#AudiobookReview of The Hard Way by Lee Child @LeeChildReacher

Posted June 13, 2018 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 0 Comments

The Hard Way by Lee Child
Also by this author: Persuader , The Enemy, One Shot, Bad Luck and Trouble (Jack Reacher, #11), Nothing to Lose
Series: Jack Reacher #10
Published by Delacorte Press on May 16, 2006
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Crime
Pages: 371
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In Lee Child's astonishing new thriller, ex-military cop Reacher sees more than most people would...and 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 more to get his family back. Lane runs a highly illegal soldiers-for-hire 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 world.

On 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.

And Jack is back!
I think this book is one of my favourites so far (I said that a while ago on another book of Lee Child’s) and the reason for this is for one humble minute Reacher admits he was wrong, showing that our favourite action hero is fallible at times. I loved that, the remorse he went through, and the lengths to rectify his mistake.

This story we have a woman who has been kidnapped with her child and her husband wants her back, and then there is Jack. Jack is very happy, sitting in a coffee shop drinking his much-loved coffee when an English man approaches him to discuss the events of the previous night. (Jeff’s accent here was perfect, I loved it!) He follows the clues, and I actually figured out something before Jack, am I just learning to think how he does now? Working for the husband, Edward Lane a mercenary, of the missing wife we learn this is not the first time he has had a wife kidnapped….well it didn’t end well the first time! As usual, Reacher gets involved and something again does not sit well with him, so this means it does not sit well with us! 

This book was more graphic this time around, and some of the things that the “bad men” said had my jaw dropping and cringing with terror that they might actually follow through on these threats, I mean they really couldn’t….could they? Surely Jack would not let it happen. Near the end of the book, there is a scene where a coat hanger was discussed and what they would use it for. (I don’t want to really explain much more) I started to panic and really hoped it didn’t play through. It was uncomfortable to listen to, the pure evil of this man was just horrifying. Thank god I will never have to meet him!

Also, learning the story of Hobart and Knight and the torture they went through in an African prison. It broke my heart because it probably does happy, and again the graphic detail was at some points just too much. For the characters to live through, well there are no words. These two scenes affected me, normally I can handle most things, but these scenes were hard to listen to.

Again, Lee Child has brought a fast-paced book, to keep you hooked every minute, and Jack literally doing everything the hard way. The one man action army but with a new partner (and new bed partner) for the book, and I loved their relationship, would be nice if Jack would just stop once. Everything he does is never for him, he is selfless in a respect, he just wants the truth and his version of justice.

Will it be a happier story next time??

About Lee Child

Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV’s “golden age.” During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars’ worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.

Killing Floor was an immediate success and launched the series which has grown in sales and impact with every new installment. The first Jack Reacher movie, based on the novel One Shot and starring Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike, was released in December 2012.

Lee has three homes—an apartment in Manhattan, a country house in the south of France, and whatever airplane cabin he happens to be in while traveling between the two. In the US he drives a supercharged Jaguar, which was built in Jaguar’s Browns Lane plant, thirty yards from the hospital in which he was born.

Lee spends his spare time reading, listening to music, and watching the Yankees, Aston Villa, or Marseilles soccer. He is married with a grown-up daughter. He is tall and slim, despite an appalling diet and a refusal to exercise

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