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"Life is not lost by dying, life is lost...in all the small, uncaring ways." Stephen Vincent Benet

  • Mar 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 they were aware that it was happening. There are no police in the town. The county police are sixty miles away and attempt to avoid the Duncan area whenever possible.

As the story evolves, I began to feel that there was almost a Biblical component to Reacher. He becomes Sampson, using his towering strength to battle the Duncans, who are the Philistines. The Duncans utilize a group of powerful enforcers to guarantee that their word is obeyed.  We wonder if this Sampson like character will be able to evoke his own power to stop this gang that has caused such unhappiness in the community.

Further layers are revealed. The Duncans are awaiting a shipment of a commodity that is unknown to the reader but is in great demand by the Duncans and those to whom the Duncans supply. Members of the supply group attempt to compete with each other to gain the upper hand and to send their enforcers to contribute to Reacher's capture and elimination.

The novel moves swiftly as Reacher attempts to have a small group of residents, who have some backbone, stand up against their persecutors.

The scenario is well described and the tension mounts as the shipment nears and the evil forces ban together against Reacher.

This well done novel adds to Reacher's legend. The story is enjoyable and includes some well placed surprises.

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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 . December 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?      …
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 . 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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