Die Trying

Die Trying

Book - 1998
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Ex-military Jack Reacher returns in this breathtaking new thriller by an author praised for his "great style and careful plotting" (The New York Times.)

Critics nationwide acclaimed Killing Floor, Lee Child's suspense debut, as "a tough, compelling thriller with characters who jump off the page" (Houston Chronicle). "Brilliantly written", agreed Playboy. "Striking", applauded The Chicago Tribune. "An unsettling trip that leaves your brain buzzing and your stomach knotted", warned The Philadelphia Inquirer. "Relentlessly suspenseful", The Denver Post concurred.

In a quiet Chicago suburb, a dentist is attacked in his office parking lot and forced into the trunk of his Lexus. On a sidewalk downtown, Jack Reacher and an unknown woman are abducted in broad daylight. Wordlessly and without warning, two armed men -- confident, rehearsed, tense -- hustle them into the same sedan. Then Reacher and the woman are switched into a second vehicle and hauled away, leaving the dentist bound and gagged inside his car with the woman's abandoned possessions, two gallons of gasoline...and a burning match.

Building on this harrowing start, Lee Child brings us another novel of nonstop high-speed suspense. Die Trying confirms his sizable talent and the magnetic appeal of Reacher, a hero who "seems like someone with plenty of tales to tell" (The Philadelphia Inquirer). Fortunately for us, he is and he will.

Publisher: New York : Putnam, c1998.
ISBN: 9780399143793
0399143793
9780515142242
0515142247
Characteristics: 374 p. ;,24 cm.

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beehlerr
Mar 12, 2019

10

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DavidCarr
Jan 03, 2019

Book #10 chronologically, after Killing Floor and before Tripwire:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Reacher_(book_series)#In-story_chronology

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Blue_18
Nov 11, 2018

Solid book; front to back. Better ending than Killing Floor.

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FoxLarkin
Sep 01, 2017

Reacher again wrong place, wrong time: helped FBI agent with laundry: they both were kidnapped by antigovernment "freedom or die" people: always fascinating to witness how Reacher thinks, fun read

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paul12_2
May 13, 2017

good book enjoyed it

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7626dee
Sep 28, 2016

Rather contrived plot but nice to try to look at the militia mindset-they are out there and many are nasty folks passed over by society. ISIS is just a Islamic militia, the US still has fringes of Skin heads, KKK, Anarchists and recently Mormon radicals all unhappy with society and government.

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TechWriter1
Aug 05, 2016

If you are a Jack Reacher fan, this is a good one.

DELCWILSON Nov 19, 2015

A good read in the detailed, well researched style of Childs.

A reasonable critique is that some aspects of the story are too contrived and the ending particularly fits that view. There appeared no practical reason for the corrupt agent to act as he did because his involvement as a spy for the militia was yet a secret.

Childs could have created a wonderful denouement with much less contrivance.

But otherwise a lovely tale.

LRS1969 Nov 04, 2015

I have yet to meet a Jack Reacher novel that I didn't love. (Heck, I even enjoyed the Jack Reacher movie - despite the horrible casting of Tom Cruise as Jack... a major part of Jack's persona is his SIZE!)

I have read the main series twice now (currently on third round) and realized that I had never Reviewed these, so determined to do so during this reading of the series.

I find an interesting element in my readings that I seem to subconsciously have minor (usually minor) technical type errors pop out at me. I am amazed that the author (who clearly does a lot of research) does as good a job as he does in this subject when he was never in the military much less the U. S. Army or the MPs.

(I think that was because I had experience in both the military and law enforcement, so those things popped out at me - other things were just in other areas of personal interest)

A good continuation to an interesting character.

This is one of those books where it does so much better in a "series format" as the character development is (to varying degrees) ongoing to a fair degree.

And it's a good combination of action, mystery, and drama.

In any case, I would highly recommend the reading of this book (and also primarily in the series order... some books in the series can be good "stand alone" ones, but not as well as in the series setting - very much like the Richard Sharpe series).

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cmb8
Jun 02, 2015

another good lee child novel

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