Next up in my catch-up reading of Lee Child is Die Trying, the second book in the Jack Reacher series. As with the first one I read, it's a good "mind-candy" read...
Reacher happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time in Chicago. He attempts to help a woman coming out of a dry cleaners shop with an armful of clothes and a pair of crutches. At the same time, two other people show up with plans on abducting the woman. Since Jack just happens to be there and appears to be paired with her, he ends up going along for the ride. He eventually figures out she's an FBI agent, recovering from a knee injury, and is also the daughter of a very well-known general in the US military. The kidnappers belong to a militia group who want to use her to extract concessions from the government, chief of which is the formation of their own country within the borders of Montana. Regardless of how much of a pain she is, they can't afford to kill her. Reacher's another story, however...
This is one of those books where everything works out right for the good guys and not so good for the bad guys. I'm enjoying the character of Reacher, as well as Child's writing style... rapid fire action and lines. If you're looking for deep significance or intricate plotlines, you may be disappointed. But if you just want to kick back and take an action ride, this book will get you there...
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Television writer Lee Child's otherwise riveting first thriller,Killing Floor, was criticized by some reviewers because of an unconvincing coincidence at its center. Child addresses that problem in his second book--and thumbs his nose at those reviewers--by having his hero, ex-military policeman Jack Reacher, just happen to be walking by a Chicago dry cleaner when an attractive young FBI agent named Holly Johnson comes out carrying nine expensive outfits and a crutch to support her soccer-injured knee. As Holly stumbles, Reacher grabs her and her garments--which gets him kidnapped along with her by a trio of very determined badguys. "He had no problem with how he had gotten grabbed up in the first place," Child writes. "Just a freak of chance had put him alongside Holly Johnson at the exact time the snatch was going down. He was comfortable with that. He understood freak chances. Life was built out of freak chances, however much people would like to pretend otherwise." Lucky for Holly--whose father just happens to be an Army general and current head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, thus making her a tempting target for a bunch of Montana-based extremists--Reacher still has all the skills and strengths associated with his former occupation. And Child still knows how to write scenes of violent action better than virtually anyone else around.--Dick Adler--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.