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Nothing to Lose: A Jack Reacher Novel | [Lee Child]

Nothing to Lose: A Jack Reacher Novel

Two lonely towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, 12 miles of empty road. Jack Reacher never turns back. It's not in his nature. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets is big trouble. So in Lee Child's electrifying new novel, Reacher - a man with no fear, no illusions, and nothing to lose - goes to war against a town that not only wants him gone, it wants him dead.
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Two lonely towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, 12 miles of empty road. Jack Reacher never turns back. It's not in his nature. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets is big trouble. So in Lee Child's electrifying new novel, Reacher - a man with no fear, no illusions, and nothing to lose - goes to war against a town that not only wants him gone, it wants him dead.

It wasn't the welcome Reacher expected. He was just passing through, minding his own business. But within minutes of his arrival a deputy is in the hospital and Reacher is back in Hope, setting up a base of operations against Despair, where a huge, seething walled-off industrial site does something nobody is supposed to see...where a small plane takes off every night and returns seven hours later...where a garrison of well-trained and well-armed military cops - the kind of soldiers Reacher once commanded - waits and watches...where above all two young men have disappeared and two frightened young women wait and hope for their return.

Joining forces with a beautiful cop who runs Hope with a cool hand, Reacher goes up against Despair - against the deputies who try to break him and the rich man who tries to scare him - and starts to crack open the secrets, starts to expose the terrifying connection to a distant war that's killing Americans by the thousand.

Now, between a town and the man who owns it, between Reacher and his conscience, something has to give. And Reacher never gives an inch.

©2008 Lee Child; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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    D. C. Haraway Colorado Springs 12-04-10
    D. C. Haraway Colorado Springs 12-04-10 Member Since 2005
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    "What a shame"

    This was my first Jack Reacher, the man with Dan Rather's mind in Chuck Norris' body. I don't see how an internally conflicted person with no money, no job, and no unifying principles has survived as many novels as he has--only to hitchhike off into the sunset. If you listen to this you're going to have to endure lectures against military leadership, Christians, and care of veterans, lectures in favor of desertion by thinking soldiers issued by a wooden military policeman who should know better. If you're like me, when Child springs his trap on you 5/8s of the way through the book, you won't want to admit the last 10 hours have been a waste and you'll persevere to completion. With all these popular books by Child, I feel like I chose the booby prize with my first pick on Let's Make a Deal.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Claude Green Cove Springs, FL, USA 12-20-08
    Claude Green Cove Springs, FL, USA 12-20-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Jack Reacher, I am gonna miss you........."

    I have always been a fan of Vince Flynn, Stephen Coonts and Lee Child, but after reading "Nothing to Lose", Lee Child has (and Jack Reacher) has been dropped from my list.

    In all of the Reacher novels todate, I never figured him to be anti military, anti Christian, and even anti American. Even Childs research on his subject matter is so full of lies that would make any Veteran of either the Gulf War or Irag puke. For example, there has only been one instance of an M1A1 tank being defeated in any battle fount, Iraq not withstanding, and his description of description of depleted uranium is almost a joke. This stuff is not only used in tank armor, but also CAT Scanners and MRI units. It has less radioactivity than the average masonry home. Sorry Lee, I will miss the Jack Reacher character, but will never purchase another Jack Reacher novel.

    Claude Allen
    US Army 1966-68

    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Seattle, WA, United States 08-03-11
    Frank Seattle, WA, United States 08-03-11
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    "Good"

    Jack Reacher, you either Love him or Hate him .The book moves fast and furious as do most all of Lee childs books .
    It is like watching a good shootem up western on late night tv.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Georgia Woodbury, PA, USA 12-05-08
    Georgia Woodbury, PA, USA 12-05-08
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    "Reacher has reached the end"

    Our boy, Jack, wishes he had been brave enough to be a deserter?

    Sorry, Lee. I'm done.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Myles L. Mace, Jr Southport, ME United States 01-15-09
    Myles L. Mace, Jr Southport, ME United States 01-15-09
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    "Disappointing"

    I have thoroughly enjoyed all previous Reacher novels by Lee Child. This offering seems like a ghost written one by a different author, and was very disappointing for many reasons - plot, facts and most of all, for inserting a political agenda that seemed to negate all that Reacher stood for.

    Reminds me of Bob McNamara's "awakening" a while ago - something is not right up there.


    19 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Williamsburg, VA, USA 08-19-09
    Angela Williamsburg, VA, USA 08-19-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Compellingly Boring"

    The title may be an oxymoron but I find those the only two words I can use. I am more than eight hours into this book and am bored to death!! But, I must finish listening to it because I am compelled to find out what happens to the main characters.

    Reacher is just going between Hope and Despair and the same things occur. I Hope things things will pick up but am in Despair that that they have not and will not!! Reacher beats up several people or he sneaks past the dumb town's people and gets caught by Thurman who naively lets him go with a promise that he will not come back to Despair and the whole scenario happens again. I really cannot wait for the last three plus hours of the Audio book to end.

    If this book were not in Audio, I would not complete it. At least I can knit, drive or cook while listening or even let it lull me to sleep if I am suffering from insomnia tonight and really not care if I miss some of it.

    I have read several Reacher novels and this is, by far, the most boring and disappointing.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Pleasant Grove, AL, United States 03-27-09
    Scott Pleasant Grove, AL, United States 03-27-09 Member Since 2005
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    "author's politics intrudes"

    Child hides the plot twists well and all details come together in the end... HOWEVER... Child uses this book as a podium to promote his liberal-athiest political convictions: mixing incorrect assumptions about US military into ideas plausible to the naive & reproach for anything religious.
    We read fiction to divert our minds from CNN, ABC, etc. Why inject personal convictions and viewpoints into the story as though they are established societal norms? Sure, provoke thought and inspire concern, but don't assume we should all share the author's value system and political beliefs! Child should stick to mystery and suspense and stay out of "politically correctness" indoctrination.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory T. Wallace Downsville, Louisiana United States 03-25-09
    Gregory T. Wallace Downsville, Louisiana United States 03-25-09 Member Since 2004

    I love me some audiobooks

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    "Not Child's Best"

    This makes the fourth or fifth Jack Reacher novel that I've listened to. Dick Hill really makes the persona of the main character come to life. I hope Dick Hill continues to narrate this series because I don't think anyone else would do it justice and I would probably quit this author. As for this novel, it follows the same "one man army" theme with a mysterious villain and clue search throughout. This novel didn't have quite the same satisfaction of some of the others I've listened to from this author though. For some reasons the main character seemed too cold and grim and losing out on the care and respect from the reader/listener.
    Personally, I felt the author had an axe to grind politically and morally. I guess in the quest for finding new material to write about the author resorted to the tried and true "bash the christian" scenario. Not to diminish the series for others, but a faithless, disgruntled, aimlessly wondering, bullheaded lead character can get old after awhile.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 07-11-11
    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 07-11-11
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    "Jack Reacher's Evil Twin?"

    The Jack Reacher books are pretty predictable: 1) Reacher beats the snot out of some bad people. 2) Reacher gets the girl. 3) Reacher figures everything out before anyone else. All of this is done while regularly consulting the atomic clock in his brain. I enjoy listening to the books, and enjoyed this one to a certain extent, though it seemed that instead of wandering into trouble like he usually does, Jack was looking for trouble. This book also seemed quite preachy to me, on both political and religious issues.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Fillmore, CA, United States 10-04-08
    Laura Fillmore, CA, United States 10-04-08 Member Since 2007
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    ". I tried to be excited, but wasn't"

    I've read every Reacher novel and was really looking forward to this. I was disappointed. It lacked other interesting characters and the plot was thin. Reacher has been a smart character in past novels and in this book he was bullheaded and plundering. It never really came together as a powerful read.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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