Nothing to Lose: A Jack Reacher Novel: #1 New York Times bestseller Mass Market Paperback – Mar 24 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
At the start of bestseller Child's solid 12th Jack Reacher novel (after Bad Luck and Trouble), the ex-military policeman hitchhikes into Colorado, where he finds himself crossing the metaphorical and physical line that divides the small towns of Hope and Despair. Despair lives up to its name; all Reacher wants is a cup of coffee, but what he gets is attacked by four thugs and thrown in jail on a vagrancy charge. After he's kicked out of town, Reacher reacts in his usual manner—he goes back and whips everybody's butt and busts up the town's police force. In the process, he discovers, with the help of a good-looking lady cop from Hope, that a nearby metal processing plant is part of a plan that involves the war in Iraq and an apocalyptic sect bent on ushering in the end-time. With his powerful sense of justice, dogged determination and the physical and mental skills to overcome what to most would be overwhelming odds, Jack Reacher makes an irresistible modern knight-errant. (June)
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“As I was reading this latest book, I was trying to understand why I like the Reacher series so much….The Jack Reacher books are all revenge fantasies. By the time the reader encounters the first fight, the reader is already mad…. Reacher doesn't go looking for trouble, but trouble usually finds him.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Explosive and nearly impossible to put down.”—People
“Do yourself a favor and get hooked on this series.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Colossal. Earthshaking. Stupendous…Jack Reacher is one of the most enduring action heroes on the American landscape.” —Janet Maslin, New York Times“
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If you think America should withdraw immediately from Iraq, you'll like this anti-war book better than those who favor continuing to fight there. The primary subtext for this novel is that being in Iraq is bad for America, soldiers, and veterans of that conflict. If you believe that fundamental Christians are all scheming to create the Apocalypse, you'll also like this better than if you are a God-fearing, Bible-reading Christian.
Beyond whether or not you agree with the subtexts, the book's primary weakness is that it moves too slowly. After Reacher is expelled from the town of Despair to the town of Hope, he seems to spend most of the book traveling back and forth. Ho hum. Lee Child would have done better to develop a plot that kept Reacher in hiding in Despair. The book could have been 170 pages shorter and a lot more fun to read.
For those who want their villains to be veritable devils, this book will also disappoint. This villain is more annoying than threatening.
As for the big ending and what's at risk, it didn't seem credible so I couldn't take it seriously.
After reading many of his previous novels, I found this one a disappointment.
The story started promising enough with Reacher walking into the town of Despair Colorado. The town people are not keen to see strangers in this area and they show it. What are they hiding? As time passes, Reacher becomes more and more determined to find out.
Reader boredom sets in with an endless description of bar brawls fights with police and generally everyone insight. We would imagine the action to be full of twists and turns but it is so repetitive the plot becomes tedious, convoluted and implausible, wandering all over the place.
A major problem is with the protagonist; he is becoming a one dimensional character that never really develops. His antics have become way too predictable.
I hope Mr Child can rekindle his sense of creativity, the one I have enjoyed in the past.
Most recent customer reviews
These stories just keep getting better. I haven't read a Reacher book yet that I didn't like.Published 27 days ago by G Gosse
Another tightly constructed, well executed story continuing the saga of Jack Reacher. If you this character you won't want to miss this one.Published 14 months ago by drval
I found that this book dragged on and on. Not the author's best effort. I would cCheck out Michael Connelly instead.Published 16 months ago by Sloan Ranger
former MP Jack Reacher is walking from Maine to San Diego when he gets kicked out of Despair, Colorado. Read morePublished 18 months ago by ellison
Not a very engaging story. A bit far fetched!
Still love his writing and Reacher is the best!
This is the second time I have read this book so I must of liked it.
Excellent! Couldn't put it down. One of the child's best written books, full of suspense and a real page turner,Published 20 months ago by Still laughing