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Bad Luck and Trouble (Jack Reacher #11)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  31,617 ratings  ·  1,482 reviews
From a helicopter high above the California desert, a man is sent free-falling into the night . . . and Jack Reacher is plunged into the heart of a conspiracy that is killing old friends.

Reacher has no phone, no address, no ties. But a woman from his former military unit has found him using a signal only the eight members of their elite team would know. Then she tells hi
Paperback, 512 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Dell (first published May 15th 2007)
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Stefaan I've read a fair share of Jack Reacher books, and I think it's one of the best in the series :)
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Dear god, the sentences get shorter and shorter as this series goes on, and Reacher gets more and more tremendous!! I love the way he tells us so much with so little to go on, and the way that he's always one step ahead - and the reader loves it! (well, I do) I like the author's style but I can imagine it can annoy - but I fell in love with Reacher when he was younger and sassier (weren't we all) and have remained faithful eevr since. Some of the other books have been poor on plot, but this one' ...more
I hadn't read Reacher in quite some time, so this was my next in the series that I was up to that I had lying around. Well actually it was on a book shelf. :) Nothing like reading "that great beach read", when my neck of the woods was in single digits! Another action-packed, petal to the metal, cinematic feel getaway with our favorite loner, Jack.
**maybe why I hadn't picked one up in awhile - when I heard that height challenged Cruise was going to play Reacher on the big screen - still pisses m
Denniger Bolton
You don't mess with the special investigators...and you sure as hell don't step on Reacher's toothbrush.

This is Lee Child's 11th Reacher thriller. I've read them all, and I believe it is fair to say, that no other writer has captivated this reader like Mr. Child. What is it about Reacher? In a class by himself? Of course. There're are lots of hard-as-nails protagonists out there, from Mike Hammer to Travis McGee to Harry Bosch, but for me, Jack Reacher is not only the toughest, but also my favor
This one might be the worst of the series.

There were a lot of huge plot holes, and I had a hard time following why the protagonist would deliberately do so many incredibly stupid things, that are (in theory at least) out of character for him.

The plot "twists" were so obvious that I was literally rolling my eyes and waiting 50+ pages for them to finally come around. In one particular case, it was nearly the length of the entire novel.

Usually in Reacher novels, the pacing is such that you get a
Good late night change of pace after reading Austen's archaic prose earlier in evening. According to the massive ad campaign for his newest book, Child seems to be the latest boss of the hard-boiled crime scene, complete with damaged, loner anti-hero hero as protag. Only 30 pgs into it, but so far, so good. The prose is pretty blunt and spare -- more Hammett than Chandler -- but effective.

I stopped reading a few weeks ago,after a 100+ pgs, and haven't felt compelled to return to it. Characters s
Leon Aldrich
Instead of sleeping, I read this instead. Then I had trouble getting to sleep. I was still pumped up from Jack Reacher kicking ass! Even worse, I had the next book in the series whispering, "Read me."
Scott Rhee
Jack Reacher, the imposing nomadic action hero of Lee Child's popular series, returns in the 11th book in the series, "Bad Luck and Trouble". This time, though, he's given up his solo career and getting the band back together. What's left of it anyway.

The band, in this case, is the special military investigative unit he was a part of when he was an Army MP. They were a tight-knit group of eight---six men and two women---who had each other's backs. Over the years, they may have gone their separa
Joan Reeves
Chicks Like Action Books Too

I have very eclectic taste in books. Some might think the Reacher books by Lee Child are more suited to a male audience, but, hey, this is the era of the kickass girl.

As a woman who took karate in Okinawa (decades ago before that was a common thing) with an Army tank of a sensei, I like to think I fit the kickass paradigm. I wholeheartedly enjoy these books so read on. You may find you enjoy them too.

If you've ever watched The Unit starring Dennis Haysbert then it's n
Dec 01, 2007 Jesse rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes mysteries and thrillers.
Jesse Holian
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Honors World Lit.
November 27, 2007
Bad Luck and Trouble Book Review
Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child was the novel I read. This book is the 11th book, the newest one, in a series about a man named Jack Reacher. Some of the other books in this series are The Enemy, The Hard Way, and One Shot. Lee Child has also written many short stories including “Bloodlines”, “The Chopin Manuscript”, and “Death do us Part”. The newest piece of literature written by Lee Child is Bad Luck
[audiobook] Reacher is meandering around the northwest when he gets an odd signal in the form of a deposit to his bank account of $1030. As a former MP, he realizes this could be only a bank error, unlikely, or a ten-code, i.e. 10-30, for officer needs assistance. (Interestingly, I looked up the official ten-code list and 10-30 means unnecessary use of radio; the official code for officer needs assistance is 10-78. My favorite is 10-45* What Child’s intent is here is unclear.)

A member of their f
Try to remember the worst book you have ever read.

This book is worse.
An Odd1
Jack Reacher, giant 6'5" blue-eyed blonde, "ham sized hands", broke and second-hand discard scruffy, seems incompatible with small brown eyes and hair, sleek leather-jacket Tom Cruise, although author supports spirit brought to screen effectively for "One Shot".

His U.S. Army Military Police unit of nine had motto "you do not mess with the special investigatiors", but some surprise takes out, starves, torures, and kills fo
Bruce Snell
Book number 11 in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. I'm stuck deciding on one star or two - 2.5 would be a gift. Calling it dreck would be a compliment. It was a bad story, badly written. And Lee Child's technique of writing a section, jumping forward in time and writing what happened then, then jumping back in time and explaining what led to what we just read, then jumping forward again was simply annoying. Someone should slap him up side the head with a 2x4 at least once for every time he ...more
This was my first Jack Reacher book. The series had caught my eye a couple of times before, but I had never managed to read one until now. I don't think it helped that days before reading this book, I ran across a conversation about how horrible these books were. Now, I get that they're airport fiction, and I generally don't mind that. Really, airport or beach fiction is fine and a lot of the authors I like would be classified as that.

However, I guess because I was on the lookout for errors, I n
Kathy Davie
Eleventh in the Jack Reacher suspense series. This one takes place in L.A.

My Take
Oh. This is such a sad one. So many losses.

I found it interesting that Child is allowing Jack to age and start to question what he's doing. This makes it so real. I've been wondering if/when Jack might start to wonder what's happening in and with his life and I love that Child is taking it so slow.

It's funny, too, how out of touch he is with modern technology, especially his use of a cell phone. Not knowing about fl
JoAnne Pulcino
From a helicopter high above the empty California desert, a man is sent free-falling into the night.... In Chicago, a woman learns that an elite team of ex--army investigators is being hunted down one by one.... And on the streets of Portland, Jack Reacher--soldier, cop, hero--is pulled out of his wandering life by a code that few other people could understand. From the first shocking scenes in Lee Child's explosive new novel, Jack Reacher is plunged like a knife into the heart of a conspiracy t ...more
I happened to read this book during the week when three people were executed in the United States, including Troy Davis—a man who may well have been entirely innocent and who almost certainly would not have been convicted had he been granted a new trial. In all three cases, the families of the murder victims—the original victims, that is, not those who were murdered by state—expressed satisfaction. They felt "justice" had been done.

The feelings of families whose loved ones have been taken by vio
My favorite of the series, so far (I've only read four), because I really enjoyed the interaction between Reacher and his ex-Army pals. It gets him out of his head a little. Also, there's a scene near the end, after the bad guys have already done all sorts of heinous things, and they trash his hotel room and they DESTROY HIS FOLD-UP TOOTHBRUSH . Just out of pure meanness! The toothbrush that's been Jack's only possession for a long time. Of course that makes Jack madder than anything EVER, and d ...more
Ralph McEwen
There are no soft edges to Jack Reacher or his comrades. One of the things I like about this series is that they are straight forward. No deep delving into the minds of the characters. Just define the problems and go about solving them. That what makes this book a fast paced, page turner of a book. Another thing I like is that Reacher isn't always right and while he generally has his way in the end, often he just has to blunder through his mistaken assumptions and guesses. In this book though he ...more
**3.5 stars**

For a change, this book is not about Reacher by himself. Here, he has the help of 3 friends from his time in the Military Police. They are rough, tough and very smart. I really liked to see Reacher as a CO of a team and a plot involving terrorists (even if it wasn't the main thing.) This series started pre 9/11 but there has been very little mention of terrorism so far. I'm glad to see this plot point is not being ignored anymore.

It was a bit obvious what the conflict was all about
Michael Foster
Another great Jack Reacher adventure. It was cool to see Jack work with his old team. This has been one of my favorites to read.
John Yelverton
These books are so well written, and the character so gritty that you cannot help but love them.
Derek Davis
Despite one of the worst-sounding titles in the Jack Reacher series, it's Child at top form--a form I wasn't always sure he could achieve given, let's face it, a limited verbal attache case.
Here, the plot zips all over the place, the subject matter is equally wide, and Reacher keeps a balance of humanity to match his macho isolationism. Plus, there's little of the verbal nervous-tic of "he shrugged," "he said nothing" and similar space fillers. Here, when somebody says nothing, it means somethi
William Bentrim
Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child

“You do not mess with the special investigators.” Reacher reunites with his old unit in this terrorism focused thriller.

Reacher’s unit reflected his own dynamic ethics. “You do not mess with the special investigators”, was followed up by dramatic action. Then they all left the service. Years later Reacher is contacted because one of his special investigators is in trouble. Predictably Reacher and the others come together to help their friend.

Regardless of how y
Ian Mapp
My last two books have been like going from the Taxi Driver to Transporter 3.

I've got into the habit of reading Jack Reacher Novels on Holidays. They are quick, short chaptered and usually OK if you want to understand the workings of a firearm and want some quick action from the ultimate tough guy.

Usually they are wrapped around a credible and entertaing story. We know what we will get - Reacher gets into a scrape - 300 pages of his unique skills working out what is going on (and in this one he
Jane Stewart
3 ½ stars. Not much action until the end, but the last two hours were excellent.

Most of the book is learning about and trying to solve the mystery, which was ok, not great. But I enjoyed it because I like hanging out with Reacher. Then the last two hours were great - lots of fun, well done tough guy action.

Again you need to suspend disbelief for a few things. Most of that I didn’t mind, but I had a little trouble with this one. I found it hard to believe that Naegley with all
Mike Nemeth
Lee Child's 11th outing with the indomitable Jack Reacher starts with the news that one of his former colleagues is dead and others are missing. Child delves back into Reacher's past with the elite crew of military investigators he headed prior to his decision to leave the military for good and start a life of wandering from one adventure to the next. The characters are much like Reacher himself. He teams up again with Frances Neagley, the only non-com on his former team and the one who figured ...more
May 18, 2010 Maddy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: 2007-reads
PROTAGONIST: Jack Reacher, ex-military cop
SERIES: #11 of 11

At one point in Jack Reacher's military career, he was a member of an elite team of eight investigators who forged a lifelong bond. So when he receives a coded message that one of them is in trouble, he doesn't hesitate to drop everything and go to LA. It turns out that one of the team's members, Calvin Franz, was dropped from a helicopter. Three of the other team members are missing. The rest of the group, four in
If Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer had a love child, I'm pretty sure it would be Jack Reacher. I liked this book, but had to suspend some serious belief to get into it. No, I'm not talking Harry Potter magical Hogwarts stuff, just super action hero packed moments. OK, yes, Reacher is definately an action hero, but how does he beat the bad guys every single time, even when you think he's about to die?? Apparently nothing gets past him.
I learned:
I'm going to add the same review for all of the Reacher series, so if you've read this one, you've read 'em all. If you feel a certain affinity for the lone hero, a man of principle, of unwavering knowledge and assent as to his own actions, than Jack Reacher's your kinda guy.

Lee Child has created an unforgettable and unique character in his creation of Jack Reacher. Jack seems to implicitly understand that he is a unique animal/human running around on this planet and that in spite of social con
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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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