Typical Jack Reacher getting the bad guys as usual. However, a few technical things distracted from the story. Childs needs someone to review before publishing, especially when it comes to aviation. In the book Reacher takes a plane ride in a Piper Cherokee. They fly around Colorado Springs at 2000 feet indicated altitude. The city is over 6000 feet above sea level so they would be 4000 feet underground. The Cheokee has a yoke, not a stick and it comes out of the instrument panel base, not up from the floor.
Also, while driving on a pitch black night with no lights on in a cop car they hit their brakes and no one sees them, even though the brake lights would have lit up half the town.
For an author who usually pays attention to detail this book was less than stellar. An ok read but only if you want to read the entire series.
Only if you want to go though the entire series.
Hope the next book is better.
Story and characters were not nearly as compelling as most. Except for the woman police chief, none of the other characters were developed to any real depth. The plot line seemed stagnant. This was not Lee Childs at his best. But, Dick Hill did his typical great job of narrating.
Very entertaining and engaging. Child's attention to detail and explanations of technologies or how things work or composition of things are nice to hear. Descriptions of the people and surroundings bring it to life. Articulation of actions make you feel like you are there when Reacher fights or when they are climbing or when he finds a body.
Probably the fight scenes.
All pretty equally - no real standout scenes.
There are many reviews criticizing the politics and religion in this book. I think those must be from people that fly off the handle if the words vote or church even comes up. The dialogs were standard Reacher fare and spent little time on politics or religion - especially considering Child's tendency to be very articulate about details and descriptions. Throughout the entire book I was expecting to hear what people were complaining about and was pleasantly surprised that the reviews were just a lot of over-reaction about very little. Maybe it's just the fact that Reacher said he's tired of those who pick and choose the pieces of the bible they want to follow and people got offended (as they will from this review).
I've listened to all 11 Jack Reacher novels leading up to this one, and it's the first I found really disappointing. The characters weren't believable and the plot didn't really make sense or stick together. It starts off with a lot of weird behavior and clues, making you wonder how it all ties together. In the end, most of the clues are unrelated to each other, and are just arbitrary details that don't go anywhere.
Unless you are a Jack Reacher addict with the goal of reading every single book, I'd skip this one.
I miss the old narrator who did the first few Reacher books. this guy's female voices drive me crazy and he often runs out of breath. but he does have many great moments as well.
I've liked most books in this series but it was a boring trial getting thru this one. But if dreary characters and scenery, shades of Jim Jones and phrases like "herd mentality" pique your interest, maybe "Nothing to Lose" is the right book for you. I do like this narrator tho and he does a good job with material provided. Also, was not keen on "Lee Child"'s anti-American/anti-military sermonizing. Think he's a Brit--how about sticking with and knocking around the UK? Think you'll find some imperfections there too, Mr. Child.
The plot. It was like searching for something to write about. It was not anywhere close to Lee Child's best work.
Above average...good book
Edge of seat...not so much
Dick is one of the best
No movie...other Reacher books better
No. The story was outrageous compared to the previous series. With the exception of Reacher not given full freedom to run about (SPOILER, but only for the first 15 minutes), the rest of Reacher reacting is pretty much him over reacting. The final nefarious plot is poorly built and requires quit a bit of nonsensical bias and huge suspicion of disbelief to seem rational.
No. Because I realize that the Reacher series is about entertainment rather than seriousness. And with one exception, there is very little from one book that spills into another book, which I find disappointing at times (be nice if some of the events in the previous book was used in future books). "Nothing to Lose" is simply a book in the series that could be skipped with no loss.
SPOILER: The company owner stranding Reacher at the Air Force Base. Almost wished the author had some fun with the reader and Reacher, and have Reacher realize he made a major mistake with his over reaction.
I get books for my long commute. For that, it was worth a listen. If you wanted a good book just to enjoy some night or weekend, it wouldn't be worth it.
SPOILER: This whole book is premised on a city wanting to live in privacy in a manner hardly different than Reacher himself. Sure, they have freedom sucking laws that people would consider to be overbearing to liberty, perhaps illegal in civil rights. But if so, its hardly anymore illegal than Reacher constantly lying to people to hide his true identity and thus have his privacy. I kept wondering when Reacher would realize Despair was a town living the Reacher life without being a drifter.