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'Cunning, explosive . . . A thumping good read.' Time Out
Jack Reacher, alone, strolling nowhere.
A Chicago street in bright sunshine. A young woman, struggling on crutches. Reacher offers her a steadying arm.
And turns to see a handgun aimed at his stomach.
Chained in a dark van racing across America, Reacher doesn't know why they've been kidnapped. The woman claims to be FBI. She's certainly tough enough. But at their remote destination, will raw courage be enough to overcome the hopeless odds?
Although the Jack Reacher novels can be read in any order, Die Trying is the 2nd in the series.
And be sure not to miss Reacher's newest adventure, no.26, Better off Dead! ***OUT NOW***
Reacher combines the physique of the Commando-period Schwarzenegger with the analytical brilliance of Sherlock Holmes ― Himself Magazine
The taut plot, set firmly in headline territory, lays bare the world of the rabid, worm-like militias crawling in the political underbelly of America... This is an action adventure that never gives you a moment's peace and quiet - an excellent read ― Publishing News
Cunning and explosive...A thumping good read ― Time Out
A skilled, smart, violent page-turner ― Daily Express --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0031RS4UM
- Publisher : Transworld Digital; 1st edition (4 September 2008)
- Language : English
- File size : 4492 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 433 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,383 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Just a warning though.... do not read a Reacher book before you turn lights out to go to sleep (that is unless you can sleep with your heart racing, your adrenaline pumping, and a partner who constantly nags about when are you going to turn the light out....) ;-)
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I read a lot of whodunits and crime stories, so I thought I'd like the Jack Reacher stuff (only very recently picked up on it)
I had to push myself to get through book 1. Even so, I thought there was a lot to like about the story telling. It was quite gripping stuff, so I thought I'd try book 2 to see if Lee Child had got certain stuff out of his system and could now settle down to utilise his obvious story telling skills.
But apparently not.
Mr Childs' has a compulsion to go in for macho BS - in my opinion.
And as a Brit, he has clearly embraced the American gun culture, because he is obsessed with the things. I don't mind them being part of the story, but they become the story at times. Not pleasant.
This second book had at its core a storyline that was worth following - but - it was overlaid with even more of the macho BS than book 1.
Also, in my view, the plot development contained too many flaws, too many times when I was shouting in my head - why did he do that? or why didn't he do this?
I nearly gave up on it, but that's a bad thing to do with any book once you're a certain way in, so I kept going. Honestly, I was glad to get to the end - for the wrong reasons.
I doubt I'll read another one - trouble is, I've already purchased a signed copy of his book 23!
Sorry Mr Childs' - I guess I'm just not the right demographic. The gun worship is just too much - and don't get me wrong; my father was a gamekeeper and I've used guns and I'm a reasonable shot, but . . . .
Pace: occasional frenzy of sharks feeding but most of the time it's a sea cucumber rolling across the ocean floor. Too much padding, to much doing very little. I had to force myself to continue.
Action: graphically violent, gratuitously violent. Very nasty in ways which are suitable for slasher voyeurs rather than fans of action novels. Do you really need to know a young man was raped in prison until he died, and found to have a pint of semen in his stomach? Me neither.
Characters: none that I really took to. Jack Reacher comes across very one-dimensionally and the supporting characters have similar depth. I didn't dislike the criminals enough to care much when they were brought to book. They were just sick people.
Overall, I was disappointed with the book. It reminded me of the Jason Bourne. Excellent, fast paced films with a strong back-story, but the books were tedious. I endured two and a half before giving up on them.
Not recommended, but that's just my opinion based on reading books for over 50 years. I know what I like.
Descriptions a page or two long of how a bullet is discharged from a rile and waffle about the gasses emitted and the speed the bullet goes. WHO CARES! Cut to the chase. Child's books could be a 100 pages shorter without the guff.