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Die Trying Mass Market Paperback – Jan 11 2002

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reprint edition (Jan. 11 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515125024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515125023
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.1 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #762,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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I am obviouslly late to the Jack Reacher universe. I saw the movie and loved it but Tom Cruise is not 6 ft 5 in as the character in the book is....but he still did a great job as Jack Reacher. This led me to the books, I always find books so much better than movies, and this book was no exception. Right from beginning to end it kept me captivated (ironic if you read the book).

Well written......great story.....just beleivable enough to make it interesting! LOL I will be reading Book 3.

5 of 5 stars
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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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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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Reacher is an excellent read, concise, crisp, great action, with well developed characters and a hero who does what's right without any angst. An embodiment of chivalry with all the crap stripped away a righteous hero who gives the bad guys what they deserve without any hesitation. Lee Child gave me a real hero in fiction. Reminds me of the kind of men and women we call the greatest generation.
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In another rapidly paced action thriller, Lee Child hero, ex military policeman and superstar Jack Reacher, as he is inclined to do, unwittingly stumbles into a kidnapping. While ambling down a Chicago street he accidently collides into an attractive, limping and crutch toting woman knocking down her dry cleaning. While helping her pick up her fallen garments, Reacher and the woman are accosted by two gun wielding guys and forced into a waiting car. They are abducted and then transfered and locked into the cargo area of a truck where they are driven to an unknown destination.
In short order Reacher learns that his kidnap companion is FBI agent Holly Johnson who is recuperating from torn knee ligaments and on light duty for the moment. She happens to be the daughter of Joint Chiefs of Staff leader General Johnson and also the god daughter of the president.
After a long arduous journey, in which Reacher declines several escape attempts to protect the injured Johnson, they finally arrive at an enclosure deep in the forests of northwestern Montana. This geographically secure enclosure is the home of the Montana Militia, a para-military neo-Nazi group headed by a 400 pound behemoth Beau Borken. Borken, a paranoid and maniacal son of a California farmer who blew his head off when the government repossessed his farm, is a ruthless murderer who has no use for the U.S. government. He plans to use Holly Johnson's kidnapping to convert his militia into a separate nation!
The FBI gets wind of the plot through a covert operative within Borken's group. Without presidential support they commence an operation to free Johnson. Reacher, of course, while being held prisoner also plots to accomplish the same thing.
Childs' follow up to The Killing Floor, while falling a little short of the intrigue is still suspenseful and a worthwhile chapter in a continuing series.
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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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