I am an avid eclectic reader.
Dick Hill is Jack Reacher. I was wondering how or if he would survive the underground blast in the last book. But he did. In many ways this book was an old fashion western. The hero rides into a town that is dominated by "the bad guys" and the town people are to weak to stand up to them. The hero saves the town. Expected Reacher to say "yup" at any time or Gary Cooper to show up to help out. The description of the flat Nebraska land and the farms was interesting. Looking forward to the next book.
I have listened, to every one of the books included in Mr. Child's Reacher Series, and there seems to be a pattern with Reacher's fans, where on the one hand, they don't think there is "enough action", then with another it's "too much talk", or "too much detail" about inconsequential things. Well, I can assure you that "not enough action" certainly cannot be said about Worth Dying for. If you think Reach is at his best when he's "kickin butt", where he champions the cause and helps the down-trodden, abused and helpless-hopeless members of the communities where he finds himself, then this book was written for you. Reacher at his very best!!!!
I love Jack Reacher books and have read them all, this one is one of my favorites. I love his thought processes and how he anticipates what the other guy is going to do and the subtle humor. Dick Hill does an EXCELLENT job of narrating.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
I'm writing this review because of a few reasons, but first & foremost, this book was pretty good, I enjoyed this book because it starts off right after '61 hours', the overall story line/illegal activity was a complete shock (at least to me) when revealed, had many great remarks from Reacher as he methodically pounded & eliminated every person employed with or with the last name Duncan. These poor, ignorant football players that realize too late there is a HUGE difference between fighting on the field in a game, & fighting a person who is trained to kill & eliminate threats with a history of actual experience in the theater of war. Although the book is not one of the best, I don't think it even makes the top 10 but it is still a fun read, the quality of the enemy was just not very adequate compared to Reacher's abilities.
Since I returned 'A Wanted Man' & also was disappointed with 'The Affair', I am crossing my fingers that "Never Go Back' will be a book that gets us back on line with the higher quality I'm used to, books like 'Killing Floor', 'Tripwire', Bad Luck & Trouble' ,'One Shot' (movie was an absolute insult to any hardcore Reacher fan, I don't care if Cruise is the best actor to ever walk the earth, he is not a 240 lb, 6'4" long haired drifter that can break a person's neck with one hand), u know the books I'm talking about. The premise of the next book in the Reacher series sounds promising. The main point being its easier to name the few books by Child that were not that good compared to the reverse.
I guess there is only so much realistically or unrealistically that a wanderer can accidentally insert himself into, but that's the appeal & the character... The way Reacher lives & travels reminds me of the movie 'Heat'; where DeNiro's crew is reminded that during any job no one in his gang should participate without being willing to turn around & walk away from everything if the heat is around the corner, obv the diff. being Reacher is a 'good guy.' I'm glad I was able to rant regardless if anyone even reads this. Tom Cruise still makes me shake my head... the guy is like 5'6" & 160 lbs soaking wet?!? LMAO what was Lee thinking when he endorsed that decision??? Cheers to a new Reacher book that knocks me off my chair!
Reacher wanders into a town held hostage by some bad old boys and cleans it up, freeing the people from oppression, especially the ladies. Along the way he barehandedly humiliates a palace guard of 300-pound former fooofballers and viciously murders about a dozen leading citizens and gangsters without having to answer for it. I can say all this because there is really no suspense in a Reacher novel; you know whatever the dire circumstances he must triumph in order to appear in the next book, and it usually doesn't take him long. This one is a lot less credible and likeable than The Affair, but it sure keeps you turning those pages.
Listen to a lot of audio books driving across the wide open spaces of Nevada during monthly 450 mile trips to and from Las Vegas.
Having read most of the Jack Reacher novels, I think this is my favorite, and a huge improvement over the slow moving and contrived story in 61 Hours. The action is almost non-stop, everyone gets what's coming to them, and it kept me awake on my long drives. Can't ask for more than that.
I've read all the Reacher books and the last two might be just that....my last two.
I was critical of the last one for not having and of the old kick-ass Reacher I had come to know so well. It was very tame with little action and a lame plot. It's like the author read my review and decided to turn things up a notch. There was definitely more action and Reacher was more of, well???.himself, but a little over the top.
Like other readers I am sure, I enjoy the Reacher character partly because he is one bad-ass dude, but also because, even though he often resorts to violence, it???s usually for a righteous cause. Here???not so much. I found myself rooting for the bad guy at times. There was just too much senseless brutality.
As much as the author attempted to justify the cause, it often did not work for me. Near the end the author finally exposed the great secrete. Which for sure seemed to justify the cause, but it was just too late. It might have worked had the reader known this a bit earlier on.
Not only is he Billy bad ass, but he has become one arrogant SOB too. I prefer the somewhat cocky but humble Reacher versus this new self-proclaimed know-it-all ultimate fighter.. The one time he does screw up and get captured it???s a bit unbelievable given the new found superhero status.
Once again much of the story was just not plausible. Sure it was a remote area, but the lack of any law enforcement was just not believable. Not one cop in the area the entire time ??? doubtful.
I just don???t know if this is my last book by Mr. Childs, but it???s likely my last Reacher book. It???s a shame too. A great series up until the last couple. I still recommend them, but start at the beginning and skip this one???and maybe the last one too.
I am a Jack Reacher fan. I have read most of Lee Child's books and have escpaed into the fictions easily and with enjoyment. The outrageous predicaments that he finds himself in are entertaining and sometimes silly and reminiscent of some James Bond situations. I bought this book as soon as it came out and was really looking forward to it. But it was a dud. I did not find the characters sympathetic. I found that I really didn't care what happened to them. I was half way through the first section of the book and when I got back in my car I accidentally skipped to half way through the second section- and I felt that I had not missed anything. The narrator was great but the story fell flat.
I am amazed at how well the Jack Reacher series is holding up. I love the character, the stories are great fun, and most of all Lee Child is a very good writer, something that is often lacking in the genre. This installment of the Jack Reacher series is great. It is loaded with excitement and suspense and is as well done as any previously written and I cannot wait for the next installment in the series.
I am a HUGE Jack Reacher fan and wait anxiously for every one of his books, but this one is just plain bad. The essence of Reacher is that he is a good guy that gets into trouble... This novel portrays him as a bad guy that does bad things. Definetly his WORST book ever.