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September 27, 2010

Lee Child - 61 Hours (Book Review)

61 Hours: A Reacher Novel (Reacher Series)I've been on a thriller kick of late in my reading, with a mixture of other books. In fact, the mix I've been reading has mostly to do with what's come available from Curled Up With a Good Book (there is a list of books the editor receives from publishers that we reviewers can choose from).

In fact, just today I asked for three history books from the latest list.

Anyway, another review of mine has been posted to Curled Up, for the thriller by Lee Child called 61 Hours. It's another Jack Reacher novel. Don't worry if you haven't heard of him, as I hadn't either. But if this book is any indication (and it has actually been given some poor reviews from Reacher fans), then the other books must be marvelous, as I greatly enjoyed this novel.

From the review:

It’s the middle of a horribly cold winter in the wilds of South Dakota. Jack Reacher, former military man turned drifter, has finagled his way onto a senior citizens’ tour bus as it traverses the frigid roads. A sleepy driver and a nervous lawyer on his way home from doing a dastardly deed combine to force the bus off the road and involve Reacher in a game of small-town politics and global drug-running, as well as a mystery from the 1950s. When a snowbound town’s police force is tasked with safeguarding a witness as well as helping state prison authorities if there is ever any trouble at the new prison, the snow is the least of their worries. Too bad that same snow is preventing any help from arriving when all hell breaks loose.

I read this in the middle of Summer, and while it wasn't the hottest Summer up here in Vancouver, it got kind of warm. Yet I was almost cold reading this novel. That's how wonderful Child's description of the frozen wastes of South Dakota is. I loved the Reacher character, so much so that I may have to track down earlier books because fans say he's much better portrayed in those books.

Anyway, please read the review and let me know what you think. If you like thrillers, you'll probably like this book as well.


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