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61 hours (edition 2010)

by Lee Child

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Title:61 hours
Authors:Lee Child
Info:Transworld Publishers Ltd : Ebook (316 pages)
Collections:Recommendations ONLY, Borrowed, Ebooks, Crime, thrillers and adventure, Read but unowned
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61 Hours by Lee Child

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Ok, but not inclined to read other JAck Reacher books
  butterkidsmom | Jan 18, 2014 |
Always good. Learn more about Jack. ( )
  Virginia51 | Dec 22, 2013 |
A causa di una tempesta di neve Jack Reacher è costretto a fermarsi a Bolton, South Dakota (che traspare come un posto con un clima terrificante), lì sarà coinvolto nella protezione di una testimone e nella ricerca di informazioni su una ex installazione militare utilizzata da malviventi locali.
Il romanzo è avvincente e ricco di dialoghi serrati, Reacher è un personaggio dotato di estremo senso pratico e prontezza, compatibili con il profilo di ex militare (un po' eccessivo forse quando dall'odore ha intuito la miscela di arabica), purtroppo intorno alla metà ho intuito chi fosse il killer designato a terminare l'anziana testimone e il romanzo ha perso parte del suo fascino.

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Due to a snow storm Jack Reacher has to stop in Bolton, South Dakota (which appears to be a place with an awful weather), here he will participate in the protection of a testimony and in retrieving information about an ex-military installation used by local criminals.
The novel is a page turner and full of fast dialogues, Reacher is an extremely practical and fast thinking character, compatible to the military training (a little exaggerate the fact that he guesses the arabica coffee mixture), unfortunately I guessed the killer at about half of the book and the novel lost part of his appeal. ( )
  Saretta.L | Sep 2, 2013 |
I'm going with 3.5 stars on this one. There's only one reason I can't nudge it up to 4 stars, which I can't explain because it would involve spoilers.

Jack Reacher novels fall into two categories. One is the big city, ABO, non-stop action, heavy violence thriller such as Gone Tomorrow. The other is the small town, slower-paced, watching and waiting type---more mystery than thriller. 61 Hours is in the second category, although it does get pretty exciting later on. I'm cool with both kinds, but the adrenaline junkies probably prefer the action-packed ones.

A bus accident leaves Jack stranded in the fictional town of Bolton, South Dakota in the dead of winter. Brrrrrr! Cold and getting colder. Snow and ice and wind...and more snow. And of course, the town has problems only Jack can fix. Murders in town, a mysterious abandoned military site a few miles away, a biker in the local prison, and a midget called Plato down in Mexico all combine to give Reacher's solving skills a workout.

Less action, but a lot of fun stuff here. I loved the interaction between Jack and the voice on the phone in Washington. Also the discovery of the original purpose behind the military site. Very cool and creepy. And there's a new angle on the old drug running plot element which caught me off guard and then made me laugh at the end with its final effects on the town. We also get to learn a little more about Jack's childhood, thanks to a certain snooper. ( )
  TheJeanette | Jul 18, 2013 |
Great beach read. The first, but not the last Lee Child and/or Jack Reacher book I'll read, I'm sure. ( )
  librarygeek33 | Jul 10, 2013 |
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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.
added by cmwilson101 | editBookstore Magazine
 
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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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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Reacher arrives accidentally in a small South Dakota town, where during a dangerous winter storm he is enlisted to protect a lone witness who local police hope can help convict a brutal crime ring.

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