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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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Thoroughly Enjoyable!

I was a little hesitant about purchasing this book due to the reviews of several people who railed against the coverage of religion and the military. Once again it just shows that some people can’t handle a little logical criticism regarding their beliefs.

I enjoyed the dialogue between Reacher and both preachers (Thurman and U-haul driver) regarding their beliefs and viewpoints. It is always fun to see the self-righteous taken down a notch and to see the devout shaken from their flat-earther beliefs.

Keep ‘em coming!

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This is a great read and I couldn't put it down.

loved it. It is a great read with no wasted dialogue. I love the way Lee sucks you into the picture and allows you to see everything and not just read it.

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Reacher continues to amaze.

loved the book. as usual. like dick Hill as narrator. another great mystery.

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Reacher finds himself between hope and depair

Lee Child's 12th Jack Reacher novel, Nothing to Lose, take place in Colorado. Jack meanders back and forth between two nearby towns named Hope and Despair, where the former is a fairly typical, while the latter is run by a religious fanatic. After running into trouble for a cup of coffee, Jack stumbles upon a dead body. In typical Reacher fashion, he can't let anything go and gradually uncovers multiple sinister, illegal activities with potential extreme consequences.

Jacks' physicality is mainly on display as the sleuthing is less subtle this time out. Jack tends to barge into places to ferret out clues. Child throws a couple of curve balls by intermixing several independent plot elements occurring at the same time. Of particular note is Child's commentary on the treatment of war veterans as distinct from his respect for the US military.

Dick Hill's narration is another superb offering. His Jack Reacher voice as well as range of voices for supporting characters is outstanding.

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Too political for my tastes

The addition of politics and religion really take away from the story. It made the story a real struggle to get through.

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  • rich
  • Overland Park, KS, United States
  • 12-14-14

Plot is muddled. Dick Hill awesome as usual

The antagonist is not as clearly drawn as every other Reacher novel. Not child's best work.

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  • CaryAnn
  • Riverside, CA, United States
  • 06-22-13

Don't Lose Your Money Buying Nothing to Lose.

Until this book I thought of Jack Reacher as patriot and morally principled man. "Nothing to Lose" seemed to be about vigilantism, anti-Christianity and anti-military. I suppose it is really Lee Child’s dislike of the military and Christianity; but I didn’t buy this audio book to have his views shoved down my throat.

The Reacher in this book is not the Reacher we have learned to love. The story was thin. Reacher was inept and Vaughn was made to look stupid. I would rather Reacher die then to see the man he started as become what the jerk he was in this book.

Dick Hill did his usual great job.

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author's politics intrudes

Child hides the plot twists well and all details come together in the end... HOWEVER... Child uses this book as a podium to promote his liberal-athiest political convictions: mixing incorrect assumptions about US military into ideas plausible to the naive & reproach for anything religious.
We read fiction to divert our minds from CNN, ABC, etc. Why inject personal convictions and viewpoints into the story as though they are established societal norms? Sure, provoke thought and inspire concern, but don't assume we should all share the author's value system and political beliefs! Child should stick to mystery and suspense and stay out of "politically correctness" indoctrination.

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Not as good as The Enemy but ok.

I like Jack but this book wasn't as believable to me.

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  • Allan
  • Whitesburg, TN, United States
  • 12-06-10

"Reacher" Do you really know him?

I started the Lee Child novels with “The Killing Floor” and was immediately captured by the talent of this Author. I was insanely addicted and went through book after book to where I am now “Nothing To Loose”. In my journey through these novels I have came to the conclusion that this Author has a agenda. To start his agenda he gets his readers addicted by pure, raw, talent and then slowly starts feeding his messages and as the books go on the message gets plainer, louder, and more outspoken.

After the first few books it is clear that Reacher (Lee Child) is a Atheist but he doesn’t pound away at it, he just makes a few jabs at believers. In every book he has to sleep with different women and makes it clear that sleeping with a woman doesn’t and shouldn’t mean any kind of commitment to that said woman. By the time I had gotten to the book “The Enemy” it was clear that Reacher (Lee Child) was also a homosexual supporter and in favor of homosexual’s in the military! So now we have the big brute “Reacher” going around killing everyone and beating up every man he comes across but has a sensitive spot for having homosexuals in our military!

Now for the Clincher!!! I have now gotten to “Nothing To Loose” and Lee Child shows every color in his soul!!! Now Lee is taking huge blows to the believers and now this big bad brutal man (Reacher) is supporting military deserters (who don’t believe in the cause)!!! What a guy this Lee Child is!!! In this book he comes out swinging like Nancy Peolosi!! I am truly amazed at the agenda Lee has by this book. I am angry and sad that now I have purchased every “Reacher” novel that I was pulled in to this trap and now funded him to write more books on his agenda!!! I am sad that Lee obviously doesn’t know anything about a higher power, moral values, and the commitment of a armed soldier!!! If Lee Child shares your personal idea’s then by all means his books will be of great satisfaction to you and you have the right to that belief syste

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