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

Lee Child
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March 24 2009 Jack Reacher (Book 12)

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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Sure What To Think Anymore Aug. 3 2008
By Faith
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
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Boredom Sets In June 29 2009
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
12th book in the Jack Reacher series

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars don't bother reading Aug. 29 2010
By organic
Format:Mass Market Paperback
this will be the first of Lee's books that i didn't read twice. skimmed this one. boring.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Domestic terrorism July 26 2014
By ellison
Format:Audio CD
former MP Jack Reacher is walking from Maine to San Diego when he gets kicked out of Despair, Colorado. He is not happy about that so with the help of the female police woman from the next town over he does a one-man reign of terror on the town to see what is going on at the recycling plant.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good but not his best July 1 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of suspense June 18 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Excellent! Couldn't put it down. One of the child's best written books, full of suspense and a real page turner,
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars not his best
I found that this book dragged on and on. Not the author's best effort. I would cCheck out Michael Connelly instead.
Published 17 days ago by Sloan Ranger
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to his usual standard
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.
Published 9 months ago by Barry F. Bennett
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring...
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. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Pat the cat
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to Lose
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
Published 12 months ago by Jose Bravo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid Reacher read
Like my title says, it's on par with the other Reacher in the collection. I recommend it for any Reacher fan.
Published 13 months ago by Sly Swing
5.0 out of 5 stars nothing to lose - jack reacher
Another excellant story of Jach Reacher. Well written and carries on the Reacher tradition. This whole series is very clever.
Published 14 months ago by Thomas E Wimperis
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good book
Follows the Jack Reacher series with another adventure of his. Like all of the books this one gets a top rating
Published 20 months ago by daveo
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Lee Child Book
Excellent plot with protagonist Jack Reacher, an US ex-army Military Policeman. The MP's are a hated group among other army types because they are the ones who police all the other... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Dodi
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