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You DO NOT MESS with the Special Investigators!

The events of 9/11 changed Jack Reacher’s drifter life in a practical way. In addition to his folding toothbrush, he now needs to carry photo ID to get around. Yet he is still as close to untraceable as a human being in America can get.

So when a member of his old Army unit manages to get a message to him, he knows it has to be deadly serious. The Special Investigators always watched each other’s backs. Now Reacher must put the old unit back together. Someone has killed one of them, and he can’t let that go.

©2007 Lee Child (P)2011 Random House AudioBooks

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AWESOME

Once I started to listening to the story it was hard to push the stop button but have to work for a living and to pay for the next in the series

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syncronise please!!

chapters offered on screen and chapters offered by the reader are not syncronised. very disappointing.

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There's always a runt in the litter.

Not up to the usual standard. Soft ending. Very well read by a master of his craft.

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  • Joe
  • Warwick, U.K.
  • 07-15-13

Jack has mates = more trouble, more action.

What made the experience of listening to Bad Luck and Trouble the most enjoyable?

The story is nonsense, but don't let that put you off, Lee Child sells you all of this ridiculousness to the point that you will take a bullet for it. You will probably not want to talk about it in two weeks time down at the pub, but you will buy the next Jack Reacher audiobook from Audible. Jack is an enigma, the improbability of your primordial genetic code. What is not to love with touching your reptilian brain with so much relish? I love the fact that it is such nonsense - so loveable and so enjoyable. Perfect fiction and escape.

What did you like best about this story?

It Jack, he's back and he's got mates. Baddies fear and tremble!

Which scene was your favorite?

The first scene, no, correction the last scene.... Hum, in reconsideration the middle bit.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Moved me? What kind of question is this for a Jack Reacher novel? It does not move, it kicks your butt.

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Don't mess with the Investigators

Jack with some of his old team. Not the usual loner this time, but still good, revenge, naive baddies, a little laboured with the constant drives through LA, but overall enjoyable.

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  • Marion
  • Cronulla, Australia
  • 10-09-12

Think Jack's showing his age

Have been a constant Reacher fan but whether it was the almost tired voice given to him by Mr Harding or my personal attitude at the time, I felt that Jack was also tired of being leader of the push. There was certainly plenty of action but not the usual edginess to his character. Maybe there were too many characters to contend with.

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  • Jackie
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 08-11-12

Terrific

What made the experience of listening to Bad Luck and Trouble the most enjoyable?

Story line made me think, the characters role was interesting and they played their part well

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I was constantly thinking and hoping for a good result in the end

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The visit to the morgue was one of finality and hope

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  • Mr Rupert Seymour
  • 04-07-13

There's something about that man.

I have now either read or heard all the Reacher books and oh I wish there were more. With the voice of Jeff Harding - surely the finest voice blending stern threats and machismo on the block - along with the words of Lee Child our creator of Reacher there must be so much more to come. Why? Reacher is both sensitive lover and thug with a heart, 6' 5" of unforgiving justice who carries two fists packed with bone breaking deliverance married with just a scintilla of irony. A caring ex-army major who finds comfort in helping the weak whilst breaking the arm of the town bully. This is why we need more. There's a twisted morality to the character. A flawed hero with neither an address or pretensions.

In this story his old army team highlights the unbreakable loyalty they have to Reacher and each other when one of their number is threatened. I would spoil the reading for you if I went on save to say it is 22 carat Reacher. Listen but don't mess with that man!

In this strory his old army team highlights the unbreakable loyalty they have to Reacher and each other when one of their number is threatened. I would spoil the reading for you if I went on save to say it is 22 carat Reacher. Listen but don't mess with that man!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 09-08-15

Classic Reacher!

Jack Reacher fans know what they want and Child delivers in spades with "Bad Luck and Trouble". It's classic Reacher and scenes like him making a decision about how high the helicopter should fly are perfect Reacher moments - you'll see what I mean. If you like most of the other books, this is one of the best and you're going to enjoy it!

For anyone who hasn't read any of the previous books this is fairly uncompromising thriller fiction. Like most books in the genre you have to suspend a certain amount of your brain's logic processing but it's glorious fun if you like your main characters in the hard, uncompromising mould. You don't mess with Jack Reacher!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs
  • 12-01-13

Lee Child is always reliable

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

Lee Childs always writes a great book that is very good to listen to.Great characters and Jack as solid as ever

What did you like best about this story?

Strong women with well thought out background. Jack is such a strong chracter that I feel like I know him personally

What about Jeff` Harding’s performance did you like?

Jeff sounds just like I would expect Jack to sound like and it is like he is telling the story

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

Neither made me laugh or cry but still kept me looking forward to the next installment untill the end and then to look forward to litening again another day

Any additional comments?

If you like this you will like them all. They are all very different

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Roderick Paterson
  • 04-16-13

Jack Reacher at his best

When Reacher teams back up with his former team there is more opportunity for the character to interact and less of the statement "Reacher said nothing". Brilliant balance of crossing plots and an epic ending.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Andy Murray
  • 12-06-16

Awesome - probably my favourite Reacher book

This is a great tale. Reacher is a bad ass but he's getting a little older and slower so this time he has help!

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  • Eddie
  • 03-15-14

A real thriller

What did you like most about Bad Luck and Trouble?

My favourite Jack Reacher so far. Back with his old Army buddies and seeking revenge for their murdered friends. Don't mess with the special investigators!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Malcolm Todd
  • 01-25-13

The Man !

Fast paced, good characters, great story. Love the Reacher books and this the best one by far.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • 04-10-11

a long long time getting anywhere!

I don't think I've ever read a Lee Childs book that takes so long to get anywhere. It's as if he was being paid by the word / page, rather than the storyline. One of my least favourite Reacher books!Disappointing!

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Kamal
  • 05-09-18

Another great listen.

Story was one of the better ones.
It had parts which would seem more at home in James Bond than Jack Reacher, which I wasn’t the biggest fan of. But nevertheless, still a great listen and if you’ve made it this far in the series I doubt you need my recommendation.

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  • Carol Smith
  • 04-09-18

Reacher does it again ... another great story.

Listened to this on a long car journey, which passed the time with nail-biting excitement. Reacher at his loyal, violent best.

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  • Donna
  • 12-17-17

Superb reading

Lots of fun reading with the addition of his past comrades. Lee, we need more of Jack in our lives. If you were to ask me whether i wanted more I'd have to say "If you wouldn't mind, mate!?!" Oh yeah <3 ☆☆☆☆☆ ♡♡♡♡♡

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  • Brittany james
  • 07-16-17

ok book

not his best book I enjoyed it but felt the story line was a bit flat.

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  • Jane
  • 01-12-17

I loved it

If I hadn't just finished it, I would listen to it again. definitely one of the best Jack Reacher novels so far

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  • georgia
  • 01-04-17

loved it

always enjoy a jack reacher triller and the narrator is always interesting to listen too

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  • Emma
  • 04-14-16

Awesome!!

Another top Reacher book, great story and Jeff Harding was great as usual. If you're a Reacher fan then this will not let you down

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  • Chris
  • 01-01-16

One of Child' best.

Where does Bad Luck and Trouble rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have listened to this twice now, it is enthralling and I enjoyed every second of it. I am a huge Jack Reacher fan and this is one of the best so far.

What did you like best about this story?

The ending,

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The last scene leaves the listener itching for more, well it did for me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes but I would spoil the book if I told you.

Any additional comments?

It is a gripping tail, well worth listening to. I loved it.

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  • Rachael
  • 12-07-15

My Favourite Jack Reacher

What made the experience of listening to Bad Luck and Trouble the most enjoyable?

Jeff Harding is Reacher in my head. His voice is Reacher and brings the character to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bad Luck and Trouble?

I LOVE the sayings that are now part of my mantra. YOU DO NOT MESS WITH SPECIAL FORCES and THE MORE PREPARED YOU ARE THE BETTER LUCK COMES YOUR WAY. not exact quotes but how I remember them.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

This story gave us more Reacher because of his colleagues. It was sadder than the rest because of the personal relationships with the victims and their demise.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I am always grabbed from the beginning of each book. I painted 2 rooms non-stop listening to this book. I was totally invested in this book from the beginning.