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Ridiculous Plots are Starting to Ruin Jack Reacher

  • Mar 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 in some kind of illegal trafficking that stems from them and on up to more organized and evil criminals. 

The Duncan’s are an abusive group of men who not only dominate and run the town, but abuse its residents, holding them in subjugation with the threat of violence.  As the novel progresses, Reacher starts to unravel the dastardly acts of these men when he seeks to find out what happened to a missing eight year old girl who disappeared decades ago. 

After a great deal of violence and using tricks of the trade he used in the military, Reacher battles the Duncan’s to the bitter end.

While this novel is a rather fun read, as most Reacher novels are, it also stretches credulity and has as stale plotline.  I mean really, how many small towns are there in American dominated by a corrupt and evil criminal oligarchy using extreme violence to suppress the town’s residents?  This plot device is starting to get a little ridiculous. 

And for the real kicker, the last Reacher novel, 61 Hours, seemed to have ended on a cliffhanger.  Other than seeing that Reacher survived, we really never find out exactly how.  That makes 61 Hours a rather tepid and unsatisfying work itself.

I hope Child comes up with a more clever storyline for Reacher in the future.

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March 29, 2011
Loved this line: "I mean really, how many small towns are there in American dominated by a corrupt and evil criminal oligarchy using extreme violence to suppress the town's residents? This plot device is starting to get a little ridiculous." Very entertaining and candid review!
April 02, 2011
Ha! Thanks. Hope all is well with you. Saw your bulletin.
April 11, 2011
No problem. And, yes, things are getting better with me. It was really stressful for the first two weeks, especially since my grandmother got sick shortly after my dad's stroke, but both are recovering nicely.
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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
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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
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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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