Two small towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, nothing but twelve miles of empty road. Jack Reacher can't find a ride, so he walks. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets are four redneck deputies who want to run him out of town. Mistake. They're picking on the wrong guy. Jack Reacher is a big man, and he's in shape. No job, no address, no baggage. Nothing, except bloody-minded curiosity. What is the secret the locals seem so keen to hide?
A hard man is good to find. Ex-military cop Reacher is today's most addictive hero. Now he pulls on a tiny loose thread, to unravel conspiracies that expose the most shocking truths. Because, after all, Jack Reacher has nothing to lose.
©2008 Lee Child; (P)2009 Random House Audio
Closed, stifling, suspicious? Jack can punch all the way to freedom.
Early on Jack enters the town and orders a beer, the locals give him the evil eye, and Jack responds like Jack does. Stereo and deluxe.
Jeff gets Reacher, awkward, elusive, charismatic, blunt. Believe, I tell you, believe!
Come on this is Jack Reacher, if you get moved by fiction, this is not your genre. You get a kick! Plenty of those in this novel, each as purging as dry figs.
"Bit pedestrian and fanciful tale"
Wouldn't listen again as unlike the other Reacher novels it has poor character development , little emotional connection and fanciful story.
Simon Kernick - Stay alive
Good performance by jeff harding but struggles to work with poor material.
No part of the book really engaged me emotionally and the whole experience left an insubstantial feeling.
After listening to all the reacher novels so far this has made me want to take a long wait before trying book 13.
"Reacher ... a magnet for trouble"
Oh Reacher Reacher when will you learn to keep your 6' 5" frome out of trouble. If Lee Child's creation did then we would robbed of a dusty, eccentric, travelling rough neck with the moral code of the Lone Ranger wedded to the chivalry of a medieval knight. This strory saunters along gathering dust and trouble. None of the trouble is of Reachers making of course though in the breaking of a few arms and heads he is more than able to find solutions.
Without the voice of Jeff Harding ... who in my mind is THE Reacher ... the vision would not be complete. Jeff Hardings voice is 6' 5"" tall and what a fine story he tells.
"Not up to Lee Child's usual high standard"
I have listened to every book up to this point in the order they were written, which I highly recommend, some people have said you don't have to read or listen to them in order but you do miss out on the overall development of the Jack Reacher character and how he adapts to changes in technology over the years, as well as the experiences he has and there are many references to previous stories in his books which although do not impact on the story add to the enjoyment when you are 'in the know'.
Jeff Harding is Jack Reacher, I have never been disappointed with his performances, he is excellent, his female voices might be a little samey but overall his is superb, by far the best narrator out of those who have also done previous books.
The story.. don't worry no spoilers
Regretfully I have to say this is by far the least interesting story of the first 12 books, up to now every book without fail has been a thrilling ride, unfortunately this one just wasn't.
It got to the point where I was actually not listening to the book, there was just far too much superfluous descriptive prose which I personally felt were only in there to try and bulk out a lacklustre story, I just didn't feel engaged with Jack and his curiosity to get to the truth, I felt disinterested in the plot and the characters involved.
Don't get me wrong, there are great scenes in the book where Reacher dishes out his usual form of justice, not least the scene with the orderly, it is just epic but it wasn't enough. Even the ending was a disappointment, I have told myself when I get to the last book I will start again from the first book but I have to say this one will get missed out.
Hoping Jack Reacher 13 is Lee Child back on form.
"Excellent, Fast-paced Thriller"
Lee Child's character Jack Reacher is a fantastically controversial hero - a man who lives by his own rules and considers that results always justify the means. Throughout the series he wanders the US with a random freedom bordering on an obsession to be hidden from the world - anonymous in the crowd. Wherever he encounters wrongs he puts them to rights in his own direct and ruthless way - often trespassing on the law, his results always land on the right side of justice.
In Nothing to Lose, Reachers wanders into a town called Despair in the state of Colorado - and is promptly arrested by the town deputies for violating the Vagrancy Ordinance. He is ejected back to the town he had come from, Hope where he is met by his soon-to-be reluctant ally, a police officer named Vaughn.
Reacher's stubborn curiosity carries him back into despair and together is Vaughn he uncovers a conspiracy that involves the whole town, being carried out by the unbalanced sectarian owner of the metal recycling plant that provides business and revenue for the entire town of Despair.
Through the character of Reacher, the author injects interesting views of military duty and desertion, of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Army as an institution.
All in all a very enjoyable, fast paced thriller with a good mix of dry humour and action. It fully deserves the 5 star rating I have given it and it is well read by Jeff Harding.
"Give this one a miss"
I didn't enjoy this one. Didn't engage with the characters or subject matter. Not this time.
Really enjoying the Jack Reacher novels and this one I couldn't stop listening to, the storyline really draws you in, this is the 12th Jack Reacher book and they just keep getting better. Again Jeff Harding does an excellent job of narrating the story, looking forward to the next one!
"Phew! Finished at last!"
Lee Child takes his penchant for adding detailed, irrelevant minutiae to cosmic new heights. Does he have a word quota to fill?
"A real chore."
Unless you're obsessively working through the Jack Reacher books in order (as I am!), you would be well advised to give this a wide berth. Jeff Harding's narration is, of course, excellent and I can see the merit in Lee Child going in a slightly different direction in this Reacher story, but the fact remains that this is deathly dull. I usually like the excessive detail in Reacher books, but some of the passages in this book are interminable and add little value or interest. The main or sub-plots never really get going, or are really very gripping in the first place, and the ending is a damp squib. Hopefully the next book will be back to normal, as until now, I have loved being a part of Jack's world!
"Not the best....."
Have listened to almost all of the Jack Reacher books and this is one of the weakest stories. Just never gets going.
"Nothing to lose by skipping this, Reacher fans."
I'm a fan of the Reacher novels and have enjoyed them all up until this one. This seems oddly un-Reacher like. There is no real development of our hero. Nothing to add to canon. In short, you can miss this one without losing any extra detail on Reachers life and past. No new major characters are introduced.
The plot is thin and unremarkable. It takes nearly 3/4 of the book to get going with one thread dropped quickly towards the end.
Reacher seems as bored as the reader as he plods his way through a situation he could have easily avoided.
To use a catch phrase of the series: "Reacher said nothing. "
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