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.
"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)
This is an excellent book for this genre. It is well-written and the characters are well rounded and vivid. The plot is interesting and I didn't get bored at all - even the descriptive segments were interesting. A few spots got a bit predictable but if you don't mind that (which I don't), it holds enough plot twists and turns to keep your interest. The reader did a good job, however he needs to work on his female characters. This is right up there with the best of Michael Connelly, only maybe a bit edgier. His "Reacher" character is definitely out there and a force to be reconned with!
As I typed the title of my review, I was reminded of a line in the book: "I love BLT's..." I wasn't sure I would like this book after reading some of the reviews, but I did enjoy it. I had no problem with the narrator, I like his Jack Reacher voice, all gravelly and he didn't do too bad with the women either. I've heard worse narrators.
I love Jack Reacher and this series. I love the predictability and unpredictability of each of these books. I don't give every one five stars, however, this one is especially good because it brings back people from Jack's past. You get to know him even more than usual.
If you have listened or read to Lee Child's books, you wait impatiently for the next book to come out.
They are unpredictible, captivating and exciting. This one, "Bad Luck and Trouble" ranks right up there with his earlier book "Killing Floor".
I think you will like this one.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 14-year-old daughter.
This is my 12th listen in the Reacher series and I think Reacher was more testy in this one than in all the previous installments. He took things very personally and, as usual, took no prisoners. I particularly enjoyed the characterization of the three colleagues that joined with him in this adventure. What can I say? Standard Reacher fare that will entertain his fans.
I am a long time Lee Child/Jack Reacher reader/listener. I found this book a grabber from the first paragraph to the last. It is classic Reacher, hard, smart and engaging. Dick Hill was a wonderful narrator and made the characters come alive with his energy and talent. If you like mystery, suspense and action this is a must read/listen book for you.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I've just completed a review to Lee Child's 21st Reacher novel totled Night School which was released today. The Reacher character is developed over 21 novels. The novels jump around in Reachers life; they are not chronological so they can be listened to and enjoyed in any order.. If one wants to fully understand the motivations and drive of the Jack Reacher character I recommend several books which I believe are the best (I have rated 19 of 21 Reacher novels 5 stars). One of those is Bad Luck and Trouble which is set about 10 years after he left the Army. I also especially like Killing Floor which is set just after he leaves the Army, 61 Hours which is set later, and Never Go Back which is really a continuation of 61 Hours.
Bad Luck and Trouble is an outstanding novel which introduces the reader to the key characters who were in Reacher's old MP unit. Dick Hill narrates, of course. as only he can. Bad Luck and Trouble has my HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION.
Bad Luck and Trouble sheds a lot of light on Reacher and what drives him. Sometimes he seems almost a two dimensional entity without any clear motivation other than violence, and then you see the almost Taoist clarity with which he sees the world. If there were a grim reaper, Reacher could be his avatar on earth. He takes the admonition "do the right thing" from his mother (Enemy), and does it. The eye for an eye nature of his balancing the books for his brutally murdered comrades is justice at it's simplist. If he were to have a tatoo, it would say "Let God sort it out later", to paraphrase R. Lee Ermey. Great Book!
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I am not listening to these in order, but this is my fourth adventure and it will not be the last.
For me, this was the most enjoyable Reacher so far. It is well written and has unique incidents. Our vagabond is doing his usual meandering, anonymous tour of the United States. By an unusual communication method, he is called to an emergency meet of his old Army team. Four show up and four are missing; only one body has been recovered and it has evidence of a violent death and disposal. Finding the bodies, untangling the mystery, and thwarting a plot to confiscate US military weapons are all mixed in with revenge and the usual mayhem.
There were many humorous bits thrown in that made me chuckle out loud. How dare the bad guys destroy his toothbrush?
Dick Hill is a master narrator for this genre. I always enjoy listening to him.
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.
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