Without Fail

Without Fail

eBook - 2002
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Hired by the Secret Service to test their shield around the new vice president of the United States, ex-military cop Jack Reacher discovers that a team of assassins is already planning a hit on the vice president.
Published: New York : Jove Books, c2002.
ISBN: 9780786540808
078654080X
9780786593903
0786593903
9780786572984
0786572981
9781101052792
1101052791
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (401 p.)

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Suellen1111
Apr 01, 2019

This is one of my favorite Reacher novels .... the other is 62 Hours .... I re-read them both regularly. I love the way geography is so much a part of the story: Child describes it and I can just see it, all laid out in my mind's eye. Whatever you want to say about Child, he sure can make the American mid-west geography come alive.

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beehlerr
Mar 12, 2019

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DavidCarr
Feb 24, 2019

Book #14 chronologically, after Echo Burning (2001) and before Persuader (2003):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Reacher_(book_series)#In-story_chronology

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doughay99
Jan 25, 2019

This was a tedious read. I felt there was way too much extraneous detail that made me scan over a lot of pages. The story could have been better if trimmed in half. I would put this Jack Reacher story at the bottom of his collection.

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pjnorth
May 28, 2018

I'm reading the paperback edition of this, and there are continuity issues with Jack Reacher's past in this book that indicate either sloppy writing or sloppy editing.

Jack Reacher‘s back story, as told in his earlier books, is that he grew up the child of a career Marine officer. Marines, not Army. Yet here we have him alternating from reminiscing about being an "Army kid" and about his dad being a career Marine. A few examples:

Chapter 9, page 243: “I was an Army kid,” he said. “I had a lunch box. Mine was an old ammunition case. We all had them. It was considered the thing back then, on the bases. I stenciled my name on it, with a real Army stencil. My mother hated it. Thought it was way too militaristic, for a kid. But she gave me the good stuff to eat anyway.“
Chapter 11, Page 315: “What was so special about your dad?”
“He was a Marine,” he said.
Chapter 12, Page 329: “Sounds like you were a lovely little boy.” (When he was 6 years old)
“It was the Army. Anyplace else they’d have sent me to reform school.”

This may seem trivial to some, but as an Army vet with Marine vet friends, I can tell you that it matters to those who served.

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paul12_2
Oct 29, 2017

i enjoyed the book and Reacher

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7626dee
Feb 28, 2017

Good look at the way the Secret Service operates. Given the expertise of all the Army troops Reacher used to work with it seems difficult to understand how he would ever leave the Army, seems the only place he could ever fit.

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RedLeaf
Feb 03, 2016

The number of Jack Reacher books is at 20 and this is among the best ones. The narrative gives enough clues that allows the reader to work with the "team" about what the threat is about. The problem is that the narrative is interesting enough that the reader doesn't want to stop and ponder the problem. This is one of the few plots where Reacher is not working solo and the story is better for it. We learn more about his relationship with his brother. Hopefully, one of the future books will reveal what are Jack Reacher's thoughts about the women he meets.

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2puppies
Aug 30, 2014

Slow starting novel but marginally better as one read on. Certainly not his best novel!

Three and a half stars.

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gbjgaudet
May 04, 2014

Child is an exceptionally inventive and compelling storyteller, with his later novels hugely successful. (Just try and find copies at many library branches - you may sit a long while on the wait list!) However while this fairly early work suggested great things to come, I feel that it didn't quite reach four stars. His later ones nailed five each, for my money.

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jimg2000
Jul 04, 2014

Reacher stared out of the window. “We’ve got Beltway disease,” he said. “We’re all caught up in it. We’re not looking at this thing like real people. To almost everybody else out there in the country all these politicians are absolute nobodies. You said it yourself. You said you’re interested in politics but you couldn’t name all hundred senators. And most people are a thousand times less interested than you. Most people wouldn’t recognize another state’s junior senator if he ran up and bit them in the ass ...

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jimg2000
Jul 04, 2014

“His thing is like a big pyramid balancing on its point. Very impressive, until it falls over. He’s betting everything on the fact that Armstrong hasn’t been told. But there’s no logic in that. Maybe these guys are targeting Armstrong personally. Maybe they just didn’t know you wouldn’t tell him.”
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