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Bad Luck and Trouble (Jack Reacher #11)

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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
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Mass Market Paperback, 477 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Dell (first published April 2nd 2007)
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Clare
Mar 05, 2008 Clare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lee
Jan 25, 2014 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jack-reacher
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
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Weirdboy
Oct 20, 2012 Weirdboy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Denniger Bolton
Apr 17, 2013 Denniger Bolton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tom
Oct 14, 2008 Tom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
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
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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."
Gary
Sep 23, 2015 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book the very best lots of old friends reacher at his best 5 stars
Joan Reeves
Jun 02, 2012 Joan Reeves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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
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Jesse
Dec 01, 2007 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes mysteries and thrillers.
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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
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Scott Rhee
Jun 02, 2013 Scott Rhee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
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
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Harry Connolly
Silly but fun, as long as you don't think about the plot too much.

Criminal overlord plan: If you're worried about an excellent team of investigators showing up to investigate a murder you've committed, and you want to lure them in on your own terms, wait until after you complete your $65 million deal with terrorists.
Eric_W
[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
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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
Kathy Davie
Oct 27, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
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
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Lee Battersby
I thought maybe I'd simply struck Lee Childs on a bad day when I read the execrable The Affair- after all, a series can't be that bad when it manages to maintain readership for 16 books, can it? I thought I'd do fair duty, and pick up another one.

Bad Luck and Trouble isn't as bad as The Affair, but it's not far short. Once again, it's a series of clumsily-narrated, unbelievable escapades in violence and bull-headed machismo, glorifying the simple-minded excesses of a cast of sociopathic cartoon
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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
Misha Erementchouk
The beginning was promising. Characters unfolded into the story as humans perceiving the world, justifying themselves, rather than dumb mechanisms executing commands sent by the author. That kept me reading and neglecting small hiccups here and there and bloated text. As a side note, the book would greatly benefit if it were, say, 25-30 percents shorter. The excessive details and repetitions (I liked "From the big green machine to this") were absolutely appropriate but some passages and even who ...more
Freda Malone
Feb 27, 2015 Freda Malone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so this one was a little far fetched, but that is why they call it fiction. I would rather have a little bit of something improbable than a whole lot of nonsense throughout the whole book. I'm skipping books on my shelves just to read a Reacher novel and that says a lot about the writer, the characters, and the type of mysteries I love. I enjoy the feeling I get when I can relax and detach myself, as Reacher does and just solve a puzzling crime. I've become familiar with Reacher and his ways ...more
Steve
I admit it: Jack Reacher has drawn me in to his harsh gritty world. This is a great thriller, true, but I have most fun figuring out what his response to challenges will be. What would Reacher do? That question keeps me reading. UPDATE after second reading: this installment is unusual because Reacher spends quite a bit of time comparing his life to that of his peers.
An Odd1
Dec 28, 2012 An Odd1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, fan
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". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK7y8O... http://www.jackreachermovie.com/

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
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Jennie
Nov 14, 2010 Jennie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Donna
Sep 25, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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
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Ariel
Feb 05, 2011 Ariel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Can I give this book zero stars? It was by and far the worst book I've read in quite some time. If I didn't have to finish it for class, I wouldn't have bothered.
The characters were boring, none of them had any personality or spark to speak of. The only thing that differentiated any of them was their names. Even their genders did little to make them different characters.

The plot I couldn't care less about. The use of short chapters didn't serve in driving the plot forward as Dan Brown's did, on
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Nette
Sep 05, 2010 Nette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 12, 2013 Ralph McEwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bridget
At about the 3/4 point I nearly gave this away. In the end I quite enjoyed it, but along the way I got mighty worried about Mr Reachers penchant for knocking people off right and left, his stealing and pillaging of people's belongings and cash and his blatant disregard for the law. His rap sheet must be considerably longer than my arm! I know that these are the kind of books where you have to suspend your disbelief, but sometimes it gets a bit much for me. And the attitude to women is considerab ...more
Elinor
May 14, 2014 Elinor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I feel embarrassed about liking the Lee Child books, because they are so darned violent and the hero Jack Reacher has no compunction about snapping the necks of bad guys, gouging out their eyes and killing them in a myriad of other ways. However, Lee Child's plots are so intelligent and the action is so fast-paced that I can't resist taking a break from my usual reading fare and escaping into the underworld of crime.
Gage Pope
I've read the books in the Reacher series up to this one. Occasionally Reacher would kill another character, but in this book, he kills 4 people in a row in a pretty horrible way. As long as he has worked it out that its okay then its okay. I don't know if I can keep reading this series. Smug in his attitudes, full of self importance and superiority, and unforgiving. He's a vigilante, a tough guy, without much of a conscience, a sociopath. Aren't prisons filled with people like this?
I did enjoy
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Stacy
Apr 21, 2016 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can say that this has been one of the better ones of the series. Since 9/11 he’s been forced to get an ATM card, but other than that he’s the same Reacher. It’s the ATM card that enabled one of the members from his old elite military group to find him and get him to Los Angeles. One of their old team met a grisly death and they need to find the rest of the team to assess the damage. What Reacher finds in the those old friends shatters some of Reacher’s confidence. It was enlightening to see R ...more
Steve
Oct 19, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
I really enjoy listening to his abridged books during long drives through WY, not sure how I would feel about reading one. The action gets a little over the top and unbelievable, but still loads of fun.

And who can't love a hero who enters his hotel room to find it has been "tossed", but since he pretty much lives as a vagabond out of a duffle bag, the worst they have done to him is to step on his travel toothbrush. "Basterds!" he whispers, and you know the bad guys are gonna pay for that!

Child
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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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