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Worth Dying For [Paperback]

Lee Child
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reacher is back Oct. 27 2010
Format:Hardcover
I have to admit this one crossed me up a little. For whatever reason, I was expecting a sequel to 61 Hours, which ended with a huge bang but left a number of loose ends available if required. Instead, we find ourselves willy nilly in darkest Nebraska, one county of which is living under the thumb of the evil Duncan family. We don't know what the Duncans are up to until almost the end; what we do know is that they are determined to track Reacher down before he finds out.

That's one piece of the puzzle. The second is the mystery of what happened to a little girl who disappeared 25 years before. Disappeared, as in never found.

Reacher is big and he's tough, but he's also smart, and he has a code that he lives by. You take a character like that and put him in a story that barrels along, propelled by writing that doesn't try to do too much but knows how to vary the pace just enough: this is a recipe for a winner. The Reacher books are what they are: not great literature, but solid, always readable adventure mysteries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Believer Again! Oct. 30 2010
By Faith
Format:Hardcover
I was a bit confused that this book did not pick up at the end of the last book. Lee left us a hint at the end that the next book may do so.

I have been critical of some of Lee's books, but no more. I did pre-order this book and have no regrets. In the last couple of books I have
started liking Jack Reacher even more. While I found this book a little more violent, Jack lives by his morals. I've really enjoyed his
character development. It must be coming with age :)

I won't go into the book details but I will recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed the Jack Reacher series. If you gave up a couple of
books ago, come back. This book and the last were great reading. Can't wait for the next one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to Read Oct. 15 2011
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Book 15 in the Jack Reacher series

Jack Reacher's new adventure will bring him closer to Virginia, his eastward destination. He leaves Bolton, South Dakota and his adventure in '61 Hours' behind him by hitching a ride that takes him to a desolate town in Nebraska County, his intention is to stay overnight at the only motel in town and hit the road early next morning. Avid followers of Reacher know better, trouble is never far behind.

You will think that after fifteen episodes, Reacher would know enough to keep his distance from trouble. This time his plans change when he befriends a doctor that is trying to drown his sorrows at the motel bar and offers to help him when he gets an emergency call to treat a local woman in distress. When they realise she has a broken nose and is a victim of conjugal violence, Reacher feels he is the woman's only line of defence. He soon gets embroiled in a power struggle between the town's people and the husband's powerful family. The family enforcers do not like strangers meddling in personal matters and have a tendency to discourage any involvement with brute force. After many encounters and looking like a pro-fighter on a bad day, Reacher wonders how his friend Susan in Virginia will react to his roughed up appearance. Giving back the town's people their self-respect is his immediate concern and leaving the local undertaker plenty of work has always been his trade mark before he moves on....

This novel has all the ingredients to be a successful thriller: a tough hero with a code of ethics and true American values, easy to read, although the prose may seem a bit rough it is nevertheless clear and concise, the dialogue is rather artificial but don't let it bother you too much, the storyline is an absurd and unbelievable one but full of suspense with enough violence to satisfy the average fan. It's corny, it's fun, and it's a real blast to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars DICK HILL DELIVERS ANOTHER TOPNOTCH READING Nov. 21 2010
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Can't imagine any more plaudits that could possibly be heaped upon the always excellent Dick Hill. He has been named both a Golden Voice and a Voice of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and is a three time winner of the Audie Award. It goes without saying that he's in great demand not only by audio book publishers, but also by discerning listeners who look for his name on an audio edition.

With experience as a stage actor and writer Hill has been the voice of Jack Reacher from the beginning with his narration of the 1997 Killing Floor. There's no other way to say it - he is the voice of Reacher, totally inhabiting this character's persona. And, that's not an easy task considering the scrapes Reacher gets into.

WORTH DYING FOR takes us deep into Nebraska (although Reacher is headed for Virginia to meet Susan). Nonetheless, as luck, fate, and the fellow from whom he hitched a ride would have it he's dropped off in a small corn country town with one motel.

Things take an immediate turn for not any better when he runs into a drunk doctor in the motel bar. He agrees to drive the M.D. to a home to treat a woman's broken nose. When Reacher finds out how her nose suffered such a calamity, of course, he decides to teach her husband a lesson.

Gallant but not a very good idea because this puts Reacher up against some mean, powerful men, the Duncans, who run the town and its cowed citizenry. As it turns out the Duncans also have some folks to fear, and there is the decades old case of a missing child.

Virginia and Susan will just have to wait - if Reacher gets out of Nebraska alive.

- Gail Cooke
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Published 2 months ago by James Hunsbedt
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the Same, but Enjoyable
I have read most of the Reacher books and, whilst the author is clearly repeating the same formula the stories are sufficiently differentiated so that the reader does not feel... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brett H
5.0 out of 5 stars I've read all of his novels & am awaiting his next one The whole Jack...
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. Read more
Published 8 months ago by aslakeview
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Action
A terrific Jack Reacher novel. One of Lee Child's best.

Plenty of action, killing and suspense. It's Jack against a family of bullies and child molesters. Read more
Published 9 months ago by James A. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars A stunning action thriller
Following 61 Hours, Child puts Reacher in a more action-oriented violent situation. This book is more visceral, less intelligent but still surprisingly suspenseful. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Rodge
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Jack Reacher! (and Lee Child :o) )
It took me 6 & 1/2 hours to read Worth Dying For and I can certainly say it was worth every minute!

I find Reacher to be a fascinating character whose thoughts, feelings... Read more
Published on June 27 2011 by Black Sunshine
5.0 out of 5 stars good suspense
this is another good addition to the jack reacher series. in this one he winds up in a small town being terriorized by a corrupt sheriff and his country buffons. Read more
Published on June 2 2011 by THOMAS B. MCCABE
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Dying For
It should perhaps be noted at the outset that readers waiting for the other shoe to drop, so to speak, after the cliffhanger ending of '61 Hours,' the previous book in the series... Read more
Published on Dec 30 2010 by Ted Feit
4.0 out of 5 stars More Small-Town Baddies, a Recovering and Outnumbered Reacher, and...
"They all lie in wait for blood;
Every man hunts his brother with a net.
That they may successfully do evil with both hands--
The prince asks for gifts,
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Published on Nov. 5 2010 by Donald Mitchell
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