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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (9 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857500058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857500052
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (969 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lee Child is one of the world's leading thriller writers.His novels consistently achieve the number one slot in hardback and paperback on bestsellers lists on both sides of the Atlantic, and are translated into over forty languages.His debut novel, Killing Floor, was written after he was made redundant from his television job in Manchester, and introduced his much-admired maverick hero, the former military cop Jack Reacher.Born in Coventry, he now lives in America.

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"Jack Reacher is a wonderfully epic hero; tough, taciturn, yet vulnerable... Irresistible" (People)

"Reacher combines the physique of the Commando-period Schwarzenegger with the analytical brilliance of Sherlock Holmes" (Himself Magazine)

"The taut plot, set firmly in headline territory, lays bare the world of the rabid, worm-like militias crawling in the political underbelly of America... This is an action adventure that never gives you a moment's peace and quiet - an excellent read" (Publishing News)

"Cunning and explosive...A thumping good read" (Time Out)

"A skilled, smart, violent page-turner" (Daily Express)

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The dynamic second thriller from the number one bestselling author of KILLING FLOOR

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By madeira on 5 Nov. 2014
Format: Paperback
I really liked the first book in the series (Killing Floor), but this one is really disappointing.
Ridiculous plot, cut-out characters, absolutely nothing that would make me care about finishing this book (I am 90% through). No attention to details whatsoever: rifle cartridges are called shells, stinger missiles are intended to protect against soviet strategic bombers (yeah, right). The book is filled with unbelievable bulls***: several times a young injured female FBI agent twists off adult men's heads off; Reacher have passionate sex right after burying gruesomely murdered FBI agent, highest ranking FBI officers take on heavily armed militia with only .38 revolvers (you get the picture?) Warning for extreme boredom of graphic detailed descriptions how bullets travel through the air and human bodies. This all leaves me wishing for someone to finish me off with a headshot. I think I am done with Jack Reacher series and Lee Child too. UPDATE: I gave Reacher another chance and the next book in series is actually excellent (Tripwire)
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer TOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
Lee Child is not a bad writer when it comes to airplane novels. Killing Floor and Tripwire are quite good books. However, DIE TRYING I found wanting in many aspects.

Without spoiling it for anyone I will just say that the plot is totally unbelievable - well beyond any possible suspension of disbelief. The coincidences are just too many, the reactions of the White House absolutely uncharacteristic and the response of the FBI against every procedural guideline. And the hero is too damn lucky!

For over 100 pages he manages to walk in, out and around the (alerted!) enemy encampment as he pleases. He explores, loots, escapes again and again, rescues, assassinates and saves the day with no trouble. Sure, he is Jack Reacher - but shouldn't the reader be even a little inclined to follow the story without rolling his eyes?

Finally, if one is not inclined to read the most minutiae details of how every single gun is designed, engineered and fired (from the firing pin hitting the bullet, to its path down the striated barrel and the release of the heated gases!), this is not a book I would recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
In expectation of an angry backlash from devoted Lee Child fans, I have to voice my own opinion that DIE TRYING is little more than comic-style pulp fiction for teenage boys, and for under-endowed men who are destined for a life of under-achievement. The hook on the back cover "Men want to be him, Women want to be with him" pretty much sums up the corniness of the story; it might have worked in the austere world of post-WW2 Britain before the Batman comics came out, but in the 21st century the theme seems laughably outdated and if, as some others here suggest, this is the best of the Jack Reacher series then I will avoid reading any of the others as I dread to think what they must be like.

First of all, there is next to no in-depth examination of the lead character himself, and absolutely no character development of anyone else at all. We simply have to accept that Reacher is who and what he is, such that there is an inevitability that against all the odds he will destroy all the baddies and walk off into the sunset with the beautiful woman (about whom this entire tale revolves) in his powerful arms. The story is a couple of hundred pages too long, as all coverage of the 'cavalry' and their attempt to rescue a kidnapped female FBI agent is utterly and relentlessly boring. At least Jack Reacher is vaguely interesting, even if he is absurdly devoid of credibility. What irritated me above all else though was the endless use of the word 'right?' at the end of a spoken statement, as in the example "I assume these terrorists don't have an air force, right?". It was a style of speech used by just about every character in the novel, including Reacher, and it nearly drove me round the twist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim J-R on 13 Sept. 2010
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The second Jack Reacher novel is every bit as good as the first. This time Reacher is an innocent by-stander caught up in the action when an attractive FBI agent is kidnapped by a crazy militia.

The start is a little shocking, with a switch from the first person narrative of the previous book in the series to third for this one. I soon got used to it though and having finished can understand that this story would not have been possible to tell otherwise. The style of prose remains the same though - very informal, quite factual and intricately detailed.

Reacher has grown since the first book and developed weaknesses, which is good as before I thought he was a little bit of a super-man. The other characters are all well fleshed out and with few exceptions feel very realistic. I was a little dubious when the FBI and senior figures in the American government were brought in, but ultimately it was handled very well and didn't turn into another military book like Clancy et al.

I've enjoyed this book and am now prepared to label myself a fan of Lee Child and prepared to go out and keep buying. Looking forward to more already.
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