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Lee Child
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29 Mar 2003 Jack Reacher
Never forgive, never forget. That's Jack Reacher's standard operating procedure. And Francis Xavier Quinn was the worst guy he had ever met. he had done truly unforgivable things. So Reacher was glad to know he was dead. Until the day he saw him alive and well.


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (29 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593046919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593046913
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,120,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lee Child is one of the world's leading thriller writers.His novels consistently achieve the number one slot in hardback and paperback on bestsellers lists on both sides of the Atlantic, and are translated into over forty languages.His debut novel, Killing Floor, was written after he was made redundant from his television job in Manchester, and introduced his much-admired maverick hero, the former military cop Jack Reacher.Born in Coventry, he now lives in America.


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Breakneck in its pace, uncompromising in its narrative ruthlessness, Persuader is typical of Lee Child's Jack Reacher adventures. After a first chapter that misdirects the reader quite staggeringly, ex-army freelance adventurer Reacher is apparently on the run. As always with Child and Reacher, what we see at first is only a small part of the complex plotting lying underneath. Reacher has his own reasons for taking on this case, reasons that are very personal and go back a decade. Being Reacher, tough with a heart of gold, his emotions--his liking for a drug dealer's wife and son, his more than professional interest in the DEA officer investigating them, his dislike of steroid-crazed thug Paulie--soon complicate his objectives. Childs is endlessly reliable on gadgets--the miniaturised e-mail senders, the big guns--and on action sequences--various fights and a swim in a riptide; he also makes us believe in complex emotions and deeper feelings than a love of violence. This is not one of the best of the Reacher books--it has too many flashbacks and a shadowy villain--but like all of them it is an action thriller for intelligent readers. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Ballsy, dynamic and not for the faint-hearted" (Daily Mirror)

"The blend of dialogue, atmosphere, action and plot will grip readers from the first page and further cement Lee Child's reputation as a world-class thriller writer...This is everything a thriller should be" (Crimetime)

"One of the best writers in this genre...Reacher is in top form" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Scrupulously structured...A thrilling and reputable read" (Literary Review)

"The seventh novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series. PERSUADER is another gripping thriller" (OK! Magazine) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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92 of 94 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The characters are all well-developed and believable with Lee's trademark
strong women adding special dynamics to this story. Combined with an unusually twisted plot, it is probably one of Lee's best books yet. Written in the first person, Jack Reacher goes undercover, partly to help Duffy, a DEA agent chasing a major drug dealer in Maine, but mostly to try to find an old enemy he left for dead ten years ago while still in the army, an enemy who now seems to be associated with the dealer.

Reacher's motive is personal: unfinished business. Duffy's motive is personal: she sent a female agent in after being pulled from the case, and has lost contact with her. Everything is very off-the-record. It is a personal fight, and Reacher makes even more personal enemies with some spectacularly unsavory characters along the way. Expect some very dirty fights. The first person form does give a unique insight into the Reacher character and seems to work well, though I personally think Lee Child handles the third person better. The sentences do get very short, giving an almost staccato feel to parts of the story. Probably how Reacher is supposed to think, but at times the lack of rhythm makes the reading harder than it needs to be.

The characters are great. Duffy is a particularly fine portrait, and Dominique Kohl, the investigator in the original case ten years ago, is lovingly sketched. As usual, Lee excels in strong women. The weaker women are less convincing: Elizabeth Beck, the long-suffering wife of the drug dealer, is a good enough effort while the other women (e.g. Teresa Justice) are barely developed beyond their names!!! I would also recommend reading Tino Georgiou's masterpiece--The Fates--if you haven't read it yet.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack gets his teeth loosened 28 Nov 2003
By Joseph Haschka HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
PERSUADER, the seventh installment of Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, is perhaps the best so far.
On a Boston sidewalk, Reacher almost collides with a man shot three times - including twice in the head - and pitched off a cliff into the Pacific ten years before. Having a former colleague in the Military Police put a trace on the man's license plate brings the Drug Enforcement Agency to Jack's door. And what might your interest be, sir? Reacher, is it?
Jack, a former Army MP major that now wanders the United States as a near-vagrant always on the lookout for wrongs to rectify, finds himself aiding the Feds as he goes undercover to penetrate a fortified mansion on an isolated headland on Maine's wild coast. The DEA suspects that the mansion's owner, Zachary Beck, is using his importing business to bring in something other than Oriental floor coverings. And Beck apparently has a connection to Reacher's sidewalk ghost. Jack doesn't care about Beck or his rugs, but does have another old score to settle once and for all. And this time he going to get it right, or die trying.
The plot of PERSUADER includes the first time I can recall Jack feeling fear. Well, not fear maybe, but at least apprehension. Beck's gatekeeper, Paulie, is six inches taller, ten inches wider across the shoulders, and two hundred pounds heavier than our hero. Paulie's arms are bigger than Jack's legs. And he's surprisingly quick. Both you and Reacher know that, at some point, he's going to have to fight this monster. From Jack's point of view, that's going to be the dodgy bit. The reader savors the expectation.
Jack's my favorite Loner and Tough Guy in the Trashy Literature genre. But, his habitual physical impregnability becomes almost monotonous.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First person Reacher - can't beat it 7 Mar 2007
By A. Edge
Format:Paperback
I've read a few of the Reacher books, but I always prefer the ones written in the first person. I have no idea why this is...

The first chapter of this book (deliberately) misleads the reader, and then after that, everything is explained in the subsequent chapter(s). All very cleverly done, by the way.

The author then creates a very realistic impression of the main location where the story is set. A big house by the ocean. The characters also add to that realism. You could even argue that the location is an extra character in itself.

For me, this story is up there with my favourite book of the series (Killing Floor). I doubt you will be disappointed....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I persaude you to read this? 19 Oct 2006
Format:Paperback
Lee Child is one of those authors that I have seen around but not read. He seems almost too popular to me so his book must be middle of the road. How wrong was I. 'Persuader' is the 7th book in the Jack Reacher series and if the rest are like this, I can't wait.

Jack Reacher is an ex-Military Police officer who now moves around America working on covert cases for different departments. When he stumbles across a man he thought was dead he is forced to investigate the mystery. The case will lead him to missing agents, gun battles and fist fights with steroid bound henchmen. What more could you possibly ask for?

The plot is fast and the action is great. The characters are well written and Reacher comes across as sympathetic but very dangerous. The only misgiving I have is that the ending, like in so many books, is not of the highest standard.

People have mentioned that this is not the best that Lee Child has to offer so, in that case, his best must be excellent. I recommend this novel to fans of action books and crime thrillers. It's violent but the story is strong enough to warrant this.

Sammy recommendation
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Love the writing style it flows endlessly keeps you entertained always fast paced and believable. i hope Lee never gets writing block!
Published 11 hours ago by S.E.Donley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic page turner.
Lee Child does it again. It is so easy to be absorbed into his books. Highly recommended. I think this would make a great movie.
Published 8 days ago by BOLTON BILLY
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant read!
I became hooked on the Jack Reacher books last year when I took one on holiday. I haven't been able to put them down since.
Published 11 days ago by DH
4.0 out of 5 stars Book review
Very enjoyable read. Again Lee child has come up with a really good story, which races along from start to finish, offering twists and turns that are the hallmark of a great... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Alan Macleod
5.0 out of 5 stars Lee Childs at his best
excellent for all Reacher fans this is a great read lee childs once again does not disappoint hard to put down
Published 12 days ago by Len and Carol Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
What can I say another brilliant read about Jack Reacher, these books are totally worth a read, don't know what you are missing.
Published 14 days ago by MRS C F MANZIE
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good read and well written recommend this series of books as they are easy reading for most tastes good stuff
Published 15 days ago by David Boyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Different!!!
The title throws you abit as you wonder where it comes in and how it relates to the story, some clever flash backs that leads you to Reachers' drive and intentions, not his best... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Hardy1572
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not his best
As a Lee Child fan I found this book a good page turner but not one of his best. It began with the usual fast moving pace but I didn't enjoy the constant switching/comparison to... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Julie Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good one from Lee Child
very good
Jack teacher good as ever in the first person.
already looking forward to downloading the next book in the series
Published 25 days ago by Dan Carpenter
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