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2.0 out of 5 stars
Not Worth Buying For, 16 Feb. 2011
Unfortunately, like several other people, I was very disappointed with the latest Lee Child/Jack Reacher novel. There are four specific short-comings:
1 Reacher seems to be on auto-pilot. He gets involved because he bumps into a drunken doctor in the motel he is staying in and gets side-tracked into inflicting mayhem on a group of 'baddies' who have apparently exerted infludence over the 40 or so people in this small town. So what? And what makes it OK for him to act like a one-man Vigilante squad?
2 Where are the girls? One of the favourite sub-plots has always been following the developing chemistry between Reacher and a likely lady protagonist. There are no contenders here (nor in the previous '61 Hours')
3 Speaking of which, 'Worth Dying For' has been billed as a sequel to the previous novel. It isn't. The action opens some days or weeks afterwards and Reacher's escape from certain death and destruction at the end of '61 Hours' (there wasn't even a cliff-hanger: there was no way open for anyone to have escaped from the burning bunker) was dealt with in a very dismissive, off-hand and totally unbelievable way.
4 But, most significantly, the person in this latest novel isn't even Jack Reacher. His trade mark - leaving aside his increasing physicality and ability to overcome ridiculous odds - has always been his ability to out-smart everyone else; to deduce the most likely sequence of events or outcome or 'bad guy' based on inferences, facts and/or statements already known to other characters and - most importantly - to the reader. That reasoning has not been required in these last two books. If Reacher had really been there, he would have guessed the contents of the missing trailer by about page 60 - when I did!