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61 Hours (Jack Reacher) by Lee Child

61 Hours (Jack Reacher) (edition 2010)

by Lee Child (Author)

Series: Susan Turner (1), Jack Reacher (14)

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A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces--and Reacher will risk his own to save her from a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.… (more)
Title:61 Hours (Jack Reacher)
Authors:Lee Child (Author)
Info:Dell (2010), Edition: 1st, 494 pages
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It's mostly fun, but a little tiring; and perhaps a lot contrived. Lucky I read it weeks before the sequel is due out. I hate being surprised like this with no ending ... . Though, I am looking forward to that sequel, and I hope it's much better constructed. ( )
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
3 stars - This is my least favorite of all the Jack Reacher stories. It falls short of being a page turner to the extent that I think the author may have gone back and added the 61 hour count down to try and develop suspense. It fails to do that. Worst of all, the ending fails to tie up one major plot point and a minor point or two, as well as being very unfulfilling to Reacher's story. ( )
  JohnKaess | Jul 23, 2020 |
I started reading this only to discover that I had read it before - maybe as much as a year before. And I enjoyed it. Reacher hops a ride on a senior (as in old not as in last year of high school) bus which wrecks and gets trapped in a small North Dakota town. In winter. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
This certainly is not one of the best Reacher's.

Holed up in snowy South Dakota where the police are guarding a vulnerable old lady witness who will testify against some drug dealers. The sense of claustrophobia and dread were a bit absent for me as was the feeling that Reacher was in any kind of mortal danger.

I found the plot part where the police had to run off at a moment's notice to guard the local prison if the siren, thus abandoning their witness under protection, sounded a bit hard to swallow.

Not even a love interest for Jack other than via phone to the lovely Susan in Washington, I guess she will appear later in the series?

Also one of the least interesting villains so far, the drug lord/ mafia boss Plato.

I even found it irritating the constant, 61 hours to go, 60 hours to go, etc countdown, this added no tension to the plot, only annoyed the reader. Back to form next time Mr Child.

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  mick745 | Apr 8, 2020 |
I gave this 4 stars because it was a satisfying diversion from what we have been going through during the current pandemic. As for crime books, my taste is more toward noir and/or tougher stories. ( )
  phillipfrey | Apr 5, 2020 |
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Coming off Gone Tomorrow (2009), one of the very best among his 13 high-octane thrillers, Child keeps his foot hard on the throttle. There’s always a ticking clock in the background whenever our off-the-grid hero, Jack Reacher, finds a wrong that needs righting, but this time the clock drives the narrative. When a lawyer arrives at a South Dakota prison to visit a client, we’re told that it’s five minutes to three in the afternoon, “exactly 61 hours before it happened.” Meanwhile, Reacher wakes up from a nap to discover that the tour bus on which he’s cadged a ride is spinning out of control on an icy bridge. By the time he helps the injured senior citizens aboard the bus, there are 59 hours left. But we still don’t know what we’re waiting for. The clock continues to tick as Reacher, now without a ride, lands in Boulton, South Dakota, and finds himself helping out the local police as they attempt to protect a key witness in an upcoming drug trial. Then there’s the matter of the peculiar underground installation outside of town, formerly a military outpost but now apparently housing a meth lab. As the hours fall away and the tension builds, we learn more about the installation, the local cops, and a Mexican drug lord whose own clock is ticking in sync with Reacher’s, but we’re still not prepared for what happens when the sixty-first hour arrives. One expects a novel organized around a clock to be plot driven, and that’s certainly true here. But, as always, Child delivers enough juicy details about the landscape, the characters, and Reacher’s idiosyncrasies to give the story texture and to lower our pulse rates, if only momentarily. Even without the apparently game-changing finale, this is Child in top form, but isn’t he always?
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61 Hours just may be one of the best novels in the Reacher series yet. Although not as fast paced as previous entries, it boasts "a Hitchcockian escalation of tension" that, despite the gimmick of a countdown, becomes all the more powerful because of it (Telegraph). It is also more of a "closed-town mystery of the sort that Agatha Christie favored," though, of course, Reacher remains the same uncanny, music-loving drifter fans have come to love (New York Times). Otherwise, Child exhibits his usual gift for characters (particularly the elderly librarian), sharp dialogue, and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Although 61 Hours ends with a cliffhanger, readers need not worry: the 15th Reacher novel is due out this fall.
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After a brief stop in New York City (Gone Tomorrow), Jack Reacher is back in his element—Smalltown, U.S.A.—in bestseller Child's fine 14th thriller to feature the roving ex-military cop. When a tour bus on which he bummed a ride skids off the road and crashes, Reacher finds himself in Bolton, S.Dak., a tiny burg with big problems. A highly sophisticated methamphetamine lab run by a vicious Mexican drug cartel has begun operating outside town at an abandoned military facility. After figuring out the snow-bound, marooned Reacher's smart, great with weapons, and capable of tapping military intelligence, the helpless local cops enlist his assistance, and, as always, he displays plenty of derring-do, mental acuity, and good old-fashioned decency. While the action is slower than usual, series fans will appreciate some new insights that Child provides into his hero's psyche and background as well as a cliffhanger ending.
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A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces--and Reacher will risk his own to save her from a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

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Jack Reacher is back.

The countdown has begun. Get ready for the most exciting 61 hours of your life. #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child’s latest thriller is a ticking time bomb of suspense that builds electric tension on every page.

Sixty-one hours. Not a minute to spare.

A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she’s going to live long enough to testify, she’ll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

Reacher’s original plan was to keep on moving. But the next 61 hours will change everything. The secrets are deadlier and his enemies are stronger than he could have guessed—but so is the woman whose life he’ll risk his own to save.

In 61 Hours, Lee Child has written a showdown thriller with an explosive ending that readers will talk about for a long time to come.
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