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Die Trying [Mass Market Paperback]

Lee Child
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Book Description

Jan. 11 2002 Jack Reacher
Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher returns in a gutsy novel of heart- stopping action...

When a mysterious woman is kidnapped by a politically motivated fringe group and taken to their compound, Jack Reacher must help her escape with her life--from the inside out...

"Tough, elegant and thoughtful."--Robert B. Parker

"Opens with a bang."-- Chicago Tribune

"Engrossing." --Rocky Mountain News

"Riveting...paced with taut, evocative prose." --Greg Iles, author of Mortal Fear

Lee Child is "a suspense writer to be reckoned with." (Chicago Tribune)

"Sensational."--Tom Savage, author of The Inheritance

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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.

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Jack Reacher is in both the wrong and the right place at the same time when FBI Special Agent and daughter of the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Holly Johnson is abducted from a Chicago street. It is the wrong place because Reacher, a former army major drifting around the country, is kidnapped as well. It is the right place because only he has the instincts to foil the complex, deadly plan of the kidnappers, a Montana militia group headed by a charismatic, brilliant, but psychotic leader. Child's tale, very well read by Dick Hill, engrossingly portrays Reacher's efforts to manipulate the captors; the behind-the-scenes maneuvering of the FBI, the army, and the White House; and the many unexpected roadblocks thrown in his path. Child devotes too much time, however, to the predictable rantings of the militia. Recommended for public libraries.?Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr., New York
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reading but not much substance. July 3 2013
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Unpredictable, which causes suspense.....but due to lots of far fetched circumstances and outcomes, which causes a sense of deflation. Rather than the reader saying, "Wow! Cool!" it's more like, "Are you kidding me???" Like Holly and Reacher making out beside a mutilated corpse. Ya. Right. I like books I will probably read a second time or more. Not so with this one. It was fine the first time around but I wouldn't read it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Jack Reacher! March 24 2013
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A little slow at the start, then things begin to heat up...both for the plot and for Reacher! How is it the guy never gets the girl in the end??? But then again, he is.... Jack Reacher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Die Trying Feb. 6 2013
By Linda J. Leclair TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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What else can I say? Jack Reacher is my kind of hero. Nobody stands in his way. He does as he wishes and eliminates anyone who deserves to be eliminated. A great read for most.
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3.0 out of 5 stars too long May 25 2014
By Trevor
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Typical Reacher...super human person but this time it was too far fret he'd and too long. Worst one of a Reacher books I have read
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By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER
Jack Reacher is walking down a street in Chicago when he sees a woman leaving a dry cleaner, struggling with her crutches and hangers of clothes. When Holly Johnson stumbles, Jack assists her until three armed men surround him and Holly, and then force them into a vehicle. The pair are quickly transferred into the back of a truck, handcuffed together, and so begins a long and increasingly disturbing journey.

Die Trying is the second in this popular series and equally well written. Although the setting is different, there are other similar plot points such as crazy bad guys (in this case militia) who’ve staked out their land to control their world and everyone in it with brutal force. Also similar to the first novel, Reacher finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, yet risking his life to help the woman he’s attracted to.

Despite the repetition, I marveled at Lee Child’s clear and edgy detail. One scene in particular, had me cringing as Reacher becomes wedged within a tiny space inside a mountain. Given that Reacher spends a lot of time locked up and trying to get his bearings, all the detail keeps the pace fairly slow. It works, however, because it not only shows Reacher’s growing angst through the interminably long wait to get himself and Holly out of this mess, but it builds suspense. I’m looking forward to see what happens in the next installment.
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1.0 out of 5 stars unhappy Feb. 18 2014
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Really unhappy with ordering process. Tries to have me accept another sample etc. does not! make payment functional. I am well educated and literate at least to the mean. I, nevertheless, am unable to unscramble the puzzle presented by your billing as presented. Unfortunately, this does mean I am unable to pay you for books I would like to order (I am sure this would be your preference). If I am unable to work through the difficulty I will find other, more "user friendly" resources. Thank you for the opportunity to express my unhappiness and hopefully to have assistance and resolution to this rather annoying situation. K Kristianson
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Feb. 8 2014
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I liked this book for the same reasons I have liked the others I have read in this series...the suspense, the plot twists and turns, the subtle clues presented during the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great series Jan. 15 2014
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I've read all of his novels & anxiously awaiting his next one The whole Jack Reacher series is great, I'd recommend them all. The only problem is the movie. Jack Reacher is 6' 5" 230 lbs. Tom Cruise is 5' & maybe 150 lbs, Jack Reacher should be Dwayne Johnson instead,
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