The Hard Way: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child (Epub)



Ebook Info

  • Published: 2006
  • Number of pages: 386 pages
  • Format: Epub
  • File Size: 0.39 MB
  • Authors: Lee Child


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.

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⭐ I have never been disappointed in any of the Jack Reacher series. This one is no exception. I’ve read it twice (I had run out of new material) and found it as intriguing the second time around.Jack is drawn into a kidnapping by simply sitting and drinking a cup of espresso while enjoying the sounds of New York. He sees someone leave a car unattended in front of a fire hydrant, sees another man take the car and leave. Not so mysterious, right? But wait, this act leads to some very distinctly mysterious happenings, A mercenary, Edward Lane, wants to hire him to find his wife, Kate, and stepdaughter, Jade, who have been kidnapped. Several million dollars later, which Lane pays without blinking an eye, Reacher feels something else is going on. Something is “off.”The journey takes him and his new temporary partner, Pauling, an ex-FBI agent-turned-PI down a twisted path of deceit, torture, and death. Almost too late, Jack realizes what is really going on and—well, read it. You won’t be disappointed.

⭐ In the 10th adventure of ex-Army Military Police major Jack Reacher we find our hero embroiled in a complex kidnapping plot involving the beautiful wife and step daughter of a military contractor company (think Blackwater) named Edward Lane. To top things off this is the second time Lane has gone through this, the last time proved fatal for the wife. He’s understandably frantic, ransom is paid, and the tension ratchets up. Reacher winds up ultimately traveling to England and gets into a deadly showdown at the book’s conclusion. Not the most exciting novel in the series but entertaining enough for me. There’s less action, gunplay and brawling than some of the other stories which may leave some readers disappointed. Happily, Lee Child’s penchant for errors on US military topics and inaccuracies regarding various firearms is absent from “The Hard Way” which is a postive. It’s true as some other reviewers observe that these stories are a bit formulaic but as it turns out it’s a successful formula so why change it? I’ll be starting “Nothing to Lose” shortly and looking forward to it.

⭐ It all starts with Reacher at a cafe sipping espresso looking at a car parked by a fire hydrant, when a guy walks up, gets in the car ,drives off. The next day the same thing happens. Later another guy comes by and asks him if he saw anything. Reacher tells him what he saw. The guy asks if he would go with him to see his boss. Reacher does and finds out both cars had millions of dollars in them. Ransom money for his wife and 8 yr old daughter. Reacher says he will help to recover them. And thus begins a kind of detective tale. Same thing happened to the bosses first wife who was killed. Is the boss on the up and up? Was it an inside job? Jack has to figure out who’s involved. The boss has 6 loyal special ops guys working for him, Brits and American. The sister of the first wife that was killed has been watching the boss for four years since she was killed. What for? Reacher doesn’t even beat anyone up until 85% of the book. But it is another great read. You’ll like it.

⭐ I think I’ve read most or all of this series, however, I must have missed this one along the way. Too bad, it’s really good. A departure from the usual, it has less action and more mystery than most. Reacher is offered an outrageous amount of money to solve a kidnapping and hopefully rescue the victims. The twist to the plot was fairly easy to figure out, but for me that didn’t ruin the story. Lee Child is such a good writer and his characters are so well drawn that even having guessed the outcome, I was still spellbound by the way it played out. You can’t go wrong reading any Jack Reacher adventure. To my mind he is one of the best fiction heroes I’ve ever encountered.

⭐ If there is a moral to this story, it is that if you are a bad guy – really bad – it would behoove you not to hire Reacher to help you; eventually he will turn his laser-like, penetrating attention on you. Strangely enough, Reacher is in a café one evening on a busy street in NYC and just happens to observe a man cross the street and drive away an illegally parked car. Big deal, but the next day he is in the same café and is approached by an ex-military type wanting to know if he had observed said event. Soon he is meeting Edward Lane, the head of a band of mercenary soldiers, who claims that the car held ransom money, payment to kidnappers of his dazzling wife and young daughter. Well, of course, since Reacher is an investigator extraordinaire, he agrees to help Lane, something that Lane probably wishes never happened.Reacher knows nothing about Lane, but soon he happens to meet the sister of Lane’s first wife, Anne, now deceased, and an ex-FBI agent Lauren Paulding, who investigated Anne’s disappearance. A troublesome picture of Lane begins to emerge, especially his ruthlessness. Now Reacher is on full alert; he enlists Pauling in his search for the kidnappers but wonders what Lane is hiding. Eventually, after sorting through the disconnects, of all places, the case leads to a farm outside London.As usual the story is fast-moving and compelling. Of course, Reacher uses his immense physical skills to advantage, but it is his mind that gives him the ultimate advantage over his opponents, which generally means surviving the extremely dangerous situations in which he repeatedly finds himself. As per his custom, Reacher is back on the road with his toothbrush only hours after righting the wrongs that are eventually revealed.

⭐ Of course Jack Reacher never disappoints! Lee Child has created a great character in this big ugly dude that everyone wishes would come to their rescue–or at least stop by for a beer. Jack is that retired military cop who seems to be able to skirt the law when Lady Justice needs a little help and Uncle Sam is out to lunch with his politico buddies. These books are always great, and the only thing predicable about them is that the good guy generally wins, and sometimes he even gets the girl!

⭐ I have read everything written by Lee Child. A friend told me about one of the Jack Reacher books and I have every one of them. I do not know how Child keeps coming up with the different story lines but he is brilliant. I know that writing so many books about one main character makes keeping them interesting a challenge but Mr. Child continues to do it and do it well. He keeps the past alive right along with the present.

⭐ From the first page to the last, this exciting adventure grabs you and doesn’t let up. Even if you are unfamiliar with other Jack Reacher stories, you quickly immerse yourself into the characters from the first page. I found it extremely difficult to put the book down until the end. If you love action- packed mystery, intrigue, and just plain great writing, this is the book for you. The crime, of course, is unthinkable. How could anyone do such a thing. You want revenge along with the heroes. I highly recommend this well written story. Just a note, I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Looking forward to going back and reading other books by this very talented author.

⭐ I just re-read The Hard Way after reading it 15 yeas ago. Honestly I remembered none of it so it was like reading a brand new novel. It is so much better than the more recent Reacher novels. It inspired me to go back and re-read some of the other earlier ones. The new novels have Reacher beating up people for sport just because he is so much bigger and stronger. The Hard Way had much less violence but was much better written and more interesting. And Reacher’s love of women was well thought out and described nicely. He was much more human then, which makes for a better novel.

⭐ Excellent as usual. Reacher is sitting enjoying an espresso one night when he witnesses someone going to a certain car. The car belongs to certain man who says there was a ransom payment in the car for his wife who was kidnapped a few days before. He then goes on to higher Reacher along with the mercs. he already has working for him to look into the kidnapping. Reacher starts looking around with the help of a ex FBI now PI Pauling they look into boss Lane and find how fishy his past has been. Problems with ex soldiers and wives. They just have to figure out the kidnapping which is the tricky part. It has everyone stumped, Very good book really enjoyed it.


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