Jack Reacher is back.
The countdown has begun. Get ready for the most exciting 61 hours of your life. Number-one New York Times best-selling author Lee Child's latest thriller is a ticking time bomb of suspense.
Sixty-one hours. Not a minute to spare.
A tour 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 whose life he'll risk his own to save.
In 61 Hours, Lee Child has written a showdown thriller with an explosive ending that listeners will talk about for a long time to come.
Take another thrill ride with Jack Reacher.
©2010 Lee Child (P)2010 Random House
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Although the last two books by Child were under average, he's made a fair comeback with 61 hours. In my case, I don't describe his books as fast-paced, but I cannot put them down either. This one is no exception in that I finished it in two days. Well written and plausible in its own way, a little predictable although I miss more clues than Reacher of course. All in all I recommend it to everyone, especially his followers: you won't be disappointed.
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I like Jack Reacher books and sometimes I like cliffhangers. This time I feel like I invested a lot of time into the book, only to get a stupid cliffhanger ending. I recommending waiting to listen to this book until Part 2 is available this fall.
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Reacher catches a ride on a tour bus, which crashes in a snowstorm outside a small town. The snow keeps falling, and the town is cut off from the outside world... of course you know what happens next. The story really does take place over only 61 hours, which keeps the action tight. Excellent return to classic reacher form.
This is my favorite series. However, this installment is full of holes. There is no way the "real" Reacher would not have figured this one out earlier. There was no mystery and, for the plot to work, Lee Child had to add too many unbelievable, nonsensical facts to this story. Still, it is an enjoyable listen, but a disappointment for a Reacher book. Lee -- you have us at hello -- no need for cliffhangers.
I hope the next installment will make more sense, and that Reacher will be as sharp against the Russian as he usually is, and as he was, in this book, while helping Amanda.
Jack Reacher is my favorite book character. Lee Child is my favorite author. Dick Hill is my idol-I will read anything he narrates. That said, I eagerly awaited the arrival of the new Lee child book. It is the first time I have ever been disappointed in a Reacher book.
61 Hours is my first disappointment. The title itself led me to believe something exciting/horrific was going to occur soon in the story. The countdown began in the beginning and kept on through out the book to build the suspense. I kept waiting for the book to get going but it never left the ground. There were no surprises. It tried to hard to build non-existent suspense. Much of the story didn't make sense. Characters who were supposedly integral to ghe story were never developed to the point where I cared who they were. Jack Reacher did pretty much nothing the entire book except talk to an old woman and act as advisor to some small town cops. As the focal point, I always count on Jack Reacher for plenty of-action, humor, suspense, interesting entanglements, etc. This book portrayed Reacher as almost the shell of a man he once was. He gets off a bus and ends up staying to "help" these small town cops with the "BIG" mystery. But there is no suspense.I kept waiting for the excitement and it never came. Throughout the book I just wanted it to end. Even Dick Hill couldn't save this and he can save practically anything. Insipid plot, uninteresting characters, predictable ending. I can't believe Lee Child wrote this book. It is so out of character for him. Mr. Child I hope you will bring Jack Reacher back in your next novel. I sorely missed him in this one.
I could not wait to listen to a new Reacher book, and was counting the minutes until I was able to begin. I am not sure which was more of a waste of time, the anticipation I had built up waiting on this book or the time I wasted listening to it.
This book was a let down in many areas. Many of the things Reacher did were unbelievable, even for him. There were characters inserted here and there that didn't really fit and made the plot seem even more silly.
Even Dick Hill was unable to save Reacher. While it does seem he made a noble attempt, it was not possible. It made him sound even more preposterous.
What a wase of money and time!
I'll start by saying that I love the Reacher books and have read a couple of them more than once. This one is terrible. Dick Hill is superb, as usual but Lee Child is not. This one is so full of endless description of everything except action that I found myself dozing off more than once. I figured out the "mystery" way before Reacher did and I hate when that happens. I'm sure that die hard fans like myself will discount this review and buy it anyway and I'm not trying to discourage you from doing that. I'm just saying that much of what I love about the series (action) is not present in this one. Don't even get me started on the ending...
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If you are like me, a listener who makes his (her) final decision based on sensible reviews by thoughtful audiophiles, then heed my advice. This book will frustrate you. My "gimme a break" meter was on full alert through much of the listen. The end (no spoilers here) will leave you feeling ripped off, unless you enjoy sequels. The build up to the apex takes nine-tenths of the story, and then just when you feel that some action is forthcoming you are disappointed. Lee Child is on a churn schedule. This book is "pulp churn."
I loved the earlier Reacher novels and hope for the experience of reading a Reacher novel as good as The Killing Floor once again. It's not going to happen though, that's clear. Child seems to be getting sloppier and lazier with the plot elements with each passing book. In this book, our hero Reacher is a total stumblebum. He ponders inconsequentials (such as the derivation of several idiomatic expressions) and yet fails when he is needed (defending an elderly librarian!). The conclusion leaves us hanging...did Reacher miraculously survive a disaster that would stretch the credulity of a 5-year to believe he could be alive, or did he perish. For everyone's sake, let's hope it's the latter and that Child focuses his energy on a new hero. Maybe then, we'll get another Killing Floor.
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.
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