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.
Jack Reacher supporting military deserters? I'm very disappointed Lee Child.
I don't know if I want to buy any more Lee Child products...
Dick Hill does a great job reading Reacher novels, I don't blame him for having to read "michael moore-esk" left-wing BS.
No, it took a long time before I could stand finishing this BS
If this was the first Reacher novel I'd heard I would never buy another one. This novel might have ruined Jack Reacher novels for me. Not only was the story slow to develop but Lee Child made Reacher come across like a stubborn ass instead of a loner with strong sense of fair play like in all the novels before this one.
Fast passed and kicking butt. Jumps right in and does not stop. Great listen... If you enjoy Mr. Reacher's wit and face pounding skills.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
I never get tired of this series. Just as good as the rest. I will definitely continue the series unless something major changes.
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.
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