Die Trying, Paperback

Die Trying Paperback

Part of the Jack Reacher series

3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the new blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise.

Jack Reacher, alone, strolling nowhere. A Chicago street in bright sunshine. A young woman, struggling on crutches. He offers her a steadying arm. And turns to see a handgun aimed at his stomach. Chained in a dark van racing across America, Reacher doesn't know why they've been kidnapped.

The woman claims to be FBI. She's certainly tough enough. But at their remote destination, will raw courage be enough to overcome the hopeless odds?




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“Die Trying” is Lee Child’s second novel in the Jack Reacher series, after “Killing Floor”. Whilst I enjoyed the first book, I found “Die Trying” much less enjoyable.This time Jack Reacher finds himself involuntarily involved in a battle between the FBI and a Montana-based militia. He helps a woman struggling with her crutches outside a laundry shop and the next thing he knows he’s being kidnapped together with the woman, ending up in a white truck that drives for days into the militia’s hideout in the mountains. The woman, Holly Johnson, is an FBI agent who also happens to be the daughter of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the god-daughter of the President of the United States. She is kidnapped because of her PR value to the militia. Jack is kidnapped because he happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.The FBI and Holly’s father mount a semi-private rescue operation, as the White House prefers not to get involved. Needless to say, Jack is trying his best from the inside to get himself and Holly out. His shooting marksmanship enables him to create enough havoc inside the compound until him and Holly are rescued. He also manages to foil the bigger plan of the militia’s leader involving a bomb and many innocent civilians.This is a classic Child novel, fast and with no unnecessary complications. An enjoyable read for a day at the beach or a long flight.

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Hostage stories always make for gripping reading, and this was no exception. Tense, and very interesting as to how Jack Reacher observes and calculates everbody and every situation. with the odd misplaced and unnecessary sex thrown in., which is my only quibble. 

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