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Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher #15)

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  55,463 Ratings  ·  2,591 Reviews
Jack Reacher arrives in Nebraska, having survived the events of 61 Hours, when he runs afoul of a local family with a stranglehold over the county and skeletons in their closet. An unsolved murder in the area from a quarter-of-a-century before draws Reacher in to the business of everyone in the area.
Paperback, 511 pages
Published March 3rd 2011 by Bantam Books (first published September 30th 2010)
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Meg I'm pretty sure that you can't read these books as though Jack is an actual human. He's sort of half super-hero. Child makes the events almost…moreI'm pretty sure that you can't read these books as though Jack is an actual human. He's sort of half super-hero. Child makes the events almost possible but you need a good pinch of suspended disbelief. I've read them all and enjoy them like a more literary 'The Phantom' comic. (less)
Aprennace Sure, They can be read in any order. Just watch for conversations about coffee and the inevitable appearance of the Crown Vic in every one of them.…moreSure, They can be read in any order. Just watch for conversations about coffee and the inevitable appearance of the Crown Vic in every one of them. Kind of like the appearance of Superman in every episode of Seinfeld.(less)
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James Thane
May 30, 2011 James Thane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
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
Feb 14, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  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
Thomas Edmund
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Jack Reacher, perpetual traveler and tough guy seeking justice, stops off in a small Nebraska community as he's hitchhiking south. While having coffee in a motel bar where the local doctor happens to be drinking, a call comes in - Eleanor Duncan has a nosebleed. The doc refuses to respond so Reacher - suspecting domestic abuse - insists on driving the doc to Eleanor's house and finds she has indeed been hit in the face. Reacher proceeds to locate Eleanor's husband Seth at a steakhouse and breaks
Lewis Weinstein
Another great Reacher. If you like Reacher, that's all you need to know.
Jane Stewart
4 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 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
Alexandra ❤️
Nov 25, 2015 Alexandra ❤️ rated it really liked it
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Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 22, 2017 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, thriller
I've noted before that (for me) the Reacher books tend to run hot and cold. I suppose that on the whole I tend to like more than I dislike.

Here we have another good read. I won't go through the book's/character's idiosyncrasies again. I've mentioned them over and over. Reacher tends to look like a giant homeless guy...hitch-hiking. Okay.

The biggest problem I have with this series is that sometimes the writer comes across in a very self righteous and judgemental way. He insults various groups at
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
Apr 24, 2011 Kayleigh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2012 LauraPaura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2012
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
Nov 12, 2010 Carol. rated it liked it  ·  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
Megan Baxter
I enjoy the Jack Reacher books. I've dipped into the stream here and there, and I'm pretty sure I read the book right before this one, as the events he has just come from sound very familiar. And this is another fine entry. Child writes very enjoyable mystery thrillers. They aren't deep, but they are twisty, and Reacher is an entertaining hero. He gets less character time here than in some of the others, though.

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads polic
F.G. Cottam
Jun 07, 2012 F.G. Cottam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 07, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Child. Very entertaining, fast moving. Always an easy, fun read. Love Jack Reacher character
This is classic Jack Reacher. It picks up shortly after 61 Hours. In this story Reacher has made his way to Nebraska when he stops at the Apollo Inn. There he overhears a doctor refuse to treat a woman with a nose bleed. To Reacher it doesn't matter whether the doctor has been drinking. He has an obligation. He intervenes and tells the doctor he will drive him (in the doctor's car) to treat the woman. The woman is Eleanor Duncan, the wife of Seth Duncan. The Duncan's have a monopoly on the local ...more
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher, #15), Lee Child
Alex Shelby
I've been listening to this series on audiobook. I enjoy the stories a lot, but I feel that sometimes scenes/descriptions drag on unnecessarily, which tends to make me space out a bit.
Jan 23, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
Mar 01, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery, action
"Worth Dying For" by Lee Child was worth reading.

Reacher is hitchhiking to Virginia when his ride lets him out at a crossroads in the middle of nowhere in rural Nebraska. He finds a hotel, the only one in a sixty mile radius and after checking in, gets a coffee at the bar a few seats down from the only other patron, an older gentleman who is already half in the bag. A call comes in that a local resident has a nose bleed that won't stop bleeding and needs a doctor. The doctor is the other patron
Jennie Leigh
Aug 27, 2011 Jennie Leigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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
Oct 12, 2014 Ric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 17, 2011 J.D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 27, 2010 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 14, 2013 Goge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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“Reacher said, "So here's the thing Brett. Either you take your hand off my chest, or I'll take it off your wrist.” 170 likes
“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.” 34 likes
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