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61 Hours: A Jack Reacher Novel Paperback – August 7, 2012
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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 landscape, the characters, and Reacher’s idiosyncrasies to give the story texture and lower our pulse rates, if only momentarily...This is Child in top form, but isn’t he always?" —Booklist (starred review)
About the Author
Lee Child is the author of nineteen New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, ten of which have reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures; the first, Jack Reacher, was based on One Shot. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in almost a hundred territories. A native of England and a former television director, Lee Child lives in New York City.
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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)
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.
Much like a movie action hero, Reacher breaks many laws and is never held accountable. Like Dirty Harry, Arnold, Rambo (the list is endless) if you entertain us (or me) and bring me into a world where I just have to see what's coming next, I'll forgive a few plot holes you can drive a jet through.
61 Hours is that kind of book for me. There's always some element of mystery to the series - figuring out who's doing the murders, who's done the kidnapping, who is a bad guy and who is a good guy. What I like about Child's story telling is he tries to throw surprises at you and I get enjoyment trying to figure them out.
Without any spoilers, I will say that Child broke his one rule about his character Reacher. I believe he once said (and I paraphrase) he was tired of the sensitive, navel-gazing super hero and he wanted to create an indestructible character w/out all that. And Reacher has been like 97% that, but there is a part of the book where Reacher feels like he's failed (again, no spoilers) and calls upon someone to basically cry on their shoulder and feel sorry for himself. I thought that was way out of character. In other stories he's introduced some minor chinks in his armor, which he always seems to beat. This time he turned to someone else. Thankfully, he snaps out of it and goes off after the bad guy(s) again.
Nicely paced story. Interesting characters. I might have been too generous when I said Child developed the characters because not all of them are fleshed out, but I don't want a 900 page action adventure. mystery book.
Some people might call this predictable, but then most stories really are. We know Reacher wins in the end. Like James Bond or Rambo. It's how we get to the end that's the ride and I enjoyed this ride.
Downloading the next one now!
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That review is SPOT ON. This is the 16th book I've read and by far the worst JR book so far.Read more