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Nothing to Lose (Jack Reacher #12)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  21,154 ratings  ·  1,321 reviews
Two lonely towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, twelve 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 wa...more
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Delacorte Press (first published 2007)
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Jul 21, 2008 JoAnn/QuAppelle rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: almost no one
After reading about 8 of Child's Jack Reacher books, I finally found a dud. It started out thrilling, as expected, but quickly became almost boring. I can not believe I am typing those words.

Reacher's repeatedly doing the same thing, over and over (returning to a bad place) was tedious and so unlike our hero's usual behavior. The plot wandered all over the place and the book was too long.

I found it impossible to buy into the far-fetched "conspiracy theory" with its pathetic "villains" and was...more
Joe Moley
I'm done with Child after this latest installment. The last few Reacher novels have really dragged and I was hoping this one might revive the series. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

Furthermore, the writer decides to jump on a soap box towards the end and throw in random anti-bush/anti-war diatribe. Obviously, this is his right as the creater of the novel but I found it completely ridiculous and hypocritical of his main character. It would be one thing if Child had done this in previous boo...more
Jane Stewart
The least fun Reacher book. Read the others first. Only die hard fans will want to do this one.

Reacher is hitchhiking west to California. He happens to be let off in Despair, a small town in Colorado. He stops in the town’s only diner for coffee. The waitress and owner refuse to serve him. The local police arrive and put Reacher in jail. Later he sees the judge who orders him to leave town. The police drive him five miles to the town limit. The nearest town is Hope, another ten miles...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
I can always depend on Lee Child to keep me up all night to finish Jack Reacher’s latest “mission” to help in a desperate situation. But, not this time! After a thrilling, mysterious prologue, Child has Reacher in Colorado where he finds that there is little distance between the fictional towns of Hope and Despair – both in the physicality and allegorical senses. All Reacher wanted was a cup of coffee. He is ignored, beaten up, thrown in jail, and driven back toward Hope after being convicted of...more
Jack Reacher finds himself between Hope and Despair, actually two cities. Despair is a desolate place where everyone wants to see him out of town. Everything is owned by one man which immediately makes Reacher suspicious. He enlists the aid of a cop in Hope and having a knack for finding trouble, Reacher gets plenty of it. I have always liked Reacher but for some reason this year it seems as though publishers told their writers, "give me a plot involving trashing the government, the military, th...more
Scott Rhee
Jack Reacher, the ex-Army MP protagonist in Lee Child's long-running series, knows what duty means. He understands a soldier's duty to his country, but he also knows that duty runs two ways. One's country---and its leaders, politicians, and citizens---has a duty to its soldier. More often than not, Reacher believes, that duty is forgotten, and when that happens---when a soldier feels that he has nothing to gain from serving a corrupt country with a corrupt ideology---he starts to feel that he ha...more
Mungo James
apparently when you edit a review everything is deleted first.

As Reacher would say, OK.

And that is the problem, Child writes in short sentences with small words. Frequently just in phrases.

Apparently Child frequently/always puts Reacher into impossible situations that he fights out of. Child includes many details, most of which are wrong.

1) there is no such thing as a 4 cyl el Camino
2) it isn't a truck & you can't take it offroad anymore than
the Chevelle it is based on
3) quit calling an e...more
Disappointing but effective installment in Child's Jack Reacher series. This but seemed long for a Reacher thriller and might have been strengthed by cutting one of the three main plot strands. I felt that Child made it more confusing than necessary and could have shored up the suspense with tipping his hand a little more. Starts off great, but we've seen some of the same elements in Killing Floor, Die Trying and Echo Burning. But still, nobody does hardcore, bad-ass loner fiction like Child. Th...more
Teri Simonis
My 2nd Jack Reacher book. I don't like his vigilante attitude. Funny when the same "take no prisoners" attitude is on the big screen, I'm cheering for the cowboy but in the slower medium of the printed word, I find it distasteful. And really, what woman would really fall into bed with a man who has no job and rarely changes his clothes?
Rupali Rotti
This book maybe my last in the Lee Child series, but my decision isn't solely based on this book alone. The main reasons are that the gory scenes are too gory for my taste, and there is too much of detail in every book which makes me skip many sentences at a time.
This book didn't appeal to me because of the following reasons:
[1] I don't see a 'drive' or reason for Reacher to go back to a town time and again where he isn't welcome.
[2] Reacher pokes his nose in all the private places, and yet, the...more
I shoulda effin' known better.

On the recommendation of quite a few (formerly) reliable folks, I finally cranked through a 500+ Jack Reacher novel.

Short version: Fucking terrible.

Longer and angrier version:
It seems to me that Lee Child really wants to write Robert B. Parker novels, but doesn't have the balls to actually go through with it. There are entire pages that could have been ripped out of a Spenser novel. Shit like this (paraphrasing because I don't want to open the goddamn book ever agai...more
Iris Blobel
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary defines "pageturner" as 'a book so exciting or gripping that one is compelled to read it very rapidly'.

And I did!

I have to admit, though, I didn't quite get the whole story, but I got the gist of it.

The part I liked was that IMHO the raw emotions displayed by Reacher. Although I'm not a big fan of authors bringing in their personal opinion into their stories, Lee Child did really well creating a thought-provoking balance of displaying the cost...more
It all began with a false accusation. Reacher is back West, sipping coffee at a diner in Despair, Colorado. He's asked to leave by local police, cited for vagrancy, but the argument is weak at best and Reacher has done nothing but enjoy his caffeinated beverage. Crossing into the next town, aptly named Hope, Reacher tries to decipher what reason the Despair PD could have for wanting him gone and so quickly after he's entered the town limits. When he teams up with Hope's limited police force and...more
Mar 06, 2014 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Reacher and thriller fans
Not one of Child's best but still better than what many others are writing.

At first I thought the story was going to be a bit corny. The towns of Hope and Despair? Give me a break. Walking diagonally across the U.S.? You must be kidding. But, that's how Reacher is. That's the Persona that Child has created so if I suspend my disbelief and buy into the fantasy, as I have in all the previous books, then I can relax and enjoy.

The fact that Reacher would go back to a town that had arrested and depo...more
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Kathy Davie

Twelfth in the Jack Reacher suspense series about an ex-M.P. roaming the world on his own terms and protecting the innocent.

It's been ten years since he left the army.

My Take
I think this was one of the scarier Reacher novels. To think that a town would exist that was so far out of the norm. And how easy it was for its "rulers" to govern! Part of that "easiness" depended upon how the majority of us were brought up: Keep out of your neighbors' business and follow the rules.

The people in Hope know...more
Nothing to Lose is a typical Lee Child/Jack Reacher novel. Reacher is pulled into a situation not of his making and now he will be the one to settle it. His personal code deems it must be so.
Reacher is passing from the town of Hope, CO into the town of Dispair when he decides to stop at the hardscrabble diner in the main part of Dispair. No one is inclined to serve him and the rest of the diners look aghast at him like he's grown a second head. When what passes for local law enforcement arrests...more
I’ve noticed that the layout of this book, the town names and the Reacher findings (most likely a dead body…or 17). Sure “Hope and Despair” are out there but isn’t that what we or “I” love about Jack Reacher? I didn’t find it corny or cheesy. If you look at it through the eyes of Jack it fits like a glove. As the first few pages describe. Even as you acknowledge his reaction to the town names and their locations you can’t help but think “OH PLEASE go that way” and he does. I liked this book. Sur...more
Eddie Dobiecki
This is the kind of book where you can read 500 pages in a day. And there's nothing wrong with that.

If you don't know the basics of who this "Reacher" character is by now, I'm genuinely surprised, but I'll give a quick rundown:

Ex-MP Reacher lives by wandering the country. No fixed address. Buys a new set of clothes every time he changes, and throws away the old ones, because having clothes means needing to do laundry, with all that entails. He quit smoking because he didn't want to carry aroun...more
Dick Reynolds
Jack Reacher is on the move and finds himself between Hope and Despair. It’s not an emotional crisis for Jack—does he ever have such things?—but they are only small towns in Colorado. Reacher is traveling from Maine to Southern California and carries only his passport, an ATM card and a small amount of cash, relying mostly on benevolent motorists who will give him a ride in a general southwesterly direction. He also has an insatiable curiosity which often gets him in trouble.
Reacher finds a nu...more
Patrick Gray
Okay, I have been reading the Jack Reach series in order. My intent was to read the entire series and then see the movie based on "One Shot". I have just finished "Nothing to Lose" and I must say I'm becoming more and more disappointed with each subsequent book.

I served in the US Military as both enlisted, and then a commissioned officer. It is painfully obvious that Jim Grant (Lee Child)built a persona of a military officer based on fairy tales. Jack Reacher in no way way resembles any militar...more
Ex-MP Jack Reacher is the kind of guy you want on your side in any fight. That's a cliche to say, but he's just reliable and steady and tough. This adventure finds him in Colorado, investigating trouble in two small towns, Despair and Hope. Great adventure like Indiana Jones but a much better developed protag.
This is by far the worst novel I've read in a long time. Seemed more like one of the Loius L'Amour books from my childhood days than a Reacher novel. There was no compelling story and this novel was formulaic and boring at best.
Ian Mapp
Another holiday cliche - reading a Lee Child book by the pool.

Maybe in readiness for Tom Cruise playing him in a future film franchise, he has lost a couple of inches. I could have sworn he was 6ft 7 to start with.

Where Reacher Roams, there is rarely nothing but trouble. He walks from Hope into a town called despair and is instantly ejected, like Rambo, for vacrancy by the local police. He kicks there arses and ends back up in hope, where he teams up with the Female Law enforcer to discover what...more
Ex-military MP, Jack Reacher decides to live his life encumbered by belongings. He doesn't want to live in one place, doesn't want to own anything but the clothes on his back and travels whereever he pleases, stays a long as he wants and moves on. Or so he thought when he decided one day to walk across the country from Maine to California. With just his passport, his ATM card and some cash in his pocket, he passes through the town of Hope and crosses into the town of Despair. The name of the tow...more
Maybe a little too technical, maybe too straight forward, maybe without any poetry even in the encounter our hero has with the attractive officer Vaughan, maybe too skeptical and still managing to entertain in spite of all those maybes, that's Lee Child's book in a nutshell. If you want more keep reading.
Jack Reacher is a lone army veteran who walks through America. He's a combination of modern Batman (without the gadgets) and a backpacker (without the backpack). In a western movie he would have...more
Books in the Lee Child's Reacher series end up competing with themselves. Jack Reacher, as a character, has been created in such a wonderful manner, oozing such charm, with and a kind of arrogance coupled with a no-nonsense attitude to bring down the bad guys, that it is difficult to not want to be on those adventurous journeys he so regularly takes. The only problem lies that once you complete one journey, you want the other one to be better and the next one to be even more better and so on......more

So this starts out as the vintage Lee Child/Jack Reacher thrill fest, with the stoic loaner Reacher alone on a desolate highway separating the fictitious and allegorically named Colorado towns of Hope and Despair. Borrowing heavily from Stallone's "First Blood" - and even a bit from Stephen King's eerie "Desperation" - Reacher wants nothing more than a cup of coffee while passing through Despair. Instead, he finds himself first ignored and then in jail for vagrancy. With a provocative and myster...more
Amy Hannon
I have read a few of the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child but this may be the most enjoyable as well as the most unbelievable. Jack Reacher, the hero, is always on the move -- won't stay anywhere no matter how entangled or endeared he becomes--rents motels rooms by the night, travels light --buys new clothes when the old ones get dirty and carries only his wallet and a folding toothbrush in his pocket. He's big and tough almost to the point of cartoon. In this story he faces down a whole small C...more
Drifter Jack Reacher travels the country with the clothes on his back and a fold-up toothbrush and ATM card in his pocket. Reacher’s goal is to cross America diagonally, beginning in Calais, Maine and ending in San Diego, California. Taking buses and hitching when he has to, the trip proves uneventful until he leaves the small town of Hope, Colorado and walks to Despair, the next town over. Stopping in a diner for a cup of coffee, Reacher is refused service and ordered out of town by the cops. T...more
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Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a pr...more
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