In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.
©2007 Lee Child; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"Winning." (Publishers Weekly) "Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"The action is intense, the pace unrelenting, and the violence unforgiving. Child remains the reigning master at combining breakneck yet brilliantly constructed plotting with characters who continually surprise us with their depth." (Booklist)
Bad Luck and Trouble sheds a lot of light on Reacher and what drives him. Sometimes he seems almost a two dimensional entity without any clear motivation other than violence, and then you see the almost Taoist clarity with which he sees the world. If there were a grim reaper, Reacher could be his avatar on earth. He takes the admonition "do the right thing" from his mother (Enemy), and does it. The eye for an eye nature of his balancing the books for his brutally murdered comrades is justice at it's simplist. If he were to have a tatoo, it would say "Let God sort it out later", to paraphrase R. Lee Ermey. Great Book!
This is an excellent book for this genre. It is well-written and the characters are well rounded and vivid. The plot is interesting and I didn't get bored at all - even the descriptive segments were interesting. A few spots got a bit predictable but if you don't mind that (which I don't), it holds enough plot twists and turns to keep your interest. The reader did a good job, however he needs to work on his female characters. This is right up there with the best of Michael Connelly, only maybe a bit edgier. His "Reacher" character is definitely out there and a force to be reconned with!
As I typed the title of my review, I was reminded of a line in the book: "I love BLT's..." I wasn't sure I would like this book after reading some of the reviews, but I did enjoy it. I had no problem with the narrator, I like his Jack Reacher voice, all gravelly and he didn't do too bad with the women either. I've heard worse narrators.
If you have listened or read to Lee Child's books, you wait impatiently for the next book to come out.
They are unpredictible, captivating and exciting. This one, "Bad Luck and Trouble" ranks right up there with his earlier book "Killing Floor".
I think you will like this one.
I am a long time Lee Child/Jack Reacher reader/listener. I found this book a grabber from the first paragraph to the last. It is classic Reacher, hard, smart and engaging. Dick Hill was a wonderful narrator and made the characters come alive with his energy and talent. If you like mystery, suspense and action this is a must read/listen book for you.
Semi retired magazine editor and part time university adjunct instructor who is often distracted by his 10-year-old daughter.
This is my 12th listen in the Reacher series and I think Reacher was more testy in this one than in all the previous installments. He took things very personally and, as usual, took no prisoners. I particularly enjoyed the characterization of the three colleagues that joined with him in this adventure. What can I say? Standard Reacher fare that will entertain his fans.
I love Jack Reacher and this series. I love the predictability and unpredictability of each of these books. I don't give every one five stars, however, this one is especially good because it brings back people from Jack's past. You get to know him even more than usual.
Happy to read mysteries, like the action too!
Mr. Hill's gruff voice as the lead character comes through in living color. Mr. Child builds each character to completion. I have already suggested this book to friends!
Reacher's irreverent manner is so "Not P.C." He reminds me of a dear friend of mine.
Mr. Hill's voice is perfect for Reacher. It took me a minute or two to get use to hearing him portray the females in the book but after a while, I realized I was hearing them through Reacher.
There are many places that made me chuckle and a few that made me sad. It's a well rounded emotional ride
I read a hard copy of "Worth Dying For" which was a great read. When I needed to take a trip, I thought I might as well start at the beginning. It's six hours of great listening...... Must have the series!!!
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