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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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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 08-12-09
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 08-12-09 Member Since 2015

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.

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    "Least favorite of all the Reacher novels"

    I've listened to all 11 Reacher novels prior to this one and I think author Lee Child lost some of his magic with Nothing to Lose. After a typical strong beginning, Child has his listeners wandering aimlessly between Hope and Despair along with his protagonist. The sub-plot centering on the plight of other visitors to Despair did little more than give Child an opportunity to turn Reacher into someone who more convincingly resembled Jeanine Garofalo than he did Superman. Officer Vaughn was not a believable character, even for a Reacher novel. And the reception that Vaughn and Reacher received during one of their visits to Despair ruptured credulity. My biggest question during the listen was whether Child was going to let Reacher and the Giant finally get it on before the book ended. Luckily Child didn't disappoint me here. Even with its weaknesses, Nothing to Lose will keep Reacher fans entertained. I'm taking a Lee Child break before moving on to Gone Tomorrow. I remain hopeful that the Man of Steel returns for the 13th installment.

    29 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Los Angeles, California, United States 06-21-12
    Carol Los Angeles, California, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Dick Hill makes Jack Reacher come alive!"
    What made the experience of listening to Nothing to Lose the most enjoyable?

    Dick Hill's narration


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    He is unbelievable story teller and addictive.. I will keep listening to everything he narrates just for the tone, incantation of his voice etc. He is the best!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It kept me on my iPhone for hours and in the middle of the night till I finished


    Any additional comments?

    God Bless Dick Hill.. I feel like he is a special friend

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark E. Young Oralndo, FL 06-16-09
    Mark E. Young Oralndo, FL 06-16-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Big Lee Child Fan Disappointed"

    Lee Child is my favorite writer. But in this one, you feel like you are the one trudging back and forth from Hope to Despair, the two towns in the novel. Many parts are not believable but mostly it is just boring.

    23 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    D. C. Haraway 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.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Gibsonia, PA, USA 10-06-08
    Sean Gibsonia, PA, USA 10-06-08
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    "political statement"

    I have read all Reacher novels and have liked all of them to date. I wait for a new novel to be published every year and could not wait until this one was available.

    This book started off ok but jumped the shark when reacher threw his hand into the political arena. I feel Lee Child wrote this novel to take a shot at the military and administration. Seems like a lot of setup for a lackluster and frustrating ending.

    38 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Lake Forest, CA, United States 03-24-11
    Jim Lake Forest, CA, United States 03-24-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Well, at least the title was pretty accurate"

    This Jack Reacher, had nothing to lose. Actually, this Jack Reacher was a stranger to me. After reading all the other reviews about this book, it is very clear that we, the readers know Jack Reacher better than the author who created him. Lee Child was intellectually dishonest and unfair to his readers by giving Jack Reacher a personality transplant after 11 previous books. I have listened to every previous Reacher book in order, and I know Jack Reacher, and I tell you, this was no Jack Reacher.
    So, to Lee Child I would say, you wasted my time, and caused me to waste my money on this poor excuse for a book. Do us all a favor and kill Jack Reacher off, rather than put him through this kind of humiliation again. The Jack Reacher your readers know would prefer that, I'm sure. It's painfully obvious, that you no longer know who Jack Reacher is.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Fresno, CA, United States 11-12-08
    Daryl Fresno, CA, United States 11-12-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Nothing to lose is nothing worth reading."

    Until listening to "Nothing to Lose" I was a loyal fan of Jack Reacher. He was a patriot and a man with a moral compass who believed in always doing the right thing. Suddenly he has morphed into a christian-hating, anti-war, cardboard superhero. Hollywood should love this one!
    When did Lee Child decide this was the lecture that his (previously) loyal readers needed to hear?
    Jack Reacher really does have "nothing to lose". He has already lost his soul.

    27 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Seattle, WA, United States 10-06-08
    Cheryl Seattle, WA, United States 10-06-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Get off your soap box, Lee Child"

    Definitely the worst Jack Reacher saga and possibly the worst book ever. Its cardboard characters CRAWLED to the finishing line. First time that I've ever set the audible speed on my iPod to "Fast" (only because I'm one of those people who can't NOT finish a book, no matter how bad). And absolutely the most convoluted plot ever.

    Once authors develop a following, why do some of them feel the need to start using their books as soap boxes? Get off your soap box, Lee Child, and go back to what you're great at doing: telling edge-of-your-seat stories through Jack "Dirty Harry" Reacher. PLEASE, turn off your inner Michael Moore. It just doesn't jive with Jack Reacher.

    37 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Omaha, NE, USA 11-03-08
    Michael Omaha, NE, USA 11-03-08 Member Since 2007
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    "So much for this character"

    Very disappointing, to my mind Jack Reacher would never promote desertion and he would never dis the military. It was a slap in the face the men and woman serving. I really liked the character up until now. Time to drop this author.

    28 of 35 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

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful

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