07 January, 2016

#BookReview :: Die Trying (Jack Reacher #2) by Lee Child

Jack Reacher, alone, strolling nowhere. 

A Chicago street in bright sunshine. A young woman, struggling on crutches. He offers her a steadying arm.

And turns to see a handgun aimed at his stomach.

Chained in a dark van racing across America, Reacher doesn't know why they've been kidnapped. The woman claims to be FBI. She's certainly tough enough. But at their remote destination, will raw courage be enough to overcome the hopeless odds?

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This book was a gift and my introduction to Jack Reacher. As such this book holds a special place in my heart. Believe it or not, it took me 2-3 tries to get past the first 2 chapters and really get involved in the story. It is absurd given the fact that the action starts at the very first page. But I guess breaking in to anything new takes time.

Die Trying starts with Jack Reacher getting kidnapped. He was at the wrong place at the wrong time. When he sees a woman with an injury struggling, he simply offers his help. But instead gets kidnapped along with the woman. Who is the woman and why was she the target? What do the kidnappers want? With Reacher involved, how will the kidnappers react? What follows is a story of survival and strategy.

This being my first experience of Jack Reacher, he had felt like a larger than life personality to me. At the same time I had found it to be extremely easy to believe in him. If it was just brute strength, the situations would feel extremely different. But Jack Reacher is a combination of brains plus brawns. The author has done a great job with his protagonist. End of the day, Jack Reacher is a perfectly balanced person with a strict sense of right and wrong. He is a character who inspires trust in him and you love to cheer for throughout the book. And Die Trying is no exception. Reacher remains strong throughout the book and of course emerges triumphant. Holly is quite a good character and I liked her in her supporting role. The bad guys did not impress me much though. Despite having a group of loyal followers to back him up, he felt like a sissy next to Reacher.

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