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Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher, Book 15) by [Child, Lee]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 818 customer reviews
Book 15 of 21 in Jack Reacher (21 Book Series)
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Lee Child has had his readers biting their fingernails even more insistently than usual since his last novel. The author usually delivers one book a year featuring his laconic, super-resourceful hero Jack Reacher, but we were informed by his publishers that there would be a very briskly delivered successor to the last book, 61 Hours -- and the reason was not hard to see. A significant number of Reacher admirers had been startled by the fact that the ex-military policeman appeared to be dead at the end of his latest outing. But we can relax -- here’s the new book, Worth Dying For, with the tough Mr Reacher alive and kicking, and more than ready for another helping of pulse-raising action.

Initially, we are not told how Jack Reacher survived the seemingly-terminal events of the last book, as he makes his way south to an unwelcoming part of Nebraska in the dead of winter. He fetches up in a town in the grip of the powerful, manipulative Duncan family, and the cowed townspeople have no fight left in them. In a sleazy hotel, he encounters the town's alcoholic doctor, and the two end up driving to a house where they come across a grim case of domestic violence. And Child admirers won’t be surprised to learn that Jack’s life is soon on the line -- as usual. The stage is set for violent confrontation.

Lee Child, with each new book, effortlessly sails to the top of the bestseller charts – a feat already achieved with Worth Dying For. The secret? There are no frills with the business-like Mr Child - just copper-bottomed storytelling skills, fully on display with this new book. The frigid Nebraska setting here contrasts tellingly with the hot action. --Barry Forshaw


"A sequel to the terrific 61 Hours (try to read it first)... one of the great storytellers of the thriller genre" (The Times)

"His is an ironclad storytelling ethos, a gift for narrative that grips like the proverbial vice... Reacher, as ever, is sui generis - a violent force for good set down by the author to eliminate evil and move on. But what counts is Child's ability to keep the reader turning the pages. If anyone can put down Worth Dying For after the first few pages, then they shouldn't really be reading thrillers at all" (Independent)

"As a warrior who lacks a car, credit card, phone or weapon of his own, and has no continuing human ties or home, he is even more of a lone, denuded outsider than Lisbeth Salander, the heroine of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy. Both are avengers who play on our atavistic instincts: when we cheer their lethal justice - if we do - we're acknowledging the pull of a primitive hatred that demands death and can't wait, scornful of the protracted pussyfooting of the law" (The Sunday Times)

"Worth queuing up for" (Sun)

"Explosive as ever" (Daily Mirror)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2799 KB
  • Print Length: 530 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040GJJR0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 818 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,039 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
This was another fine example of Lee Child's incredible writing talents which is why it is being given the three star rating, because even though it was really well written and laid out with plenty of action and mystery to it that kept me reading to find out more, I was disappointed.

This was supposed to be a follow on from 61 hours, which was why I bought this book, because I wanted to know what happened to Reacher and if he escaped, instead, as pleased as I was that he did (obviously) survive, it offered only the vaguest of explanations and didn't even bother giving a full recount of how he managed to get out of his predicament at the end of 61 hours.

Impressive piece of writing, cannot wait for another, but I feel it could have recounted Reachers escape at the end of 61 hours.
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By Big Jim TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I get the impression that this is the book that Lee Child has always wanted to write. The lone hero up against the family controlled town is a theme we are familiar with from all those old Western films we used to watch and it is brought bang up to date with this effort. It is no coincidence that the book is set in the heart of cowboy country in Nebraska.

I can't fault the book. I doubt this will be anyone's first exposure to Jack Reacher therefore you will know what to expect. He gets into scrapes he could avoid but chooses not to and he knows just how much violence is required to get out of these scrapes. His knack of being always (well almost allways) right can be a tad annoying at times, perhaps he is just TOO infallible, but that's one of the joys of this series. He's not a superman but equally he's not an everyman. He's jack Reacher, he has his standards and he will stick to them.

Plot? Well 15 books into the series this is possibly the most believeable plot of them all. It is genuinely thrilling and as the book reaches its climax it becomes increasingly difficult to put down. In fact as you may guess from this review, I got this book this morning and have read it virually non-stop since getting home which by my reckoning means it took me just over 9 hours to read, which may suggest a "slight" read but believe me it really means it grips from page 1 and won't let go.

I've had my doubts about some previous volumes in this series, but 61 Hours and now this one have re-established my faith in Lee Child. One problem. Since I've read this one so soon after publication it will be ages till the next one comes out. I may have to return to some of the earlier books to pass the time.
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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Oct. 2010
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"To be continued" it said at the end of the last book, ending on a bit of a cliff-hanger. That kind of raised expectations that this would be a continuation of that book, but no this is a stand alone story although Reacher carries forward some injuries and there is a very brief explanation as to how he got them.

The iconic loner/drifter Reacher is in bleak Nebraska and gets caught up in a region ruled by the Duncan family who are waiting for a mysterious shipment and Reacher seems to be an obstacle. The last book "61 Hours" had a strong element of waiting for something to come in, and we have seen quite a bit of Reacher in bleak American towns, so there were elements that felt familiar. Reacher also discovers that a girl went missing many years ago and once his sense of justice kicks in, there is no way he can leave until he resolves things.

Typical Reacher then, a page turner with a great character. Perhaps too samey to other Reacher stories to be one of the author's best, but it is still sucks you in and makes you want to read just one more page.
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Format: Hardcover
I have been a fan of Lee Child ever since I read his first book 12 years ago. I avidly await the next Jack Reacher instalment and have recommended his books to a number of friends who are equally hooked. I have to say that Worth Dying For is a bit of a disappointment. The book plodded through to the end with turgid writing, a poor plot, stated the obvious and with little wit in the dialogue, and bodies piling up. I get the impression that Mr Child's publishers were pressing him to rush out another novel within six months (readers usually wait a year between instalments). I am sure that he did his best but I am afraid the haste shows. Nevertheless I hope this is just a blip and that Jack Reacher will be back on form in the next novel.
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This is a very enjoyable, vintage Reacher adventure. It starts well, slows a bit in the middle, but then picks up with a high body count towards the end. The plot is pleasingly complex and all the strands are sewn up neatly and logically by the end.

It kicks off shortly after 61 Hours. Yes Reacher is alive, although you won't find out how he survived until about a third of the way through.

Reacher is in rural Nebraska. He's on his way to Virginia and only intends to stop for a night, when he is drawn into what initially looks like a domestic dispute but ends up being something much bigger. The town is under the control of a very unpleasant family called the Duncans, who own a transportation company. The local farmers are dependent on the company and therefore live in fear of them. The Duncans have an important shipment coming in, which has been delayed. This is causing problems for their customer and for the customers of their customer. Consequently a food chain of increasingly nasty villains gets involved, with lots of double crossing and mind games going on. Tied into all this somehow is the mystery of a local girl who disappeared 25 years ago and whose body has never been found.

The setting adds a lot to the tension. Reacher needs to hide in a flat and empty landscape where a man can be seen a mile away, with the locals unwilling to help a stranger.

There is one section in the middle that reminded me of Nothing To Lose, with its endless trudging around small town Colorado in the dark, but this lull was temporary and the momentum picked up quickly again. I also liked the way that Lee Child incorporates Reacher's physical limitations. Reacher is no genius this time around: his deductions are logical and he misses a couple of pretty obvious tricks. All in all, it's another nail biting installment in a terrific series.
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