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Die Trying by Lee Child
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Sep 27, 2011

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Read in September, 2011

I read the first Jack Reacher yarn and was somewhat lukewarm about it. Decided to try this second novel and see if it was better and would open the door to a new series. But I'm still ambivalent.

Maybe the issue is with the plots. In both books, the initial premise is intriguing and my curiosity is whetted. But then the plot stumbles and incongruities mount up. In this story, the bad guys keep Reacher alive with only the flimsiest rationale. Maybe it's lack of character development. While Reacher's character is well defined, others are comparatively shallow and my investment in them is pretty low. The women are fairly one-dimensional and there's a disconnect of them being bright and decisive in many ways but shortly thereafter they're swept into Reacher's arms out of gratitude or emotional relief.

In all, I think I'll take a break and try out some other series.


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