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A significant let-down given the ending of 61 Hours...

  • Dec 26, 2010
It's rare that I look forward to a specific novel by an author as much as I was anticipating Worth Dying For by Lee Child. This episode in the Jack Reacher story was highly anticipated after the cliffhanger ending of 61 Hours. Did Reacher die in the underground explosion? If he didn't (and you pretty much had to figure Child wasn't going to kill off his franchise character), then how did he escape? And how was Reacher going to recover from whatever happened down there?

Unfortunately, the reality didn't come anywhere close to expectations. This was just another Jack Reacher novel... solid, enjoyable reading, but pretty much completely disconnected from 61 Hours. You learn early on that he's moving stiffly, and he can barely raise his arms. A doctor guesses at a diagnosis, and Reacher gives him a bare bones description of what happened for him to suffer that type of injury. And that's it for 61 Hours. The rest of the book centers around Reacher's appearance in a small isolated town in Nebraska. What is supposed to be a quick rest stop on his way to Virginia (supposedly to meet the person he talked with over the phone in 61 Hours), turns into a mini-war that pits Reacher against four members of a family that have held the townspeople hostage with fear and intimidation over the years. And when Reacher figures out what they are doing to make their money, he's determined to make sure they are taken out of the picture completely.

While it might sound like I didn't care for Worth Dying For, that's not the case. Had I read this without 61 Hours, I wouldn't have had much in the way of negative things to say about it. My main complaint is that 61 Hours set expectations, and Worth Dying For ignored them. At least the story was good, though... :)

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review by . November 18, 2010
This fifteenth book by Lee child is his best. There is no letup of excitement or suspense. The writing, descriptions, character development, and plot are perfect. Six feet five, 250 pounds Jack Reacher, ex-military MP, does not stop when he sees injustice done. He is like a heavy steam roller, like a 150 mile an hour Japanese train barreling on its track and rolling over any pieces of sushi that happens to be on its track. While Agatha Christie's Miss Marple analyses crimes by what she saw in her …
review by . March 27, 2011
   I really like the Jack Reacher character that Lee Child has created but his plotlines are starting to become a bit inane and annoying.      In this novel Jack Reacher is once again in a small town, sticks his nose in other people’s business and finds himself neck deep in another battle against evil doers.  As Reacher is ambling through an out of the way small Nebraska town he becomes involved in a dispute with the Duncan’s, a family that is involved …
review by . March 13, 2011
"Worth Dying For," is more than just another thriller but, in a sense, is a morality tale with a good person against a despicable evil.      The premise of Jack Reacher arriving at a small Nebraska town and helping the defenseless residents is alluring.      Reacher is pitted against the Duncan family who have strong-armed the local population into submission. The town sank into its cesspool of lethargy and neglect so slowly that it happened before …
review by . December 29, 2010
Worth Dying For, the latest novel from Lee Child, opens as Jack Reacher finds himself in Nebraska, after an incredible adventure in South Dakota. He is dropped off in a small town, sixty miles from anywhere of significance. Walking into a hotel lounge, looking for a room, he overhears the bartender/hotel manager tell another person that there is a phone call for him. The drunk person, the town doctor, refuses the call. Reacher is not happy hearing a doctor turn down a call looking for help. He decides …
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2010: You'd think that after 14 novels featuring hardscrabble hero, Jack Reacher, Lee Child's pulse-pounding series would start showing signs of wear. It is nothing short of remarkable that Child is not only able to continually reinvent his ex-military cop, but that each installment is better than the last.Worth Dying Forfinds our battered hero hiding in plain sight in a tiny Nebraska town, trying to recover from the catastrophe he left behind in South Dakota (no spoilers here, but readers are still arguing over61 Hours’s cliffhanger ending). Fans rarely see such a physically vulnerable Reacher (in the first part of the book he is barely able to lift his arms) but it just adds to the fist-pumping satisfaction of seeing our weary good guy take on the small-town baddies. --Daphne Durham
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ISBN-10: 0385344317
ISBN-13: 978-0385344319
Author: Lee Child
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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