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Worth Dying For

(Jack Reacher #15)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  66,413 ratings  ·  2,996 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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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 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
Thomas Edmund
Oct 04, 2010 rated it liked it
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Nov 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: action fans
Shelves: male-lead, thriller
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.
Mar 28, 2015 rated it liked it

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
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
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
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
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
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
Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, reviewed
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
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
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰
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
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 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Classic Child. Very entertaining, fast moving. Always an easy, fun read. Love Jack Reacher character
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher, #15), Lee Child
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
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
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
Rex Fuller
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
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
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller, 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 rated it really liked it
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
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Wendy Darling
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
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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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