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.
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.
I will give the Jack Reacher books another try, but I should have take the advise from others and skipped this one.
The characters you're supposed to like in a Jack Reacher book are the bad guys/gals. Reacher and the lady police officer commit murder when they didn't need to. They didn't shoot a sniper who had innocents in their sights. They killed bad guys who were going to kill days/weeks in the future with plenty of time to arrest them with plenty of evidence to convict them. Instead, they choose to kill them in a way that likely would harm, possibly kill innocent civilians. It wasn't just Reacher; it was the female police officer too.There are political positions the characters take that I disagreed with, like justifying desertion, but I'm usually okay with that if it advances the story. But the characters didn't just take positions on subjects I disagreed with; they committed murder when there was clear and obvious alternatives.
If you like Jack Reacher and the character from the previous books, skip this one. He doesn't defend innocent people from bullies; he's the bully in this book picking fights that don't need to be picked; setting fire to police stations that don't need to be set; and in the end, murdering bad guys who should be arrested and stand trial. They weren't going anywhere. The evidence against them was locked up with them.Skip this book, if you like the character of Jack Reacher. He's not the same guy in this book.
I'm still listening but want to give an early review just to say I've tried listening to Dick Hill read in the past and could not get through the book. There is little inflection in the voices of different situations or characters - he is just boring to listen to. I will update this review if I can actually get through this book but I will certainly not download another one read by him.
I only tried this reader again because I wanted to listen to a Jack Reacher story but it just isn't worth the torture - sorry Dick Hill. Maybe you can put more feeling into your future readings
Someone who doesn't think...
It seemed as though Reacher was 'reaching' for a reason to to destroy the bad guys in this book. One far-fetched scenario after another as he explored his theories; most of which didn't pan out. Vaugh was not believable as a cop. She was there just to act as a sounding board for Reacher's reason for doing all kinds of bizarre things, which she eventually agreed with despite all common-sense or ethical duty to the contrary.
Only the bomb at the end made all the effort worth while and it almost seemed an after thought. No huge conspiracy theory that the novel was building up to. Just a dumbass preacher who wanted to speed up the Rapture. *Reacher* went ahead a detonated it for satisfaction mostly - creating a huge environmental hazard for no good reason or even seeming to consider the effects. Put a chain link fence around it and all will be ok... That will surely keep out the critters and curious kids of the future.
The treks between Hope and Despair were just plain boring. I usually only like unabridged novels, but this one could have made a 2 hour abridged version easily...
Dick Hill's performance was as good as usual.
Many of the descriptions about the army paper work or processes that might happen in a given scene and just about all the verbose traveling between Hope and Despair and around despair.
This was a completely ridiculous and implausible plot and story line. Lee Child had been turning out good stories. This was a complete bust.
Dick Hill is an engrossing reader. I have listened to him many times and always enjoy his performance.
I would have cut this entire story premise. You could drive a truck through the holes in this story. The political insight was also off target and unnecessary. I am going to take a long break from reading this series.
I've read all of the Jack Reacher books in order up to this one. This is the first book where I didn't really like him. He acts like a bully throughout the entire story, and the ending (albeit dramatic) is not very satisfying.
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