Nothing to Lose (Jack Reacher #12)
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...more
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
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
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 wants him dead.
It wasn’t the welcome Reacher expected. He was just passing through, minding his own business. But within minut
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
This book thrilled me, but other than that I can’t say that it did much else. Recaher while drifting enters a town called Despair. No sooner had he entered the town than he finds himself being thrown away out of it, slapped with a v...more
As embarrassing as it is to admit, I am brand new to Jack Reacher. Hard to believe that I enjoy a genre this much and have not read anything by Lee Child. For any others who haven’t read, Reacher is the consummate, self contained, enormously talented loaner whose insatiable curiosity and stubbornness lead him into difficulties only resolved by applied violence. This tale takes place in a remote and lonely section of Colorado and the towns of Hope and Despair.
Beyond that, I'm guessing you only need to read on...more
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
Here Reacher is on his way from the East Coast to San Diego, hitchhiking his way. He winds up in Despair, Co. which is 12 mil...more
Jack is making his way across the country east to west and his last ride brought him to Hope, Colorado. He notices that the next town over is named Despair, and is intrigued and decides to head that way. When he tries to stop in Despair for a bite to eat, not only won't they serve him, but they arrest him on vagrancy charges and drop him out on the town line, to the east, back t...more
This book didn't appeal to me because of the following reasons:
 I don't see a 'drive' or reason for Reacher to go back to a town time and again where he isn't welcome.
 Reacher pokes his nose in all the private places, and yet, the...more
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.
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
Jack Reacher, a man with no job, no ties, and no permanent address - his only luggage a folding toothbrush hitches his way into Colorado where he encounters the town of Hope, the following day he enters the next town, Despair, just twelve miles further on. He wants a cup of coffee before he again hits the open road, but the diner in Despair won’t serve him, they tell him in no uncertain terms that he is not welcome in Despair, and he must move on. Reacher doesn’t ta...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
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
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
Now comes "Nothing to Lose". I can only conclude that either Lee Child had an off year and couldn't write a Reacher consistent with his...more
Nothing to lose is pure Reacher. Tough guy. Very tough. If you haven't read a Reacher novel, well, get ready for hero who's physical. Like kick-butt, no quarter, muscle and bone power. He's big. Former Military Police. A guy with all the tools to cause serious chaos. He does. But he's not one dimensional. From this book, "Back when he smoked he might...more
When Jack Reacher walks into the small company town of Despair he has no idea what he is getting himself into. Stopping at a local diner he asks for a cup of coffee, but in this town that is asking for trouble. They don’t like strangers and they don’t like him. After he gets told to leave town his ire and curiosity is aroused. Now he plans to make it his personal mission to find out just what they are hiding in the town of Despair, no matter...more