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61 Hours: A Jack Reacher Novel: 14 Audio CD – Audiobook, 26 April 2011
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"Reacher gets better and better. . . . [This is the] craftiest and most highly evolved of Lee Child's electrifying Reacher books."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times
A bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.
Reacher's original plan was to keep on moving. But the next 61 hours will change everything. The secrets are deadlier and his enemies are stronger than he could have guessed--but so is the woman he'll risk his life to save.
[The] craftiest and most highly evolved of Lee Child's electrifying Jack Reacher books... The truth about Reacher gets better and better. --The New York Times
Child is a superb craftsman of suspense, juggling several plots and keeping his herrings well-rouged....Best of all, this is a rare series book that reads like a stand-alone. Everything you need to know about Jack Reacher is contained within its pages. And chances are you'll want to seek out other Reacher adventures the moment you finish. --Entertainment Weekly (A-)
Jack Reacher is much more like the heir to the Op and Marlowe than Spenser ever was. --Esquire
As usual, Child's writing is superb. Not only is this thriller believable, but the descriptions of the blizzard will make readers want to hug their furnaces. Fast paced and exciting, this is highly recommended for thriller fans. --Library Journal (starred review)
Get prepared for teeth-chattering suspense....Child sets up one of his most ingenious plots in the Jack Reacher chronicles. A fiery finale will leave fans talking and speculating for weeks to come. --Madison County Herald
Child deepens the mystery considerably, providing an explosive climax that will have you tearing out your hair until Reacher's next appearance. --Miami Herald
Once again, Child spins a riveting, ticking-clock Jack Reacher adventure....It's guarantees you'll finish this one in less than 61 hours--and the jolter conclusion will shock and awe you. --Romantic Times Book Review
Implausible, irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Child keeps his foot hard on the throttle...As always, Child delivers enough juicy details about the landscape, the characters, and Reacher's idiosyncrasies to give the story texture and lower our pulse rates, if only momentarily...This is Child in top form, but isn't he always? --Booklist (starred review)
About the Author
Lee Child is the author of fourteen Jack Reacher thrillers, including the New York Times bestsellers Persuader, The Enemy, One Shot, and The Hard Way, and the #1 bestsellers Gone Tomorrow, Bad Luck and Trouble, and Nothing to Lose. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero awards for Best Novel. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in forty territories. All titles have been optioned for major motion pictures. Child, a native of England and a former television director, lives in New York City, where he is at work on his next thriller.
- Publisher : Random House Audio Publishing Group; Abridged edition (26 April 2011)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 030793313X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307933133
- Dimensions : 13 x 3 x 14.99 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 608,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I feel therefore qualified to make a reasonable assessment of these books. And that assessment is everyone should have 'Jack Reacher' in their lives.
He has helped me through 'lock down', taken me to impossible land, satisfied all outcomes wanted and given me all the mentioned hours of escapism and pleasure.
Mr Child incorporates most of the requirements that I love into his prose and writing. Short chapters, fluent prose, not too many big words that no one else understands. The character he has created in 'jack' is so unbelievable that he is believable in his superhuman way, a kind of genius from Mr child.
'Jack' in his 'Dirty Harry' way always gets the baddies.
If you are thinking about getting into these books and my humble opinion is worth anything, go for it.
I bought "Never Go Back" with "Killing Floor" at half price almost on a whim. I started with "Killing Floor" and am currently on "The Affair" having bought every one of the series and have pre ordered anything not yet in print.
Why? I found that the character was so believable AND readable plus in each of the books I found Lee Child had inserted and described in such absorbing detail, small almost irrelevancies that were as good to read as the main storyline that they became, not just fillers as other authors insert, but real and very readable. I can't praise the series enough - each and every book has really brought back my love of reading - "Thank you", Lee Child - brilliant!!
61 Hours has a great story and once again the location acts a major character in its own right (extreme cold this time in contrast to the extreme heat in Echo Burning).
I do, however, have a problem with the title and therefore the rather contrived plot device of a 61 hour countdown.
Not wishing to spoil it for anyone who has not read the book, the countdown is to a random event, not something pre-determined, not a grand plot with ticking bomb as it would be with a Bond baddie, but a completely arbitary happening that Jack himself instigates.
This makes for a rather disappointing conclusion. I felt a little conned, believing the countdown and indeed the title to be relevant.
What next..? "21 Minutes" as our hero waits for his next haircut? "7 Hours and 4 Minutes" until Jack wakes up after a good nights sleep?
Another great story, just don't get too hung up on the countdown.