Die Trying (Jack Reacher Series #2)
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Die Trying (Jack Reacher Series #2)

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by Lee Child

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When a mysterious woman is kidnapped by a politically motivated fringe group and taken to their compound, Jack Reacher must help her escape with her life—from the inside out...


When a mysterious woman is kidnapped by a politically motivated fringe group and taken to their compound, Jack Reacher must help her escape with her life—from the inside out...

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Jack Reacher Series
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18 Years

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Meet the Author

LEE CHILD is a #1 bestselling author worldwide. His debut novel, Killing Floor, won two awards for best first mystery and was nominated for two more. Foreign rights in the Jack Reacher series have been sold in ninety-five countries. The movie franchise stars Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. Child, a native of England, is a former television director. He lives in New York City, where he is at work on his next Jack Reacher thriller.

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Birmingham, England
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Coventry, England
Sheffield University

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Die Trying 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 605 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Die Trying was an incredible book. One of my favorite Lee Child books so far. I have read most of his books but I especially liked the theme that he used for this book. It starts out in typical Lee Child fashion when Jack Reacher finds himself swept into some kind of mischeif. In this book though the bad guys are a malitia group that want to turn the state of Montana into their own country. As always Lee Child adds lots of action and twists and turns. Who can he trust? One particularly tense part of the book involved crawling through a small tunnel in the middle of a mountain with a small flashlight that of course dies so that he is left in the dark and the tunnel narrows till he is stuck! Great book and I highly recommend it!!
Hiredoutlaw More than 1 year ago
I started this book with little in mind. I had read Killing Floor a week prior to this and in my mind I had an idea of what the second novel would hold within. A light-read with a heavy romance between the main character and a broad he meets. Boy, was I wrong about this installment. Mr. Child follows up with a story that takes some getting used to and understanding but soon enough you can't put it down. You HAVE to know what will happen to Jack.

Basically, the book starts off fast. Reacher (the main character) is helping Holly, an FBI agent located in Chicago. She hurt her leg and carrying her laundry out from the laundromat has proved more troublesome than ever. Reacher lends a hand and shares the butt of a gun in his gut from a mysterious man who forces both of them into a car that speeds away from Chicago. Reacher has just been the victim of the old proverb: "wrong place at the wrong time." Only, Reacher soon realizes Holly is not just your ordinary FBI agent.

The first 100 pages or so are very interesting. They speed by fast as you you need to know what happens. Reacher causes an epic fight in the first 100 pages or so and you are locked in. However, it starts to drag when the two of them are finally prisoners at a militia camp in Montana. It got to a point where I was questioning myself. "Should I stop?" It wasn't leading anywhere and frankly, I was a tad bored. I had other books on my mind.

I decided to keep reading and I am glad I did. The book picks up and the last 100 pages are so thrilling and so suspenseful, you can't help but keep the book plastered in front of you. It finally finishes in a "bang" and ends almost abruptly leaving you hungry for more. The mysteries within the book are surprising however I was picking up on some clues in the beginning and analyzed them to conclude the mysteries and on some I was right and others wrong. In a way, the end of the novel also leaves you a little shocked as the question "Who is it?" is finally answered.

I'll be picking up Mr. Child's next installment soon. Die Trying was an amazing sophomore attempt and is showing bright things for this author's future. And judging from his large array of installments in this series currently, I'd say Mr. Child will be writing Reacher novels for a long time to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one book I really didn't want to put down. (and that's saying a great deal for me) Jack is the man!, the writing was thrilling, a movie for the mind. I'm going to pick up 'Tripwire' tomorrow
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series, but I think this one might be better. In this book, Lee Childs manages to weave more of an air of antica (waite for it) pation. You KNOW Reacher is going to bring a world of hurt upon the bad guys, you just dont know when. When it explodes, its like real violence, nasty, brutal, bloody and with consequences.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have finished the first 4 books in the Jack Reacher series. Jack is a really cool character. I have truly enjoyed them. I recommend the series to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good, and held my interest and almost a "cannot put it down" read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jack Reacher is who Jack Bauer would like to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you read one you have to read them all and wait for the .next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book mainly for the level of detail in it. Mr. Child described each scene and situation with enough detail for me to visualize each and every moment in my head (the only other authors who did that for me were Christopher Paolini and Jean Craighead George). The plot was amazingly paced and very suspenseful, and I loved watching the relationship between Jack and Holly develop as the story progresses. The little, frantic scenes from within FBI headquarters as they tried to track Holly down lended a sense of depth as the reader figured out what was happening on both ends. This book did not seem drawn-out to me at all; on the contrary, I found it to be marvelously paced. I give this book a 4.5/5 stars.
JCD2 More than 1 year ago
Early Jack Reacher. Walking down a street, minding his own business, Jack Reacher tries to help a woman with a crutch and finds himself taken hostage. The fast passed story is action packed and brings in the highest levels of government and military who are set to take on a militia of mountain men. Very entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
E books are the best.
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Carl80 More than 1 year ago
Lee Child spins a terrific yarn that is entertaining, fast-paced and spiced with enough character delineation to keep modern readers interested. Die Trying is a rollercoaster of a suspense novel and if the reader has to work a little harder in spots to buy the action, the pace will sustain. Jack Reacher is ex-army, ex-military police. He was a decorated, upstanding officer who slipped through the downsizing cracks of the peace-time military establishment. Reacher is going no place fast now he's in civvies, but that isn't to imply he's become a bum, far from it. Because of his long service career and extensive overseas assignments, Reacher is taking his time and exploring civilian options. He's becoming acquainted with his country. That puts him in sudden jeopardy. In the wrong place at the wrong time, he's kidnapped with an FBI agent named Holly Johnson. In a fine twist, Reacher and the reader begin to suspect some unseen dimensions to this woman. That thread carries through for a good part of the novel and adds interesting dimensions to the main plot. In some fascinating ways, Jack Reacher is a throwback to the hard-bitten, stalwart, stand-up heroes of an earlier time. If he can maintain the pace and the level of good quality writing readers will find here, his scarred hero will live a long and fruitful life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lee Child just writes good books. He gets you involved with his characters and keeps you there. This time Jack Reacher is caught up in another situation not of his own making. He is abducted along with a woman he was trying to help and is transported a great distance away where they are held captive. He then begins the process of discovering who this lady is...and why they might be in this predicament. He doesn't let on his own background until it is necessary. The whys and the solution will keep you very interested. I want more..........
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lee Child is a master-mind! I love his books. This book was my favorite one so far. I could not put it down. Your mind will wonder where it is going even when you are not reading it. I plan to keep reading till I finish the whole series and then wait for the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book by Lee Child, Die Trying, shows a very brite side to this fine writer.the book, i thought, was very good and discriptive. As I read the book i got a mental pictureand that is very good for a person as young as me. I would recomend this book to anyone.
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Anonymous 4 months ago
Very nice. I like ones like these where you are reading from an abstract or inanimate object's point of view.
PennyDread 4 months ago
These books have become quite formulaic, so much that it feels like the same book sometimes. I don't think Lee Child can write very good women characters, he has them fleeting in Reacher's life. The military details are a bit much, and becomes boring. I guess it's because it is information I don't care about. I love immersion but at some point you are like, do I need to know this for the story? Not really. I still love Jack though, he is compelling.
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