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Die Trying: (Jack Reacher 2) Paperback – 9 Dec 2010

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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,647 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Jack Reacher novels are always pretty good. Child's got a knack for keeping what are essentially quite similar stories fresh and interesting.

Here, however, he turns it up a notch and delivers probably the finest Reacher novel I've read.

While the novel is not going to win any awards for great literature, the so called heavyweights like Dan Brown and Michael Reilly could take a leaf out of Lee Child's book when it comes to penning a good thriller.

The story begins when a man sent to find Reacher by a woman Jack's never heard of turns up dead behind a motel in Florida with his fingers cut off. Reacher's curiosity is piqued and he journey's to New York to find out why the man had to die, and what it has to do with him.

His search brings him face to face with his own past, and with Victor `Hook' Hobie.

Hobie is far and away the best villain to feature in any Jack Reacher novel I have read so far. A man with a secret that he will go to any lengths, no matter how brutal or sadistic, to protect. For the first time, you feel that Reacher has met an adversary worthy of the name, and as the book winds towards its climax, it grabs hold of you and won't let you go.

An essential read for Child fans and a great book in its own right to keep the Reacher virgin entertained, I honestly can't recommend this book enough.
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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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I've read most of Lee Child's thrillers and this is my favourite. The story is compelling, with plenty of twists and mysteries to unravel. The villain is exceptionally threatening. There are plenty of minor characters to identify with, so every reader can think "what would I do if that was happening to me?" I also found Child's tough-guy hero Jack Reacher more rounded and convincing in this book than in eg Killing Floor or Persuader. All in all, a tremendously good read.

Downside: avoid if graphic violence and torture disturb you.
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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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A good enough thriller spoiled for me by long descriptions of inconsequential things, the interior of a first class cabin in a plane being one. Also the relationship between Reacher and Jodie, who he had feeling for 15 years before, while showing a softer side of his personality, was dealt with in such a way as to make me wonder what sort of a big girls blouse he really was. Physically and mentally tough, he needs to toughen up in affairs of the heart.
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After the gung-ho action of "Die Trying", it was definitely a sensible move to reign back the kill count for this third Jack Reacher novel. Tripwire is actually similar in style and structure to the original (Roacher roams about freely, gradually unravelling the mystery).

It's not giving away much to mention where the bulk of the tale takes place. The cities of Miami and New York are used splendidly, and again, it's a nice change from Die Trying as that was set almost entirely in the countryside.

The chief bad guy, 'Hook Hobie', is probably the finest lead villain of the series so far. He's a monsterously evil man, and waiting for him to come a cropper to Reacher is one of the guilty pleasures of the book. Hobie has a good backstory too. He's very well developed.

Also good is the introduction of Jodie Garber, Reacher's new love interest. In a change from the previous books, Garber is not just a random cop or agent-on-scene, she's a ghost from Reacher's army past. This allows some good page time to be spent exploring Reacher's feelings towards the army (and Jodie), providing good depth to the narrative.

Overall, this is a huge improvement over Die Trying, itself an excellent yarn. Tripwire though is a wonderfully crafted thriller. It's difficult to predict what will happen next and it will keep you on your toes from beginning to end. Fully recommended.
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