Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Die Trying

Die Trying by Lee Child

Jack Reacher is in both the wrong and the right place at the same time when FBI Special Agent and daughter of the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Holly Johnson is abducted from a Chicago street. It is the wrong place because Reacher, a former army major drifting around the country, is kidnapped as well. It is the right place because only he has the instincts to foil the complex, deadly plan of the kidnappers, a Montana militia group headed by a charismatic, brilliant, but psychotic leader.
--Die Trying by Lee Child, Copyright ©1998 by Lee Child, published by Jove Books

My Review
Die Trying is the 2nd book in Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series. It’s the end of June, less than a week before Independence Day, and Jack Reacher is strolling down the city streets of Chicago. He bumps into a young woman coming out of a dry cleaners, balancing an armful of clothing in one hand and a crutch with the other. As he helps her regain her balance, two armed men appear and force them into a car. They’re driven to another location, handcuffed together, and tossed into the back of a van. As the minutes stretch into hours, Jack and his companion, who introduces herself as FBI Agent Holly Johnson, get to know each other.

Meanwhile, in the almost-abandoned mining town of York, Montana, Beau Borkin and his militia followers have taken up residence. A special room has been constructed for their prisoner in the town’s courthouse building. But when the van returns, minus one of the kidnap team and with an additional prisoner, Borkin adjusts his plans and decides on a way to use his additional prisoner.

Back in Chicago, Holly’s co-workers have retraced her steps and have the surveillance footage from the dry cleaners. The two gunmen and the car’s driver are easily identified as compatriots of Beau Borkin, but the fourth man, the tall one holding Holly’s arm, is harder to I.D. Eventually, they get one from the military—Major Jack Reacher, highly decorated, former military police investigator, released from the Army a year earlier.

Jack Reacher and the other kidnappers are now their number one priority. But there’s a traitor on the FBI team, someone who is feeding information to Borkin and his militia. Borkin is determined to declare York County, Montana as a new country, free from the tyranny of the United States, and he’s going to declare his country’s independence on July 4th. Can Jack and Holly find a way to stop Borkin and his people before they stage their own explosive July 4 fireworks?

I give this story FOUR STARS.

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