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Worth Dying For [Paperback]

Lee Child
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"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,
The judge seeks a bribe,
And the great man utters his evil desire;
So they scheme together.
The best of them is like a brier;
The most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge;
The day of your watchman and your punishment comes;
Now shall be their perplexity." -- Micah 7:2-4 (NKJV)

Worth Dying For begins on the heels of the cataclysmic events in 61 Hours. A hitchhiking Reacher finds himself in a motel at a tiny Nebraska crossroads in the middle of nowhere, about to become aware of the local evil-doers. Once-again Reacher puts his finger into a deep cesspool of rottenness, symbolic of the underlying moral decay throughout America that's a continuing theme in this series. And like the faithful watchman, Reacher puts matters to right.

As in many of the books in this series, Reacher finds himself in hostile territory with the apparent odds stacked against him, particularly since he hasn't recovered from the final battle and escape in 61 Hours. Unlike many such fictional heroes, Reacher is as smart as he is tough. In this book, the smarts count for more than the toughness. I was particularly intrigued by the little threads of plot development that Lee Child put in the story that are easy to miss, but which provide many thought-provoking scenes before the story has ended. Very nice!

Lee Child does an even better job than usual of putting lots of moral lessons into the events that precede and occur during the novel's action. Without so much as pointing a finger, Child makes mincemeat out of those who assume false superiority based on force or immoral rights.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 13 2014
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Great read
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4.0 out of 5 stars More of the Same, but Enjoyable June 26 2014
By Brett H #1 REVIEWER #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Paperback
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 this. The basic formula goes along the lines of, Jack breezes into town, finds some guys up to no good and sorts it using his irresistible combination of intelligence and muscle.

That just about sums up this story, although it lacks the normal element of romantic interest which is usually present. This time round Reacher chances on a rural community living in fear, and a decades old murder. Not being one to walk on by Jack is soon trading punches and living on his wits.

This is a good, entertaining tale which delivers just what you would expect from Lee Child and Reacher but without being very different from his other books.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Action Dec 7 2013
Format:Paperback
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. Really enjoyed this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A stunning action thriller Nov. 23 2012
By Rodge TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Following 61 Hours, Child puts Reacher in a more action-oriented violent situation. This book is more visceral, less intelligent but still surprisingly suspenseful. Reacher has to deal with a family that has dominated a remote, Nebraskan neighbourhood. Things get violent, then they get more violent. Reacher is intelligent, but mostly his strategy involves meeting force with overwhelming force. The Duncans call in some remote baddies to help them before a mysterious shipment arrives. What that shipment is we don't find out until the end. In the meantime, the adrenaline never flags.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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