I was totally blown away by the first novel (Killing Floor) and was so looking forward to the second book but to get utterly disappointed by it. I am not too sure if it is my problem or just because the storyline was not captivating enough to keep me attached to the book. I tend to skip a few sentences or paragraph here and there while I was reading and I find it hard to continue reading halfway through it. Probably I read the first book and I have an expectation there so I tend to compare it with the first novel.
So here is a quick summary (adapted from the book): In a Chicago suburb, a dentist is met in his office parking lot by three men and ordered into the trunk of his Lexus. On a downtown sidewalk, Jack Reacher and an unknown woman are abducted in broad daylight by two men – practiced and confident – who stop them at gunpoint and hustle them into the same sedan. Then Reacher and the woman are switched into a second vehicle and hauled away, leaving the dentist bound and gagged inside his car with the woman’s abandoned possessions, two gallons of gasoline, and a burning match. The FBI is desperate to rescue the woman, a Special Agent from the Chicago office, because the FBI always – always – takes care of its own, and because this woman is not just another agent. Reacher and the woman join forces, against seemingly hopeless odds, to outwit their captors and escape. But the FBI thinks Jack is one of the kidnappers – and when they close in, the Bureau snipers will be shooting to kill…
If you have read the first novel, the first thing you will notice will be that Die Trying was written in a 3rd party narrative instead of a 1st party narrative. It makes all the characters looks a little distance. Overall, Killing Floor just prove how invincible Jack Reacher is with his years in Army and also how intensive Lee Child research on the type of guns and even going in-depth to the calculating the possibility of hit and also the velocity of the bullet hitting the target. However, I personally felt that the chemistry is lacking between all the characters in the book. It has a little unrealistic portion (especially the part where they are in the helicopter looking out for the truck with 130 bullets holes). Hahha, how can the Jack Reacher see 130 bullets holes from the helicopter!
Book Completed: December 2017