Worth Dying For (A Jack Reacher Novel)
By Lee Child
Narrated by Dick Hill
I believe this is the second or third Jack Reacher novel that I have read/heard. And as expected, a really great book.
Reacher is such a great character. Such a complex person, yet in many ways a basic almost primitive man.
I find myself rooting for him, and wishing there was a Jack Reacher on my side for once!
This time Jack finds himself in Nebraska, hitching rides on his way to Virginia. On his first night, he meets a drunk doctor and overhears the doctor avoiding a call from a woman complaining of a nose bleed that won’t stop. Jack convinces the doctor to go on a house call.
Since the doctor is drunk, Jack volunteers to drive for the doctor. What they find at the woman’s house angers Jack and as usual, he can’t help but get involved.
Yet what starts out as a suspected spousal abuse problem, quickly turns into an international incident, with multiple bad guys vying for who can catch or kill Reacher first.
Reacher with his usual flair, divides and conquers, and in the process solves a decades old mystery while saving many lives by taking a few.
Ultimately it’s a very sad story though. Although Jack comes out the undeniable champion, we get introduced to a very seedy side of the human psyche.
One that I certainly will never understand, and hope never to experience in any way in real life. There are souls who walk the earth filled with darkness, who commit truly unspeakable acts.
If only there were more Jack Reachers to put them all out of commission, humanity might just have a chance to reach a new and better level of existence.
For now, we will have to settle for one notch on the scoreboard for the good guys.
If you like action mysteries, give it a try and let us know what you think.