Not the best Reacher story. But, because I like hanging out with Reacher it was ok. There were a few stupid decisions that bothered me. For example, police personnel asked Reacher to do some things for them. Each time this took Reacher away from protecting the witness which Reacher should have planned for. That was out of character for him.
Other Reacher books had more thriller and suspense. This was mostly noodling through the mystery. There was almost no action until the very end of the book. And that was not enough. I’d like to tell you the number of bad guys that Reacher took out in this book, but I won’t, to avoid spoilers. I’ll just say that his count was extremely low compared to other books, which made it less fun.
I was very disappointed that the author DID NOT FINISH THE STORY! I believe the author ran out of time or hit a writer’s block. The reader doesn’t know if Reacher is dead or alive or how he survived if alive. (Hint: We know he lives because there are sequels.) The sequel “Worth Dying For” begins a couple days after “61 Hours.” WDF has a brief comment about how Reacher survived at the end of 61H. But it wasn’t enough for me.
I loved the short back story about the military doing psychological research on little kids. They filmed kids’ reactions while watching a movie with a monster. When the monster appeared on the screen all the kids leaned back in their seats with fear on their faces - except for 6-year-old Reacher. He was the only kid who reacted with aggression instead of fear. He had drawn his switchblade open in less than a second and was leaning forward in his seat to attack the monster. Another LOL for me.
The narrator Dick Hill was very good.
I am a huge Jack Reacher fan and always will be. I am disappointed with Mr. Hill's decision to end the story in the manner in which he did. However, it doesn't take away from an exciting and provocative story - it just seemed a bit abrupt and hanging.
Like the others, I would like a bit more information at the end, I don't like the cliffhangers either. It is good to know the hard copy indicates there is more to come.
No matter where you go, there you are.
The (probably late in the game) added countdown gimmick was so necessary in this poorly assembled attempt that it even became the title of this embarrassingly flat Reacher romp. I am a big fan of this series, but when they (Child and his editor) gave the plot away that early, the fun (and my interest) leached out of this book like blood out of a dispatched bad guy.
Lee Child has essentially found a genre he can really ride, but his handlers are a book or two past their ability to maintain the basic requirements of a mystery. They are hobbled either by the comfort of success or maybe just a plain old lack of creativity.
I read a great deal, and many of the books are mysteries. It seems to me that Child's manager(s) have either lost site of the fact that these books are "mysteries" or are so enamored of the Reacher mystique they believe that that alone can carry the day.
It is not much of a read when one knows "whodunit" so early in the game. It was so obvious to me, I nearly put it down (such a sacrilegious notion). And this book was the choppiest of the lot, full of stereotypes, underdeveloped characters and a very poorly disguised mystery. They are supposed to get smoother and more enigmatic as time goes by, as Mr. Child matures as a writer.
Time for a new editor? Not much doubt. When loyalty threatens quality, well..... Make it so, Lee, Please!
A bus full of old folks, an elderly ex-librarian, a 4' 11" bad guy and Reacher out in the sub-zero cold of South Dakota. Is this the odd combination that finally does him in? I've listened to every Reacher novel and this one had the feel of the original (Killing Floor) crossed with a bit of the small-town flavor of Nothing to Lose. The plot is not overly complex nor are the characters extremely developed, with the exception of one. There is some fun and intrigue in Reacher seeking help from the person who now holds his old military MP job in the 110th- and it's a woman! I get the feeling that character may be seen again if and when the series continues. Dick Hill does another fabulous job at narration, keeping his perfect streak alive. This starts slow, but ends with a bang.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
Again a good book. Would have given it 5 stars but it was more predictable than any of the others in the series.
Special thanks to Sasha, Stacy and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and being the best of company during my recovery.
Jack Reacher hitches a ride on a bus full of retired folks that crashes and places him in the midst of a tense situation involving a South American druglord, a Russian criminal, a new prison, a motorcycle gang and an old U S Air Force bunker. For once Reacher has the power structure on his side; sort of. An old woman saw a drug deal going down and plans to testify against him; so there's a hit put out on her. Reacher soon becomes her primary protection. Told from several points of view it traces back to a part of military history that no one wants to acknowledge. Woven into the plot is Reacher's relationship with the new leader of his old unit the 110th M P. The mystery of the bad guy's inside man is narrowed down to one of two people by the time you're halfway through the book. Once again there is a major hole in the fabric of the story. Once more Dick Hill's voice gets intense and he sounds as if he's out of breath in the dramatic moments of the story. Spoiler alert; the ending trails off rather strangely; leaving Reacher's exact fate in up in the air.All-in-all a good solid Reacher mystery. Though I'm still waiting for Child to reach the level of the eighth through the eleventh works in the series; this is the second consecutive strong book since the execrable Nothing To Lose.
Threadbare story and clumsy plot. This book got published solely on the strength of Child's previous Reacher novels. A weak effort. Don't waste your time.
This was extremely disappointing - as a novel and particularly when compared to every single one of Lee Child's previous novels. It was formulaic, predictable and shallow.
This required more than a "willing suspension of disbelief".
I want "Worth Dying For" to be back on track as a suspenseful novel with well drawn characters and dialogue and completely plausible.
I spent the money for it, so I am trying to finish it - but "oh my", it is tedious. The descriptions of meaningless and useless pieces are never ending - just fill the void so people will buy bulk.
Tell me what you really think! A total waste of any sum of money or any time to read or listen.
A very big disappointment, given how much I enjoyed his prior Jack Reacher works.