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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 (1,082 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268 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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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer TOP 500 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daisy573 on 9 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the 2nd Jack Reacher book by Lee Child. I started off with The Killing Floor and loved it. I love Jack and Child really is great at creating believable characters. Once I finished Killing Floor I immediately picked up Die Trying. As in the first novel, it has an explosive start and I was looking forward to a great read. However without giving away the story, once they reach their destination the story goes downhill. There is a lot of description and is mainly based around Reacher's army training. Every single gun mentioned is described in great detail and to be honest I found that very boring and I started to skip pages just to get to the good stuff.

The end, although predictable, was pretty good. I will read the next Reacher book but it may be after I read a few other authors first.

Disappointing but still pretty entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Kirkpatrick on 28 Mar. 2014
Format: Paperback
Having recently read “Killing Floor” I decided to read Lee Child’s second Jack Reacher novel “Die Trying”. On some levels it’s a very different proposition to the first novel.

For a start “Killing Floor” was written as a singular first person narrative. This gave it an immediacy and an individual viewpoint throughout. However, this writing discipline brings about certain restrictions. All of the action needs to be viewed through the protagonist’s eyes. Anything which occurs “out of shot” has to be eventually discovered by the protagonist to bring it into the plot.

Child has chosen to write “Die Trying” in the third person. This opens up a host of opportunities for a wider plot to take place around and beyond the immediate action involving both Reacher and a kidnapped woman claiming to be an FBI agent. The plot moves through so many complicated somersaults that the third person approach was probably the only way that Child could approach the narrative. However his skill as a writer is evident in the deft way that he handles the third person narration without losing any of the impact of his debut novel.

One key difference is that in “Killing Floor” all of the minor characters interact with Reacher and are obviously seen through his eyes. He becomes a filter for the reader. This constantly keeps him at the centre of the action. In “Die Trying” most of the minor characters do not interact with Reacher until the climax of the book; they have a life of their own, their own sphere of existence. This creates a very different dynamic to the book which is not a criticism, merely an observation.

Child is a master of pace and timing. Just like a sniper he knows when to squeeze the trigger, and he always hits his target with an uncanny accuracy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Enrico Grafitti on 6 Jan. 2014
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`Die Trying' is the second Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child (British author Jin Grant) that I have read. People keep telling me that I write my thrillers in a style similar to Child so I've decided to read his books and see if it's true.

The story is a solid, action thriller featuring the taciturn ex-Military Policeman the author introduced in `Killing Floor'. Here his involvement in events starts with him being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The first few chapters built on the intrigue and had me wondering what this was all about. Child did not leave any clues until the main characters had all been defined. Then came twist after twist as the real story exploded onto the page. This constant shifting of comprehension, the `I think I know what's going to happen' that Child tantalised only to throw another curve ball you didn't see coming, remained constant throughout, with the biggest surprised for the finale.

Overall the pace was excellent, just slouching a little before the middle of the tale, like a marathon runner coming into a second wind, before hurtling to the finish line. Child's short, punchy writing was evident throughout and added to the tension as events unfolded. There were a couple of moments when Reacher's actions did not seem credible, however; things he did or didn't do which felt a little forced by the author for the sake of suspense. That is the only criticism I have of the storyline.

A great read for lovers of good action-based suspense thrillers. Comparatively I rate it better than the first in the series. The author feels more comfortable with his protagonist and I think this shows in the writing.
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