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4.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely tense, May 3, 2010
This review is from: 61 Hours (Jack Reacher, Book 14) (Kindle Edition)
61 Hours is a good, solid Jack Reacher novel. It's not one of the all time greats, but it's very far from being the worst either. It has momentum and unexpected twists and the tension builds slowly but steadily to a gripping ending. Lee Child seems to have taken on board some of the criticisms lobbied at his recent books. Reacher doesn't display unbelievable deductive powers, he doesn't bed any women in improbable circumstances and he doesn't always get things right.

The book is set in freezing South Dakota in the middle of a snowstorm. Reacher has hitched a ride on a bus tour of senior citizens. When the bus crashes, he finds himself in Bolton, the location for a recently built prison and headquarters for a gang of meth dealers. A drug dealer is in prison, facing trial, and the key witness is under police protection. The deputy chief of police asks Reacher to help him figure out what's going on and to keep the witness safe. From the book's outset we are counting down 61 hours to a major event, although it is some time before it becomes clear what that will be.

One of the things I particularly liked was the way that we learn more about Reacher's army background, personal history and appearance than we have to date. He develops a relationship that is his most honest and open in a long time. As usual, he is able to see things and reach conclusions that the local police can't. In the words of one character, he's "the sort of guy who sees things five seconds before the rest of the world."

Readers should be aware that this is the first Lee Child book that is not entirely self-contained. It ends with a cliff hanger and the words "to be continued". If you don't want a five month gap between installments, you may choose to wait to read this closer to the release date of the next book later in the year (it's due October 19).
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Initial post: May 8, 2010 12:50:28 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2010 3:30:58 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 8, 2010 10:35:35 PM PDT
Julia Flyte says:
I'm sorry you feel that way, but I'm not telling you anything about how it ends. Merely the fact that it's the first Lee Child novel ever which doesn't get neatly wrapped up. This is also mentioned in the editorial reviews above.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2010 1:10:36 PM PDT
K. pratt says:
I appreciate very much knowing that this book has no real ending. I will wait until October to get the two books then. THANK YOU for the heads up.

Posted on May 17, 2010 2:55:21 PM PDT
An informative and helpful review indeed! Thank you for sharing your views.

Posted on May 20, 2010 8:34:57 AM PDT
I can't wait for this one. I'll have to wait for the next.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2010 2:44:52 PM PDT
Julia Flyte says:
Fair enough Sally - I couldn't wait either!

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2010 9:53:55 AM PDT
A Reader says:
The last page of the book tells me to go to the official Lee Child web page and reserve my copy of the second half of this story. I tried. NOTHING there. Then I tried to go to Delacorte Press. I could find no web page for Delacorte. I did learn that they primarily publish kiddie and YA books. How did Lee Child end up with this outfit? I think I will rely on Amazon UK for the next one.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2010 4:56:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2010 4:57:24 PM PDT
Julia Flyte says:
Hi "A Reader", you can pre-order the book here:
Worth Dying For

Alternatively it comes out in the UK on September 30 and will be available from Amazon UK at that time:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Untitled-Lee-Child-Thriller-No/dp/0593065662/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274486188&sr=1-3

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 6:48:22 AM PDT
SuzieMac says:
Julia, have you even read all other 13 JR novels? Er, maybe only a few? I am a die-hard fan. I've read and own all 14 books, and I'm already starting them all over again. This book doesn't really AT ALL describe Jack physically the way the other books do. A fact I noted right away. It takes a long time before new readers learn anything about him at all. Also, the romantic relationship he develops is no different than others he's had--it is certainly not any deeper, and MUCH less deeper than the one he had with Jodie. The woman in question is no different from any of the others, except for the fact that he has't bedded her (yet?). He was no more forthcoming with her than any of the others. I found this book to actually be the most different of all of them due to the outcome with the people involved, and also the ending. There was also very little of what we are used to, which are the wickedly cool descriptions of guns, gun history, tips on hand to hand combat, reconn, etc. I found that to be disappointing, even. This book got me thinking that Lee Child is merely changing things up a bit out of boredom, or else he's beginning to hate the character he created.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2010 2:37:47 PM PDT
Julia Flyte says:
Hi Suzie, I have read every Reacher book, although it's a few years now since I read the earliest ones. Was Jodie the lady that he lived with for a year? I can't remember her name. In any case, I said that the relationship was his most open and honest in a long time, not ever. In the past few books he hasn't got as close to anyone and I enjoyed seeing that again. I don't remember reading anything that contradicted his physical appearance - what were you thinking of there? Julia
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