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Nothing to Lose: A Jack Reacher Novel: #1 New York Times bestseller [Paperback]

Lee Child
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March 24 2009 Jack Reacher Novels

Two small towns in the middle of nowhere: Hope and Despair. Between them, nothing but twelve miles of empty road. Jack Reacher can’t find a ride, so he walks. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets are four hostile locals, a vagrancy charge, and an order to move on. They’re picking on the wrong guy.

Reacher is a hard man. No job, no address, no baggage. Nothing at all, except hardheaded curiosity. What are the secrets that Despair seems so desperate to hide?

With just one ally—a mysterious woman cop from Hope—and many enemies, Reacher goes up against a whole town, hunting the rich man at its core, cracking open his terrifying agenda, asking the question: Who has the edge—a man with everything to gain, or a man with nothing to lose?

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Sure What To Think Anymore Aug. 3 2008
By Faith
Format:Hardcover
I love the Jack Reacher series and have even pre-ordered them knowing they would be good. I didn't enjoy the previous book and didn't enjoy this one. Something is missing from the Jack Reacher of old. I think what appealed to me about the earlier books was that we saw different sides of Jack Reacher and also learned more and more about his earlier life as the series went on. We learned nothing new in this book. I would say it is a stand alone. The fact the Jack Reacher entered the political arena for the first time was surprising. I hope Lee can figure it out by the next book or I won't be willing to blindly order his books in hardcover.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Unless you feel like you have to read every Reacher novel in the series, you could skip this one.

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.
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I've read all of his novels & anxiously awaiting his next one The whole Jack Reacher series is great, I'd recommend them all. The only problem is the movie. Jack Reacher is 6' 5" 230 lbs. Tom Cruise is 5' & maybe 150 lbs, Jack Reacher should be Dwayne Johnson instead,
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to his usual standard Jan. 1 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I thought this was the worst book I have ever read of the Jack Reacher series. If I hadn't bought all the Series, this would have been my last one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring... Dec 20 2013
By Pat the cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I read the first book in the Jack Reacher series (The Killing Floor) and liked it very much. I took a chance on this one and was very disappointed. I was expecting a lot of action, snappy dialogues and a quick pace but this novel didn't deliver on any of these counts. The premise is intriguing but the telling of the story is pretty boring. It seems like three quarter of the book is spent on following Reacher as he goes back and forth between Hope and Despair (I couldn't resit the pun!) and it gets tiring (and boring) pretty fast. Even the way things are wrapped up at the end seems sloppy to me (re: what happens to the people in Despair?!). So, while I appreciate the effort that goes in producing a script like this, I give it only 2 stars out of 5 (bad).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to Lose Oct. 18 2013
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Good book like the majority of Reacher's books , but I consider this one a little slow in the sequence of the story, nevertheless a good book to read specially for the young people
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid Reacher read Sept. 19 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Like my title says, it's on par with the other Reacher in the collection. I recommend it for any Reacher fan.
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