In Lee Child’s astonishing new thriller, ex–military cop Reacher sees than most people wouldd 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 to get his family back Lane runs a highly illegal soldiersforhire 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 worldOn 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

10 thoughts on “The Hard Way

  1. Alp Alp says:

    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!

  2. James Thane James Thane says:

    For a guy who is often simply minding his own business, Jack Reacher seems to get into a lot of trouble. In this, the tenth installment in the series, Reacher is enjoying a quiet cup of coffee, sitting at a table outside of the coffee shop in New York City. It's late at night and as Reacher is sitting there, a man gets into a car across the street and drives away.

    It's nothing out of the ordinary, but Reacher is a guy who notices things. and so when he's sitting in the same spot the next night and is approached by a man looking for information, Reacher is able to describe perfectly the man he saw for an instant twenty-four hours earlier. It's a remarkable ability, but then Reacher is a guy who also always knows exactly what time it is without wearing a watch.

    The guy who approaches Reacher convinces him to accompany him to the Dakota, the famous residential building where John Lennon once lived. There the guy introduces Reacher to his boss, Edward Lane, a very wealthy man who runs a group of security consultants. Lane explains that his wife and stepdaughter have been kidnapped. The ransom, a million dollars, was left in the trunk of the car that Reacher saw being driven away. Lane isn't worried so much about the money, but he would very much like to get his wife back, alive and unharmed.

    Of course Lane is not supposed to involve the cops and, as an ex-army investigator, Reacher has a skill set that Lane's other employees do not. Lane convinces Reacher to sign on and help get his wife back, offering Reacher a million dollars for a successful rescue.

    From there we're off and running, or rather, Reacher is, of course, while we sit back and enjoy the ride. It's a clever plot and Reacher is sometimes ahead of the game and at other times behind, but whichever the case, he's always fun to watch. This is another very addictive novel from one of the best in the business.

  3. Abram Abram says:

    It's been a long time since I gave a Jack Reacher novel a five star. Maybe it's because I haven't read thrillers in a while. But still this one was great! I read it in a single sitting. It was all full of twists and turns and people call Lee child novels just action rubbish but I didn't see any action in the novel except the last thirty pages. Reacher novels are getting more and more detective based than a commando one; I love this style more.

  4. Tim Tim says:

    It's hard to believe that I used to like this character and the writing of Lee Child. This type of story too much resembles most of his latest. Two versions left until I have them all read, but I'm being bored. 2 of 10 stars

  5. Rob Rob says:

    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.

  6. Rob Rob says:

    Number ten in the Jack Reacher series.
    Jack’s enjoying a coffee and minding his own business, which is just the way he likes it. Sitting watching the world go by when he sees the most ordinary of events. A man crosses the street in front of Jack, unlocks a car and drives off.
    Twenty four hours later this ordinary event sends Jack into a world of Mercenary Soldiers and where money is spoken of in the millions. Kidnapping, murder, revenge and greed are all on the menu. When nothing happens easily Jack will have to resort to doing things The Hard Way.

    This is another top notch Jack Reacher thriller. I could be argued that it’s just more of the same but I don’t care if it is. It’s just about the best way to spend a lazy afternoon. It’s an adrenalin pumping, high octane thrill fest.

    Picking on Jack Reacher is, always, a big mistake.

    Highly recommended. 4/5stars

  7. Harry Harry says:

    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,

  8. Samir Samir says:

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars.

  9. Toni Osborne Toni Osborne says:

    Jack Reacher, book 10

    Jack 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.

  10. Siobhan Siobhan says:

    The Jack Reacher series is probably my biggest guilty pleasure read. I never go in expecting great literature, but I always expect a story that has me curious and excited about how things will play out. It is part of the reason why I take such large gaps between reading each book. Reading them back-to-back ruins the fun somewhat, whereas reading one every few months or so means I get the enjoyment the books deserve.

    Although the books are immensely popular, I find myself constantly giving three-star ratings with the occasional four-star rating thrown in here and there. With The Hard Way, however, we have the first time my rating has dropped down to just the two stars.

    For me, this book failed to pack the punch of the prior Jack Reacher books. These books are usually filled with mystery with a side dose of action, yet The Hard Way failed to deliver on these points. The mystery was obvious from very early on, and there were no real action scenes to enjoy. There were countless pages waiting for assumptions to be confirmed, which made it difficult for me to care about what was happening. Usually, Lee Child saves the book through a big action sequence at the end, yet this one fell flat and was over much quicker than usual.

    Perhaps The Hard Way was simply a blip, or maybe it was just my reading mood, but this one failed to give me what I usually enjoy about the Jack Reacher stories.