Master storyteller Lee Child always takes us on new adventures in each installment of his Jack Reacher series. In this book, Reacher finds himself teamed up with old Army buds to solve the murder of former teammates. It is a wild ride, and the dangers have horrific implications, but it is one well worth the taking. Certainly this is Child's best to date and I can't wait for the next one.
The author doesn't paint the word pictures that I have come to appreciate from books I have read in the past but with a little imagination, possibly from past experience, my (your) mind will fill in the blanks. The story line is a good one and an entertaining one. In spite of my misgivings, I found myself enjoying the traffic clogged trips to work each day listening to the story as it played out.
This was the third Jack Reacher novel I have read, although it is number eleven in the series, and I must say it was my least favorite. It starts with Reacher getting a message from a member of his old Army unit, the Special Investigations Unit, telling him that another member was in trouble. There is an admirable code that states if anyone messes with one member, they mess with all. What he finds out is that 4 members do not answer the call and therefore the remaining four must solve the disappearances and mete out justice themselves. Of course Reacher's brand of justice is the Old Testament eye-for-an-eye type, none of the life in prison crap the courts hand out.
I was a little disappointed with this elite Army unit as I had the plot figured out half way through the book, and all but Reacher were still working in some kind of investigative field. Still the book did provide me with some entertainment. Reacher is still pretty much off the radar, although he did get a passport and ATM card. Things changed after 9/11.
I will continue to read some of the other Jack Reacher novels whenever I feel I need an adrenaline rush.
I enjoyed this book. I like the Reacher books when the Nagely charecter is included. Great story lots of twists and turns, the reason I like Lee Child books.
You can learn as much from a terrible book as a brilliantly written one.
WOW I've read Coben and Koonz and loved him, so someone suggested me to have a shot with Lee Child. And he disappoint. Military code and the reference to their codes adds a superb touch to the noval.
Dick Hill was amazing too, I think no other narrator can do a better job than him on the same book, and I'm picky to the extreme with narrators. I can't wait to read more of Child's books! And I hope audible could get us more of his books in the future too.
I agree with the earlier comments about the very poor audio quality of this one - not just the reader and his 'voices' confusion, but the overall audio quality left much to be desired - despite downloading format 4.
Whilst the story line was reasonable if not riveting, it was spoilt by the audio constraints. The only positive thing was that I had to replay so much of it to actually understand what was being said, that it passed even more tedious hours in countless planes and airports!!
I've read every Jack Reacher novel, so was pleased to see the newest available so soon on Audible. As most Audible veterens know, the narrator can make or break a novel. The same book read by two different people can "feel" totally different. After listening to Bad Luck and Trouble I've concluded that my disappointment is not with the story, but with the narration. The voices and dialects just seem all wrong. Reacher isn't Reacher. O'Donnell, an ex-Army MP, is made to sound like some smarmy Atlantic Seaboard Socialite. And the women don't sound like women. The discordent characterizations kept getting in the way of a great action story. I am going to get the book now to read, as I recommend to you.
Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.
A good thriller. Not the best I've read/heard but good nonetheless. But Dick HIll? Is this guy even a professional reader? Worst reader I have ever listened to and I can hardly even begin to describe what he does wrong. His pronunciation is awkward as if he's almost drunk and is trying too hard to pronounce the words correctly. His words don't flow properly. Some of his character voices are halfway decent but his female voices are poorly done with some of them so soft you can't understand what they're saying.
George Guidal would have made this book a joy instead of just passable. I'm taking two stars away for poor reading. Sorry Dick, audiobooks are just not your thing.