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Die Trying (Jack Reacher, No. 2) [Kindle Edition]

Lee Child
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Book Description

See Jack Reacher now in his first major motion picture.

When a woman is kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight, Jack Reacher’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. He’s kidnapped with her. Chained together and racing across America toward an unknown destination, they’re at the mercy of a group of men demanding an impossible ransom. Because Reacher’s female companion is worth more than he imagines. Now he has to save them both—from the inside out—or die trying…

Editorial Reviews Review

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

From Library Journal

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.

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  • File Size: 684 KB
  • Print Length: 567 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (November 28, 2006)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NHNG64
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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121 of 130 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
"Die Trying" is the second installment in Lee Child's popular Jack Reacher series. Reacher is an ex-Army-MP-turned-vigilante-drifter, a tough guy with an unflinching sense of right and wrong who always manages to stumble into a situation in need of his style of correction.

In this book, Reacher happens on to the kidnapping of a government worker and not only ends up being snatched along with the target but also gets [...] as the prime suspect after being identified by witnesses. Bad luck for Reacher - worse luck for the bad guys. As Reacher uses his MP background to put together the clues, he discovers that this is no ordinary kidnapping of any ordinary person and that the perpetrators are out for much more than simple ransom. He has to solve the mysteries, save the girl, and stop the growing conspiracy - all before the nationwide manhunt mistakenly takes him down. It's all in a day's work for Jack Reacher.

The Reacher series is a throwback in action writing, unencumbered by modern sensitivities and moral ambiguities that plague so many other contemporary heroes. All characters are cut-and-dry either on the side of right or wrong, women are typically fodder for rescue and/or quick, passionate affairs, and all problems can be solved with the right mixture of brains and force. This world view can sometimes lead the books down a path of being overly simplistic or even hokey, but ultimately Reacher's charisma and conviction make for worthwhile Summer reading. Pacing is typically swift as Child's background as a television writer becomes apparent with each passing chapter. Book after book, the Reacher series is a mixture of "24", "CSI" and even a little bit of "McGyver".

"Die Trying" is a good volume in the Reacher series.
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91 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Reacher the Hero of the 21st Century. April 18, 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Die Trying is the sensational sequel to Killing Floor by Lee Child. If you haven't read Killing Floor I would recommend doing so before you read this book as it provides a basis for Reacher's character realism. As before the main character is Jack Reacher, ex military policeman and all round superhero. Reacher is intelligent, deductive and physically prodigous, so if you like heroes of the elite variety then this is the character for you. If you prefer cardiganed librarians and lack the ability to suspend disbelief (an essential criteria for FICTION readers) avoid this book as the storyline is astounding with a capital ASTOUND. Lee Child has produced a book that captivates and ensnares its readers with suspense, intrigue and a plot with more twists than a bowl of particularly tangled spaghetti. A man mountain of a psychopath, a beautiful FBI agent with more secrets than the FBI itself, moles galore and the president of the United States, all come together in the valleys of Montana, in a literary feast. If that isn't enough there's even a spot of romance (but not too much). All in all a book for those of us who believe in a world where heroes do exist.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Jack Reacher is walking down a Chicago street when he stops to help a woman with a cane, struggle with her dry cleaning. Three men approach her with weapons drawn and abduct her, bringing Reacher along with them.

They bring the prisoners to their enclave in Montana and hold the woman, FBI agent, Holly Johnson, as a bargaining chip for what they plan with the government.

Reacher shows the reader his many talents in this second installment of his stories. We see him as the lone man against seemingly insurmountable odds. He's highly analytical and possesses keen inteligence. He's also able to rationalize what his captors are planning and figure out a possible escape. In "Die Trying," Reacher shows his feelings and develops a fondness for Holly. His compassion and strength are two of the reasons why readers enjoy Reacher as a character and are able to sympathise with him.

The plot is original and the author provides a number of surprises and plot twists that keep the reader's attention and add to the enjoyment of the story.
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39 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Bad September 24, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lee Child is one of the best action-suspense novelists out there. He is a writer of immense talent. He normally writes in a very terse, no-nonsense style that really motivates the reader to turn the pages. His hero Jack Reacher has become an inconic character, kind of an American James Bond.

DIE TRYING, however, is one of Child's lesser efforts. The plot of this book is, quite simply, ludicrous. All of Child's stories are admittedly implausable, but this one really strains credibility. Much of what happens in this novel is statistically impossible, and I found myself rolling my eyes at much of it. I've seen dumb action movies with better constructed plots than DIE TRYING.

Characterization is also quite weak here. There are too many characters and Child keeps on shifting the reader's perspective from one secondary character to another. All the villains in DIE TRYING are silly right-wing militia types. Many of them are too buffoonish to be truly threatening. Many of the action scenes lack emotional punch because you don't really care about any of the players.

Child also has an unfortunate tendency to describe every scene in minute detail, so that a straightforward action scene is drawn out to an interminable length. In this book, this writing style really bogs down the narrative and made it difficult for me to finish this novel. I skimmed this novel toward the end, which is too bad, because Child is a very smart writer overall.

My advice is to skip this poorly structured effort and devote your time to Child's better books like KILLING FLOOR and ECHO BURNING.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid novel
Even though this is an early Reacher novel, I liked it. Reacher is at the wrong place doing the right thing (a theme in these books) when he is whisked away by some survivalist... Read more
Published 7 hours ago by D. Sain
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series!
This is a very involved story that keeps you guessing and I like the main character. He's someone I would like to know personally.
Published 11 hours ago by Janice Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars lots of fast moving action
Several twists in the plot. Just when you have the plot all figured out another surprise comes along. The main thing I didn't like was an overabunde
Published 2 days ago by Richard Steiner
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginning
I didn't read the books in order and you can clearly see an improvement in his characters and descriptions in the later books but,none of that really matters because from the... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Oh Pearl
3.0 out of 5 stars 2nd class Reacher
Not as much entertaining as "Killing Floor".
Lack of the suspense / mystery, more filled with weapon / military knowledge.
Kind of boring actually
Published 3 days ago by Vincent Tatum
4.0 out of 5 stars Reacher does it again
Loved it. Reading #3 now. Reacher keeps. You wanting to. Keep the pages. Turning. Thank you Lee for the excitement.
Published 3 days ago by Charlie Kato
4.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 of Jack Reacher
Great story line. Well written. Lee Child continues the great on going story of Jack Reacher. Just another gripping well written book that keeps you going. Thanks
Published 4 days ago by Robert L Pratt
3.0 out of 5 stars Love Reacher
This is the second and my second Reacher novel
Love him-- true the ultimate loner
I gave 3 stars only because I really thought this one dragged on
I mean way to much... Read more
Published 4 days ago by nancy Lindberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Die Trying - by Lee Child
"Die Trying" is a white-knuckle thriller, worthy of the Lee Child tradition. I liked it very much; it is a great "escape" book, while making me glad I don't live... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Gwenny Penny
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous Story
Even an idiot would not have done what Jack did in this story. Stories should try to stay within "the possible."
Published 4 days ago by Robert G Schuchardt
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More About the Author

Lee Child is the #1 internationally bestselling author of the Jack Reacher thrillers. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and the Nero awards for Best Novel. "Jack Reacher", the film based on the 9th novel, One Shot, stars Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike, Jai Courtney, and David Oyelowo and debuted in December 2012. Child, a native of England and a former television director, lives in New York City and the south of France with his wife and daughter. Find out more about Lee Child and the Reacher novels on his official website:, on Facebook LeeChildOfficial, on Twitter #LeeChildReacher, and YouTube leechildjackreacher.

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