Worth Dying For Paperback – Apr 8 2011
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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.
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!
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.
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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I only wish he were a more prolific writer, I so look for to his books. Reacher is a great anti-hero, likeable, smart, and able to get his way out of any situation. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Dale
Now and again (usually when I run out of new sci-fi to read) I take a break and dive into the occasional thriller. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Willy Eckerslike