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D.G. ~Shameless Reader~

Book blogger, audiobook lover and shamelessly honest reviewer. Mostly read fantasy, mystery, romance, UF and YA but all genres welcome.

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Gun Porn

Die Trying  - Lee Child

Die Trying followed almost the same pattern as the Killing Floor, the first book in the series. (spoilers hidden by spoiler tag.)

 

- Reacher arrives to a new place and gets in the middle of a life and death situation involving tons of bad guys.

- Nobody knows who Reacher is so they don't take him very seriously. Reacher starts kicking ass left and right - body count usually in the double digits.

- There's a woman who Reacher admires because of her looks, smarts, toughness, etc. He behaves towards her as if she could be the love of his life. They hook up (no matter how improbable it might seem) but at the end, he let's her go.

- The villains have moles that inform them what the good guys are up to.

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- At the end, Reacher is let go by the authorities without them asking him nary a question even though he has been involved up to his ears in the action. This is specially puzzling given the body count.

 

Even though Die Trying was very similar to Killing Floor, I still enjoyed it even if I had to suspend my disbelief early on. The discussion on guns and shooting went on too long for my taste so I spaced out during those sections - I was listening to the audio so couldn't skip them. I understand the importance of going into detail, specially for those of us who have never shot a gun and have no idea what being a sniper entails but still, I think sometime the descriptions stopped the suspense instead of heightening it. Surprisingly, I got a better understanding of the pro-gun perspective (from the villain, no less!) and he made some good points that made me realize where they are coming from.

 

I'm a not fan of Dick Hill but I'm liking him more and more as the narrator in this series. He can definitely pull off the tough guys, which is what you need here.

 

Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.