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Featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise, as he comes to the UK.Jack Reacher is alone, the way he likes it.He watches a man cross a New York street and drive away in a Mercedes. The car contains $1 million of ransom money. Reacher's job is to make sure it all turns out right - money paid, family safely returned.But Reacher is in the middleFeaturing Jack Reacher, hero of the blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise, as he comes to the UK.Jack Reacher is alone, the way he likes it.He watches a man cross a New York street and drive away in a Mercedes. The car contains $1 million of ransom money. Reacher's job is to make sure it all turns out right - money paid, family safely returned.But Reacher is in the middle of a nasty little war where nothing is simple.What started on a busy New York street explodes three thousand miles away, in the sleepy English countryside.Reacher's going to have to do this one the hard way....

Title : The Hard Way
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Number of Pages : 514 Pages
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The Hard Way Reviews

  • Alp
    2019-03-21 17:50

    Reacher, alone in the dark. Armed and dangerous. Coming back.This is what I call perfection.The Hard Way is my most favorite in Jack Reacher series so far. Just when I thought Lee Child's book couldn't possibly get any better, he has outdone himself once again with this unputdownable read! If I could, I would give it more than 5 stars.Who would have thought that just sitting and drinking coffee would get Jack Reacher involved in the investigation of the kidnapping for ransom of a woman and her child who remained missing although her husband already paid one million dollars in cash, exactly like he was told to do.On the trail of finding the kidnappers, the more Reacher dug into this case, the more dirty and vicious secrets were revealed. He discovered that all the clues and the pieces of the jigsaw which seemed to fit together just didn’t lead him to the truth. On the contrary, those all led him to the wrong conclusion. However, for Reacher, he was even more than ready to do it the hard way.This tenth installment was a fantastic blend of suspense, mystery, thriller, and a slight touch of romance (aha!), all rolled into one amazing story where surprises seemed to lurk around every corner. I was not only impressed with the unpredictable plot but also the way the author kept me invested in the characters. The suspense and enormous tension were built up throughout the entire story which kept me on my toes, and of course, on the edge of my seat as well.And… nothing prepared me for this stunning plot twist I never saw coming! Seeing things finally unraveled (at breakneck speed) made my jaw drop in awe of this ex-military police. How could Reacher know?! With his intelligence, toughness, and capability, OMG, I couldn’t admire this man more!If you’re looking for a book with shocking revelations that keep you turning the pages faster than lightning, then pick up this one. You’ll definitely get a great deal of enjoyment and excitement out of it!The Hard Way is not just a crime mystery/thriller. It is an absolute must read!

  • Rob
    2019-04-08 23:11

    The Jack Reacher virgin. Reading The Hard Way. Feeling he has to give Lee Child a go, just because every one else has. And his mother-in-law thrust the book upon him. Jack Reacher. Star of The Hard Way. Kind of a cross between Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Littlest Hobo. Spends his time being right about everything almost all the time. Except when it's convenient for the plot. Seems to know almost everything, but he's never heard of text messaging. Can guess the time really really accurately. Goes on about it all the time. Lee Child. Writing an odd way. All short sentences, just stating the facts. Like a Lidl Hemingway or McCarthy, without the sense of poetry, but more full stops. Likes to repeat the sentence: Jack Reacher, doing it The Hard Way. Over and over again. Characters all gruff ex-forces types. Talk in short sentences, just stating the facts. Repeating sentences.Back to the Jack Reacher virgin. He worked out the 'twist'. About 100 pages in. Jack Reacher worked it out about 400 pages later. Turns out it wasn't such a Hard Way. The book's complete nonsense, and Reacher's laughable. But despite it all, he read it fast. And he can't say he'd refuse another Reacher book from the mother-in-law. Make of that what you will.

  • Harry
    2019-04-18 18:04

    I'm going to add the same review for all of the Reacher series, so if you've read this one, you've read 'em all. If you feel a certain affinity for the lone hero, a man of principle, of unwavering knowledge and assent as to his own actions, than Jack Reacher's your kinda guy. Lee Child has created an unforgettable and unique character in his creation of Jack Reacher. Jack seems to implicitly understand that he is a unique animal/human running around on this planet and that in spite of social conventions, cultural trappings, and whatever conventions and abstractions we allow into our mind in order to alleviate this core fact of our singularity (and aloneness)...the truth of it is not something Mr. Reacher denies.He embraces it. Understands his philosophy implicitly, revels in his physical being,his conventions and values. He defends those he loves, those he does allow into his world, with a loyalty bar none while never letting go of the notion that he is alone and being perfectly comfortable with that.I read one, and within two months read all 15 books with an appetite that couldn't get enough.Enough said,HR

  • Gary
    2019-03-31 19:05

    reacher doing it the hard way this was this first lee child book i ever read and i had to read all of them after that. five out of five stars all the way

  • Toni Osborne
    2019-04-14 18:14

    Jack Reacher, book 10Jack Reacher known as the best man-hunter in the world ends up helping Edward Lane, a well-paid mercenary, whose wife and stepdaughter have been kidnapped. Initially Reacher volunteers to help, as the case develops, things prove not to be what they seem. Alarm bells ring when he discovers Lane's previous wife was kidnapped and also during a mission two members of his crew were left behind in a foreign country...what is Lane hiding, what type of character is he?, can he be trusted? Reacher is determined to find the truth, come hell or high water....This gripping novel captures your attention immediately with a well paced and easy plot; containing a fair share of suspense, action, surprises and romance. The prose is clear and concise all through, no place for ambiguity. The leading character is well drawn; Jack Reacher is a maverick, kind of 21st century cowboy, good hearted globe trotter having another absorbing adventure involving many equally interesting secondary characters.I started at this point in the series and I feel the story stood on its own and not based on any previous characters and episodes as in some other series. This thriller gives you a definite adrenaline rush, captivating till the end.

  • Maggie James
    2019-03-31 17:05

    It's hard to go wrong with Lee Child - I've not yet read a Jack Reacher novel I didn't enjoy. This one isn't as gripping as some of the others - 61 Hours, for example - yet it delivers everything one expects. Reacher's Sherlock Holmes-style deductions, his effortless strong-arm tactics with the bad guys, together with a fling with a female character before slipping away. OK, so that's the formula for all the Reacher novels, clothed in a different plot each time, but it works. An entertaining read - what's not to like?

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-03-29 18:15

    Weak 3 stars. Not as good as other Reacher books. Mostly solving a mystery. Not enough action. But it kept my interest.STORY BRIEF:Reacher is sitting in a coffee shop and observes a man enter a parked car and drive away. Reacher soon learns that this man was a kidnapper picking up ransom money. Lane’s wife and daughter were kidnaped. Lane asks Reacher to help find them. Lane runs a group of military mercenaries for hire.REVIEWER’S OPINION:It’s mostly police style investigating. Not enough smart things were being done, either by the bad guys or the good guys. The husband was wealthy and could have put tracking devices on the car, or had video/pictures taken near the car. There is almost no action until the end of the book. The best Reacher stories have been thrillers, with a bad guy plotting and trying to harm Reacher. This is not a thriller. It’s mostly just solving the mystery with some action at the end. But because I like the character Reacher so much, I was ok with this. I didn’t feel a need for it to be over.I noticed some reviewers complain that the phrase “Reacher said nothing” is overused in these books. I disagree. He’s the “silent type.” Studies have shown that most women use twice as many (or more) words per day than most men. In that sense, it fits. Reacher is not as talkative as others.I was disappointed that the author did not show one scene. A female does something stupid which allows the bad guys to capture her and others. We don’t see how it happened. It was told, not shown. In one scene the good guys are safe in their house. In the next scene they are tied up in another location and being hurt by the bad guys.I had one other problem. I almost wish I had not read the book because one back story was too horrible for me. Two soldiers were captured and kept in an African prison for five years, with body amputations and repulsive living conditions. I’ve read a lot of fiction with bad guys doing horrible things, but other books did not bother me the way this did. I’m not sure why, but it kept me awake at night.THE SERIES: This is book 10. I suggest reading the books in order, but not required. I gave 4 or more stars to all of the preceding books except four: Running Blind, Without Fail, The Enemy, and this one. Save these for last if you’re NOT a die hard Reacher fan.NARRATOR:The narrator Dick Hill was very good. DATA:Unabridged audiobook reading time: 11 hrs and 31 mins. Swearing language: I don’t recall any. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: two referred to not shown. Setting: current day New York City, NY and England. Book copyright: 2006. Genre: mystery suspense. Ending: pleasant and feel good.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-04-07 16:55

    The hard way (Jack Reacher #10), Lee Childعنوان: راه سخت - کتاب 10 - از سری جک ریچر؛ نویسنده: لی چایلد؛ مترجم: محمد عباس آبادی؛ تهران، تندیس، 1395؛ در 539 ص؛ شابک: 9786001821974؛

  • Carol
    2019-04-08 17:53

    The Hard Way is a classic Jack Reacher novel - great pacing, clues are there but you'll miss them until Reacher identifies them, and Reacher puts away a slew of bad guys by himself at the end. Generally, this is a fun read with all the elements you expect. Two things work less well than in a typical Reacher novel though. First, there's no real tension or believable relationship between Reacher and a former-FBI agent with whom he has several consensual romps. Second, the reader isn't made to care what happened or happens, as the case may be, to 2 ersatz kidnapping victims. Several other Reacher novels are much stronger on both of these points. Make this the 10th or so Reacher novel you read: not the first. Having said that, it's a great beach read, as they say.

  • CJ Bowen
    2019-03-28 17:15

    Lessons learned: kidnappings are never as simple as they appear. Pay attention when a main character goes to Staples. England is the best place for vigilante killings, but use quiet automatic weapons, because loud ones scare British people. Go to small bars in England - Americans are supposed to buy pints for everyone in the bar. Refrigerator art can be a major plot point. Pokers can hurt. Corollary to the go to the bathroom/your food arrives in a restaurant rule: when one of the good guy leaves the stakeout, the bad guys will capture everyone else. The British have bad teeth and bitter beer, but are not always as bad as they seem.

  • Kathy Davie
    2019-04-17 15:57

    Twelfth chronologically (and tenth publication-wise) in the Jack Reacher thriller series about a huge man with an even bigger sense of honor who will take down the bad guys.My TakeThis was another intense one. I do love how Reacher withheld and poked at Lane. How he pushed to get involved in the rescue of Kate and Jade. This man does not suffer fools! He already has a tendency to observe, calculate, and catalog and his years in the military police have provided him with a wealth of psychological field study of the worst of human nature. It's only sharpened his edge.Reacher is so incredibly observant---well, yeah, it helps that this is fiction and anyone can look brilliant when it merely takes a keystroke, let me enjoy my fantasies, will 'ya!?It always amazes me how the protagonist in a story can take a tiny bit of information and blow it up into an answer. Yeah, it takes time and a lotta effort. But s/he teases out that one little bit and keeps following the trail.Whoa, Reacher? Tense? Just reading the way Reacher thinks makes me consider how I observe life around me. Make me more aware of my surroundings. I'll never be a Reacher, but it does make life richer.Ooh, Reacher is wrong! Omigod. One for the record books. A lesson can be learned from how he reacts to it however. Instead of moaning and groaning and proffering up excuses, he ties a knot and moves on. Both Reacher and Kate want to use Lane's money to help the men and their families who were damaged or destroyed by Lane's actions, so, why did they leave the money behind??What a bunch of scum...I love what Reacher does to the bad guys at the end. And he ain't alone in it.The StoryEdward Lane's wife has been kidnapped. And he's in a panic. This has happened before. His first wife. Anne. He brought in the police. He paid the ransom. She was still murdered. He won't make that mistake again. Instead, he makes a worse one. He hires Reacher. He won't be needing that mirror on a stick...The CharactersJack Reacher is a drifter, a loner, and he likes it that way. Rarely staying in the same place two days in a row, he carries no luggage except a toothbrush in his shirt pocket. It's been seven years since he left the military. What he learned as an M.P. is still, however, with him.Edward Lane was a colonel in the army who retired under a cloud. He set himself up as the head of a band of mercenaries working under the radar for Uncle Sam. John Gregory is British, former SAS, and Lane's second-in-command. Carter Groom, Addison, Perez, Kowalski, and Burke are the rest of the A-team besides Graham Taylor, former SAS, who was her driver that day. They're sure he was murdered once they got the wife and kid off the streets.Knight and Clay Hobart are former A-team members. Until they got caught in a suspicious ambush in Africa. Dee Marie Graziano is Hobart's crusading, compassionate sister. Susan Jackson is Graham's sister. She's married to Tony and they have a daughter Melody; they work an organic farm up near Norwich in England.Kate is Lane's second wife and she has an eight-year-old daughter, Jade.Patricia Joseph was Anne's sister. She doesn't buy Lane's story. Detective Brewer is with the NYPD and is the recipient of her information and concerns. He in turn, passes her info on to Lauren Pauling, the FBI special agent who was in charge of Anne's kidnapping. She's now a private investigator.The CoverThe cover is awash in reds with a blast of yellow and green illuminating the tilted landscape. I want to say it's an alley, but what alley has an overhead roof of planks?The title tells it like it is. Reacher and his new best friends are going to have to take this guy down The Hard Way.

  • Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
    2019-04-12 19:47

    All Reacher wants is to spend some time soaking New York as much as he can. But as fate would have it, he gets caught up in a case. Edward Lane’s wife and child has been kidnapped and the kidnapper wants a ransom. Edward involves the police and pays the ransom to no end. Then he hires Jack Reacher to finish the job. Is that his best or worst move? Because Edward Lane has a history that Jack Reacher is bound to find out…I love this series like no other. Jack Reacher is a guy who delivers time and again and he did not fail this time either. The plot was interesting as we see Reacher’s sense of honour and justice kick in. As the plot goes on, Reacher discovers that Lane’s first wife had also been kidnapped and had gotten killed in a botched FBI Case. The agent responsible for that case is back in action too, as is the sister of Lane’s first wife; and there is some amount of NYPD involvement. The book is filled with action and drama and not a dull moment. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Reacher doing his thing. Whether it is his exceptional observation power or whether it is his ‘little grey cells’ or whether it is him in action, he never fails to surprise me. The only fault I can find with this book is the pacing in the middle which lagged a bit while we waited for Reacher to work out everything.

  • Stacy
    2019-03-19 21:50

    it was okay, but not Reacher at his best.

  • Сибин Майналовски
    2019-04-03 20:52

    Е това си беше висш пилотаж! Много добра книга! Напрегната, изпипана и разкошна! :)

  • Rosie
    2019-04-03 21:47

    Another good one!

  • Em
    2019-03-30 16:04

    Even though this book is called The Hard Way, Jack Reacher skillfully overcomes all his obstacles, be it a locked door or a gang of henchman, with great panache because he is Jack Reacher. In fact, there are only two instances where Reacher seems genuinely caught off-guard, and neither instance has anything to do with the plot. First, he is surprised by the general existence of text messaging. Second, he is surprised by a cell phone’s vibrating ringtone. It’s common knowledge that Reacher doesn’t own a cell phone but I suspect he maintains a willful ignorance when it comes to developments in cell phone technology because, goddammit, the man needs a real challenge! For Reacher, perhaps finding a worthy opponent -- finding “the hard way” -- is his most impossible mission. This is a firm recommendation.

  • Matt
    2019-03-27 16:11

    It all began with someone opening a car door and driving off. Reacher witnesses this innocuous event, paying it little attention while spending time in New York City. When called upon to answer questions about the man he saw, Reacher soon realises that he may have witnessed part of an elaborate ransom payment. A woman and her daughter have been kidnapped and Reacher is hired by the distraught husband to help bring them home at any cost. While working with his temporary employer, he soon learns of the man's sordid and criminal past, which may play a role in the larger kidnapping rationale. The further he digs, the less Reacher thinks this is a simple swap of money for live bodies, but perhaps a payback for horrible decisions made overseas. Working with an ex-FBI agent, Reacher discovers that nothing is as it seems and sometime love has caveats and limits. Child brings some of his personal knowledge to the pages of this novel, adding a new layer of excitement and intrigue.As interesting as Child can make these Reacher novels, I am always surprised to see what can be done to one up the series to that point. Child keeps Reacher as a 'nothing holds me down' type character, returning to cities he has already visited (perhaps one downside to the series), with adventures wherever he goes. However, each book is fresh and highly gripping with nuances yet to be revealed and new angles about Reacher's life yet to be highlighted. I have made sure many people know about this wonderful series and its central character, in hopes that it can be a wonderful addition to the beach reading list or travel pile.Kudos, Mr. Child for making me more and more curious with each new novel.

  • Andy
    2019-04-03 21:55

    I quite enjoyed this one (again, the rating is for quality within the series rather than an absolute rating). You know what you're getting, though there was less of the violence this time, more police procedural in nature.However...The twists? Figured them out almost at the beginning, yet Reacher only gets there on page 406. They seemed really obvious too, though I can't say they detracted from the reading.I've not really paid much attention to how infuriatingly smug Reacher can be at times either but it was in your face here. Want to know the technical definition of a Grange? Ask Reacher.I also found a lot to laugh at in Child's writing style. Sure it's not fine art but at times he's just too much. The repetition is tolerable but the dumbing down isn't. My favorite incredibly patronising moment was the following: "two roads in, radial, like spokes in a wheel. One was north of northeast and the other was east of northeast. We called then the One O'clock Road and the Two O'clock Road. Like the face of a wristwatch? If twelve o'clock was due north, there were roads at the one o'clock position and the two o'clock position".How many different ways do you have to say it? I found it patronising but it's even worse that it's being spoken by a special forces guy to Reacher and an ex-FBI agent. There were a few examples of similar nature but that was the one that stuck with me.Despite all the ridiculous elements (maybe because of them) I still enjoyed it and of course I'm going to work my way through the others. They're addictive and sometimes that's enough.

  • David
    2019-04-18 16:14

    Do you remember the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon-- Rocky would prepare to announce the next segment and Bullwinkle says "Hey Rock, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat." Rocky answers in disbelief, "Again, that trick never works!" As I started the next novel in my never-ending pursuit of completing this series of Reacher novels I had one of those moments where I wanted to say "Again? Jack Reacher is in the wrong place at the right time Again?"While that moment in the first few pages of "The Hard Way" gave me a bit of pause (that coupled with Child's habit of switching back and forth between the 1st and the 3rd person point of view - between novels not in one particular book-- made me feel a bit like I was back in the four hundred and forty-fifth Louis L'Amour Western where the hero hides in the lava beds) that almost caused me to put this aside to read something else for now. I didn't-- rather I plowed right threw this one and was pleased that there were enough of the Reacher Plot twists I've come to know and love. Reacher continues to be tough, smart, and relentless, etc. which is pretty good for a guy who is always in the wrong place at the wrong time.. (usually drinking coffee.. )This time, Reacher gets involved in helping a wealthy man find his kidnapped wife. But is the guy a victim or a criminal mastermind or both? This is not the best of the Reacher novels.. but in my opinion, the Reacher novels are worth reading because of the mixture of mystery, plot twists, action, and Reacher's blend of justice.

  • Mary JL
    2019-04-04 20:58

    At first it seems simple: Jack Reacher sees the pick-up of a kidnap ransom. So Edward Lane wants to hire Reacher to track down the bad guys--and find his wife and child.But those of us who are fans of the Reacher novels know its NEVER simple with this series. Jack Reacher does not take long to realize that there are large holes in the story he is being told. Edward Lane is definitely hiding something. So Reacher starts digging deeper into the past.....Lee Child has a tremendous gift for putting in startling twists into his stories. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, the whole narrative turns upside down! Fast-paced; well written and action packed describes this book.A bit violent--so if you are looking for a 'cozy' mystery---this is not it.The Jack Reacher novels are a series but can be read out of order; the do stand alone. In the later books , Jack Reacher is becoming a bit more of an anti-hero. He is not a 'nice' guy--but if you needed help against the bad guys, he'd be the one you need.Recommended for fans of mysteries, action, suspense and thrillers. A well written addition to the series.(When I says fans, I mean adults. I would not recommend this series for anyone under 18).

  • Ryan
    2019-03-26 21:05

    There is so much to love about Lee Child's novels because he has created the character of Jack Reacher of whom there is so much to love. This installment is pretty tame and laid back compared to the action of some of the other novels. But it is because of the effortless and natural progression of the storyline that makes this one so special in my mind. Nothing in the plot seemed forced or rushed. Reacher is drinking a cup of coffee on page one and gets sucked into helping catch kidnappers simply for being in the right (wrong) place at the wrong (right) time and inadvertently witnessing the suspect collect his initial ransom demand. Reading previous novels in the series gives the reader background and appreciation into Jack Reacher's character, but you can really pick up any novel in the series and start reading without missing a beat. This is a great stand alone novel that still manages to explore and add to the complex character of Jack Reacher. I only have six more novels to go to be caught up with all of Child's Jack Reacher series. Looking forward to continued reading, but dreading that day I catch up and have to actually wait for the next one...!!

  • D.G.
    2019-04-09 19:06

    **3.5 stars**Not the best Reacher book ever but it had a happy ending (sort least for the series standard) which I liked. This series is so bleak sometimes, that it's good to see people risking everything to protect those they love.As usual with this series, Reacher is minding his own business when trouble finds him. A woman and her child had been kidnapped and Reacher happened to witness something. From then, he gets involved in the search for her kidnappers.Who kidnapped the woman and why was sort of obvious so I couldn't believe that it took Reacher that long to figure it out. Decent read though, specially if you are a fan of the series.

  • Ken Doggett
    2019-04-07 16:59

    It's rare, if ever, that a reader will guess the ending of a Jack Reacher novel, and this one is no exception. Even though vague clues are given, the convoluted plot takes twists and turns that leave the reader guessing to the very end. And the ending is the action-packed climax that everyone has come to expect from a Lee Child novel.I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but it did have its faults, such as bad grammar (the constant misuse of the word "like") and the way Reacher's guesses and the results of some of those guesses often came a little too easy. Taking the great story and plotting and subtracting for the flaws, I rate this one at 4 out of 5 stars.

  • Andrea Drew
    2019-03-22 19:56

    I enjoyed this book, but then I've read quite a few of the Lee Child books, around 5 or 6 and knew what to expect.What I most liked about this book was this is the first one I've read where it all doesn't seem to come easy to Jack Reacher. Others may disagree, but I enjoyed it. There was the odd twist here and there, and no I didn't see the ending coming. Maybe part of that is I read late at night when I'm tired and want to escape. And escape I did for all 371 pages.Thanks again for a great read Mr. Child, in my opinion the best Jack Reacher book yet.

  • Johnny Williams
    2019-04-10 16:02

    Now this one you Reacher fans don't want to miss. Reacher is still in the Army ( sort of LOL)and you will see how he begins to develop his hard ways-- and distrust. Lee Child seems ( to me) to use this book to really get down inside Jack not only show his hard tough side but also his caring and nurturing side as he goes head strong against some the higher ups in the Army-- If you haven't read some of the previous books in the series -- this is no place to begin--

  • Rex Fuller
    2019-04-11 20:59

    Have read them all and can't separate any of them in my mind any more because I liked the Reacher series so much I read straight through all of them.

  • Suzze Tiernan
    2019-03-25 18:08

    Another very satisfying Reacher saga. More then the usual amount of investigative work, typical violence, and a page-turning ending.

  • David
    2019-04-12 18:06

    In this episode of the Jack Reacher saga, our hero gets involved in what he is led to believe is a kidnapping of a wealthy man's wife and stepdaughter. The man has surrounded himself with a group of unsavory former military operatives who are sworn to loyalty to him. Problems arise when Reacher begins to investigate the crime and finds that things are not as he was told. As things unfold and more facts come to light, Reacher goes from investigator to protector.Jack Reacher is, as I have mentioned before, everyman's hero. He has no known ties to any person or place and never stays anywhere for very long. He performs the task at hand and then simply disappears until next time. I guess it's this drifter aspect that I like about the character. I am not a romantic as a rule, but there is enough romantic in me that I sometimes wish he would stay with a woman longer (his partner in this book would be a great choice) but then Reacher wouldn't be Reacher and that would be our loss in the end.I also like the way Jack reasons through the unknowns in the books and this one is no exception. Little details that most people might miss stay with him and sooner or later he assembles them into the solution. I truly enjoy how Child weaves these plots. I did more or less figure out the plot to this one but there were enough twists and turns to make me doubt myself. I gave this book five stars based on my own personal guidelines. If I can't put a book down for very long and will read it over other activities. The Hard Way fit those criteria, thus five stars.

  • Dale
    2019-04-15 22:02

    A Review of the AudiobookPublished by Brilliance Audio in 2008.Read by Dick HillDuration: 12 hours, 2 minutesUnabridgedJack Reacher is just hanging out in a New York City coffee shop, drinking coffee and staring out the window when he gets caught up in a kidnapping case. Turns out he witnessed the money hand off without even realizing what he was seeing. The ransom payer tracked Reacher down, picked him up and brought him to his exclusive penthouse apartment/office. Turns out his wife and stepdaughter have been kidnapped and he has decided to leave the police out of it and just pay the ransom.The millionaire runs a quasi-legal mercenary operation and has decided to use his best men to search out the kidnappers and eliminate them...and he wants Reacher to help due to his previous police experience and offers him a hefty cash bounty if he produces. But, as Reacher starts to dig into why someone would want to kidnap his new employer's wife and stepdaughter he starts to find a lot more nagging questions than answers...This was an especially interesting Reacher book for me. Lots of action, about 3 surprise twists and a number of interesting locales. Dick Hill's narration is just about perfect. He totally captures Reacher's attitudes. Read all of my reviews of Jack Reacher books here:

  • Paul
    2019-04-02 20:47

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars.Reading Lee Child's Jack Reacher thrillers in order. "The Hard Way," #10, is up there with the best of them (my favorite so far has been "The Enemy," #8), a long way above the worst of them.I like Jack Reacher best when he's interacting with military and ex-military criminals, people who share his background. Lee Child seems to put in a good amount of research on military organization, missions, and weapons, so perhaps the military-themed Reacher novels are his favorites too. "The Hard Way" is one of the military-themed novels, with Reacher taking on a group of special operations soldiers from different services and nations and besting the best of them.Standard Reacher; happily, he stays more in character in this novel than in some others, and I noted Lee Child ending chapters with a new flourish: "Reacher, walking alone"; "Reacher, armed and dangerous"; "Reacher, armed with a mirror on a stick." These one-liners effectively sum up chapters and despite their theatricality, I like. Reacher, kicking ass.So far, too, this novel has the tightest ending, and I predict other readers will like the last line as much as I do. Number 11 already on order from my local library.