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Worth Dying For

(Jack Reacher #15)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  77,754 ratings  ·  3,352 reviews
“Compulsively readable.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Don’t pick up [this] Jack Reacher novel if you don’t have some time on your hands, because Worth Dying For is difficult to put down. . . . Child manages to get an amazing amount of suspense into the novel.”—Associated Press
There’s deadly trouble in the corn county of Nebraska . . . and Jack R
ebook, 400 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Delacorte Press (first published September 30th 2010)
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Philip Higgins The explanation, mentioned in "Worth Dying For", was less than convincing; he dragged up himself up the ventilation shaft, fighting the hurricance for…moreThe explanation, mentioned in "Worth Dying For", was less than convincing; he dragged up himself up the ventilation shaft, fighting the hurricance force backdraft and using just his arms. Not sure how he survived the heat or the massive explosion - the cold was the least of his worries. There was nothing else on the aftermath of "61 Hours"...I'm happy to suspend disbelief but this was a bit weak.(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. Ki…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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 28, 2015 rated it liked it

In this 15th book in the 'Jack Reacher' series, the steely hero intervenes in a domestic abuse situation, and draws the ire of the 'town mafia.' The book can be read as a standalone.


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
Nov 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: action fans
Shelves: thriller, 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
Lewis Weinstein
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another great Reacher. If you like Reacher, that's all you need to know.
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
Thomas Edmund
Oct 04, 2010 rated it liked it
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Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Book 15 in the Jack Reacher series.

First things first, there is one hell of a lot of carnage in this book and not a police officer in sight. Four crime groups all trying hard to improve their position on the food chain. The best method of achieving this is by killing your opponents on the chain. But when not killing each other they, all four groups, have one man in their sights and that man is, of course, Jack Reacher. Jack being Jack he is not about to sit around waiting for his own demise he i
Jeanette (Again)
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
Alexa ❤️
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Scott Rhee
Jan 14, 2014 rated it liked it
****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
F.G. Cottam
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
I wanted to give this only a four star rating. But I am very generous today and if any novel deserves a five, it's this one for sure. One of the best Reacher novels for sure.
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Classic Child. Very entertaining, fast moving. Always an easy, fun read. Love Jack Reacher character
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Well, that was ... very ... violent? Lots of broken bones and faces and whatnot!
Lots of dead people too - none that didn't deserve it, but it was a lot. ☺
But it's a Jack Reacher book - what do you expect. I loved it.
How this one guy saves the whole county. Amazing. Super exciting. Of course you almost immediately know what they're smuggling, but still, it was all so very exciting!!!
I only read one of those Reacher paperbacks every six months or even only once a year - but I really love them. Wha
Jan 19, 2012 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
Sadra Khalaf
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
It seems that Jack Reacher has a lot of talents in finding troubles or maybe troubles come to him where ever he goes.
Anyway after surviving from the events of "61 Hours", Reacher is en route to Virginia to see a woman but he stops in the rural area of Nebraska and engages with a wealthy family with questionable revenue sources who control the lives of people in the area and it soon becomes clear that they are up to something no good and it could totally surprise and horrify you.
I read most of th
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely love this Jack Reacher novel. Great writing and the bad guys get what they deserve, 10 of 10 stars
Book Addict Shaun
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth Dying For centres around another small town that Reacher unluckily stumbles upon and uncovers a decades old conspiracy. In the past Reacher has come up against some brutal individuals but even here the odds are stacked that much against him that at times it did feel unbelievable how he so easily managed to beat so many people. That said, that is why I read these books for the brilliant character of Jack Reacher.

In terms of the plot I felt it was dragged out a little too long. For a 500+ pa
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
NYT #1 - Worth Dying For by Lee Child - November 7, 2010

Reacher walks to Nebraska, finds Eleanor Duncan (wife) beaten by Seth (low-life husband). Seth Duncan runs a gang of trouble making Uncles & “Cornhuskers” (x-football players).

Reacher stops at a Hotel to learn a heavy drinking doctor (Eleanor’s patient) is at the Bar & learns more about her beatings.

He meets Dorothy Coe (mom). Finds she runs a farm where her daughter, Margaret Coe has been missing fo
Megan Baxter
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ebook while listening to audio
This my second time around and this book is one of my favorites. Child's constant explanation of things is enjoyable and educational especially to someone like me who has been asking "why" for almost 70 years. The story really flows and I had to slow down my reading to keep in sync with the narration. Like JR, I'm a baseball fan. Growing up I saw a lot of greats strike out, but it was an esoteric feeling when Mays, Aaron, Robinson, Mantle, Bonds,etc., hit a "no doub
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jack-reacher
It was time to visit with Jack again. Action, suspense...and Jack will be Jack. Good fun.
Kenya Wright
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I usually can get into the Reacher novels really quick, but this was too small town for me. I wish Reacher would go to exotic, international places and kick people's ass there. :-)
Still love the series!
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
I'm quickly re-reading the last couple of chapters of 61 Hours before I rush headlong into the next novel in the series. The jet fuel is being pumped down into the shaft and for the life of me can't remember what happened next...

So, we have arrived...

Finished reading this the other day. Worth Dying For is by no means a sequel to 61 Hours. As others already mentioned there is hardly any explanation at all as to how Reacher escaped from his perilous situation at the end of the previous book. Anyw
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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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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