When a woman is kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight, Jack Reacher’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. He’s kidnapped with her. Chained together and racing across America toward an unknown destination, they’re at the mercy of a group of men demanding an impossible ransom. Because Reacher’s female companion is worth more than he imagines. Now he has to save them both – from the inside out – or die trying….
Point of view:
3rd person. Multiple perspectives.
It’s been years since I listened to the first book, Killing Floor.* After watching and loving the new Reacher show last weekend – I wanted to dive back in to the series.
I really enjoyed this one. Reacher getting kidnapped along with the intended target… all for being in the wrong place at the wrong time was a great way to start this. A way for Child to believably get the FBI, the military, and even the President involved. I loved the pacing as well as the mix of mystery and suspense. Never knowing who could be trusted.
I also love the way that Child uses simple everyday items to help visually describe even the most minute things. It helped me really step into this world he created. Reacher, is of course, Reacher. Detail oriented, planner, thinker, and skilled. However, Holly is no shrinking violet. She’s also intelligent, strong, and skilled. Together, and at times with a few others, they make a formidable team against their captors.
Truly an enjoyable thriller start to finish.
Johnathan McClain did a great job with this. Child gives him a huge cast of characters and personalities to work with, almost all men. They have unique voices, sounds, mannerisms – which really helped me keep everyone straight. It was a terrific listen and I’m happy he’s narrating the next few books.
*Note: I didn’t click with the first narrator, Dick Hill. My understanding is that Killing Floor was actually rerecorded by Dick Hill at some point, so I’m wondering if I caught the earliest version that didn’t go well. I’ve listened to other books by Hill and enjoyed his performances. So, I’ll definitely be willing to try him again when I get to
About the author:
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 presentation director during British TV’s “golden age.” During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars’ worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.
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About the narrator:
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My Favorite Quotes
Jack Reacher stayed alive, because he got cautious. – Die Trying by @LeeChildReacher #Audiobook narrated by @misterjmcclain #JackReacher #FBI #Thriller #SuspenseTweet
Why the hell does everybody assume everything that ever happens to me is because of who my damn father is? – Die Trying by @LeeChildReacher #Audiobook narrated by @misterjmcclain #JackReacher #FBI #Thriller #SuspenseTweet
Her father’s daughter? You bet your ass. – Die Trying by @LeeChildReacher #Audiobook narrated by @misterjmcclain #JackReacher #FBI #Thriller #SuspenseTweet
To be afraid of a survivable thing was irrational. And whatever else he was, Reacher knew he was a rational man. – Die Trying by @LeeChildReacher #Audiobook narrated by @misterjmcclain #JackReacher #FBI #Thriller #SuspenseTweet