When a woman is kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight, Jack Reacher's in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's kidnapped with her. Chained together and racing across America toward an unknown destination, they're at the mercy of a group of men demanding an impossible ransom. Because Reacher's female companion is worth more than he imagines. Now he has to save them both - from the inside out - or die trying....
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Once again our nomadic hero, Jack Reacher, wanders into trouble. This time it’s an abduction in progress involving a woman. They both become hostages, there is gun play, there are physical injuries, and a plot to overthrow the government is thwarted. In typical Reacher fashion he overcomes all and moves on to his next adventure.
This fun listen is iconic Reacher from beginning to end.
Jonathan McClain does a good job narrating.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Die Trying is the second novel in the Jack Reacher series. Novels 2, 3, and 4 are the only ones not narrated by Dick Hill. I think Johnathon McClain does a credible narration job, but lots of other reviewers disagree. In Die Trying Reacher is kidnapped by an Idaho militia along with a female FBI agent whose dad is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and whose godfather is the US president. Everyone except General Leon Garber, Reacher's old Army commander, believes Reacher is part of the kidnap plot. General Garber and especially his lawyer daughter are major characters in later novels in the Reacher series. Die trying has lots of action and intense suspense.
Lee Child has re-released at least 5 novels in the series (#1, 5, 6, 9, and 10) with no changes in title, narrator (Dick Hill), or content, (not a single word change). To say the least such re-releases irritate me. On the other hand I do not understand why the three novels narrated by McClain have not been re-released with Dick Hill narrating.
Another author, Barry Eisler, re-released most of his books but in doing so he changed the titles and the narrator to himself. Eisler is a great narrator and his re-releaases are much better than the original releases. Lee Child's re-releases make no sense.
I like Reacher. I like the books. Some are better than others. This wasn't one of the betters. I didn't care for the militia part of the storyline....just kind of boring. I prefer the voice of the other narrator who often does the Reacher stories. But all that said, I would spend the credit again on the same book. :)
Fortunately Lee figures out, in later books in the series, that less is more. Here he pile on the 'unrealistic suspense' to the point of ridiculousness. The story jumps all over the place, is lacks a sense of realism and is in face just plain stupid in some parts. I started skipping chapters just to get to the end and then just the in the towel, There was not more intrigue because the story line had gone beyond belief. If you enjoy the Jack Reacher series, as I do, skip this one.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
I do not mind a story like this being over the top. But it was just too unbelievable, I found that I stopped being excited or caring about these characters because I stopped believing in them. I have read other Reacher novels and will continue to do so.
Solid performance, decent storytelling, but the suspension of disbelief asked for was just too much. The coincidences that propel the first half were just too contrived. Suffers from a James Bond fault - villains as ruthless as these are supposed to be would have killed Reacher early at one of many opportunities. Despite that, I enjoyed last half, especially the last quarter, more than expected. Half way through, I had decided I was done with the series. Last quarter has me thinking that if I find other at sale price, I might bite.
Normally I listen to audiobooks while driving to and from work. With Die Trying, I would get home and still be listening while preparing dinner. After everyone was settled in for the evening, instead of turning on the idiot box, I would listen for hours. The story was fast paced, very detailed allowing you to visualize every scene. Can't wait to start Trip Wire!
If Lee Child had put half as much research into the US military as he did on the weapons this would have been a much better story. Anyone who watches the news knows the head of the US military is the "Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff". Child calls him the "Joint Chairman" throughout the book. He makes numerous other mistakes that could have easily been avoided. I'm willing to give an author artistic license for the sake of the story, but Child's gaffs actually get in the way of the story for me.
I've read the first two books in this series, but I won't read any more of them. Child hasn't turned me off on the genre, but he has turned me off on this series.
Bo, the leader of the bad guys. The voice he used was just plain creepy.
Child writes good fight scenes and did a good job of conveying the stress Reacher experiences in the old mine.
As an Army veteran I notice mistakes that might not matter to a reader with no military experience, but every time I heard the title "Joint Chairman" I had to laugh. It sounds like the guy in charge of Colorado's marijuana program.
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