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Title: Die Trying
Series: Jack Reacher #2
Author: Lee Child
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Jack is at the wrong place at the wrong time, gets kidnapped and ends up saving the nation from a megalomaniac who wants to carve his own nation out of Utah or some place and set off a huge bomb in California.
There was no tension in this book. You know from the beginning that Reacher will do ultra-violent things and come out the other side and that other people will die.
This reached disturbing levels of violence. The books starts out with a sentence something like this:
His abdominals ruptured under the first punch…
There were a couple of times where I just shuddered and had to ask myself if I really wanted to read something like this. I like violence, hence my penchant for series like Mack Bolan the Executioner and Neal Asher’s Polity Universe books but this, this is a level of brutality that I don’t want to become used to or comfortable with.
The problem is that just like a junkie, I am attracted to something like this and it has a draw for me. And this is one of the better things that can happen when writing a review, something that was amorphous and vague becomes crystal clear. I don’t want something like this polluting my mind so I won’t be reading any more by Mr. Child’s.