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#AudioBook #BookReview Better Off Dead: (Jack Reacher 26) By Lee Child, Andrew Child

Thank You very much to the publisher – Penguin for the audiobook review copy.
ISBN13: 978-1787633742
Genre: Action Thriller
Release date: 26 10 2021
Price*: Kindle £9.99 (GBP)/  Paperback £7.91 (GBP)
Kindle $14.99 (USD)/ Hardback $17.38 (USD)
Pages: ~ 520
My rating: I really liked it.
You can get this book here:
Amazon UK
What I learned from this book: I miss watching films with Jack Reacher.

Description of the book: Reacher never backs down from a problem.

And he’s about to find a big one, on a deserted Arizona road, where a Jeep has crashed into the only tree for miles around. Under the merciless desert sun, nothing is as it seems.

Minutes later Reacher is heading into the nearby border town, a backwater that has seen better days. Next to him is Michaela Fenton, an army veteran turned FBI agent, who is trying to find her twin brother. He might have got mixed up with some dangerous people.

And Reacher might just need to pay them a visit. Their leader has burrowed his influence deep into the town. Just to get in and meet the mysterious Dendoncker, Reacher is going to have to achieve the impossible.

To get answers will be even harder. There are people in this hostile, empty place who would rather die than reveal their secrets. But then, if Reacher is coming after you, you might be better off dead.

How this book made me feel: I have a little confession to make, I don’t think I ever read any of the books, but I adore the films and have seen them all. I love a good action film. 😀 So, when I was offered to review an audiobook, I was very excited to see what is the fuss all about. 😀

The protagonist in this book is Jack Reacher – a veteran, a great fighter and a very brave and reckless man. 😀 He is just too cool not to like him. 😀 In this book, he meets Fenton, a disabled veteran who is trying to find her brother Michael, and of course, Reacher is here to help. 😀 Fenton is not a traditional breathtaking woman that the protagonist falls for, she is missing a leg but she is very charismatic, cute, determined, intelligent, stubborn and tough. The characters were very interesting and full of surprises, and every time I used to hear Dendocker’s name, I used to giggle. 😀

This book felt like listening to an action film. The narrative is filled with action, fighting scenes, bad and good guys, and a plot that you usually get in an action film with a super-duper cool protagonist. This book is very fast-paced and there is always something interesting and exciting lurking in the plotline of this book.

The writing style of this novel was very enjoyable and very well researched. I don’t know the extent of the author’s military knowledge, but this book runs so smooth when it comes to fighting scenes and the general flow of the plot. I could easily visualise Jack Reacher and his actions in this book, just like watching it on the screen. The chapters seemed to be medium length, this book is so fast-paced that the chapters just flew by for me. The ending of the book was predictable, but I liked how this story was concluded. The book has been narrated by Jeff Hardy and I liked his voice and different intonations very much. 😀

So, to conclude, I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I enjoyed this action-filled and entertaining book, filled with flawed but super cool characters. I felt like listening to a film, and if you have missed Jack Reacher, do give an audiobook a go, just close your eyes and listen… 😉
Thank you for your time! ❤

About the authors: Lee Child is one of the world’s leading thriller writers. He was born in Coventry, raised in Birmingham, and now lives in New York. It is said one of his novels featuring his hero Jack Reacher is sold somewhere in the world every nine seconds. His books consistently achieve the number-one slot on bestseller lists around the world and have sold over one hundred million copies. Lee is the recipient of many awards, most recently Author of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards. He was appointed CBE in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Andrew Child is the author of nine thrillers written under the name Andrew Grant. He is the younger brother of Lee Child. Born in Birmingham, he lives in Wyoming with his wife, the novelist Tasha Alexander.


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