Jack Reacher is back in a brand-new page-turning thriller from acclaimed #1 bestselling authors Lee Child and Andrew Child.
Digging graves had not been part of my plans when I woke up that morning.
Reacher goes where he wants, when he wants. That morning he was heading west, walking under the merciless desert sun—until he comes upon a curious scene. A Jeep has crashed into the only tree for miles around. A woman is slumped over the wheel.
Dead? No, nothing is what it seems.
The woman is Michaela Fenton, an army veteran turned FBI agent trying to find her twin brother, who might be mixed up with some dangerous people. Most of them would rather die than betray their terrifying leader, who has burrowed his influence deep into the nearby border town, a backwater that has seen better days. The mysterious Dendoncker rules from the shadows, out of sight and under the radar, keeping his dealings in the dark.
He would know the fate of Fenton’s brother.
Reacher is good at finding people who don’t want to be found, so he offers to help, despite feeling that Fenton is keeping secrets of her own. But a life hangs in the balance. Maybe more than one. But to bring Dendoncker down will be the riskiest job of Reacher's life. Failure is not an option, because in this kind of game, the loser is always better off dead.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Danger lurks around every corner in this Jack Reacher thriller set in the desolate Arizona desert. After stumbling upon a strange car crash involving a mysterious female military veteran, Lee Child’s vigilante hero gets caught up in a quest to stop a paranoid crime boss. Lee and his brother and co-author, Andrew Child, turn this setup into a tense cat-and-mouse game, artfully building up the suspense as Reacher makes bold moves to entrap his target. With its gunfights and psychological twists—not to mention the bleak, hard-edged border town setting and the seedy, secretive characters who live there—Better Off Dead is a totally gripping listen. Veteran Reacher narrator Scott Brick delivers the Childs’ clipped dialogue and sudden bursts of violence with the perfect mixture of deadpan cool and icy menace. If the Tom Cruise movies have piqued your curiosity about this long-running series, this is a perfect place to dive in.
Better Off Unwritten
I found myself rolling my eyes and laughing as the book progressed. The characters are unbelievable and Reacher is made to sound like some super spy that he isn’t. In every altercation Reacher gets into he describes himself as some superhuman fighting machine with lines like “…a hit like that would have crippled the average man.” There are pages of useless descriptions that seem to just fill pages. At one point of the story Reacher is literally describing the color of the room and furniture. Why? It adds no value to the story. I only finished the book because I paid for it.
Better Off Dead
Not much of a story. 80% of the time there is fighting or killing or some kind of violence just for the sake of filling the pages. Not a good Reacher book at all. Had this been the first in the series, there would not have been a series....simply awful. Dont know if this is the result of a different writer or not. Try to like Scott Brick but he is way too dramatic and loud as the narrator, He sounds urgent at all times. Exhausting to listen to, Save your money.
ThenReacher series seems to have lost its momentum. This is the second book in a row now that was hard to finish. Tedious plot that barley holds together, and a main character who’s brain seems to have lost a step. Maybe it’s time to rethink Reacher and his journey some.