61 Hours ended with maverick loner Jack Reacher trapped in a desperate situation from which escape seemed impossible. Even for him. But Reacher has done the impossible before.
Now there’s deadly trouble in the wilds of Nebraska… and 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 eight-year-old girl, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go.The Duncans want Reacher gone - or dead. 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. Reacher - bruised and battered - should have just kept on going. But for Reacher, that was impossible.
Worth Dying For is the kind of explosive thriller only Lee Child could write and only Jack Reacher could survive - a heart-racing novel no suspense fan will want to miss.
©2010 Lee Child (P)2010 Random House Audio
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"Worth Paying For"
I'm not a particularly avid reader of thrillers and hadn't heard of Lee Child until I saw a TV interview of him in relation to the Jack Reacher film released recently. It piqued my interest so I thought I'd have a go at a Reacher novel when I saw this in an Audible special offer.
I have to say that I did not regret my choice; I found this to be a great listen, with action from start to finish and a story that unfolded very nicely over the length of the novel.
I suspect that this book will not be for everyone. Child's characterisation of Reacher is very spare and he is definitely a man of few (or no) words; many conversations within the book develop along similar lines with the same phrases re-used in only a slightly modified form. Child also has a methodical and detailed approach to defining the actions of his characters; one example that stands out to me is when he describes Reacher adjusting the driving position step by step in a rental car to accommodate his large frame. None of this bothered me however, in fact I found Child's style of writing to be both distinctive and enjoyable. I also felt that it suited the story and the nature of the characters within it while helping to keep the narrative moving in a way that made me want to find out what was going to happen next.
Reacher is such a capable individual that he never really seemed to be in genuine peril, but that didn't detract from my desire to find out how he was going to bludgeon his way through the next set of bad guys.
The plot of this book and some of the descriptions of the violence within it are not for the faint-hearted, but it didn't feel especially gratuitous considering it is a thriller aimed at an adult audience.
Jeff Harding is a great choice of narrator for this book. He made the characters distinctive and his pacing of the dialogue felt like an excellent match for Child's writing style. It certainly brought the book alive for me.
All in all, this book provided pretty much everything I hoped for when I handed over my credit - an impossibly tough guy dealing out retribution to some very bad people - excellent escapist fiction.
Once you start with Jack Reacher I found it was hard to stop. I have read several of his books lately and I think Lee Child is always great value
My first selection from audible turned out to be a brilliant choice. The descriptive narrative made it feel as though I were there in the action. The storyline drew me in and I couldn't turn it off. Excellent.
Lee Child never seems to be short of a story or situation for Jack Reacher and this book is as good as all the others. A man's book for sure though!
Another great Jack Reacher book from Lee Child. Yet another subject..children. Well read and interesting.
"Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow"
Much more slow than quick, definately not his best Jack Reacher. Nevertheless, can't help but love him.
"Reacher as we all like him"
Jeff Harding brings Jack None Reacher to life for me. His voice embodies what I think Reacher sounds like!
In this story Reacher is making his way to Virginia to meet with Susan the MP major he spoke to on the phone. His detour into Nebraska brings him into the sights of the Duncan family who have ruled the community for years. Bullying and controlling the people who dare not say anything out of turn.
Reacher hates bullies but what does catch his interest is the 8 year old girl who vanished 25 years ago.
"Jack Reacher continues his epic journey"
Another great performance
Once again cheering him on doing the right thing
Some wonderful new people who you can easily relate to
"It's so nice when people get their come upance!"
I enjoyed this Jack Reacher a lot.
As always spoken well, clear diction, allowing the wry humour through.
I'm not certain but this book might well have had the highest body count of all his stories.
This review like many others is another review on another Jack Reacher. This is a great listen with a very good narrator who has a voice which I think optimises Jack Reacher. The story follows a similar pattern to others but does contain an ultimate but not story dependent link to the previous book.
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