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It doesn’t take days or weeks or months to read a book.
It takes hours. READ MORE explains how.

Most people readily admit that reading books is beneficial, and wish they could read a bit more, and in some cases, a lot more. But most people also have what seem like perfectly valid excuses for not reading, chief among which are lack of time, work-load and responsibility.

Yes, they all seem perfectly understandable excuses until you read this book, and discover accounts of people going out of their way to indulge in the habit, from Rudi Giuliani, who, as New York Mayor during 9-11, finally arrived home at past 2 A.M. on the night of that fateful day, and still picked up a book to read; to Barack Obama who went on a one-week vacation in 2010, with over 2,300 pages of reading; to George W. Bush whose formula for reading was to enter into a reading contest with his top presidential aide, Karl Rove.

Then there is the challenge of the 99% majority, for whom affordability might also be a ready excuse. Yet, Dr. Ben Carson, today a world-famous neurosurgeon and bestselling author, traces his turnaround to the reading habit instilled in him in fifth grade by his single mother who wasn’t even literate at the time. And there are several other examples.

But what of the other 1%, the rich and famous, for whom, time is priceless? Bill Gates as CEO of Microsoft had a Think Week, dedicated to reading. And as Singapore Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew took out time to “recharge his batteries” at Harvard.

A commitment to a regime of habitual reading takes more than mental conviction. It takes doing. And unlike what most people have come to believe, reading a book doesn’t take days or weeks. It takes hours. This book demonstrates how, and reveals other simple steps that anyone can follow, to develop a life-time habit of enjoyable reading, and reap its rewards.
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In the sense that there's a very very bad man who you can't wait for Reacher to pulverize, this book fulfills the promise of any good Reacher tale. Child even manages putting 6'5" Reacher up against a 4'11" opponent and making the odds a bit more even than you'd expect.

But there are a few deal-breakers here in terms of plausibility, giving rise to some disbelief I could not suspend. First one: There's a key witness who can potentially take out a criminal cartel in a small Colorado town. She's under police protection. Unfortunately, the local cops are under a contract with a federal prison that says in the event of a prison emergency, EVERY cop must high-tail it to the prison immediately. This results in the cops leaving their witness unprotected, even though they have an inkling that the prison riot is a distraction intended to let an assassin off the witness. "But, the contract says we have to!" Sorry, but I don't believe that cops are that dumb or irresponsible. Second thing: there's a huge cache of government methamphetamine left over from WWII that apparently is still as potent as ever. Really? 60 plus years shelf life? I doubt it. Third thing: the area where the final set-piece takes place could only exist in a made up story.

None of this means that the book isn't entertaining. It's just not believable. Read it and see if you agree.

more
What can I say? This manly-man stuff rarely moves me but I am still a TOTAL sucker for Lee Child and his nigh-unbelievably perfect protagonist, Jack Reacher.

He ups the ante in this one by almost making the COLD of the January Dakotas a character unto itself.

While not as good as my favorite from him (Bad Luck and Trouble) this one should stand among his best.more
My answer to the travesty that is the casting of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher for the big screen was to grab this one and pop my own popcorn in the comfort of my own home and settle in to read.

Reacher's stranded after a tour bus on which he's snagged a ride is involved in an accident on an icy road in South Dakota. As it happens, this is the site of a most unusual abandoned military installation and a prison with an even more unusual arrangement with local law enforcement. It's this combination of factors that makes it an ideal spot for one of Child's cleverest, most convoluted novels to date, and when I say that it has a pulse-pounding conclusion, I am not exaggerating.

Lee Child never disappoints.more
Crossing South Dakota mid-winter wasn't Reacher's brightest move, but then he hadn't bargained on the bus accident that stranded him in the tiny town of Bolton. Now the town is locked down, people are dying, and a clock Reacher knows nothing about is ticking toward a fiery finale. Love the librarian! And the SD setting rings so true it made my joints ache and my teeth want to chatter. Turn the heat up, make a big pot of coffee, and settle in for the duration because you aren't going to want to put it down.more
Wow. This is only my 2nd Reacher book that I've read but I really enjoyed it. I need to start from the beginning, these are great mysteries and action packed.Reacher hitched a ride on a bus traveling across South Dakota. In the middle of a snow storm the bus crashed in the ditch. This brings Reacher to a little town that is having some issues of it's own. The local sheriff has a community of bikers nearby producing large amounts of Meth, a little old lady observed a deal going down and the main man was locked up pending trial. This little old lady is the only person standing in the way of a very large drug deal going down. Reacher might be the only person who can keep her alive.I enjoyed listening to this book a lot. The ending was a little vague and reviews for the next book sound like it doesn't shed any more light on the situation. Other than Houdini's secrets it was good and it was a pretty intense read.more
Four star book with two star cliffhanger ending. I hate cliffhanger endings. I believe every book should stand on its own with a beginning, middle and endmore
I like to have a couple of books on the go at the same time so Lee Child (his Jack Reacher character) is a favorite of mine to read along with a more intensive book. I enjoyed "61 Hours" for his description of South Dakota in the winter. You could feel the chill. Jack Reacher is holed up in a small town in SD with a group of tourists from a bus that has broken down en route to Mt. Rushmore. The town police are guarding an elderly woman who is the only witness to a drug transaction. Reacher is drawn to her and enjoys their conversations so is especially watching over her.I found the ending disappointing, consequently my three and a half star rating.more
After thirteen previous books, Jack Reacher is still 6 feet 5 inches tall, 265 pounds, has no possessions except a travel toothbrush, and is quite capable of disarming and maiming two large biker gang members simultaneously with his bare hands. In 61 Hours, Child writes with his usual terse, fast paced style, and the bad guys get their usual comeuppance. This book, however, falls short of expectations in an important respect. The title implies that something very momentous is about to happen at precisely 61 hours after the opening scene leaves Reacher stranded in a small South Dakota town in the middle of a very cold spell of a very cold winter. Child frequently tells the reader just how much of the 61 hours remains in an apparent attempt to create tension from the approach of H-hour. However, the effort falls a little flat because the characters (except for one bad guy) are not aware of the deadline. Moreover, for two-thirds of the book, even the reader does not know the significance of H-hour. Only when the arrival of the ultimate bad guy is less than an hour away do the characters become aware that the moment of crisis has arrived. The dénouement takes place another hour later. Another critique I have is that I could recognize the ostensibly secret bad guy a mile away, a fact that mitigates what should be a surprise ending. That being said, the book is action-packed and moves along well enough to be a good read for a plane ride. However, if you have a connecting flight, you might want to be prepared with the next book in line, called Worth Dying For, since this is the first and only one of Child’s books so far that ends with a cliffhanger.(JAB)more
Good combination of compelling plot and complex characters. Jack Reacher's powers of observation and wide-spread knowledge of everything from technology to psychology add depth to his character. Since Jack is a wanderer and not connected personally to anyone else in the story, every character is potentially a victim or a killer which results in some unexpected plot twists. But Reacher is no superhero. He is also a tortured soul, unwilling to settle down, but never shying away from a wrong situation that needs to be set right. 61 Hours starts the countdown - "To what?" is the question that helps drive this page-turning adventure, competently read by Dick Hill.more
A bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she’s going to live long enough to testify, she’ll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses. Reacher’s original plan was to keep on moving. But the next 61 hours will change everything.more
Another excellent novel from Mr Child. Jack Reacher gets involved with a small town police department's problems when he is stranded when the coach he is travelling on crashes. He becomes a witness protector to an old lady who is to give evidence at a criminal trial.Many hands are in the pie regarding a stash of drugs stored in an old military base by the US Army after WWII and double and triple-crossings occur in the criminal organizations. People on both sides of the law are brought down and it is Reacher who finally delivers the justice.I found this Jack Reacher story a little different to the rest and was really surprised when he shot a man down in cold blood (however much he deserved it) and a cliff-hanger at the end to boot when Jack is not shown to survive an underground fire. He obviously escapes because I have the next book in the series!Well worth reading.more
Reading this after INVISIBLE BRIDGE and before FREEDOM. I think it was a good bridge. Child is a master at the thriller and the Reacher character is what makes this worth reading. Interesting how he included this "x hours to go" device, as if he needed to up the pacing any more!more
This is a real thriller, so interesting and gripping that it's almost impossible to put down. Makes me want to read all the 'Reacher' novels. Thanks Lee Child!more
Another great read from Child. Much like the show 24, 61 hours is a fast paced gripping ride that counts down the hours and keeps you rivoted to the point of losing precious sleep so you can find out what happens next.more
When a tour bus on which Jack Reacher bummed a ride skids off the road and crashes, Reacher finds himself in Bolton, S.Dak., a tiny burg with big problems. A highly sophisticated methamphetamine lab run by a vicious Mexican drug cartel has begun operating outside town at an abandoned military facility. After figuring out the snow-bound, marooned Reacher's smart, great with weapons, and capable of tapping military intelligence, the helpless local cops enlist his assistance.more
Another classic Jack Reacher, but with a sting in the tail which I won't reveal! Jack has hitched a ride on a bus passing through South Dakota in a snow storm, which comes off the road following a near collision, leaving Jack and the passengers in sub-zero temperatures miles from the nearest town, Bolton. This is the first of Jack's many challenges as the community faces up to threats from both outside and inside. The fact that I read in one day is testament to the easy and gripping read.more
I have always enjoyed the Reacher books. This was no exception. It was not my favorite book, but did have the fair amount of twists and turns. The plot was somewhat transparent and the story not have the usual amount of action that some of Child's novels contained. Police departments, Department of Corrections, local characters, military involvement and the ever present drug and money lures were all present. All in all it was a good read that I would recommend to all mystery readers.more
New to Lee Child's works but found this a nice above-average "loner saves the day" book. None of the characters seemed formula or stereotypical and the ending was not entirely predictable.more
Listened to this on a very long car trip. It was very exciting and kept my attention to the very last minute! Lots of plot turns, and a questioning ending. Lots of fun!!!more
A slightly confusing epic that maintains a countdown to what? Even after having finished the book, I'm not sure.more
All the way through this book I had difficulties with following everything. The way everything happens in only 61 hours makes it confusing sometimes. It describes every single thing that happens. To create the mystery around the whole case in Bolton, a lot of information is just thrown at you at random times. I didn’t feel like I got to know Reacher or the story more as I got in the book. Throughout the whole book, when Reacher calls the woman from the Army bases that’s in his old position, the author chose to say the same thing. “He dialed the number he remembered and asked for Amanda.” I wondered why it kept repeating itself. But I think this kind of repeating makes the reader understand Reacher more. He can’t let go of his job, he keeps thinking about it.All in all, this book wasn’t one of my favorites. I had a hard time getting through itmore
This is the first disappointing work I've read in this series. It is long-winded, and replaces Reacher's typical violence with expository writing about a mysterious building that one ceases to care about. Reacher, as is typical, develops relationships with the victimized citizens he is aiding, but the sub-plot about a hidden assasin is also not as crisp or exciting as one has come to expect from Child. On the plus side, the ending is smashing. If you've never read a Jack Reacher novel, don't start with this onemore
Quite good storyline but title premise not helpful. Characters other than Reacher a bit more interesting than usual.more
a pretty standard Reacher book, with a surprising cliffhanger ending...more
Disappointing - I figured out who is the bad guy long before Jack Reacher did.more
I found this one of the best yet. Non stop page turner with a steady build to a great (almost) end. A very clever interplay between different characters in different locations keep you wanting to know more. And that is exactly what the book does as I now have to go out and get the next book that would appear to be a sequel. Well if it's anywhere near as good as this one Mr Child I am happy to give you my money.more
How can you not love Jack Reacher? Although in this book I sense that he is not the young man he used to be.more
witty and exciting bookmore
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In the sense that there's a very very bad man who you can't wait for Reacher to pulverize, this book fulfills the promise of any good Reacher tale. Child even manages putting 6'5" Reacher up against a 4'11" opponent and making the odds a bit more even than you'd expect.

But there are a few deal-breakers here in terms of plausibility, giving rise to some disbelief I could not suspend. First one: There's a key witness who can potentially take out a criminal cartel in a small Colorado town. She's under police protection. Unfortunately, the local cops are under a contract with a federal prison that says in the event of a prison emergency, EVERY cop must high-tail it to the prison immediately. This results in the cops leaving their witness unprotected, even though they have an inkling that the prison riot is a distraction intended to let an assassin off the witness. "But, the contract says we have to!" Sorry, but I don't believe that cops are that dumb or irresponsible. Second thing: there's a huge cache of government methamphetamine left over from WWII that apparently is still as potent as ever. Really? 60 plus years shelf life? I doubt it. Third thing: the area where the final set-piece takes place could only exist in a made up story.

None of this means that the book isn't entertaining. It's just not believable. Read it and see if you agree.

more
What can I say? This manly-man stuff rarely moves me but I am still a TOTAL sucker for Lee Child and his nigh-unbelievably perfect protagonist, Jack Reacher.

He ups the ante in this one by almost making the COLD of the January Dakotas a character unto itself.

While not as good as my favorite from him (Bad Luck and Trouble) this one should stand among his best.more
My answer to the travesty that is the casting of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher for the big screen was to grab this one and pop my own popcorn in the comfort of my own home and settle in to read.

Reacher's stranded after a tour bus on which he's snagged a ride is involved in an accident on an icy road in South Dakota. As it happens, this is the site of a most unusual abandoned military installation and a prison with an even more unusual arrangement with local law enforcement. It's this combination of factors that makes it an ideal spot for one of Child's cleverest, most convoluted novels to date, and when I say that it has a pulse-pounding conclusion, I am not exaggerating.

Lee Child never disappoints.more
Crossing South Dakota mid-winter wasn't Reacher's brightest move, but then he hadn't bargained on the bus accident that stranded him in the tiny town of Bolton. Now the town is locked down, people are dying, and a clock Reacher knows nothing about is ticking toward a fiery finale. Love the librarian! And the SD setting rings so true it made my joints ache and my teeth want to chatter. Turn the heat up, make a big pot of coffee, and settle in for the duration because you aren't going to want to put it down.more
Wow. This is only my 2nd Reacher book that I've read but I really enjoyed it. I need to start from the beginning, these are great mysteries and action packed.Reacher hitched a ride on a bus traveling across South Dakota. In the middle of a snow storm the bus crashed in the ditch. This brings Reacher to a little town that is having some issues of it's own. The local sheriff has a community of bikers nearby producing large amounts of Meth, a little old lady observed a deal going down and the main man was locked up pending trial. This little old lady is the only person standing in the way of a very large drug deal going down. Reacher might be the only person who can keep her alive.I enjoyed listening to this book a lot. The ending was a little vague and reviews for the next book sound like it doesn't shed any more light on the situation. Other than Houdini's secrets it was good and it was a pretty intense read.more
Four star book with two star cliffhanger ending. I hate cliffhanger endings. I believe every book should stand on its own with a beginning, middle and endmore
I like to have a couple of books on the go at the same time so Lee Child (his Jack Reacher character) is a favorite of mine to read along with a more intensive book. I enjoyed "61 Hours" for his description of South Dakota in the winter. You could feel the chill. Jack Reacher is holed up in a small town in SD with a group of tourists from a bus that has broken down en route to Mt. Rushmore. The town police are guarding an elderly woman who is the only witness to a drug transaction. Reacher is drawn to her and enjoys their conversations so is especially watching over her.I found the ending disappointing, consequently my three and a half star rating.more
After thirteen previous books, Jack Reacher is still 6 feet 5 inches tall, 265 pounds, has no possessions except a travel toothbrush, and is quite capable of disarming and maiming two large biker gang members simultaneously with his bare hands. In 61 Hours, Child writes with his usual terse, fast paced style, and the bad guys get their usual comeuppance. This book, however, falls short of expectations in an important respect. The title implies that something very momentous is about to happen at precisely 61 hours after the opening scene leaves Reacher stranded in a small South Dakota town in the middle of a very cold spell of a very cold winter. Child frequently tells the reader just how much of the 61 hours remains in an apparent attempt to create tension from the approach of H-hour. However, the effort falls a little flat because the characters (except for one bad guy) are not aware of the deadline. Moreover, for two-thirds of the book, even the reader does not know the significance of H-hour. Only when the arrival of the ultimate bad guy is less than an hour away do the characters become aware that the moment of crisis has arrived. The dénouement takes place another hour later. Another critique I have is that I could recognize the ostensibly secret bad guy a mile away, a fact that mitigates what should be a surprise ending. That being said, the book is action-packed and moves along well enough to be a good read for a plane ride. However, if you have a connecting flight, you might want to be prepared with the next book in line, called Worth Dying For, since this is the first and only one of Child’s books so far that ends with a cliffhanger.(JAB)more
Good combination of compelling plot and complex characters. Jack Reacher's powers of observation and wide-spread knowledge of everything from technology to psychology add depth to his character. Since Jack is a wanderer and not connected personally to anyone else in the story, every character is potentially a victim or a killer which results in some unexpected plot twists. But Reacher is no superhero. He is also a tortured soul, unwilling to settle down, but never shying away from a wrong situation that needs to be set right. 61 Hours starts the countdown - "To what?" is the question that helps drive this page-turning adventure, competently read by Dick Hill.more
A bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she’s going to live long enough to testify, she’ll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses. Reacher’s original plan was to keep on moving. But the next 61 hours will change everything.more
Another excellent novel from Mr Child. Jack Reacher gets involved with a small town police department's problems when he is stranded when the coach he is travelling on crashes. He becomes a witness protector to an old lady who is to give evidence at a criminal trial.Many hands are in the pie regarding a stash of drugs stored in an old military base by the US Army after WWII and double and triple-crossings occur in the criminal organizations. People on both sides of the law are brought down and it is Reacher who finally delivers the justice.I found this Jack Reacher story a little different to the rest and was really surprised when he shot a man down in cold blood (however much he deserved it) and a cliff-hanger at the end to boot when Jack is not shown to survive an underground fire. He obviously escapes because I have the next book in the series!Well worth reading.more
Reading this after INVISIBLE BRIDGE and before FREEDOM. I think it was a good bridge. Child is a master at the thriller and the Reacher character is what makes this worth reading. Interesting how he included this "x hours to go" device, as if he needed to up the pacing any more!more
This is a real thriller, so interesting and gripping that it's almost impossible to put down. Makes me want to read all the 'Reacher' novels. Thanks Lee Child!more
Another great read from Child. Much like the show 24, 61 hours is a fast paced gripping ride that counts down the hours and keeps you rivoted to the point of losing precious sleep so you can find out what happens next.more
When a tour bus on which Jack Reacher bummed a ride skids off the road and crashes, Reacher finds himself in Bolton, S.Dak., a tiny burg with big problems. A highly sophisticated methamphetamine lab run by a vicious Mexican drug cartel has begun operating outside town at an abandoned military facility. After figuring out the snow-bound, marooned Reacher's smart, great with weapons, and capable of tapping military intelligence, the helpless local cops enlist his assistance.more
Another classic Jack Reacher, but with a sting in the tail which I won't reveal! Jack has hitched a ride on a bus passing through South Dakota in a snow storm, which comes off the road following a near collision, leaving Jack and the passengers in sub-zero temperatures miles from the nearest town, Bolton. This is the first of Jack's many challenges as the community faces up to threats from both outside and inside. The fact that I read in one day is testament to the easy and gripping read.more
I have always enjoyed the Reacher books. This was no exception. It was not my favorite book, but did have the fair amount of twists and turns. The plot was somewhat transparent and the story not have the usual amount of action that some of Child's novels contained. Police departments, Department of Corrections, local characters, military involvement and the ever present drug and money lures were all present. All in all it was a good read that I would recommend to all mystery readers.more
New to Lee Child's works but found this a nice above-average "loner saves the day" book. None of the characters seemed formula or stereotypical and the ending was not entirely predictable.more
Listened to this on a very long car trip. It was very exciting and kept my attention to the very last minute! Lots of plot turns, and a questioning ending. Lots of fun!!!more
A slightly confusing epic that maintains a countdown to what? Even after having finished the book, I'm not sure.more
All the way through this book I had difficulties with following everything. The way everything happens in only 61 hours makes it confusing sometimes. It describes every single thing that happens. To create the mystery around the whole case in Bolton, a lot of information is just thrown at you at random times. I didn’t feel like I got to know Reacher or the story more as I got in the book. Throughout the whole book, when Reacher calls the woman from the Army bases that’s in his old position, the author chose to say the same thing. “He dialed the number he remembered and asked for Amanda.” I wondered why it kept repeating itself. But I think this kind of repeating makes the reader understand Reacher more. He can’t let go of his job, he keeps thinking about it.All in all, this book wasn’t one of my favorites. I had a hard time getting through itmore
This is the first disappointing work I've read in this series. It is long-winded, and replaces Reacher's typical violence with expository writing about a mysterious building that one ceases to care about. Reacher, as is typical, develops relationships with the victimized citizens he is aiding, but the sub-plot about a hidden assasin is also not as crisp or exciting as one has come to expect from Child. On the plus side, the ending is smashing. If you've never read a Jack Reacher novel, don't start with this onemore
Quite good storyline but title premise not helpful. Characters other than Reacher a bit more interesting than usual.more
a pretty standard Reacher book, with a surprising cliffhanger ending...more
Disappointing - I figured out who is the bad guy long before Jack Reacher did.more
I found this one of the best yet. Non stop page turner with a steady build to a great (almost) end. A very clever interplay between different characters in different locations keep you wanting to know more. And that is exactly what the book does as I now have to go out and get the next book that would appear to be a sequel. Well if it's anywhere near as good as this one Mr Child I am happy to give you my money.more
How can you not love Jack Reacher? Although in this book I sense that he is not the young man he used to be.more
witty and exciting bookmore
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