Pages: 560 Price: £8.00 Published: 1998 by Bantam Press
Genre: Thriller, Crime
“A Chicago street in bright sunshine. Jack Reacher, strolling nowhere, meets an attractive young woman, limping, struggling with her crutches, alone. Naturally he stops to offer her a steadying arm and then they turn together—to face twin handguns held level and motionless and aimed straight at their stomachs.
Chained to the woman, locked in a dark, stifling van racing 2,000 miles across America, Reacher needs to know who he’s dealing with. The kidnappers are saying nothing and his companion claims to be Holly Johnson, FBI agent. She’s fierce enough and tough enough, but he knows there must be more to her than that. And at their remote, hostile destination, they will need to act as a team and trust each other, pitting raw courage and cunning against insane violence and seemingly hopeless odds, with their own lives and hundreds more at stake.”
Lee Child’s second book in his famous Jack Reacher series titled Die Trying is just as good, if not better, than his first book. An absolute page turner with a plot full of twists and turns that I found impossible to put down.
The book is written with some chapters following Jack Reacher, some following Holly Johnson and some following the powers trying to get Holly back. I say ‘only trying to get Holly back’ because Holly’s FBI friends misinterpreted CCTV footage and believe Jack Reacher is also a criminal and working in cahoots with those who have abducted her. Being the big 6 foot man he is they automatically single him out as the most dangerous of all and decide to target him first. I loved the fast paced action of the book, knowing that Jack Reacher is being hunted and targeted whilst it is all unknown to him. A simple mistake can have devastating consequences.
All the Jack Reacher books instantly hook me in through their fast paced stories, enticing blurbs and outstanding covers (yes, I know I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover). Jack Reacher’s character is always incredibly written and not at all cardboard-cut-out. Being able to read Reacher’s thought process really makes it easy to visualise the character. Unlike the first Jack Reacher, Killing Floor, this one is written in third person. At first I wasn’t sure if I liked this or not but once I got into the book it made no matter to me.
What makes the book so great is that it takes a generally typical crime of kidnapping and turns it into something so much more elaborate and shows how one small crime factors into a whole plan where the kidnapping ends up being the smallest detail. Reacher and Holly are taken 2000 miles across America to a small community of people believing the Government are plotting things secretly and hiding information from the people. Led by a dangerous, ruthless man the community aims to change this by attacking what matter most in America. With the whole community armed to the teeth and situated in an isolated mountainous location Reacher and Holly must find a way to escape back to the rest of civilization to inform Holly’s colleagues of just what is being planned.
If you love a good book on conspiracy theories (even fictional ones) this one is perfect. A gripping story from beginning to end with a race against time to find and save Holly Johnson and for Reacher to prove his innocence to the FBI Die Trying is a book you must read curled up on a comfy chair, with a soft blanket and a nice cup of something warm.
Would I read it again? Definitely
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
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