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4.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely tense, 20 Mar 2010
This review is from: 61 Hours: (Jack Reacher 14) (Hardcover)
61 Hours is a good, solid Jack Reacher novel. It's not one of the all time greats, but it's very far from being the worst either. It has momentum and unexpected twists and the tension builds slowly but steadily to a gripping ending. Lee Child seems to have taken on board some of the criticisms lobbied at his recent books. Reacher doesn't display unbelievable deductive powers, he doesn't bed any women in improbable circumstances and he doesn't always get things right.

The book is set in freezing South Dakota in the middle of a snowstorm. Reacher has hitched a ride on a bus tour of senior citizens. When the bus crashes, he finds himself in Bolton, the location for a recently built prison and headquarters for a gang of meth dealers. A drug dealer is in prison, facing trial, and the key witness is under police protection. The deputy chief of police asks Reacher to help him figure out what's going on and to keep the witness safe. From the book's outset we are counting down 61 hours to a major event, although it is some time before it becomes clear what that will be.

One of the things I particularly liked was the way that we learn more about Reacher's army background, personal history and appearance than we have to date. He develops a relationship that is his most honest and open in a long time. As usual, he is able to see things and reach conclusions that the local police can't. In the words of one character, he's "the sort of guy who sees things five seconds before the rest of the world."

Readers should be aware that this is the first Lee Child book that is not entirely self-contained. It ends with a cliff hanger and the words "to be continued". If you don't want a six month gap between installments, you may choose to wait to read this closer to the release date of the next book in September.
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Initial post: 21 Mar 2010 00:39:26 GMT
Nick Brett says:
Hey, I gave this four stars too, I put my review up at about 15 hours ago, but it has not appeared yet! Agree with your review 100%
Nick

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2010 01:13:19 GMT
Julia Flyte says:
It's annoying when there's a delay isn't it - I was surprised and pleased that this one went up immediately because that only happens with about 1/5 of my reviews. I look forward to reading yours. Julia

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2010 20:33:09 GMT
Jazz says:
I really loved this book and cant wait for the next one. I am sure Reacher survived i would be so dissapointed if there were no more books about him. I would like him to meet Susan.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2010 21:18:11 GMT
L. Kernan says:
Dont worry, Reacher has survived. Lee said himself that he wants to write 21 Reacher books and then quit, so weve got a few to go yet!

Posted on 25 Mar 2010 00:40:37 GMT
Nick Brett says:
21/22? You can imagine that I am NOT a happy bunny!!!!!!
Nick

Posted on 29 Mar 2010 21:49:42 BDT
J. Lesley says:
Good Heavens, Girl! Did you send out flyers to the Lee Child fan club? This is a great review and the vote total shows that bunches of folks agree.

AmazonUK is so interesting about posting reviews. The exception for me is the one which posts immediately. I've gotten very spoiled over on the other side!
Judy

Posted on 22 Apr 2010 23:59:34 BDT
I don't think the end is a cliff hanger...just a clear signal there will another book. Remember he doesn't write the books in chronological order.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2010 09:00:45 BDT
Julia Flyte says:
Really? I'd say (* warning, plot spoiler to follow, don't read on if you don't want to know anything about the book's end* ) it's very much a cliffhanger given that theroretically at least you don't know if Reacher is alive or not. And apart from The Enemy they've all been in chronological order, haven't they?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2010 15:43:53 BDT
Stella says:
Yes. They have been chronological (apart from 'The Enemy', but this was a well needed flashback into Reacher's past which helps, especially if you'd read them in order from 'Killing Floor')
Having said that, you could read any of them in any order to be honest but each of the earlier books gives a bit more information on Reachers' past, and what happened to his family etc.

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