- File Size: 3288 KB
- Print Length: 514 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press; 1st edition (May 13, 2010)
- Publication Date: May 18, 2010
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440339537
- ISBN-13: 978-0440339533
- ASIN: B0036S4CWA
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,521 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"[The] craftiest and most highly evolved of Lee Child’s electrifying Jack Reacher books… The truth about Reacher gets better and better." —The New York Times
"Child is a superb craftsman of suspense, juggling several plots and keeping his herrings well-rouged….Best of all, this is a rare series book that reads like a stand-alone. Everything you need to know about Jack Reacher is contained within its pages. And chances are you'll want to seek out other Reacher adventures the moment you finish." —Entertainment Weekly (A-)
"Jack Reacher is much more like the heir to the Op and Marlowe than Spenser ever was." —Esquire
"As usual, Child's writing is superb. Not only is this thriller believable, but the descriptions of the blizzard will make readers want to hug their furnaces. Fast paced and exciting, this is highly recommended for thriller fans." —Library Journal (starred review)
"Get prepared for teeth-chattering suspense….Child sets up one of his most ingenious plots in the Jack Reacher chronicles. A fiery finale will leave fans talking and speculating for weeks to come." —Madison County Herald
"Child deepens the mystery considerably, providing an explosive climax that will have you tearing out your hair until Reacher's next appearance." —Miami Herald
"Once again, Child spins a riveting, ticking-clock Jack Reacher adventure….It’s guarantees you’ll finish this one in less than 61 hours—and the jolter conclusion will shock and awe you." —Romantic Times Book Review
"Implausible, irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Child keeps his foot hard on the throttle...As always, Child delivers enough juicy details about the lan...
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I'm glad I didn't read 61 Hours as my first exposure to Jack Reacher. There wouldn't have been a second.
Jack helped some of the injured people off the bus and it was freezing outside at this point. In a short while a police officer from Bolton arrived on the scene. The police department also brought a bus, which was used to transport prisoners to their federal lock up in Bolton. After all the injured and elderly boarded the bus and took them to various hotels and hospitals. Jack and police Officer Andrew Peterson of the Bolton Police Department begin talking and the real meat of the novel begins.
The story gets a little more complicated because of the policies which have to be followed by Bolton P.D. when it comes to a prison riot and what the officers are assigned to do in such a case. There is also a serious problem with someone who is going to attempt to kill a witness who is supposed to testify against a connected thug. Jack gets involved with the problems of Bolton P.D. and the wind, snow and icy cold weather all add to the challenges Jack Reacher must meet.
I never give away too much information when I review a novel because it spoils it for the reader. If you are a Jack Reacher fan you should check out this book, 61 Hours. I found it to be a somewhat suspenseful book because of the hours count down in the book.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Tactical Principles of the most effective combative systems)
In "61 Hours," Jack Reacher finds himself stranded in a small South Dakota town in the middle of a severe winter storm. One of the town's residents, an elderly woman, had recently witnessed a murder and is ready to testify against the killer. Now her life is in danger from a Mexican drug kingpin who hired the killer. After checking Reacher out, the town's local police chief enlists his help in guarding the witness. Reacher agrees to help. Now he finds himself drawn into a highly dangerous situation involving a nearby prison, an old Cold War military base occupied by a mysterious group of people, and a hired killer who is targeting more than just the witness...
I really enjoyed "61 Hours." Lee Childs did a masterful job of moving his story along at a brisk pace. Within the first few pages, I found "61 Hours" nearly impossible to put down.
If the rest of the "Jack Reacher" series is this good, I'll be reading them all in short order. Most highly recommended.
This one finally broke me free of the habit of reading the series. With the frequent redundant phrases and the countdown (x fifty-five, x hours to go) that was okay the first few times I was forced to read it, downright annoying the next twenty or so times.
I'm sure I'll be missing out on some good reading further on in the series but, frankly, it was time to move on. Maybe I'll return to the rest sometime in the future but, I will always think: "x fifty-five, x hours to go" each time I look at the next one. That and the $9.99 price.
Thanks for the previous volumes Mr. Child.
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I bought "Never Go Back" with "Killing Floor" at half price almost on a whim. I started with "Killing Floor" and am currently on "The Affair" having bought every one of the series and have pre ordered anything not yet in print.
Why? I found that the character was so believable AND readable plus in each of the books I found Lee Child had inserted and described in such absorbing detail, small almost irrelevancies that were as good to read as the main storyline that they became, not just fillers as other authors insert, but real and very readable. I can't praise the series enough - each and every book has really brought back my love of reading - "Thank you", Lee Child - brilliant!!
If you read for fun (rather than for work) I would suggest that you try at least one Lee Child book. Obviously, you won't impress anyone, but you'll be left with a feeling that the good generally conquer the bad.
A bit like The Lone Ranger or Bonanza one hundred years ago ... but definitely worth a read.
Like many of you will have, I worked out the villain inside plus the secret of the building far too early - come on Lee, we aren't 'S*n Readers!'
Massive errors - without revealing plot lines, we are first led to believe a Private Jumbo Jet can fly without a proper flight plan, with no official destination thousands of miles into USA airspace! Post-9/11....come on LC, we deserve better!
And the subject building - incredible and almost impossible to construct as described. If it existed, it would puzzle more people than how the Ancient Egyptians built the Pyramids ever did.
Aside from this, the usual page-turning prose which LC excels at, and we are left with a cliffhanger for the first time...
'Authors licence' exceeded here quite frequently which is unusual for LC, but I feel we may well have a classic to follow this. I hope so anyway.
But it was the ending I didn't like. Without wishing to spoil the plot - leaving it hanging without us knowing where Reacher went is not a trick I like. It's not that I object to buying the next book - because the next 4 are already in my Kindle - I just like my endings wrapped up in a bow.
And for the first time ever (with a Reacher) I knew who the killer was from very early in the book. So a little disappointing. But they can't all be 100% brilliant.
61 Hours has a great story and once again the location acts a major character in its own right (extreme cold this time in contrast to the extreme heat in Echo Burning).
I do, however, have a problem with the title and therefore the rather contrived plot device of a 61 hour countdown.
Not wishing to spoil it for anyone who has not read the book, the countdown is to a random event, not something pre-determined, not a grand plot with ticking bomb as it would be with a Bond baddie, but a completely arbitary happening that Jack himself instigates.
This makes for a rather disappointing conclusion. I felt a little conned, believing the countdown and indeed the title to be relevant.
What next..? "21 Minutes" as our hero waits for his next haircut? "7 Hours and 4 Minutes" until Jack wakes up after a good nights sleep?
Another great story, just don't get too hung up on the countdown.
Reacher is in a bus which has an accident on a frozen road in South Dakota. The police are called but the bus is damaged beyond immediate repair; more heavy snow is on the way; the passengers are stranded at least for a few days. Reacher's instinct for incipient trouble soon tells him that this small remote township has more to trouble the police department than a traffic incident.
What follows is a cleverly controlled, gradual build-up of tension as the enormity of the planned crime is revealed, layer by layer. In terms of page-turning suspense this is Lee Childs plotting and writing at its very best. Sure, this "only" thriller writing but there is pleasure in finding it to be done so well.
Reacher is a truly unique character in literature, a giant of a man with seemingly superhuman powers, just drifting around the USA, but as always with superheroes, trouble happens.
In reality a US Military Police officer with eleven years service would not have the experience and contacts gifted to Reacher, nor the ability to tap them. This does not however detract from a great yarn that combines shocking violence with homely people, South American gangsters, lost artifacts of the Cold War, a prison, old time courtesy and small town attitudes and all in a snowstorm. Just how, you'll have to read the book which rattles along at such a pace that I had to ration myself to a chapter at a time to avoid self-combustion from the excitement. Even the sexual element is innuendo at a distance.
Cant wait for the next edition, roll on September. Thank goodness for Amazon, it sold out in my local bookshop in its first day!
The cold wilderness makes you shiver and the "bad guys" are just as we've come to expect, extremely evil in all senses. Plato is a dwarf with an ego problem which is totally off putting. He's the type of guy you hope won't conquer Jack. As this is part one of a 2 part story you might be tempted to look aat the back of the book to make sure Jack survives. DON'T. I left reading "61 Hours" until late August/early September so I could read the second part of the story asap. I've just started the new release and hopefully this will provide a satisfactory ending for the reader. I have all of the Jack reacher novels . Hopefully Lee will continue to write more novels, even if the lead character has to change. Lee is great , well he comes from the nearest city to my home, ie. Coventry. Keep the work coming Lee.
I would recommend this book to read.