Better Off Dead: Jack Reacher, Book 26 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Reacher never backs down from a problem.
And he's about to find a big one, on a deserted road in Arizona, where a car has crashed into the only tree for miles around.
Minutes later, Reacher is heading into town. To introduce himself to the shadowy crew who made it happen.
Their boss has a terrifying reputation, and the stakes are high. Just to get in and meet him, Reacher is going to have to achieve the impossible.
To get answers will be even harder. There are people in this hostile, empty place who would rather die than reveal their secrets.
But then, if Reacher is coming after you, you might be better off dead.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 3 minutes|
|Author||Lee Child, Andrew Child|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||26 October 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 200 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Mystery Action Fiction
2 in Amateur Sleuth Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
2 in Action Thriller & Suspense Fiction
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Maybe it is time REACHER retired. And you find a different direction to go in. Please don't leave him to die by himself, of old age. Leave him with some dignity. As we all remember how he was.
I will take this as an indicator of things to come and I will not purchase or bother to read any future Reacher books.
This was a waste of my $15.99 and I feel cheated and ripped off.
Since watching the Reacher movie I've read all the books and usually have had a hard time putting them down. This one was the opposite.
I struggled after the first chapter. After perhaps four attempts I got a third of the way through before skipping to the end to see if it was an end worth reading to. For me it wasn't.
I usually pre-order the books. I guess this time I'll wait for the reviews.
I won’t be buying another Jack Reacher, I’ll go back to the Jack I know and have enjoyed in previous books.
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I have read all the other books in the series and loved them all - but this just doesn’t feel like a Lee Child book, it feels wrong. I’m not sure wether his brother is now the lead writer or they are out of ideas but this is (in my opinion) the worst Reacher book by a mile.
I wish they were more books from when Reacher was still in the MP’s.
Unfortunately, this book and the previous, both by Andrew Child but with Lee’s input have been a disappointment. So much so in this, Better Off Dead, with the incredibly annoying change to first person (why dear god, why!) and Reacher not behaving the same, that at 30% through the book I’m king about giving up.
Mr Child, we the fans did not approve of the great Tom Cruise in the films for all the reasons that I know you understand. The same is happening to your awesome character now - he has lost a foot in height and a 100 lbs. Please bring him back as he should be!
Better off dead sees Reacher in Arizona. A state well set for crime fiction. Deserts make good hiding places for bodies, and predators abound. Michaela Fenton, ex army and now an FBI agent is looking for her brother. To find him means getting answers from Dendoncker; a man heavily protected and wary of outsiders. Bring it on. Reacher has always been an outsider.
Reacher has his mission. Find Michaela’s brother. Reunite him with his sister. Move on. Simple enough, right? But with Reacher books, there is often a bigger underlying picture, and sure enough, that is the case here. The wider parts of the plot are slipped in throughout the narrative but the action is pretty much on tap. What I particularly enjoyed about Better off dead were the classic Reacher elements. Damage or eliminate the henchmen; the hired help. Front up; bluff your way out of tight spots. Cheat. And then when your enemy is least expecting it, go for the throat. I felt good reading Better off dead. Reacher has his mojo back.
When the Reacher books get it right; they are peerless. The Killing Floor, Die Trying, Echo Burning, Tripwire; they got your heart racing. You didn’t want any interruptions and would tear through them as if your life depended on it. They got you in that zone, they clicked. But so many others left you wondering where the magic had gone. Formulaic, lacking in passion, devoid of the strong storylines and crafted violence that put Reacher books on the top shelf; a hallowed place that so many other writers aspired to but fell short. Night School signalled a new low for Reacher and Child but it wasn’t unique.
The Killing Floor stands alone, and to measure books by the standards it set would be unfair. Still, Reacher fans are a loyal bunch and they rightly expect a book that sees Reacher on the top of his game. Better off Dead may not have it all off pat but it does a lot of things right. It doesn’t do that many things wrong. And, for me, it brings Reacher back as a literary character who can hold his head high.