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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 (894 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,075 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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4 of 4 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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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 July 1999
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This is such a fantastic book - I was hooked from the first sentence right through to the end. The author is a master at building suspense and the hits just keep on coming with a book I find impossible to fault. The hero of the book, Jack Reacher is in the wrong place at the wrong time and is taken hostage with an FBI agent - but there's more to this than meets the eye and its going to take all their skill and cunning to come out of this in one piece. Please, do yourself a favour - write off a weekend and read this book - you'll be glad you did.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Niamh O'leary on 16 May 2006
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This is the first Lee Child or Jack Reacher I have read and I couldnt put it down, I am now addicted and have bought three more. This novel is suspence from start to finish and you cant help but wonder if there is any real life Jack Reacher. He reminds me of "Joe Pike" in Robert Craiss' "Elvis Cole" novels. Hes' just super cool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. F. Bratley on 14 Sep 2014
Format: Paperback
Having just regained the will to live, i can now write a review of Die Trying : Jack Reacher.

Actually, i gave up two thirds of the way through. The plot was ridiculous and slow like you wouldn't believe. The characters weren't likeable, even Jack Reacher was arrogant and seemed sexually aroused at the most inappropriate times.

Perhaps Lee Child was trying to formulate a petsonality for Jack Reacher bearing in mind this is the second book written but seriously, if i hadn't already read a number of Jack Reacher books before, i would probably not bother again. However, i know how good these books can be so won't be put off but this was slow going, untidy and not an enjoyable experience.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By dollybird23@hotmail.com on 19 Feb 2002
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AT LAST !!!!! A book featuring a real man! I first read The Visitor and liked it, then bought this one....wow!!!!!!! is all I can say. Chilld just knows how to write action in a way that will have anyone gripped. I read the four other current books in three days (I have two jobs) so that will give you some idea as to how gripping they are. This book was my favourite by far. Why? I guess the whole gung Ho macho-ness of fighting militia in the woods mixed with some healthy sexual chemistry has got to be explosive. Reacher is the most amazing character, flawed, funny, strong, intelligent but also believable. By far the best books I have ever read for un-put-down-ility. If they don't make these books into films then Hollywood is crazy. If they can get someone who will play Reacher as I imagine him then they will be in with a hit.
I really can't say enough about this book and have read it three times so far. Sad? Nah, see for yourself just how good an MP can be...girls...you'll fall !
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Finch on 2 Sep 2011
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I took this on holiday along with Tess Gerritsen's "A Killing Place". Never read a Lee Child book before, but use Amazon reviews to guide me on most purchases! I read the Tess Gerritsen book first - what a fantastic read. By the time I left to come home FIVE people around the pool had read it and everyone, even the reluctant readers, thought it was fantastic.

Unfortunately I couldn't say the same about "Die Trying" which I read afterwards. Basically Jack is kidnapped along with an FBI lady, bundled into a truck and spends the next 150 pages in said truck wondering which direction they're going. Then they get to where they're going - are chained up - and spend the next 200 pages trying to escape. They escape and are caught so many times you end up hoping they'll either die trying or escape, just to end the story. There are a couple of interesting twists/turning points but apart from that a bit of a waste of a read for me, who nowadays working full time and with a busy family only get to read on holiday. Definitely read the Tess Gerritsen book though - you won't be able to put it down!
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