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Worth Dying For Hardcover – October 19, 2010
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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
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 Duncan family "owns" the farm country in the Dakotas in this Reacher novel - their terrible secret is that they smuggle Thai girl children and women for the sex trade, keeping one for themselves. This one is dark and truly repulsive, as Jack discovers an old barn with the remains of about 60 children, used over many years by the nasty Duncans. Jack and Dorothy, mother of one of the dead children, run down and over the Duncan family in farm trucks, satisfyingly wreaking vengeance on punishment upon the unspeakable evils committed.
The landscape is flat and revealing, cut only by highways and lonely homesteads, filled with cornfields. A drunken doctor redeems himself and a battered wife gets away.
Jack doesn't get laid, but seeks to go to Virginia to meet a woman he met on the phone who helped him solve the mystery.
Why I love these novels:
suspense, closely worked details and specific information, strong mood/landscape metaphors, perfect American existential character creation, sardonic humour, and sadistic revenge fantasies get satisfied - Jack is truly The Grim Reaper.
Tom Cruise is going to play Reacher in an upcoming film.
This has got to be a ludicrous proposition on the face of it - JR is six-five and blonde, more like a Liam Neeson than the short, stumpy, cocky Tom Cruise we know and sort of still like because of Top Gun. JR is much more an early Clint Eastwood/Dirty Harry kind of guy - what Tom will do with this task? I hope to be surprised, but it seems laughable, except to Lee Child who'll make a lot of money for his careful years of deeply plotted suspenseful stories.
John Sanford could give Lee Childs some writing lessons. Sanford's books mix humor and enough scene description to let your mind's eye understand what the folks in the book are seeing and up against. His books move at a good pace with a lot of action and violence that I enjoy.
I just finished Lee Child's "A Wanted Man" and it is even wordier than Worth dying for.
I think I am about done with Mr. Childs.
Just a couple questions mar the credibility of the fiction. Why does Reacher resort to hitchhiking when he can take a bus or train? Why does he stop his hitched ride in this godforsaken place? Why does a self professed loner get involved with the townspeople over a phone call to a stranger in a motel, about a woman's bloody nose? Fans of this series just have to get used to the contrived premise that starts the story in most of Lee Child's books.