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61 Hours (Jack Reacher #14)

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Jack Reacher is back.

The countdown has begun. Get ready for the most exciting 61 hours of your life. #1New York Timesbestselling author Lee Child’s latest thriller is a ticking time bomb of suspense that builds electric tension on every page.

Sixty-one hours. Not a minute to spare.

A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly conf...more
Hardcover, 383 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by Delacorte Press (first published 2010)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I'm going with 3.5 stars on this one. There's only one reason I can't nudge it up to 4 stars, which I'll explain at the end of the review (with plenty of advance warning.)

Jack Reacher novels fall into two categories. One is the big city, ABO, non-stop action, heavy violence thriller such as Gone Tomorrow. The other is the small town, slower-paced, watching and waiting type---more mystery than thriller. 61 Hours is in the second category, although it does get pretty exciting later on. I'm cool wi...more
J.D.
I had to laugh. Those of us in the thriller game talk about building suspense with the "ticking clock": a hard deadline that the characters are up against. If they don't make it, all is lost. So what does Lee Child do? He imbeds an almost literal ticking clock in every chapter, ending each one with the reminder that there are "X hours to go." It's such an obvious device that it's like the magician showing you how the trick is done, but it still works-- you still gasp and chuckle with delight as...more
Mandy
(Disclaimer: This review is written by someone who is a huge Lee Child/Jack Reacher fan. I will try and not let the bias creep in too much. Having said that, this book did not disappoint and I dare you to read it and find otherwise.)

The clock is ticking....61 hours….enough time for Reacher to become fully embroiled in another action-packed adventure….you betcha!

61 Hours is Lee Child’s latest book, the 14th for the Jack Reacher series. Reacher is an ex-military police officer who doesn’t really c...more
Adam
After reading 61 Hours, I'm left with one burning question. Does Jack Reacher ever brush his teeth?

Lee Child goes into a lot of detail about how his hulking protagonist drifts around the United States with literally no possessions -- not even a backpack -- and how he buys a new set of clothes every week and throws away the old set. But does he ever brush his teeth? Does he bathe? Does he shave? If he doesn't shave, does he have a beard? He's not described with one.

If Child were more vague about...more
Ed
Let the countdown begin! Jack Reacher, what can I say? He's the hard-nosed homeboy you want to get your back. Even in the middle of the winter in the middle of the wilds of South Dakota, he can outwit a meth kingpin and come out smelling like roses. The dialogue here strikes me as snappier than usual. This time out he also sparks a long-distance romance with the current commander of his old crack MP outfit. We also learn a lot of personal details on Jack's background. Is this also covered in the...more
Michelle♥
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Maddy
PROTAGONIST: Jack Reacher
SETTING: South Dakota
SERIES: #14 of 14
RATING: 3.5

In the fourteenth book of the Jack Reacher series, our peripatetic adventurer finds himself on a bus filled with senior citizens that has just slid into a ditch in snowy South Dakota. It will be a few days before a replacement bus will be able to continue their journey, so everyone on the bus is taken into the homes of the inhabitants of Bolton, SD. As you might expect, Reacher is not spending his time counting the cows d...more
Richard Hunt
I have been a big Lee Child fan over the past few years. However in my opinion this was the slowest most painful reading experience i have had in a very long time. The Reacher character is becoming tired and book after book the author seems to be rewriting the back story so that once you have heard his history once you will see it in every book. This is a plausible point, as not everyone will read all of the Jack Reacher books and they need to learn about the protagonist.
However in 61 Hours you...more
Christine Biggs
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Robin Webster
61 Hours is the first book I have read by Lee Child. All his books feature the all action hero Jack Reacher who was drummed out of a military elite unit some years before and now seems to live a rootless existence, moving from place to place getting involved in all kinds of situations. This book finds him stranded in a small town in South Dakota in mid-winter, after the bus he is travelling on crashes on an icy road. He then gets drawn into trying to protect a vulnerable witness from being murde...more
James Thane
Busses always seem to be dropping Jack Reacher off in the oddest of places where, inevitably, trouble is brewing.

In this case, Jack has hitched a ride on a tour bus filled with elderly folks who, for whatever insane reason, have decided to visit scenic South Dakota in the middle of winter. The bus hits an icy patch and skids off the road leaving Jack and the other passengers stranded out in the middle of nowhere in Bolton, South Dakota, a tiny town with huge problems.

A pint-sized Mexican drug lo...more
Amy
I was bitterly disappointed in this book. Bitter, because I am a huge Jack Reacher fan and have never been as disappointed in one of his books as I was in this one.

First, the setting. I found the cold interesting at first, because I've never been in such extreme cold before... until I realized that the author was going to go on, and on, and on about it. Each minute Reacher was colder than the previous minute. And we knew this because we were told it in almost every paragraph. Every description w...more
Dewey
Lee Child at his best. Jack Reacher is stranded in a small South Dakota town due to a snowstorm and as usual manages to find his help is needed. A little old lady witness to a drug deal is being protected from being killed by a Mexican drug lord is the basis of the novel. Jack assists the local Police Department protecting her and investigating the usual murders that seek out Reacher. This is one of my favorite Jack Reacher novels. The pacing was good, high suspense, some surprises. Loved it.
Laurie
Love the Reacher man, although this one may have given me chilblains. Do not start this book unless you have a warm blanket to hand. Brrr!
Jane Stewart
Not enough action. Reacher did some unsmart things. Incomplete ending. But, because I like hanging out with Reacher it was ok.

STORY BRIEF:
Reacher is on a bus. Due to winter weather he is stranded in Bolton, S. Dakota. Local police are guarding an elderly woman who witnessed a drug deal. Reacher decides to help protect her.

A biker gang has been living near Bolton in an abandoned army compound. The police believe they have been selling drugs (meth). The biker gang works for Plato, a Mexican drug l...more
Linda
The nomadic Jack Reacher hitches a ride on a tour bus in South Dakota, only to have it skid off the road during an intensifying blizzard. The town folk put up the stranded travelers in their homes, but the police can't provide immediate assistance because of a riot at the new local prison. When one of the cops learns of Reacher's background in law enforcement, they recruit him to provide protection for a key witness in an upcoming drug trial. In a departure for author Child, much of the 61 hours...more
Jacqueline
May 19, 2010 Jacqueline rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dick Francis fans
Another lovely Reacher novel. I'm so hooked on Jack Reacher. If you're looking for a totally objective review you may not find it here. If you like cozy English mysteries you might not like Lee Child's books. But if you like smart tough mavericks you came to the right series.

This one was in 3rd person if that matters to you. Some was told from the bad guys' POV but most from Reacher's. Bits and pieces of Reacher's background were revealed, nothing astounding because all us Reacher fans just nod...more
Gail Cooke
It seems there are no more words of praise to be heaped upon Dick Hill's readings. As audio book aficionados know he's a whiz at thrillers, although he does a variety of genres. Hill has been named a Golden Voice and a Voice of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and has a trio of Audie Awards. His name on an audio edition promises an exciting voice performance. He has said that he takes a visual approach to narrating books, noting "I have a visual picture of the scene" He's such a pro that even...more
Scott Rhee
As far back as the days in which humans lived in caves, I'm pretty sure there were those rare folk that liked to tell stories, and the ones who told them really well were probably beloved members of the community. These early storytellers knew how to utilize the literary elements of dramatic irony: giving the audience more information than the characters in the story. This is what creates suspense, and all the greatest storytellers in history---from Shakespeare to Dickens to Stephen King---have...more
Alexia561
I've read every Lee Child book there is and adore Jack Reacher. You have to feel for the guy, as he just wants to keep his head down, stay out of trouble, and keep moving. Yet he keeps getting pulled into situations where he has no choice but to help strangers, as he can't walk away from doing the right thing. That's why I love Reacher, as he's one of the good guys.

This is another great Reacher book and if you've enjoyed the others, I'm pretty sure you'll like this one as well. The only thing I...more
David Ramirer
so, fertig mit den 14 stück an jack reacher-romanen, die in deutschen übersetzungen vorliegen. es hat spaß gemacht, sie alle zu lesen, manche sind besser, andere weniger. obwohl lee child ein klar kalkulierender erzeuger von spannungsbögen und actionsequenzen ist, sind die romane nicht alle austauschbar: er hat durchaus ideen, die er auch in die großen erzählbögen der bücher einbaut, das macht das lesen von allen 14 zu einer erfrischenden erfahrung.

der roman "61 stunden" ist in einigen punkten a...more
Seizure Romero
I haven't read all the Jack Reacher novels. I liked Bad Luck and Trouble and Gone Tomorrow, so I thought I'd try a few others. They're fun; there's bad-ass action, the writing is pretty good, and Child throws little tidbits of random (but usually relevant) information in the story to keep it interesting. Unfortunately, it looks like Child is starting to go the way of David Baldacci: these later books seem to be about 100 pages too long. Too much fluff. This book has 383 pages. I knew who the ins...more
James
If you've ever liked 24, this is that. Jack Bauer, sorry I mean Reacher, is an ex-MP conveniently arriving in an otherwise anonymous frozen little town suddenly hit with some unexplained goings on that you just know are going to have some wider, and probably sinister, explanation. That only Jack can find out. If the authorities will let him. Etc.

Again, like 24, the story is time-bound. Although 61 rather than 24 - I guess it's got room for just over two and a half times more action! That said, i...more
G.R. R. Matthews
I have done a lot a Reacher reading this summer. The switch, early on in the series, to first person was a little jarring and then the return to third person was welcomed. Now, I like both approaches and they add a nice degree of variability to the series.

61 Hours is a good Reacher book. Our hero has ceased being the best of everyone. In this book he doesn't win eveything, he is stopped being the superhero he became and is back to being the hero. He makes mistakes and rectifies them. He has dou...more
Matt
It all began with a bus crash in rural South Dakota. Reacher is uninjured, but must help those on the bus with him; a number of retirees whose main focus has been seeing Mount Rushmore. As Reacher heads to town, he learns of a cryptic murder that's taken place and the one woman who can act as a witness for the legal proceedings. Meanwhile, there is a plot being hatched out of Mexico to come down on this quaint town and wreak havoc for all involved. When clues in the murder investigation lead Rea...more
T. Edmund
For those of you who are unaware of Child’s action fiction hero Jack Reacher (and it’s hard to believe anyone over 20 who can spell book wouldn’t!) he is an ever-popular, thriller writer’s dream. Nomadic and without attachment, Reacher has a loyal yet completely rebellious history as the CO of an elite military police unit. He literally traverses the American country side buying two new shirts a week and solving problems – whether with his crime-solving intellect or bear-like arms – as he goes.

T...more
Mary JL
Feb 28, 2012 Mary JL rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery/trhiller fans
Recommended to Mary JL by: I am following this series
Shelves: mystery-horror
This is book #14 in the Jack Reacher series. I find the series well written and enjoyable.

This particular entry does not have quite as many twists as the usual Reacher novel. It is suspensful in a more straight forward way.

Stranded by a blizzard and a bus crash near the small town of Bolton, South Dakota, Jack Reacher soon becomes involved in the local police forces' problem. A brave and courageous seventy year old lady, named Jane Salter witnessed a drug transaction. She is willing to testify....more
Elizabeth Scott
I bought this--with a little nervousness, because it's the 14th(!!) book in this series--because it got starred reviews everywhere. Seriously, it was like I couldn't read a book review journal without reading a rave for 61 Hours.

So I got it and you know what? I totally and utterly get why Lee Child is so darn successful. 14 novels in, I more than half expected to not know what was going on, for there to be a lot of backstory that I wouldn't understand, but that's the beauty of the book, and of...more
Russ Crossley
I feel the author cheated. The title is 61 hours which is a classic thriller style of using a countdown so the reader has to turn the page. This is what Childs does from page one. Problem is at the end when the 61 hours expires it has nothing to do with the main plot of the story. In fact it expired and nothing happened.

Also, the "hero" murders people in cold blood as I suspect some form of "justice". Executing unarmed people no matter how bad they are is revolting and reprehensible. He's no bet...more
Tammy
This is a hard review to write without giving things away but I'll try. But be warned tehre are a couple of spoilery things mentioned.

61 Hours by Lee Child is another Jack Reacher novel, and like previous books in the series it's about Jack taking on the seemingly impossible odds and surviving and possibly helping others survive as well.

This time Jack's in South Dakota, freezing in the middle of a snowstorm. He ended up hitching a ride on a bus full of senior citizens who were on a tour. When th...more
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Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a pr...more
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