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Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2010: You'd think that after 14 novels featuring hardscrabble hero, Jack Reacher, Lee Child's pulse-pounding series would start showing signs of wear. It is nothing short of remarkable that Child is not only able to continually reinvent his ex-military cop, but that each installment is better than the last. Worth Dying For finds our battered hero hiding in plain sight in a tiny Nebraska town, trying to recover from the catastrophe he left behind in South Dakota (no spoilers here, but readers are still arguing over 61 Hours’s cliffhanger ending). Fans rarely see such a physically vulnerable Reacher (in the first part of the book he is barely able to lift his arms) but it just adds to the fist-pumping satisfaction of seeing our weary good guy take on the small-town baddies. --Daphne Durham --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
From Publishers Weekly
In Child's exciting 15th thriller featuring one-man army Jack Reacher (after 61 Hours), Reacher happens into a situation tailor-made for his blend of morality and against-the-odds heroics. While passing through an isolated Nebraska town, the ex-military cop persuades the alcoholic local doctor to treat Eleanor Duncan, who's married to the abusive Seth, for a "nosebleed." Reacher later breaking Seth's nose prompts members of the Duncan clan, who are involved in an illegal trafficking scheme, to seek revenge. Reacher, who easily disposes of two hit men sent to get him, winds up trying to solve a decades-old case concerning a missing eight-year-old girl. While Child convincingly depicts his hero's superhuman abilities, he throws in a few lucky breaks to enable the outnumbered Reacher to survive. Crisp, efficient prose and well-rounded characterizations (at least of the guys in the white hats) raise this beyond other attempts to translate the pulse-pounding feel of the Die Hard films into prose. (Nov.) (c)
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For those of you that travel books on DVD are the way to go.
For those of you that like realistic adventure novels Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels are captivating, entertaining, spellbinding and enjoyable.
Recommend them highly. Have read every one and listened to two. Ordered three more audio of ones I have alredy read.
The Reacher series satisfies our need for a hero who takes on bullies and dispenses a frontier justice that our criminal justice system cannot. There is no appeal to a Reacher verdict. This book continues the theme but also shows what happens when people give in to bullies and physical violence; when they don't stand together against mutual threats. They lose not just their self-respect, but they create their own little hells. Their lives become full of self-loathing and shame.
Reacher is the antidote.
Jack is hitchhiking to Virginia to meet a woman he's only spoken to on the phone. But late one night, his hitchhiking through Nebraska brings him to a small farming town with one motel whose prosperous days are long behind it. The attached bar/restaurant is his only option for food and drink. The only other customer turns out to be the town doctor. But the doctor seems more a professional drinker than doctor. Reacher is minding his own business when the doctor receives a phone call from the wife of one of the "Duncans", complaining that her nose won't stop bleeding. The Duncans are the local trucking dynasty owned by three brothers who rule the town financially by deciding whose crops are picked up and sold each season, and through intimidation with their dozen ex-football players/thugs-for-rent.
Reacher has dealt with domestic violence in the Army. When the doctor hesitates to treat the woman because of prior warnings from the Duncans' thugs, Reacher persuades the doctor to do the right thing, and even drives the doctor to the woman's house. The husband is not home. After punching his wife, he went out to dinner with his associates.
Reacher is a man of action. He agrees with Edmund Burke that "The only thing necessary for evil to prevail, is that good men do nothing." So after taking the doctor home, Reacher uses the doctor's car to track down the husband. It's a short conversation with Reacher's standard bone-breaking nose punch supplying the final exclamation point. In fact, this is just the first of several broken noses in this book...
The Duncans are understandably offended by his interference and as the bad guys, are required by the rules of these series to send various groups of vicious and sadistic thugs(from a seemingly endless supply of amoral ex-Cornhusker football players - yes, this part rings false) to wreak their revenge on the doctor's car (with baseball bats) and then Reacher. Unsurprisingly, Reacher sends them all to the hospital with injuries that will end their bullying days forever.
But there's something else going on. Were the Duncans involved with the disappearance of a young girl two decades previously? The Feds and the police said "no" but the town has their doubts.
We learn that the Duncans are not just psychopaths with a trucking monopoly who like to intimidate people. They are criminals at the bottom of a criminal food chain that supplies something illegal and rare to other psychopaths. The Vegas mob is part of the chain. The ultimate customers are wealthy Saudis. What could be worth so much trouble? And why can the Saudi's only acquire this item through a network that includes a trucking company in Nebraska? Some of these questions will be answered.
At the story's viscerally satisfying conclusion, you will feel no moral qualms about the Duncans ultimate treatment by Reacher and the townsfolk as they reclaim the town in a final redemptive act. You will feel satisfaction that justice has finally been done and frustration that it took so long. This story is also about individual choices and how the easy choice rarely works out to be the best choice.
In Child's next book in the series - "A Wanted Man", Child deals with the potential for death by friendly fire when the good guys have someone working undercover with the bad guys.
This story was filled with action surrounding an over-the-top hero who has an analytical mind that is usually three or four steps ahead of the bad guys. And I was quite content to go along for the ride and watch all that action. Reacher finds himself dropped off from his last ride in the middle of Nebraska farmland. He immediately becomes embroiled in the situation existing between the townspeople and the Duncan family. Definitely four of the meanest villains a reader could want to meet. I was reminded very much of previous stories I've read in this series based on the kick 'em when they're down attitude Reacher lives by. If he has put somebody down, they need to be finished off. This was a situation Reacher wouldn't have walked away from even if he had a choice because he always comes up on the side of the underdog. In this case, the entire population qualified as underdogs. Reacher is calm, he's motivated, and he's deadly. An excellent combination done very well by this author.
Keeping the shipment expected by the Duncan's completely secret until the very end of the story made for excellent tension and drama within the plot. I honestly had no idea where the story was headed and I think Lee Child did an excellent job of framing this story with so many bad guys versus the one good guy. And it was so interesting to follow the plotting, planning and thinking of all the different groups of bad guys. That I really enjoyed. This was an excellent Jack Reacher story and not dependent on any other novel to move it along.
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