Book Review: Die Trying, by Lee Child

Die Trying, by Lee Child

Die Trying by Lee Child

Published by Jove on October 28th 2008

Series: Jack Reacher, #2

Genre(s): fiction, action, suspense, crime, thriller

Format & Length: paperback, 552

Source: purchased

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In a Chicago suburb, a dentist is met in his office parking lot by three men and ordered into the trunk of his Lexus. On a downtown sidewalk, Jack Reacher and an unknown woman are abducted in broad daylight by two men – practiced and confident – who stop them at gunpoint and hustle them into the same sedan. Then Reacher and the woman are switched into a second vehicle and hauled away, leaving the dentist bound and gagged inside his car with the woman’s abandoned possessions, two gallons of gasoline. . . and a burning match. The FBI is desperate to rescue the woman, a Special Agent from the Chicago office, because the FBI always – always – takes care of its own, and because this woman is not just another agent. Reacher and the woman join forces, against seemingly hopeless odds, to outwit their captors and escape. But the FBI thinks Jack is one of the kidnappers – and when they close in, the Bureau snipers will be shooting to kill.

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I had fun reading this fast paced, action packed ride of a book. My expectations were fairly high after having read Killing Floor about six months back, and Child delivered.

I almost didn’t realize until after the fact how well written this book is. Firmly entrenched in a political storyline that involves the FBI, military, and guns – all things I don’t know much about – I had no problems understanding any of it. The language Child uses to describe everything is precise without being overly technical, making it feel realistic while still being accessible to the reader.

Without giving away any spoilers, I do want to mention that one of the plot twists was actually less fantastic than what I originally thought it would be. Instead, it turned out to be shocking in an entirely different way. It’s not that often that a book manages to surprise me so this was a nice change of pace.

Frankly, there’s not much more to say here except that if you like suspenseful crime thrillers, you should give this book a chance.


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