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Jack Reacher walks alone. No job, no ID, no last known address.
But he never turns down a plea for help. Now a woman tracks him down,
because she needs a hand with her new job. Her task? Protecting the Vice
President of the United States from someone threatening to kill him.
And so Reacher, with nothing but his toothbrush and the clothes he
stands up in, enters a very exclusive club at the very heart of
Washington power: the offices of the United States Secret Service. Here,
he must literally put himself in the line of fire, pitting his native
cunning, surly charm and instinctive but controlled violence against the
wiliness of bureaucrats and the ghosts from his own past - as well as
the brutal ruthlessness of the mystery assassin.

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Sep 19, 2016

4.75/5

“Why look for trouble?”
“I'm not looking for trouble. I don't see it as trouble.”


Alright, Lee Child had me glued to the pages in his engrossing suspense/thriller once again. I couldn't put this book down even for a minute!

Jack Reacher is amazing as always and I admire him even more in this book. Man, he’s freaking clever! Thankfully, Neagley helped him with this investigation; otherwise things might turn out differently from what I expected. I can tell I really enjoyed seeing them working 4.75/5

“Why look for trouble?”
“I'm not looking for trouble. I don't see it as trouble.”


Alright, Lee Child had me glued to the pages in his engrossing suspense/thriller once again. I couldn't put this book down even for a minute!

Jack Reacher is amazing as always and I admire him even more in this book. Man, he’s freaking clever! Thankfully, Neagley helped him with this investigation; otherwise things might turn out differently from what I expected. I can tell I really enjoyed seeing them working together. He needed her to watch his back, and vice versa. Together, they made a great team!


“Yes,” she said. “I'm pretty good.”
“No, you're not,” Reacher said. “You're the best. The absolute best there has ever been. You're so damn good it's unbelievable.”
“That's how you've got to think,” Neagley said. “Pump yourself up. Get to the point where it's impossible to imagine that these jerky guys with their silly notes are going to get within a million miles of you.”
Froelich smiled, briefly. “Is this military-style training?”
“For me it was,” Neagley said. “Reacher was born thinking that way.”


There’s nothing more exciting and stunning than finding out the way Reacher managed the situation near the end of the book. I must admit he completely took me off guard and the ending wasn’t what I expected. Let’s just say, I never saw it coming.

By the way, this was such an enthralling read. It grabbed me from the very start and it not only kept me totally on the edge of my seat, but also kept me guessing right up until the end. I’m very happy I picked this one up.

“I'm saying we're all good at something. And that's what I'm good at. Maybe it's the only thing I'm good at. I'm not proud of it, and I'm not ashamed of it, either. It's just there. I can't help it. I'm genetically programmed to win, is all. Several consecutive generations.”
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Jul 07, 2012

I like Reacher. I really do. But Lee Child creates the most flawed scenarios and it drives me batty sometimes. Reacher has been recruited to help deflect an attempt to assassinate the new VP.

Now, if we are to believe this story, the Secret Service is employing idiots. For example, Reacher specifies a church tower that could be used by a shooter. Does the SS put a man in the tower to prevent the possible use by an assassin. Or even to be able to see any other possible danger. No. The lead SS I like Reacher. I really do. But Lee Child creates the most flawed scenarios and it drives me batty sometimes. Reacher has been recruited to help deflect an attempt to assassinate the new VP.

Now, if we are to believe this story, the Secret Service is employing idiots. For example, Reacher specifies a church tower that could be used by a shooter. Does the SS put a man in the tower to prevent the possible use by an assassin. Or even to be able to see any other possible danger. No. The lead SS agent says she "hopes someone checked out the tower." Really?

Just one of many scenarios that make the entire tension seem fake to me. Just a little bit of realism is necessary for me to buy into the plot. And having the Secret Service make mistakes that I, with none of the necessary skills/experience to do this job, could plan for, is ludicrous.

Further, if you manage to become the lead on VP's secret service team, you are not wimpy, scared, easily intimidated woman. In fact, you are probably more of a tough, than most men in the position because you have more to prove. The secret service lead, and current Reacher Lover, is about as easily defeated emotionally and mentally as a house of cards.

Child clearly wants to be a liberal minded man about women, but he's stuck in making all of Reacher's love interests the weak girl who needs to be rescued. I wouldn't even mind that, except you don't make a woman who leads a secret service detail into that character. It just doesn't fit. In fact it grates on you - because it just doesn't fit. ...more
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Feb 21, 2017

Without Fail (Jack Reacher #6), Lee Child
Without Fail is the sixth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was published by Putnam in 2002. It is written in the third person. Jack Reacher arrives in Atlantic City, New Jersey from California after hitching a ride with a couple of aging musicians. He is approached there by M.E. (Mary Ellen) Froelich, a beautiful agent from the United States Secret Service who has managed to track him down. She has a special request for him. Without Fail‎ (Jack Reacher #6), Lee Child
Without Fail is the sixth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was published by Putnam in 2002. It is written in the third person. Jack Reacher arrives in Atlantic City, New Jersey from California after hitching a ride with a couple of aging musicians. He is approached there by M.E. (Mary Ellen) Froelich, a beautiful agent from the United States Secret Service who has managed to track him down. She has a special request for him. Someone is sending threatening letters to the Vice-President-Elect. She wants Reacher to speculate on how he would go about killing him. Countering those methods would help her considerably in her job of protecting the Vice-President-Elect. Reacher accepts the challenge and enlists old Army colleague Frances Neagley to help carry out the mission. Together, they attempt to find the ones responsible before they can carry out the assassination. ...

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز سی ام ماه ژوئن سال 2016 میلادی
عنوان: سوء قصد - کتاب 06 - از سری جک ریچر؛ نویسنده: لی چایلد؛ مترجم: محمد عباس آبادی؛ تهران، تندیس، 1394؛ در 540 ص؛ شابک 9786001821585؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان بریتانیایی - سده 21 م

در کتاب ششم، از سری کتاب‌­های «جک ریچر»، نوشته‌ ی: «لی چایلد»، که در سال 2002 میلادی، منتشر شد، خانم جوانی که به تازگی به سِمت فرمانده­ی سرویس امنیتی معاون رئیس‌جمهور، منصوب شده، از «جک ریچر» می­‌خواهد، نفوذپذیری تیم امنیتی را، مورد آزمایش قرار دهد. پس از گذشت چند رو،ز «ریچر» به یاری یکی از همکاران پیشین خوی،ش کاستی هایی ‌می­‌یابد، که باعث نگرانی­شان می­‌شود. ماجرای نامه­‌ های تهدید ­آمیزی که به تازگی، روی میز معاون رئیس‌­ جمهور، قرار می‌گیرد را، با او در میان می‌­گذارند، و آرزومند همکاری و مشاوره او هستند. «ریچر» با قبول پیشنهاد آن‌­ها، به جنگ آدمکشانی می­‌رود که برای ترور معاون رئیس­‌جمهور، از ارتکاب هیچ جنایتی، فروگذار نمی‌کنند. ا. شربیانی ...more
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Feb 15, 2013

I was pretty disappointed with the 6th book in the Jack Reacher series. The first few were brilliant - fast, furious and somewhat believable despite the larger than life protagonist and plot lines.

Without Fail lacked most of the drama that we have come to expect from Lee Child's thrillers. The plot didn't tie up (I won't spoil it, but the antagonists had a very poor motive for killing the VP).

There is also one massive plot hole that doesn't add up. It was to do with the 'messages' and one I was pretty disappointed with the 6th book in the Jack Reacher series. The first few were brilliant - fast, furious and somewhat believable despite the larger than life protagonist and plot lines.

Without Fail lacked most of the drama that we have come to expect from Lee Child's thrillers. The plot didn't tie up (I won't spoil it, but the antagonists had a very poor motive for killing the VP).

There is also one massive plot hole that doesn't add up. It was to do with the 'messages' and one particular message that the bad guys sent the VP that would have given the game away right off the 'bat'. Completely out of character for them as they do such a good job of attempting not to be identified the whole way through.

Froleich was an awful character! Supposedly a strong and professional woman and yet going round and round in circles about an ex from years ago; At one point pretty much a full chapter was made from her blaming Reacher over her ex's death - it drove me insane and could have been completely skipped - not great at all!!!

In fact, a fair amount of this book could have been skipped over.

I did love Neagley as a character however, and I loved the relationship she has with Reacher - a full set of Reacher-style thrillers could probably be made from her and I would definitely pick them up.

I have given this book 2 stars simply because it is a Jack Reacher book - and that in itself makes it worth them. Reacher is still a fantastic character and I still wish he was real, and I still wish he wasn't Tom Cruise on the big screen, and I will still be reading through the rest of the series!!! ...more
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May 13, 2018

This is an important Reacher book. Don't skip it.

An extra whole-star for the important and interesting character background here. Even though the pacing is often slow with plot holes, and there is sometimes excessive detail (a sad flaw of Child, too often), I give the book 4-stars.

1. This book is perhaps the single best book showing Reacher and Neagley working as a team as investigators and thinkers, as an action duo and as friends.

2. It shows how Neagley is "the female Reacher" in many ways. This is an important Reacher book. Don't skip it.

An extra whole-star for the important and interesting character background here. Even though the pacing is often slow with plot holes, and there is sometimes excessive detail (a sad flaw of Child, too often), I give the book 4-stars.

1. This book is perhaps the single best book showing Reacher and Neagley working as a team as investigators and thinkers, as an action duo and as friends.

2. It shows how Neagley is "the female Reacher" in many ways. Dialogue between them is almost like Reacher talking to Reacher.

3. It gives important background to Jack's brother, Joe Reacher, his character, his flaws, his motivations, his differences from his brother, and the last few years of his life. How Jack and Froelich deal with this is believable and poignant.

4. The book shows the deep personal commitment Reacher and Neagley have for each other, and the poignant tension of Neagley's touch-phobia in their relationship. Child handles this masterfully, and there is a lovely scene between them near the end of the book. Very sweet.

One thing that strikes me about this book is that I'm jealous they actually have a real President and Vice President. ????

The story unfolds with Reacher and Neagley "auditing" the protection of the Vice President. There’s a good picture of how the Secret Service works to protect individuals, although there's far too much detail and repetitive information. After the audit, Reacher and Neagley are brought in as internal investigators.

M.E. Froelich was the close girlfriend of Joe Reacher for several years, but he broke off the relationship badly about a year before his death. I thought this might be due his desire to protect her from his undercover work, which we see in book #1. But perhaps not. I think we are unlikely to know his reasons via any future book.

M.E. is both attracted to the very-similar Jack Reacher, and angry at him for his brother's fate. This adds a complexity to their working and personal relationship. Very poignant when it ends.

The mystery of the identity of the bad guys is developed nicely, and Reacher's resolution-plan is done well.

I feel this book is a turning point in Reacher's character.

A moment of intimacy that I want to remember between a Reacher and Neagley. A reminder for those who've already read this book. Beautiful.
(view spoiler)[Neagley: "Are you lonely?"
Reacher: "Sometimes. Not usually."
She moved her hand, very slowly. It started an inch from his hand. She made the inch last like a million miles. Her fingers moved imperceptibly over the washed-out counter pane until they were a fraction from his. Then they lifted and moved more, until they were directly over his and just a fraction above. It was like there was a layer of air between their hands, compressed so hard it was warm and liquid.

She floated her hand on the air and kept it motionless. Then she pressed harder and brought it down and her fingers touched the backs of his fingers, very lightly. She turned her elbow so her hand lay precisely aligned. Then she pushed down harder. Her palm felt warm. Her fingers were long and cool. Their tips lay on his knuckles. They moved and traced the lines and scars and tendons. They raked down between his.

He turned his hand over. She pressed her palm into his. Laced her fingers through his fingers and squeezed. He squeezed back. He held her hand for five long minutes. Then she slowly pulled it away. Stood up and stepped to the door. Smiled.

"See you in the morning," she said (hide spoiler)]

Notes and quotes -

Böker Ceramic folding knife,
invisible to metal detectors

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JFK and Bobbie assassinations? I'm on the fence:
"It's always going to be a team," Reacher said. "There are no lone men." He saw an ironic half-smile reflected in the glass.
"So you don't believe the Warren Report?" she asked.
He shook his head. "Neither do you," he said. "No professional ever will."


M.E. Froelich's SIG-Sauer P226

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Bad guy's silenced Heckler & Koch MP5SD6

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The spare rounds in their pockets jingled, loudly. Battle rattle, Neagley called it.

The pre-climax arsenal of Reacher and Neagley:
Two nine-millimetre Steyr GBs, a Heckler & Koch MP5 un-silenced machine gun, an M16 rifle and lots of ammo

Steyr GB

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Heckler & Koch MP5

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M16 rifle

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Jul 10, 2016

Comatose Literature: "Without Fail" by Lee Child

When summer is just around the corner, I start thinking about what books to take on holidays. Beach or pool is also important, but the real clincher are the books. And the first question on the agenda is which books should I bring? More important even than my destination, are the books I’m taking with me. I’ve always been like this. My wife used to complain that I packed lots and lots of books in case I got stranded on a desert island by mistake… Comatose Literature: "Without Fail" by Lee Child

When summer is just around the corner, I start thinking about what books to take on holidays.   Beach or pool is also important, but the real clincher are the books. And the first question on the agenda is which books should I bring? More important even than my destination, are the books I’m taking with me. I’ve always been like this. My wife used to complain that I packed lots and lots of books in case I got stranded on a desert island by mistake… What else? Ah yes. The strategy to pick up books. More than selecting what to wear, which is also fun, what gives me great pleasure is selecting the books to take. Maybe they’ll have a light cover, title in pastel yellow, and italicized font. Sometimes I surprise myself I choose an outlier, i.e., I’ll marathon a book while sunning myself, meaning when choosing I go for something that lends itself to that. What is clear is that I’ll enjoy them in a beach chair under over-sized umbrella, sun hat either on chair or on head-face unseen.
 
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Apr 14, 2018

6/10

It seems this type of book works well in audio, even more so when it is abridged as it cuts out any extra waffle or character development which is needless in an action romp where the characters tend to be in it for one book only.

Reacher is hired to kill someone of minor importance, the Vice President of the US. Why would he take such a job? Well it’s more like an audit of the internal security detail but with a hidden motive.

Things move quickly as they should in this type of book. There 6/10

It seems this type of book works well in audio, even more so when it is abridged as it cuts out any extra waffle or character development which is needless in an action romp where the characters tend to be in it for one book only.

Reacher is hired to kill someone of minor importance, the Vice President of the US. Why would he take such a job? Well it’s more like an audit of the internal security detail but with a hidden motive.

Things move quickly as they should in this type of book. There are a few unexpected occurrences along the way but things work as you’d imagine. The narrators voice for Reacher was a little grating after a while as it was like he was trying to be Clint Eastwood. Other than that the narration was good and made the characters distinct enough and a good pace.

I’d listen to more in this series like this as a nice pallet/ear cleanser between more intense audiobooks. Not too shabby. ...more
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Oct 09, 2014

This is a bare-bones thriller, a puzzle played-out in blood and death, with almost no emotional involvement.

Jack Reacher stands at the centre, almost more puzzling than the mystery he is trying to solve. He has insights that stretch credibility, based on a hyper-aware level of observation, remarkable recall and a willingness to run with intuition when logic can't get him there. Yet, the man who sees everything, seems to have no desire to engage with the world unless it is to exact revenge. He This is a bare-bones thriller, a puzzle played-out in blood and death, with almost no emotional involvement.

Jack Reacher stands at the centre, almost more puzzling than the mystery he is trying to solve. He has insights that stretch credibility, based on a hyper-aware level of observation, remarkable recall and a willingness to run with intuition when logic can't get him there. Yet, the man who sees everything, seems to have no desire to engage with the world unless it is to exact revenge. He likes strong, beautiful women, but not enough to stick around with any of them. He has no home, no luggage, no particular aim in life other than to roam around the US, acting as a lightning rod for storms of violence.

In "Without Fail" Reacher is helping the American Secret Service to protect the life of the Vicepresident elect. Yeah, right. He even has a partner, a slightly shorter, female version of himself: fit, good-looking, no social skills and absolutely deadly.

The love interest is a paint-by-numbers set-up, designed to give Jack something to lose and someone to revenge.

There's some fun procedural stuff, giving an insider's view of the Secret Service and some deductive reasoning that makes Reacher into a fierce, combat-seasoned, sniper-trained version of Sherlock Holmes.

When Reacher finally works out the puzzle that has defeated the Secret Service and the FBI, the rationale for the hell that has been let loose is so unlikely that, at first, I thought it was a red herring.

The book ends rather suddenly. It felt like Child lost interest once the puzzle was solved but felt obliged to have Reacher show his predator side and tidy away all the loose ends at the same time.

It's not a bad book. It passes the time. It has some good twists. It has guns with all the technical specs explained and many of the sentences are short. Very short.

This one is for the Jack Reacher fans. I wrote this review as soon as I finished the book because, a week from now, I'm sure most of it will have slipped from my memory and all that will be left is a silhouette of Jack Reacher with the words "No one messes with me or mine" written underneath. ...more
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Jul 28, 2015

Without Fail is not going to disappoint fans of Jack Reacher. Lee Child comes up with a new setting for Reacher's persuasive combination of detailed analytical thinking and overwhelming violence. Actually the latter is fairly understated in this story, and our hero does not end up taking on two, four or six mindless heavies in a brawl, which seems to be the fairly normal scenario.

This time round there is a plot to assassinate the vice president elect, and Reacher and his female associate from Without Fail is not going to disappoint fans of Jack Reacher. Lee Child comes up with a new setting for Reacher's persuasive combination of detailed analytical thinking and overwhelming violence. Actually the latter is fairly understated in this story, and our hero does not end up taking on two, four or six mindless heavies in a brawl, which seems to be the fairly normal scenario.

This time round there is a plot to assassinate the vice president elect, and Reacher and his female associate from the Army, Neagley are co-opted in by the Secret Service who are clearly struggling to bottom out the threat. As a novelty, and for the first time I can remember post his army days, Reacher is actually employed in gainful employment as opposed to drifting around, righting wrongs in his own inimitable fashion. Of course, we have the usual romantic attachment which surprisingly is not Neagley.

This is certainly a book which keeps you turning over the pages and whilst I normally end up rating Reacher stories at Four or Five Stars, this is, in my opinion, at the higher end. If I had a criticism of the plot it is only that I found the motivation of the would be assassins rather improbable, but maybe that's just me and in any case it does not detract from the tale which I thoroughly enjoyed. ...more
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Oct 27, 2008

I bought this book when Cody's - historic, tragic Cody's as anyone in the Bay Area knows - was going out of business. It was 40% percent off, and I was casting about for the type of book that would magically unlock the keys to moving plot forward and making pages turn since, ahem, I was having some slight trouble in that regard. I don't know if I learned anything in the craft dept other than that Jack Reacher is an awesome badass, stone-cold professional, crafty and smart hero who actually made I bought this book when Cody's - historic, tragic Cody's as anyone in the Bay Area knows - was going out of business. It was 40% percent off, and I was casting about for the type of book that would magically unlock the keys to moving plot forward and making pages turn since, ahem, I was having some slight trouble in that regard. I don't know if I learned anything in the craft dept other than that Jack Reacher is an awesome badass, stone-cold professional, crafty and smart hero who actually made me care about the sights on sniper guns. I'm not sure I will go out and read more of his righteous mayhem unless I am laid up with a broken leg or somehow get a vacation, but I would recommend this for good, clean riproaring fun. Actually, I was in awe of what I imagine is fairly basic in thriller land - the mastery of arcane detail and handling tons of exposition in a fast-paced manner, managing plot twists, not to mention all the research that must have gone into it. Plus, I couldn't believe I was pulling for a character who's almost a complete cipher. Ah, but he's a badass cipher. ...more
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Feb 22, 2017

Okay, another good read. Jack is what some may call an "odd duck"...sorry for the technical terminology. I mean he refuses to use or have anything that puts him on "the grid". He travels around looking like a huge homeless giant, he throws clothes away rather than wash them, no one can fins him... Yet he keeps ending up working with (untrustworthy and corrupt) government agencies and agents.

It has to do with him being an incorruptible and bad-ass MP and in this case that his (late) brother was Okay, another good read. Jack is what some may call an "odd duck"...sorry for the technical terminology. I mean he refuses to use or have anything that puts him on "the grid". He travels around looking like a huge homeless giant, he throws clothes away rather than wash them, no one can fins him... Yet he keeps ending up working with (untrustworthy and corrupt) government agencies and agents.

It has to do with him being an incorruptible and bad-ass MP and in this case that his (late) brother was an incorruptible and intelligent Secret Service agent (sadly unlike Reacher he wasn't a bad-ass).

Any way...Reacher gets called in by his brother's old lover (who clearly wants [Jack] Reacher to be his brother) who's newly promoted in the Secret Service and has the VP's retail. There is of course a credible threat from "someone or someones" who are willing to kill innocents to make a point.

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Dec 05, 2017

Number 6 in the Reacher series.
A bit disappointed in Without Fail I found it a bit on the slow side in places. Lots of, what I would call, irrelevant information.
I found the plot a bit unbelievable, the secret service couldn't protect the Vice President without Jack Reacher's help??
At the beginning when Jack was brought in to do a independent audit for the S.S., this sounded like it was feasible. But when Jack found gaping holes in the S.S's procedures Jack was invited to help protect the V.P. Number 6 in the Reacher series.
A bit disappointed in Without Fail I found it a bit on the slow side in places. Lots of, what I would call, irrelevant information.
I found the plot a bit unbelievable, the secret service couldn't protect the Vice President without Jack Reacher's help??
At the beginning when Jack was brought in to do a independent audit for the S.S., this sounded like it was feasible. But when Jack found gaping holes in the S.S's procedures Jack was invited to help protect the V.P.
The reason why the V.P's life was in danger was also a bit hard to believe.
This is not to say that the book was a complete drag, there were times the story line took off and it was a complete page turner. But all in all I would have to say this has been my least favorite Jack Reacher to date.
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Aug 22, 2019

First, I can state I love the Reacher stories. I have read 26 of them in the last 24 weeks. And only have a few to go to have read all of them in well under a year. I started on a whim by picking up the current release because the description caught my attention when I was looking at it as a gift for my father. That first one, Past Tense, was great and many since have been excellent reads. But there are a few things that I feel are inconsistent in this volume over the rest of the Reacher canon, First, I can state I love the Reacher stories. I have read 26 of them in the last 24 weeks. And only have a few to go to have read all of them in well under a year. I started on a whim by picking up the current release because the description caught my attention when I was looking at it as a gift for my father. That first one, Past Tense, was great and many since have been excellent reads. But there are a few things that I feel are inconsistent in this volume over the rest of the Reacher canon, enough so that it distracted from the story for me. Now admittedly I have jumped around a lot, not read them in the published order nor the chronological order. So, it could be my vast and short exposure to so many Reacher stories.

I will call out the inconsistencies in this story and then get down to reviewing it with that in mind. First, I do not recall Reacher wearing a watch in any of the other stories, and do not recall him ever checking a watch. He always goes by an internal clock, that has been tested in more than one story and he is always within a minute or 2. So the fact that he is not only wearing a watch but checks it several times just does not fit. The second and a bit of a spoiler her, but Reacher sleeps with his dead brother’s ex girlfriend. Again, based on the 25 other stories I have read I just feel that is out of character.

In this story Reacher is tracked down by M.E. Froelich a secret service agent, responsible for the protection detail of the vice-president elect. She wants to hire Reacher to test their security, sort of an outside audit. And she happens to be his brother Joe’s ex. Reacher call in Neagley and the two not only find holes, they find that it would be impossible to guarantee protection. And that is when they find out it is more than just an exercise though up by Joe years earlier. There is a credible threat and they are asked to consult.

The story involves a lost of examination of past assassinations both in real life and in film. It compares and contrasts killers that will succeed and not make it out alive, and those who succeed and disappear afterwards. They are being taunted by clues being left in the office, homes, and mailed. But the cross a line and Reacher needs to see this through.

Taking aside the 2 considerations listed before, this is a good novel. The concepts presented and the method is very interesting. The practice and protocols of personal protection are informative. And of course you have Reacher and Neagley doing what they do best, messing up someone’s plans.

Not my favorite Reahcer story but a really good read none the less.

Read the review on my blog Book Reviews and More and reviews of other books by Lee Child.
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Aug 27, 2019

This one will hold your attention cover-to-cover! It unfolds at neck-break speed - a race against the clock to figure out who is trying to assassinate a candidate for vice president of the United States...and why? Is it political? Personal? I never tire of following the thought process of Jack Reacher as he takes on a case and/or villain. There are some great support characters in this one and several intense scenes. I just couldn't put this book down until I finished. Another fantastic addition This one will hold your attention cover-to-cover! It unfolds at neck-break speed - a race against the clock to figure out who is trying to assassinate a candidate for vice president of the United States...and why? Is it political? Personal? I never tire of following the thought process of Jack Reacher as he takes on a case and/or villain. There are some great support characters in this one and several intense scenes. I just couldn't put this book down until I finished. Another fantastic addition to great series! ...more
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Jul 21, 2017

My Rating: 4.3/5

Great Novel just like the others. This is not as good as Echo Burning. A bit slower here and there. The twists at the endings are not as impressive as the other novels. But still a great novel. There is no bad stuff about it. So, yeah. See u guys in the next one.
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Jul 07, 2018

Without Fail is probably so far, my most favorite Reacher adventure yet! I've enjoyed all the other ones I've read so far, and not a bad one among them, but this one so far in my opinion is the best!

Jack Reacher is approached by US Secret Service Agent M.E. (Mary Ellen) Froelich, who had been assigned to protect Brook Armstrong, the Vice-President elect. Froelich has approached Reacher because someone is sending threatening messages to the VP, and she wants Reacher to speculate on how he would Without Fail is probably so far, my most favorite Reacher adventure yet! I've enjoyed all the other ones I've read so far, and not a bad one among them, but this one so far in my opinion is the best!

Jack Reacher is approached by US Secret Service Agent M.E. (Mary Ellen) Froelich, who had been assigned to protect Brook Armstrong, the Vice-President elect. Froelich has approached Reacher because someone is sending threatening messages to the VP, and she wants Reacher to speculate on how he would kill him if he wanted to. Reacher accepts, whilst enlisting the help of his old friend and Army colleague Frances Neagley, and also as it turns out, Reacher discovers that Froelich is the former lover of his deceased brother Joe, and Reacher and Froelich slowly start a relationship while also protecting the VP and searching for the culprits.

Entertaining from beginning to end, a must read for Child/Reacher fans!! ...more
3

Feb 16, 2010

I'm gradually reading the Jack Reacher books in order, and this is the sixth. After making it through nearly half the extant books, I'd have to say that the other Jack series (Repairman Jack by F. Paul Wilson) is the more consistently entertaining, that is if you don't ...mind a little supernatural horror with your vigilante action. The previous Jack Reacher outing, Echo Burning, was a superb Texas gothic tale. But this one strains credibility in a couple of ways. First, I don't buy the I'm gradually reading the Jack Reacher books in order, and this is the sixth. After making it through nearly half the extant books, I'd have to say that the other Jack series (Repairman Jack by F. Paul Wilson) is the more consistently entertaining, that is if you don't ...mind a little supernatural horror with your vigilante action. The previous Jack Reacher outing, Echo Burning, was a superb Texas gothic tale. But this one strains credibility in a couple of ways. First, I don't buy the motivation of the villains. Second, if they're as competent as everyone in the story believes them to be, there's no way they'd telegraph their crimes the way they did. I'm going to leave it at that so as not to spoil the story. And Jack. Dude! You know how to use every weapon known to man! Please, please, please learn to operate a washing machine! ...more
4

Oct 29, 2012

Hi

I really enjoy the Jack Reacher books, so far, with the Reacher books read, this is my second favourite behind One Shot. Although nice to see a regular character helping and returning in this book to work with Reacher.

Always readable, gripping.

As always he is the ladies man.

very enjoyable

regards

Sean
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Jan 23, 2015

This was a fairly disappointing continuation of Jack Reacher's drifter ways for me. A threat exist against the Vice President and suddenly Jack finds himself employed to seek holes in the VP's security - that was about the jeist of the story.
4

Apr 11, 2013

I’m a huge fan of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, and I think I might have mentioned previously that they were the inspiration for some aspects of Powder Burn and my new ‘Burn’ series. So I needed no encouragement to pick this one up when it was also chosen as a Goodreads group read. And as usual, I wasn’t disappointed.

Jack Reacher appeals to the angry and vengeful core in all of us – there are no judges or juries in Reacher’s world, just violent retribution dispatched swiftly, without I’m a huge fan of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, and I think I might have mentioned previously that they were the inspiration for some aspects of Powder Burn and my new ‘Burn’ series. So I needed no encouragement to pick this one up when it was also chosen as a Goodreads group read. And as usual, I wasn’t disappointed.

Jack Reacher appeals to the angry and vengeful core in all of us – there are no judges or juries in Reacher’s world, just violent retribution dispatched swiftly, without compunction or mercy and, in this case, unusually cold-bloodedly.

The book was written right after the 9/11 tragedy and I think its influence can be seen in the way that in Without Fail it is acceptable for Reacher to assassinate the bad guys. In many of the other Jack Reacher books that I’ve read, Reacher’s own life is at stake from quite early in the story, and so the ruthless killing of the bad guys is softened morally by his need to survive. This is not the case in Without Fail where he could and should have left them to the Secret Service or the FBI – both agencies are intrinsic to the story – but instead goes after them with intent to kill.

Child does a good job of making this aspect as believable as possible, and as the issue only comes up at the very end, it doesn’t spoil what is otherwise a fine story. The rest of the book has the usual impeccable mix of tight plotting, tighter writing and great minor characters, and I had no problem awarding four stars. ...more
5

Apr 02, 2019

Another "Reacher" reread because of reading a couple out of the series of "Hunt for Reacher"...Reacher is pulled into the Secret Service & their duty to protect the Vice-President by an ex-girlfriend of his brother Joe...Great Read like all "Reachers!"
2

Apr 27, 2011

Have you heard of Jack Reacher? He's become a favorite among a handful of people I know. We were each introduced to Reacher at one time or another by the same person, who conveniently has almost every book written about Reacher.

Lee Child's brainchild is a gargantuan man, ex-military, a nomad, and deadly (both to enemies and to women). In previous books, he would tell time without looking at a watch. But in Without Fail, he was constantly depending on his watch. Confusing. Also, this one is less Have you heard of Jack Reacher? He's become a favorite among a handful of people I know. We were each introduced to Reacher at one time or another by the same person, who conveniently has almost every book written about Reacher.

Lee Child's brainchild is a gargantuan man, ex-military, a nomad, and deadly (both to enemies and to women). In previous books, he would tell time without looking at a watch. But in Without Fail, he was constantly depending on his watch. Confusing. Also, this one is less action (and violence) packed than the ones I've read before; a tad too tame. Usually, Lee Child is very creative when it comes to horrifying me--he's not the type who will bank on the typical blood and gore. (You'd think with a character that uses guns a lot, you'd know how people will get killed; but Lee Child is more imaginative than that.)

That aside, everything in Without Fail was still quintessential Reacher. He emanates a clear don't-mess-with-me-or-my-friends vibe that makes you want someone to cross him. Of course someone will, which is why me and my friends keep borrowing the paperbacks and passing it on to one another.

Lee Child's Reacher books are plot driven and easy to read (perfect for long MRT rides), peppered with interesting military stuff (intriguing for clueless civilians like me). Absorbing, thrilling, doesn't demand much attention or comprehension; a good book to read in between other more literary fare, every now and then.

What really hooked me to Jack Reacher is the consistent portrayal--in description, in language, in plot twists, in his action and decisions, everything is crafted to make this fictional character come alive. When I read Lee Child's books, as in Without Fail, Reacher is undeniably more than just a hero in a novel; he's someone I've met before and is now writing me a long letter to let me know what mess he's getting himself into.

I'm giving 2 stars for Without Fail, but 3 or 4 for these other Jack Reacher books: The Hard Way, Back Luck and Trouble. ...more
4

Dec 21, 2011

3 or 4 stars, can’t decide. Reacher didn’t beat up as many thugs as I would have liked, but I still enjoyed it.

STORY BRIEF:
Someone is threatening Armstrong, the newly elected Vice President. Froelich is in charge of the Secret Service team protecting him. She used to date Reacher’s brother who told her about Reacher’s talents and abilities. She hires Reacher to test her security and then to help with the current threat. Reacher hires one of his army buddies to help.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
Another 3 ½ or 4 stars, can’t decide. Reacher didn’t beat up as many thugs as I would have liked, but I still enjoyed it.

STORY BRIEF:
Someone is threatening Armstrong, the newly elected Vice President. Froelich is in charge of the Secret Service team protecting him. She used to date Reacher’s brother who told her about Reacher’s talents and abilities. She hires Reacher to test her security and then to help with the current threat. Reacher hires one of his army buddies to help.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
Another good suspenseful exciting escape with tough guys’ tough guy Reacher. I’m doing all of them in order and enjoying each one. However, this one did drag a bit in the middle. It took a long time (most of the book) to solve the mystery and find the bad guys. I think there were only two scenes where Reacher was beating up or shooting bad guys. Other Reacher books had more than that, so I was disappointed. Instead this book is mostly wondering who could be doing this and how are they going to catch them. But it’s better than no Reacher at all. The ending is good. We know Reacher will win because there are sequels.

I liked the way Reacher hung up on the bad guy when the bad guy wanted to talk to Reacher. The Secret Service boss was angry because he had asked Reacher to keep the bad guy on the phone for as long as possible, but Reacher didn’t. Reacher explained it’s a game. There were a few other chuckling moments as well.

THE SERIES:
This is book 6 in the Jack Reacher series. I gave 4 or more stars to all of the first 6 books except for Running Blind, gave that one 2 ½.

NARRATOR:
The narrator Dick Hill was very good.

DATA:
Unabridged audiobook reading time: 13 hrs and 25 mins. Swearing language: I don’t recall any. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: two referred to not shown. Setting: 2002 various U.S. locations. Book copyright: 2002. Genre: mystery suspense thriller. Ending: Good. ...more
4

Jan 05, 2014

So far, Without Fail has been among my favorite books in the Reacher series mostly we got to know more about Joe, and Reacher's feelings after his death. Reacher keeps everything in the vest and like a tough guy, he doesn't dwell too much on things he can't change but you would think that what happened with Joe would leave consequences. In this book, we got to know what he thought and felt. Note: This book has spoilers for Killing Floor.

The action was as usual - exciting if crazy improbable. I So far, Without Fail has been among my favorite books in the Reacher series mostly we got to know more about Joe, and Reacher's feelings after his death. Reacher keeps everything in the vest and like a tough guy, he doesn't dwell too much on things he can't change but you would think that what happened with Joe would leave consequences. In this book, we got to know what he thought and felt. Note: This book has spoilers for Killing Floor.

The action was as usual - exciting if crazy improbable. I couldn't believe the villains would be so good, specially once you found out who they were. Unlike past books, Reacher had a partner that helped him take the bad guys down. I really liked Neagley and I hope to see her in future books. And for a change, Reacher was wearing more than one set of clothes during the whole book. I know he always showers but I always keep thinking how stinking those clothes must be with him shooting people and running all over the place.

I've gotten used to Dick Hill's narration so I'll keep enjoying the series in audio. Definitely looking forward to the rest of the series. ...more
2

Jun 02, 2017

Audio book for my second time around this story
Without a doubt I would have given this four stars when I read the book upon original release. I was just captured with Jack Reacher; he attack the bullies that we all encounter in our lives.
Now, I am looking at the individual story and how Child delivers it. Outside of the information about my country and it's institutes I find little here.

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