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Publisher's Summary

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....
©2005 Lee Child (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks
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2 out of 5 stars
By Eric J. Toll on 11-05-13

Reading the Series: Skip This One

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It's one thing to suspend belief, it's another thing to suspend disbelief. I would have kept the story line about the process of dealing with a hostage to be more realistic. I don't care if you supported Bush I, Clinton, Bush II or Obama (the book is from the 90s, but in some ways is timeless), the reaction of political and military leaders in the plot is beyond belief and totally incompetent.

What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

The director of the FBI and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are not going to be heading to Montana for secret maneuvers without a lot of people knowing what's going on. In addition, the director of the FBI would absolutely know that he couldn't assault a fully armed right wing military compound with handguns and eight marines.An army mobile command post is going to be equipped -- at a minimum -- with USGS topo maps and not a AAA atlas. If I had not read the most recent Reacher books and was basing my reading on a pure chronolgical effort, I would have stopped about halfway through this book, and not read another--especially after watching big, ham-fisted, 6'5, 250 pound, blonde hair, blue eyed muscled Reacher turn into 5'7 Tom Cruise.The story would have worked just fine with a more realistic military/FBI hostage preparedness. Lee Child was lucky this one didn't kill his character.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan McClain?

The bigger problem is that book 1, and all the later books are Dick Hill. Hill is perfect as Reacher. McCain is too smooth and gentle. I believe he is a good narrator, but just not for this series.

Was Die Trying worth the listening time?

Sadly, no. If you want to be able to say you listened to all the Reacher books--and every one except this one has been a 4- or 5-star winner...get the abridged version or check it out from the library.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Tim on 05-20-16

Skip this book - not up to par

Fortunately Lee figures out, in later books in the series, that less is more. Here he pile on the 'unrealistic suspense' to the point of ridiculousness. The story jumps all over the place, is lacks a sense of realism and is in face just plain stupid in some parts. I started skipping chapters just to get to the end and then just the in the towel, There was not more intrigue because the story line had gone beyond belief. If you enjoy the Jack Reacher series, as I do, skip this one.

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