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January 28, 2011

Book Review - Worth Dying For

Worth Dying ForNo, the book review itself is not worth dying for (though if you truly believe that, I'm honoured!).

Instead, this is a review of Lee Child's latest book, Worth Dying For. It's another in the Jack Reacher series of novels, a direct sequel (at least in time, not in events) to 61 Hours.

Unfortunately, it's nowhere near as good. Yet it's still riveting.

How is that possible?

It's because Child's prose and dialogue is so riveting, you simply can't put the book down. However, the characters and the ending are just flat compared to the writing itself.

How about some plot stuff? From my review.

"Jack Reacher, the ex-military cop turned drifter, is making his way to Virginia from snowy South Dakota, but he ends up stopping in an extremely remote part of Nebraska - so remote that the nearest civilization is sixty miles further south. The area is under the sinister control of the Duncan family, a clan that has the few residents so terrorized that they can do pretty much anything without consequence. When Eleanor Duncan, young Seth Duncan’s wife, calls the local doctor to help her after another beating, Reacher has to basically guilt the doctor into going out to her house. Something as simple as this ends up involving Reacher in a fight against the Duncans, as well as some international agents who are very interested in the cargo that the Duncan family is bringing in from Canada. With Reacher in the way, commerce can’t continue. He has to be taken out."

Sounds kind of interesting, doesn't it? And it is.

I initially gave it 4 stars on Goodreads before writing my review, but as I was writing it, I started coming up with all of these other things that were wrong with the book. It was like having four pieces of chocolate cake: it was so good going down, but it gives you a stomachache afterwards.

Even so, if I can't put a book down, it has to at least get three stars.

My review has been posted to Curled Up With a Good Book. Check it out and let me know what you think!


  1. I clicked on to (Curled up with a book) but couldn't find your whole review. How do I get it? The book sounded good.

  2. Which link did you click on? The two links in the post itself go right to the review.

  3. Okay I found it. I can't make up my mind if I'd like it or not. Guess I'll have to check it out. Would your dad like it do you think?
    Thanks for the help in finding it.

  4. He probably would, I think. Though I would definitely recommend 61 Hours over this one. That one is phenomenal


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