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Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel | [Lee Child]

Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel

Jack Reacher reunites with the survivors of his old Army investigative team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.
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Publisher's Summary

A decade postmilitary, Jack Reacher has an ATM card and the clothes on his back - no phone, no ties, and no address. But now a woman from his old unit has done the impossible. From Chicago, Frances Neagley finds Reacher using a signal only the eight members of their elite team of army investigators would know. She tells him a terrifying story about the brutal death of a man they both served with. Soon Reacher is reuniting with the survivors of his old team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day.

In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

©2007 Lee Child; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Winning." (Publishers Weekly) "Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"The action is intense, the pace unrelenting, and the violence unforgiving. Child remains the reigning master at combining breakneck yet brilliantly constructed plotting with characters who continually surprise us with their depth." (Booklist)

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    Amazon Customer Gainesville, Florida 06-21-07
    Amazon Customer Gainesville, Florida 06-21-07 Listener Since 2004
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    "Good luck for readers"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alan O. Mortenson 06-19-07
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    "Bad Luck & Trouble"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    robertavalentine 06-06-07 Member Since 2015
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    "mixed feelings"

    I love Child's writing but this book was not as engaging as some others. I was somewhat disappointed.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce Rapid City, SD, USA 10-23-07
    Joyce Rapid City, SD, USA 10-23-07
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    "Bad Luck and Trouble"

    The book itself is good. I didn't, however, care for the narrator.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Julie FRESNO, CA, United States 12-06-12
    Julie FRESNO, CA, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Nagely and Reacher reunited"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 10-05-12
    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 10-05-12 Member Since 2007

    I'll give everything a try

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    "Bad Luck and Trouble"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy D ChonburiThailand 07-20-07
    Jeremy D ChonburiThailand 07-20-07
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    "Bad Sound and Mumble"

    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!!

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Palos Verdes Estates, CA, USA 06-11-07
    Greg Palos Verdes Estates, CA, USA 06-11-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Story Good. Narrator Bad"

    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.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Lovettsville, Va United States 05-18-07
    Jesse Lovettsville, Va United States 05-18-07 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    "Good story, hate the reader"

    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.

    15 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 01-07-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 01-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Not much action until the end."

    Most of the book is learning about and trying to solve the mystery, which was ok, not great. But I enjoyed it because I like hanging out with Reacher. Then the last two hours were great - lots of fun, well done tough guy action.

    Again you need to suspend disbelief for a few things. Most of that I didn’t mind, but I had a little trouble with this one. I found it hard to believe that Naegley with all her contacts didn’t even try to use a hacker to break the password protection on a flash drive. Instead the group was guessing passwords which resulted in erasing info on two flash drives.

    The ending was excellent and feel good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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