Die Trying

Die Trying

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Baker & Taylor
Former military policeman Jack Reacher is abducted on the streets of a Chicago suburb, along with a woman and a dentist, by two mysterious men

Blackwell North Amer
In a quiet Chicago suburb, a dentist is attacked in his office parking lot and forced into the trunk of his Lexus. On a sidewalk downtown, Jack Reacher and an unknown woman are abducted in broad daylight. Wordlessly and without warning, two armed men - confident and rehearsed - hustle them into the same sedan. Then Reacher and the woman are switched into a second vehicle and hauled away.
Reacher and this mysterious woman are caught between a group of men holding them for an impossible ransom and her colleagues, who will risk everything - even their lives - to save her. With only their wits and mutual trust between them, she and Reacher must escape an ingenious wilderness prison and the grasp of a man hell-bent on revenge.

Baker
& Taylor

The protagonist of the highly praised Killing Floor, former military policeman Jack Reacher is abducted on the streets of a Chicago suburb, along with a woman and a dentist, by two mysterious men. 50,000 first printing. BOMC Feat Alt.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1998
ISBN: 9780399143793
0399143793
9780425206218
9780515142242
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 24 cm

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FoxLarkin
Sep 01, 2017

Reacher again wrong place, wrong time: helped FBI agent with laundry: they both were kidnapped by antigovernment "freedom or die" people: always fascinating to witness how Reacher thinks, fun read

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paul12_2
May 13, 2017

good book enjoyed it

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7626dee
Sep 28, 2016

Rather contrived plot but nice to try to look at the militia mindset-they are out there and many are nasty folks passed over by society. ISIS is just a Islamic militia, the US still has fringes of Skin heads, KKK, Anarchists and recently Mormon radicals all unhappy with society and government.

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TechWriter1
Aug 05, 2016

If you are a Jack Reacher fan, this is a good one.

DELCWILSON Nov 19, 2015

A good read in the detailed, well researched style of Childs.

A reasonable critique is that some aspects of the story are too contrived and the ending particularly fits that view. There appeared no practical reason for the corrupt agent to act as he did because his involvement as a spy for the militia was yet a secret.

Childs could have created a wonderful denouement with much less contrivance.

But otherwise a lovely tale.

LRS1969 Nov 04, 2015

I have yet to meet a Jack Reacher novel that I didn't love. (Heck, I even enjoyed the Jack Reacher movie - despite the horrible casting of Tom Cruise as Jack... a major part of Jack's persona is his SIZE!)

I have read the main series twice now (currently on third round) and realized that I had never Reviewed these, so determined to do so during this reading of the series.

I find an interesting element in my readings that I seem to subconsciously have minor (usually minor) technical type errors pop out at me. I am amazed that the author (who clearly does a lot of research) does as good a job as he does in this subject when he was never in the military much less the U. S. Army or the MPs.

(I think that was because I had experience in both the military and law enforcement, so those things popped out at me - other things were just in other areas of personal interest)

A good continuation to an interesting character.

This is one of those books where it does so much better in a "series format" as the character development is (to varying degrees) ongoing to a fair degree.

And it's a good combination of action, mystery, and drama.

In any case, I would highly recommend the reading of this book (and also primarily in the series order... some books in the series can be good "stand alone" ones, but not as well as in the series setting - very much like the Richard Sharpe series).

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cmb8
Jun 02, 2015

another good lee child novel

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midasthemadman
Mar 09, 2015

First Jack Reacher book I've read. It was fast paced but not well written. I thought it was literally "CHILDISH" and amateurish writing. Over the top bad guy and far fetched plot. I won't read any of Lee Child's Reacher books again. Very disappointing because I was expecting so much from this series (it's so popular). C -----Midas the Madman (PAY ME JACK!)

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bunner
Jul 05, 2014

It was a good adventure, set in Montana.

Cdnbookworm May 12, 2014

This Jack Reacher novels begins in Chicago and takes Jack to a remote valley in northern Montana. As Reacher is walking along a sidewalk in Chicago, a woman steps out of a dry cleaner with her arms full and drops her cane. He steps in to assist and ends up being taken along as she is kidnapped. The journey to their destiny takes some time, enough time for the two to get to know each other somewhat.
The search that begins for the woman in Chicago escalates quickly and becomes a matter of politics and personal relationships.
Themes here include the right-wing militia movement, conspiracy theories, and megalomania. Reacher, of course, is more than capable of dealing with what is thrown at him most of the time, and finds necessary assistance when the time is right.
A great read.

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Jul 04, 2014

...Then the gas ahead of the bullet was heating the oxygen in the air to the point where the air caught fire. There was a brief flash of flame and the bullet burst out through the exact center of it, spearing through the burned air at nineteen hundred miles an hour. A thousandth of a second later, it was a yard away, followed by a cone of gunpowder particles and a puff of soot. Another thousandth of a second later, it was six feet away, and its sound was bravely chasing after it, three times slower...

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