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Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher #15)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  34,704 ratings  ·  1,928 reviews
There's deadly trouble in the wilds of Nebraska...and Reacher walks right into it.
First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it's the unsolved case of a missing eight-year-old girl, already decades old, that Reacher can't let go.

The Duncans want Reacher gone - or dead. And it's not just past secrets they're try
Hardcover, 410 pages
Published 2010 by Bantam
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James Thane
Happily, Jack Reacher has survived the catastrophic explosion that ended his last adventure, 61 Hours. (This gives nothing away for those who haven't read the book. The fact that there is a fifteenth Reacher book is a pretty good sign that he must have survived the fourteenth, although that was not entirely clear at the time.)

Jack now finds himself out in the Middle-of-Nowhere, Nebraska, still recuperating from his injuries and attempting to find a ride to Virginia. As often happens in these boo
T. Edmund
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Feb 14, 2011 Jennifer rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Reacher
Recommended to Jennifer by: Stephen King
Shelves: read-2011
I have mixed feelings upon finishing this latest Lee Child novel. Slipping into the world of Jack Reacher (lots of violence and very little angst) is comforting and familiar. Child has a formula going in many of his books and for the most part, it works pretty well. Jack Reacher comes into a small town in Nebraska (but it could be Montana or Texas or anywhere else with wide open spaces and sparse populations) and discovers that something is not right. Even though he is on his way to somewhere el ...more
Jane Stewart
4 ½ stars. Lots of bad guys for Reacher to beat up. It was well done and lots of fun.

Reacher arrives in a remote farming area in Nebraska. The Duncan clan has terrified the entire county into submission. They require all farms to use their trucking company and pay high rates. They have former football players on staff as thugs to bully the locals. They are waiting for a shipment of something illegal to arrive which they sell to a guy in Las Vegas. Twenty-five years ago the daughter o
Scott Rhee
****A word of warning: The following review may contain spoilers. It's almost unavoidable, given the real subject matter, which Lee Child manages to keep hidden until about p. 312. Seriously, if you haven't read this book and actually want to in the near or distant future, I would advise you NOT to read this review, as I will almost certainly be giving away some vital plot points. Sorry. Move along...****

**** (Please don't mistake my brusque manner for rudeness. I am merely worried that some of
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Them Cornhuskers oughta stuck to huskin' corn, cuz they shore ain't no match for Jack Reacher! He can outthink and outfight and just plain outCOOL everyone who tangles with him. This one was very satisfying. It was reminiscent of the older Reacher novels---totally unbelievable and all the more fun because of it. Jack gets to spout off a lot of great quips in this one, too. Wouldn't we all love to be able to think of those perfect comebacks in every stressful encounter?
This story will make you w
May 28, 2011 Carol. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: action fans
Shelves: action, male-lead
Three and a half stars. While sticking to the basic formula of Reacher kicks bad guys' butts, Child manages to change it up a little. In some ways, Reacher's an anachronism, and if serious modern technology was used with strategy against him, he'd be in trouble. It starts to look as though he will be outnumbered when professional enforcers get added into the mix of local thugs, but (view spoiler) ...more
This isn't the kind of book I naturally gravitate towards. My mum bought it at the airport bookstore on her way down to stay with me this long weekend and I decided to give it a read since it was here, really what I should have done was leave it in her luggage! This was my first in the Jack Reacher series and my first Lee Child book (has he written anything apart from the Jack Reacher series, I don't know?) and I imagine probably my last. The setting in the Nebraskan wilderness 60 miles from the ...more
Worth Dying For is the fifteenth instalment of Lee Child’s series about tough guy, drifter, Jack Reacher, a former military cop, with a habit of wandering into other people’s problems. In typical Reacher style he manages to find trouble in the sleepiest of places (this time Nebraska) in a town ruled by fear of the Duncan Family.
As always, Reacher gets to kick some serious ass, outsmarts a plethora of bad guys and comes to the aid of some innocent people caught in the crossfire. For once there i
After the dramatic ending of 61 Hours I thought we'd pick up where we left off, but that just wasn't to be. Child has been experimenting recently with his style and this book had things that worked and things that didn't. Overall, this is a Reacher novel and those are good, if not always great.

The story meandered along for quite some time and it was never really apparent until the end what all the fuss was about. But when it finally got there Wow! look out cause it's gonna hit you.

For a while, e
Wendy Darling
As always, great action sequences and awesome Jack Reacher-ness. This particular story gets a little muddled with the huge cast of characters, it's perhaps a little too easy to guess what's going on, and there's not as much underlying tension/emotion as usual...but Lee Child writes such electrifying thrillers and the stories are such page-turners that I find it impossible to rate these books anything less than at least a 4.
Jennie Leigh
First off, let's all just admit that Jack Reacher is a wholly unrealistic character. He is the American working man's James Bond minus all the money, polish, gadgets and logistical support. And that may be what makes him so appealing. Don't get me wrong. I'm a Bond fan. But Reacher is something else entirely. Perhaps it helps that I knew before I even picked up my first Reacher book that I would have to do some measure of suspending my disbelief. Still, I simply love the series. Child has create ...more
Classic Child. Very entertaining, fast moving. Always an easy, fun read. Love Jack Reacher character
F.G. Cottam
Lee Child must have made more money with this series than he could ever spend. So my guess as to the reason that he continues with it, is that he thinks the novels are getting better. There's also the possibility that like his millions of readers, he simply enjoys Jack Reacher's company.
This, to my mind, is the best of the series. It isn't so much a vindication as a triumph. It offers the trademark Reacher thrill of vicariously beating up on lethally armed and well-muscled people who really des
Jack Cheng
Okay, first off, I love Reacher and Lee Child. But I had problems with this one.

The crime involved in Worth Dying For is pretty heinous and we want the bad guys to get their comeuppance as usual. However, instead of facing them in fights and taking them out, this episode has Reacher basically murdering the bad guys. They might deserve it, but I don't want my hero picking off bad guys with a rifle from 200 yards out. Doesn't really seem sporting, you know? If this action were described in a war s
OK, this is another one of those times that a ½ star would come into play. This book is a strong 3.75684 stars. I enjoyed it, granted it picked up super quick, then leveled off just as fast. It wouldn’t be for another million pages before the last third of the book really spiced up. I can’t complain though, this was a unique storyline for Lee Child. I really like how it picked up right where the last book left off. Coasting in on the injuries, days apart. This is something I really liked.

A mus
What can you say? It's a Reacher novel, and it follows the classic Reacher plot, one that's as old as Beowulf: almost superhumanly bad-ass warrior rides into town to find it tormented by monsters, slays monsters, slays Big Monster, leaves town, the end. But let's face it, it's a story that never gets old, and Lee Child manages, somehow, to keep it fresh and entertaining.

One thing that's unusual for this series is that Reacher does carry some damage with him from the last book, 61 HOURS. It's n
This book I just eat. I read it so fast I did not get to enjoy it at all. The problem was, I was too good to put down. I usually get what's going on quickly but this one puzzled me and just kept reading. It's great. It's dreading. You have no idea what the hell is going on. Ones it starts to unravel, it all made sense. It's brilliant. The justice was served in Reacher well deserved style. It's good to have someone like him around. He makes living honest and he has no problem putting the dogs dow ...more
Something about these books is very addictive.

Reacher is like an idiot-savant-transformer who, despite his aimless life, gets into the stickiest situations where he applies a genius level evaluation of probabilities, statistics and human psychology to extricate himself. Always he finds a way to transform into that mean fighting machine that stomps any adversary. Likely, this promise of violent action is part of the series' opiate.

The prose is spare as ribs after a football game (that was Child
Aug 19, 2013 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary by: Carol
Reacher is on his was to Virginia, and he gets dropped off in a small town in Nebraska out in the middle of no where and gets into a hassle with a guy who appears to have beaten his wife, and things go from bad to worse after that. Great book and fast paced page turner as usual.
Rex Fuller
Have read them all and can't separate any of them in my mind any more because I liked the Reacher series so much I read straight through all of them.
It all began with a doctor's house-call.Reacher drives the highly inebriated physician to tend to a woman whose husband uses her as a punching bag. When Reacher takes things into his own hands, hoping to teach the bully a lesson, he becomes persona non grata in this small Nebraska town. Interested in handling Reacher themselves, the Duncan clan sets their sights on this intruder with hopes of offering some Nebraska welcome. While dodging the clan, Reacher learns of a decades-old mystery that has ...more
So another solid Reacher novel. It has all the things I look for in a Jack Reacher novel. There is a lot of bare knuckle fighting, A LOT. There is fast action and clear description. We get to enjoy watching Reacher figure things out although this was not as complicated as some previous plots. We get to watch him take out the bad guys one by one. It was interesting to see Reacher reacting to a terrain that puts him under a physical handicap. It's not quite as cold as in the previous novel, 61 Hou ...more
Lee Child populates these inhospitable wastelands with simple but decent country yokels dominated by people bent mean by the hellish weather. Oops, scratch that. That’s from my review of 61 Hours, the first part the saga. Worth Dying For occurs days after the end of 61 Hours, just enough time for Reacher to hitchhike 140 miles to the middle of desolate nowhere. But it’s a balmy, desolate nowhere. Yessiree, after Reacher stared down relentless cold, blizzards, and ice, he’s now in balmy Nebraska. ...more
Kristopher Mcclanahan

**Re** Jack Reacher - wanderer, former military police investigator, total bad-ass. Happens to wander into situations that need correcting the way Jessica Fletcher wanders into dead bodies. This time around, the fifteenth installment, Reacher takes on a wife beater that happens to be part of a family that holds an entire town under their thumbs.

**Outstanding** Reacher is as cool as ever - being a sweet guy and mean as hell, depending on who you are. Lee knows how to write
Craig Sisterson
Lee Child, whose thrillers regularly top bestseller charts around the world, broke his long-held book-a-year pattern by squeezing in a second Jack Reacher tale, the fifteenth overall, late last year, delighting fans.

The taciturn wandering hero ended the excellent 61 Hours in a precarious position in blizzard-bashed South Dakota. Now he’s resurfaced in the rural expanses of Nebraska, bruised and battered. After dealing out some much-needed street justice to a wife-beater, Reacher finds himself i
Giovanni Gelati
Happy Monday to all!! We are starting off the week with a huge novel, Lee Childs Worth Dying For. I really enjoyed the spirited discussion’s that some of us had after I posted the Lee Child discusses Jack Reacher vs. Joe Pike you tube video. Excuse my surprise and dismay as so many of you immediately jumped into the Joe Pike camp, for shame. My question is, why just limit the question to Joe Pike? Why isn’t anyone mentioning Mitch Rapp? I think the list could be very long and very interesting, b ...more
Kathy Davie
Fifteenth in the Jack Reacher suspense series and takes place in Nebraska. I'm curious as to how many states Jack has operated in so far.

I know, why a "4" if I'm not impressed? I figured it's not fair to penalize the story just because I'm annoyed. Child still writes well and the story hangs together well with characters you can, well, hate and hate more. There are aspects to that I enjoyed, just not as thoroughly as other Jack Reacher installments.

My Take
It's not as good as the previous stories
Conan Can't Be Beat

I picked this up with eager hands, hoping that Child would build off the cliff-hanger that he used to end "61 Hours;" he does not. He does put Reacher, our modern day Conan, through more fist-fights than we've seen in awhile, however most of Reacher's opponents are paper tigers that crumple and whimper within seconds. No doubt, Child has created a neat character in Reacher, and I want to see more exploits, and maybe even learn more about his past; still, couldn't he concoct so
I'm sad that this is my last Jack Reacher book to read in a while. In other reviews I've read that Lee Child's writing is formulaic. But I like that, and I can preempt it, and I like that too. To me it shows an affinity with the characters. I just love Jack Reacher. I love his strength, his intelligence and his morals. I enjoy the description of these bizarre places in the middle of nowhere that that author seems to enjoy portraying. The remoteness adds something to these novels. I feel the cold ...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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“Enough, a person might say, if that person lived in the civilized world, the world of movies and television and fair play and decent restraint. But Reacher didn’t live there. He lived in a world where you don’t start fights but you sure as hell finish them, and you don’t lose them either, and he was the inheritor of generations of hard-won wisdom that said the best way to lose them was to assume they were over when they weren’t yet.” 26 likes
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