- Series: Jack Reacher (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 567 pages
- Publisher: Jove (November 28, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0515142247
- ISBN-13: 978-0515142242
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3,180 customer reviews)
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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.
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Synopsis: 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…
Lee Child did not miss a step from one book to the next. In a sense, picking up right where he left off. Reacher is still drifting and still finding himself in a bit of trouble.
Of course, this starts right off with the action. The only downfall here is that there is a lull in the action for a bit. It’s not much, couldn’t be any more than forty to fifty pages, but there is a lull all the same. You get through it and you’re golden.
There was a change in the narrative for this one. Third-person gave the ability to show more of what was going on. There was more going on in this story than just Reacher accidentally stepping into a problem.
I loved this book. It has all the elements you need to keep the readers involved. I’m more pissed that I waited so long to read these books. If I didn’t have other books I am reading as well I would try to read all the Reacher books in a row.
Again, a definite read for anyone. Strongly suggest you make this your next book.
In this book, I also appreciated the presence of a strong female protagonist. Despite being in significant pain during the course of the novel, Holly remained cool-headed, creative, willing to take advice but follow her own direction, capable, determined...wow. That was nice to see in a book with a larger-than-life male lead.
As for Reacher, I think he really comes into his own in this book, and we start to get a glimpse into the components of his make-up. Certainly we see what he's capable of, and we see his ability to isolate emotion (Wait, does he have any? Why, yes. Yes, he does.) when he needs to. He is a soldier at heart - a well-trained, smarter-than average, resourceful and very skilled soldier, but it's at the core of who he is, and that's never lost in the books.
There were some times when a suspension of disbelief was required - the timing of the kidnap, Reacher being kept "in the game" for as long as he was - but that's true in almost any book, and certainly in many in this genre. It was no problem for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Recommended.
You know Jack Reacher isn't going to be killed because 'Die Trying' is the second story in a, so far, 21-book series. However, Mr. Child includes another protagonist named Holly Johnson who is a gorgeous (surprise, surprise) FBI agent and kidnapped along with Reacher. It's nice to see her portrayed as an intelligent capable woman instead of a useless damsel in distress. Poor, poor Jack, once again, happens to be in the wrong place, at the wrong time and is taken along for the ride. Little do the three kidnappers know that they've kidnapped a killing machine named Jack Reacher. The guy is not some big, moral, fuzzy Care Bear. That's for sure. Without giving away any of the key parts of the story, I will say it involves a charismatic nut job, mounting obstacles to Reacher's and Johnson's predicament, plenty of surprises, a few mysteries, suspense, and one episode that will likely give claustrophobics major flop sweat.
Yes, the characters are one-dimensional, the messy body count is cartoonish, and everything gets resolved in a neat little bow, but reading it was wonderful fun. It was just what the doctor ordered.
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Originally published in 1998.
Read by Jonathan McClain
Duration: 14 hours, 47 minutes
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