Die Trying (Jack Reacher #2)
However, my criticism lies mostly in the style the author uses. It was like nails to a board when I kept seeing every character end a dialoge with either "OK?" or "right?". Don't get me wrong, I understand that some people over use that style, b...more
Child gives a lot of facts in his novel as well --- most certainly ballistics and weaponry -- he makes some attempt at a love story but it is more of a hero worship love affair -- surrounded by his near super-heroic antics--
still ya got a love a good action book and this one is nothin...more
One nice thing about vicarious suspense is that, no matter what may befall the characters, the reader almost always survives.
As usual with books by Lee Child, I learned a great deal about t...more
It's a tricky business - if I give him a book that doesn't beat his expectations, he may not make another attempt. I have to tread carefully.
Oh, and I can hear you thinking "why would you start with Die Trying, it's not...more
De manier waarop Lee Child bepaalde acties/personages beschrijft, doen je ogen kleven aan de pagina's.
De spanning wordt subliem opgebouwd, de details zijn realistisch en niet overbodig.
Ze maken deel uit van het geheel ipv enkel een aanvulling te zijn van wat je al weet.
Het enige wat mij minder boeide waren de gedetailleerde technische en wiskundige berekeningen die terloops ter...more
Although not written recently, the plot of this book seems very relevant to the current times, almost prophetic. I like the way the kidnapped woman (Holly Johnson) is not your typical...more
I saw the movie over Christmas and thought, "that might be a fun read." I have now read the first three in the Jack Reacher series and firmly believe that they should all b...more
While I was reading, I did notice there was a definite moment where I realised I was enjoying it and could feel the pull to want to keep reading to see what would happen. Jack Reacher as a character is believable as are his abili...more
I am now getting used to the pace Lee Child sets in his Jack Reacher books. I am budgeting the time necessary to read it in as short a time as possible since it is darn near impossible to put down. In this rendition, Jack is in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up in a hostage situation with a psychotic militia.
Jack is once again a force of nature. He is willing to go with the flow unless he is personally affronted or if he feels someone is being wronged. We find...more
Ma come si fa a non adorarlo? Sa fare tutto: usa il cervello, l'istinto, spara, corre, salva il mondo e nel frattempo si innamora sempre un pò, con quella sua aria malinconica che ti fa sciogliere. Entra in scena lui e si rimane con il fiato sospeso e con i lucciconi agli occhi. Uniamo poi la storia, i personaggi di contorno a tutta questa azione e il risultato è uno solo: non ti...more
There is nothing wrong with this formula, it tells a great story, jus...more
When a woman is kidnapped, Jack Reacher's in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's kidnapped with her. Now he has to save them both.Amazon.com Review
Television writer Lee Child's otherwise riveting first thriller, Killing Floor, was criticized by some reviewers because of an unconvincing coincidence at its center. Child addresses that problem in his second book--and thumbs his nose at those reviewers--by having his hero, ex-military policeman Jack Reacher, just happen to be walking by a Chi
Reacher at times seems superhuman, his shooting skills, his near super human strength, his Sherlock Holmes-esq level of deduction, his memory to name the few that come to mind. I wonder what his highest score in scrabble is. However when you are in a crisis like Holly, then hes the man you want along side you (or Jason Bourne or J...more
How on earth Lee Child, who was born in Britain and worked there (in Cumbria) until made redundant from his job in television, became the author of a whole series of bestselling American thrillers I can't begin to guess. But this was his achievement after moving with his family to the United States. Awesome!
I've now read all the Jack Reacher books and have only b...more
The first problem is that Jack Reacher is billed as being a Arnold Schwarzenegger type character, a modern Conan the Barbarian (the novels not the movies, the literary version is very different to the film portrayals) or even Bernard Cornw...more
The tale has enough twists and turns along with good action sequences to keep you entertained and engaged throughout the book. Former Army MP, Jack Reacher, is defini...more
Lee Child has created an unforgettable and unique character in his creation of Jack Reacher. Jack seems to implicitly understand that he is a unique animal/human running around on this planet and that in spite of social con...more
I find the characters' responses to each other to be less than plausible, a lot less than plausible. Men with a professional background, experienced and trained in counter intelligence (SAS etc.) take a guy off the streets who is completely unknown to them and accept his advice - offer him an extremel...more
Omigod, Beau is a nutjob! The joy he takes in killing people. And the horrible ways he devises to do it…!
I love "listening" to Reacher deduce. His assessment as to the professionalism (or not) of the kidnappers, his skill with numbers and weaponry, his use of psychology to soften them up, the tactics he uses to learn more about this group of whackos and to free Holly… Then there's Holly's det...more
Reacher has moved onto Chicago and helps a lady on crutches struggle out with her dry cleaning when she is abducted, and he is taken along as well.
Not only is this lady an ex wall street broker, a member of the fbi but she is also the daughter of a high ranking military man and god daughter of the president. All this on top of the last adventure with counterfeit mon...more
A group of neo-Nazi militants in Montana plan to attack something in America. They kidnap Holly off the street in Chicago. Holly is an FBI agent. Jack happens to be walking by when the kidnapping occurs, and the bad guys take him as well. Holly and Jack are tied up in the back of a van and being transported to Montana.
Jack was a major in the military police for 13 yea...more
The storyline was interesting with unique twists and turns but the minutiae was lame. Like having a love scene just after Holly & Reacher discover the dead body of the FBI spy who was discovered and was basically crucified by the 'bad guys'. It was tasteless and tacky. Plus, then when Holly is finally rescued from being kidnapped, instead of running to her Dad first she runs to Reacher. Th...more