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Worth Dying For: A Jack Reacher Novel | [Lee Child]

Worth Dying For: A Jack Reacher Novel

There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment, and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy.
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Publisher's Summary

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Lee Child follows the electrifying 61 Hours with his latest Reacher thriller—a story that hits the ground running and then accelerates all the way to a colossal showdown.

There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls afoul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go.

The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment that’s already late - and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy. For as dangerous as the Duncans are, they’re just the bottom of a criminal food chain stretching halfway around the world.

For Reacher, it would have made much more sense to keep on going, to put some distance between himself and the hard-core trouble that’s bearing down on him.

For Reacher, that was also impossible.

Worth Dying For is the kind of explosive novel only Lee Child could write and only Jack Reacher could survive - a heart-racing, no-pause thriller no suspense fan will want to miss.

Take another thrill ride with Jack Reacher.

©2010 Lee Child (P)2010 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“Child is a superb craftsman of suspense.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“The truth about Reacher gets better and better.” (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)

“Implausible, irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    E. A. Jacques Michigan USA 11-22-10
    E. A. Jacques Michigan USA 11-22-10
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    "Not Worth Dying For"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline northfield, MN, United States 11-10-10
    Pauline northfield, MN, United States 11-10-10 Member Since 2010
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    "great mystery- no romance"

    Dick Hill is a great reader.
    This book is extremely violent and disturbing. Well written- definitely kept me listening very late into the night.
    FYI-he never gets to Virginia- that was a big let down and unfair!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Fillmore, CA, United States 11-08-10
    Laura Fillmore, CA, United States 11-08-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Really bummed that this wasn't any good."

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 11-08-10
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 11-08-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Another home run for Lee Child"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    11-05-10
    11-05-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Narrator, Bad Story"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Shamrock, TX, United States 10-29-10
    Lee Shamrock, TX, United States 10-29-10
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    "Useless"

    if you get past the mass amounts of gratuitis violence, the lack of any coherent plot and the lack of believeability of the characters thats leaves about 3 pages that were well written

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Js Banks 10-26-10
    Js Banks 10-26-10
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    "He's Back"

    Lee Child left me feeling he was getting rushed and a little stale, especially in his last book, "61 hours". On the one hand, I want an author to feel free to write what he wants, and not listen to the forum of reviewers too much, since much of that feedback will be inhibiting. Among the complaints was a lot of whining about not enough action. Well hey, I was one of the whiners, and maybe he listened just a bit, because... Hurray. This is the take no prisoners Reacher of old; operating for truth and justice, but not by the lawbook.
    Some people don't like the wordy essays on random subjects, or the way it takes 4 pages sometimes between the cocking of a fist and the landing of a blow... I love it. I love the observations and the mini lectures.
    Lee Child takes his time with this one, slowly building the story and keeping it going to new heights of tension and action. No abrupt ending either, but rather a nice wind-down.
    Wildly implausible and illogical at times, but such a great ride I just don't care. Lee Child joins Steven Hunter and John Sanford as one of my favorites in the mystery-thriller genre.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. Cable Louisville 10-23-10
    B. Cable Louisville 10-23-10 Member Since 2004

    Kebles

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    "Reacher's Fickled Fans"

    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!!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Huntsville, TX, United States 10-23-10
    Richard Huntsville, TX, United States 10-23-10 Member Since 2007
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    "What happened?"

    I have listened to all the Reacher novels and have rated them all four or five stars. This one was my least favorite. Too much description of vehicle lights at night and truck details. It seems like Lee Child is becoming more obsessive compulsive in his writing. The plot and characters were below his usual standards. I am a fan of Dick Hill as in Child's and Greg Iles' books.

    This was not a good week. I purchased this book, Michael Connelly's "Reversal", and Vince Flynn's " American Assassin". Among my favorite authors; only Flynn was worth the money.(I traveled a lot this week-so I do appreciate Audible's offerrings-have over 300 books in my audible library)

    19 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-01-10
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-01-10 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Worth Dying For"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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