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Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher #15)

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child follows the electrifying 61 Hours with his latest Reacher thriller—a story that hits the ground running and then accelerates all the way to a colossal showdown.
There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska . . . and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified
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Kindle Edition, First Edition, 530 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Delacorte Press (first published September 30th 2010)
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As far as I recall, the explosion vented up a central ventilation shaft, the combustion of the jet fuel being fed by air being drawn down…more
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As far as I recall, the explosion vented up a central ventilation shaft, the combustion of the jet fuel being fed by air being drawn down the stairwell Reacher was trying to climb. He had to hang on really tight to prevent himself being sucked down into the inferno, but otherwise was protected from the worst of the heat. After all that, I don't think a bit of cold would bother him much. Perhaps he had mittens and a scarf...(less)
Vanillivi In my opinion - yes. I really enjoy the Jack Reacher books but to be honest, Jack himself doesn't change that much. There might be one or to points…moreIn my opinion - yes. I really enjoy the Jack Reacher books but to be honest, Jack himself doesn't change that much. There might be one or to points not to understand, but overall I think it's fair to say that you don't miss much if you read them out of order. I did anyway and I don't think I missed something.(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
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Jennifer
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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Jane Stewart
4 stars. Lots of bad guys for Reacher to beat up. It was well done and lots of fun.

STORY BRIEF:
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
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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
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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
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Kayleigh
Apr 25, 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
LauraPaura
Jan 23, 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
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Carol.
May 28, 2011 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
Jim
May 02, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it
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
Barbara
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 ...more
Alice
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
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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.
Matt
Jul 30, 2014 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
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
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Jennie Leigh
Nov 17, 2014 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
Susan
Nov 16, 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
Ric
Oct 25, 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
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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
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Wesley
OK, this is another one of those times that a 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 must
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J.D.
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
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Eyehavenofilter
Who ends up in corn country Nebraska? You guessed it Reacher in his shite magnet mode, as he tweaks the local
"Duncan" clan into wanting to kill him. Missing children, illegal shipments, world wide enterprises galore are just the tip of the iceberg here and our boy once biting into the juicy apple of sin cannot let go. He's has to find out the family secrets, even if it means almost losing his own life in the process... Gotta give him credit...but the Duncan's think he's more like a chujuawa tha
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Jenny
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
Goge
Apr 22, 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
Wayland Smith
Jun 30, 2016 Wayland Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love this series. Reacher is one of the various modern day knights errant, wandering around and finding problems to solve. 61 Hours was the one before this, that ended on a cliffhanger. Reacher (obviously) survived, but he's not unmarked by the violent ending.

Now he rolls into what could easily be cliche country. He finds himself in a small town where a rich local has everyone under his thumb. If you're reading book 15 of the series, you know how well Reacher reacts to bullies. Mayhem
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Mary
Aug 19, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  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
Aug 31, 2012 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jacqueline
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
Barry
Jan 07, 2012 Barry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
REVIEWS OF UNUSUAL SIZE!

**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
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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.” 32 likes
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