is nice to read, but this lack of professionalism leaves little bit strange feeling of the book....more info
- Once Again, Reacher At His Best!
I love it when I get the chance to sit back and read the next installment regarding Jack Reacher. I was thoroughly entertained. On to the next. ...more info
- Sometimes You Get More than You Pay For
The Hard Way is Lee Child's 10th novel featuring Jack Reacher, the ex-Army MP, drifter, and finder of trouble, a character many this series' fans have come to enjoy. The Hard Way finds Reacher minding his own business in a New York City coffee shop when a man approaches him about a car he might have seen leave from across the street the night before. The next thing you know Reacher is meeting with Edward Lane, who hires him to find his kidnapped wife and step-daughter and their kidnapper. But Lane has a history. He is the head of a group of soldiers for hire and as usual, things aren't always as they seem. And Lane certainly gets more than he paid for in Reacher, who will find the truth, even if he has to do it the hard way!
As a mystery The Hard Way works quite well as Reacher tries to unravel the kidnapping, and it has plenty of twists of turns that keep Reacher and the reader on their toes. There is not as much hard core violence and action in this Reacher novel as in others, nor is it needed. The story moves at a brisk, entertaining pace and avoids the pitfalls of some of the previous novels that become farfetched and unbelievable.
If you are a fan mystery fan or a Reacher fan, this is a book to reach for....more info
- I liked the short chapters
They made it a pretty quick read and sometimes it can be tough to get through a Reacher novel; mainly because he spends so much time figuring out distances, times, etc. I understand why he has to do it, but it can bog the story down when he starts figuring all the angles in his head.
But overall, I really enjoyed the book....more info
- Jack Reacher still rules
Reacher is my favorite character in print. This wasn't the best book of the series, but is still tough to put down and kept me guessing. I can't get enough Reacher and can't wait to read the next one. ...more info
- Great read
I read through this in a few hours and it was entertaining. One thing I noticed is Child worships this character.
Reacher with a gun, in the dark.
Stuff like that makes the character a little too invincible and is what I call "posing"....more info
- Typical Jack Reacher Formula
I like the Reacher books, even though they are preposterous. Reacher, of course, is a caricature of the loner super-hero and this book is no exception. Sometimes I think the name "Reacher" is literal -- in other words, the author may be reaching a bit too far in his plot turns. BUT...on the whole, this was a good Reacher novel, if you can just suspend belief and reality for a few hundred pages. It's a good yarn, with a lot of suspense and some pretty well-drawn characters. I think the writing here is a shade better than in Child's other Reacher books and the plot is creative. If you're a Reacher fan, you'll like this one. I am and I did....more info
- BACK TO THE BEST REACHER!
As a big Reacher fan I struggle to find good books of a similar genre, but if you are the same try the `Soft Target novels by Conrad Jones. They are as good if not better than most. As far as thrillers go this is one of the best Reacher books. The latest Harry Bosch novel Overlook is excellent but too short. Oh well back to looking for a good read again !!...more info
- Very Good Book1
This was my firsy Lee Child book.I was very impressed with the lead
character Jack Reacher. He is a former MP who now roams the country.He
has no worldly belongings.He turns up in cities across America and gets involved in complex criminal cases and uses his extrodinary investigation
skills to solve them.
In this book Reacher is having a cup of expresso at a sidewalk coffee shop. He sees a man get into a Mercedes and drive off. When he returns to the coffee shop the next day he meets a man named Gregory. Gregory informs Reacher that he has just witnessed part of a kidnapping plot.He is
then driven to the Dakota(condo in New York City).There he meets Edward Lane. Lane is a former Delta officer who has a unique business.He is a
contractor who sends former Special Forces soldiers om mercenary missions.
He has in hie employ former Force Recon Marines,Delta Force,SAS,Navy Seals, and Green Berets.
Lane's wife and stepdaughter have been kidnapped and Lane has been paid the firsy part of a ransom.After discovering Reacher's background as a
former MP he hires Reacher to find his wife and stepdaughter.Reacher will
make some stunning discoveries about along the investigative route about
Edward Lane. He also comes across some interesting people locating the
kidnapped parties. He teams up with another private detective named Lauren
Pauling who helps him with his pursuit of the quarry. There is a final confrontatiion on a farm in England By then Reacher has made some stunning discoveries about the actual kidnapping. This is an excellent book that you should read....more info
- Another Great Jack Reacher Story
If you are familiar with Lee Child, then I'm sure you will enjoy The Hard Way, which is his tenth thriller that deals with Jack Reacher. He is a favorite character of mine. In this book (just like in all the previous novels) Reacher finds himself overcoming evil in the most interesting situations. He is always is successful in overcoming his battles and challenges but Child's great craft is how he has Reacher achieve his goals in solving the mysteries.
So with this one we have Reacher just enjoying a cup of coffee in Manhattan then he is questioned the next day on what he witnessed. Supposedly a car that had driven away from where he was is tied in with a kidnapping of Edward Lane's wife Kate and step-daughter Jade and it had money for the ransom. What also was strange is that his first wife had also been kidnapped in the past so was Lane involved? The previous wife ended up being murdered. But Lane turns to Reacher this time to hopefully get this wife and step-daughter back alive. Reacher is left questioning the truth of it all and wants to get down to the bottom of it all.
This is a book you don't want to miss. Like I said in the opening paragraph, Jack Reacher is a great character. He owns nothing and in having nothing, he seems to be a man who has everything....more info
- Great thriller, with good detective work as well
This is the first Lee Child novel about Jack Reacher that I have read, and I really enjoyed it. Unlike other novels I have read lately, this was a real page-turner and I had a hard time putting it down.
The hero of the book is the loner Jack Reacher, ex US Army CID (Criminal Investigation Command). At the start of the book, he happens to have observed a man crossing the street and getting in to a car. This turns out to be a kidnapper picking up the ransom payment, and Jack Reacher gets involved in the case.
The story is pretty action-packed, and more and more is revealed about the kidnapping. There is (of course) more to the kidnapping than first meets the eye, and I particularly liked how Jack Reacher on many occasions was using clues that had been presented to the reader to get closer to the solution. In this way, this book was similar to a typical crime novel, where clever reasoning and keen observations lead the investigator further.
At the same time, there was enough action and suspense to qualify this as a real thriller. The final shoot-out is particularly pulse-raising, but there were several other good passages in the book that keeps you at the edge of your seat. The cast of characters is good to, with a valiant hero and suitably nasty bad guys.
If you are looking for a good, fast, action-packed thriller, I can recommend this one. I will definitely read more of Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels.