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I am so glad I found this author. Generally I don't read mysteries because these days they can be gory, but this book is just right in every way. Murders along the way, but not gory. A likable, intelligent main character who isn't a slob, dysfunctional, drunk or crazy. A man who takes charge and knows what to do. An interesting story that moves fast and empowers the female support character. A satisfying ending that wraps up all loose ends. And along the way makes brief asides to explain and entertain... i can't believe it took me so long to stumble across this author.
This is one of those authors who gets to break all the writing rules because he's so good. I read along, thinking, wow, look at all these simple sentences, casual descriptions, "WAS" used freely...because the way he writes is just so darned easy to read. It kept me guessing. I did figure out one detail, but certainly not all. I spent a wonderful amount of hours reading this...and darn it all, i'm going to have to spend another $9.99 to read another book. Not fair!
This may not be the most amazingly brilliant storyline ever written, but it was absolutely the most entertaining writing i have read in a very long time.
Everything we love about Reacher is here: his stoicism, his realism, his (almost) complete control of the world around him, with some violence and sex and Wild West justice thrown in to a terrific whodunnit.
But in The Enemy, Reacher is vulnerable. We see his weakness, his loss, and somewhere deep down, his loneliness. This book is the context for the whole series.
Kudos, Mr. Child, for this wonderful book. I'm left wondering: who is the enemy?
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Having said all that, and happily admitting I will continue to look forward to and read Reacher's adventures in order and will recommend them to other avid readers, I do so wish I could have introduced Lee Childs to punctuation such as commas and semi colons and conjunctions; anything other than the constant short sharp sentences. I find the staccato style of writing, e.g. " The night was dark. It had been raining. The ground was wet. It was cold." just so distracting and irritating that I started filling bits in myself!
Many writers also have what you might call signature phrases that appear so regularly you find yourself beginning to count them, but it would be impossible to keep tabs on all the 'I/he/she said nothing's and the I/he/she shrugged'. I visualise a society of people ignoring each other and heaving their shoulders up and down repetitively!😂
Ok, rant from the grammar police over and meant with tongue in cheek and still full of admiration for the stories themselves.
This is more of a whodunnit than many of the other books and it was all the better for doing so. Reacher's self confidence is a large part of his appeal and this tale did not disappoint in that but it was nice to learn of mistakes and miscalculations. Scenes of his personal life were a nice inclusion too.
Of course there were some parts that are always present; coffee, getting frisky, fight scene and a grand finale but it wouldn't be a proper Reacher book without all that.