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Publisher's Summary

A decade postmilitary, Jack Reacher has an ATM card and the clothes on his back - no phone, no ties, and no address. But now a woman from his old unit has done the impossible. From Chicago, Frances Neagley finds Reacher using a signal only the eight members of their elite team of army investigators would know. She tells him a terrifying story about the brutal death of a man they both served with. Soon Reacher is reuniting with the survivors of his old team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day.

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.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Wow, I flew threw this one.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would recommend this one. It kept me wanting to hear more, whats going to happen next?? .....

Any additional comments?

I just love Reacher's adventures. I listen to this in two days

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A fun Reacher novel that is vey engaging.

Exceeded my expectations and I got to know Reacher's old crew. Audiobook holds your attention I had to listen after hours as I was hooked.

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I just really like Jack Reacher personality

I have read all of Jack Reacher's adventures. Now I enjoy hearing them while I'm painting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc.

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Listen to it again, you will enjoy it just as much

I first listened to this book about two and a half years ago and since I've gone through all of the Jack Reacher books and did not want to wait a year for the next one I decided to listen to this one again, and I loved it just as much, even forgot a few details that kept me engaged. The best kept secret about these books is that you can get as much enjoyment going through the second time. Just like how you can watch a good movie more than once. I am going to be saving a lot of money because now I am going to go through them all again! And the narrator Dick Hill Rocks!

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Starting to see the pattern

What did you like best about Bad Luck and Trouble? What did you like least?

Reacher is as cool as they come. I love the plots, and in this one we get to meet the Special Investigations crew that he worked with in the army. That alone is worth the time for this book. But...They long descriptions of putting bullets into guns, starting up cars, the helicopter instrumentation, etc... gets very tedious. And the ending is, as usual very predictable, but in this case i found it too easy and extremely anti-climactic. I felt like Reacher should have had to work a little harder for this one.The writing is still good, the dialog especially is crisp. All in all, a great book for Reacher fans, but don't start here if you are new to the series.

Would you recommend Bad Luck and Trouble to your friends? Why or why not?

If they were Reacher fans.

What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Love Dick Hill's narration.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes. You don't have to deal with some of the tedious details in a movie.

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I loved that Toothbrush

If you could sum up Bad Luck and Trouble in three words, what would they be?

You Don't Mess ...with the special investigators

What other book might you compare Bad Luck and Trouble to and why?

Out of the Reacher novels, I would recommend The Enemy, which is the first Prequel written by Child, it introduces some of the characters in this novel.

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

Always a fantastic performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Bad Luck and Trouble continues a string of good Reacher Novels. For the first time we see Reacher in an entirely different setting - part of a team - not as he is usually portrayed as a loner with a side piece. This book was very enjoyable, but about 2/3 through, Child slowed down the narrative way too much - He spent an hour describing how the team acquires some guns. The biggest question I have is why is Reacher always broke!? In the last book he received a million dollars, 4 or 5 books ago he inherited a $400,000 house from Garber. Dude should have plenty of dough.Biggest takeaway from this book was the toothbrush scene - I haven’t laughed that hard in any previous Reacher novel....those bastards!!!! Hilarious.

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  • Leland
  • Humble, TX, United States
  • 05-23-14

Odd title

If you could sum up Bad Luck and Trouble in three words, what would they be?

Better than others (in the series)

What did you like best about this story?

A bit more history on Reacher. Good questions as to why he remains a loner wanderer that are not really resolved, but at least asked.

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

Honestly, if not for Dick Hill performing, I probably would have dropped off the series after Reacher was shot in the chest with a .38 within a room, and the round failed to penetrate his skin.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Nope, and didn't. I listen to books as entertainment on my commute.

Any additional comments?

It's a good book. Worth a credit. One day, I'll try and learn why the author seems to think every law enforcement agency in the US is corrupt, but I got over that by book 4 and just go with the flow. The title just seems to be something to call the book rather than anything really pertinent to the story.

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Too much fighting and Torturing

Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

I already listened to several Lee Child stories and am going to try some more. Dick Hill reads nicely and fitting to Jack Reacher's character.

Was Bad Luck and Trouble worth the listening time?

It was light entertainment but I had to fast forward over the scenes describing torturing.

Any additional comments?

The story is ok'ish but a bit too simple and in many ways unrealistic. For example why did Reacher not find time to reload the gun before going downstairs to meet the two ladies?

And I really don't like torturing scenes. Why does every author of a thriller story nowadays feel the need to describe horrible torturing scenes? I'm not a surgeon and do not enjoy detailed descriptions of how it looks when a human being is being cut open.

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  • Mark
  • Blacklick, OH, United States
  • 04-18-14

Gets old fast

What did you like about this audiobook?

Lee Child is getting lazy or just doesn't seem to care. 11th bmook in the series AMD now all of the sudden Reacher is the next rainman with numbers. Child just pulled that out of thin air with no setup in past books. I also wish Child would think up something other than Reacher killing anyone who remotely offends him. Gets old fast.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Dick Hill is one of the best, hard to pick one

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Yes if broken up into short listening blocks.

One of the Best Jack Reacher Novels

Bad Luck and Trouble opens with a horrific action sequence. Let's just say that Child has a way of dropping a bomb in the opening pages.

Reacher is contacted by Frances Nagley, a woman from his old unit. She's tracked him down in a unique way. Fans of arithmetic puzzles will liked this. Nagley tells him of what's happening to the men in their old unit. She and Reacher try to reunite with the rest of his old team, but they're almost too late.

Reacher's unit had the motto: "You don't mess with the unit." The people who have targeted Reacher and his team learn this truth a little too late.

Nonstop action. Larger than life characters whose camaraderie seems genuine. Despicable bad guys. Intricate plot. Edge of the seat suspense. If those characteristics appeal to you, grab Bad Luck and Trouble asap!