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Bad Luck and Trouble

(Jack Reacher #11)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  76,474 ratings  ·  3,009 reviews
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 s ...more
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Delacorte Press (first published April 2nd 2007)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Bad Luck and Trouble (Jack Reacher #11), Lee Child

Bad Luck and Trouble, is the eleventh book, in the Jack Reacher series, written by: Lee Child. It was published in 2007, and written in the third person.

A man with two broken legs is thrown out of a corporate helicopter from 3,000 feet above the California desert. Seventeen days after that, Reacher is roaming alone with no objectives, no phone, no address, just the clothes, he's wearing and his ATM card, when he sees an anonymous deposit to his
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Bad Luck and Trouble had me anticipating every single page. This is one of those books that made me want to turn the pages faster so I could see what would happen next, but at the same time, made me so scared just thinking about all the bad things that could possibly happen to the protagonists.

The story started off with a shocking scene where a man was sent free falling 3,000 feet into the empty California desert below. Shortly, in Chicago, a woman learned that her old friend, an ex-army i
James Thane
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The eleventh entry in the Jack Reacher series opens with a man being thrown out of a helicopter three thousand feet over the California desert. Shortly thereafter, Jack Reacher receives a rather innovative call for help from Frances Neagley, who was once a member of an elite Army team headed by Reacher. The eight-member team was very skilled and very close, but they gradually lost touch as they all left the military and transitioned into civilian life.

Post-Army, most of the team members have bec
Scott (on temporary hiatus)
"Hard luck and trouble is my only friend -
I've been on my own since I was ten.
Born under a bad sign -
Been down since I begin to crawl . . . "

-- "Born Under a Bad Sign" by Albert King, Stax Records (1967)

I can't believe it's been nearly three full years since I last cracked open a Jack Reacher action/drama from the long-running series via author Child, so delved into my past reviews for a possible reason. Well, I'm guessing it was because I noted that the previous novel The Hard Way felt overl
Oct 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, action
Probably one of the best of the Reacher series I've read so far. They tend to (in my opinion of course) run hot and cold. I have several on my "currently reading shelf" right now that I've completed but simply haven't gotten around to reviewing..yet.

Here while Reacher (as opposed to Jack. Everyone simply calls/called him Reacher, even his parents) is drawn into a murderous situation when it comes to his attention that someone is killing off his old team from Army Special Investigations. It seems
Denniger Bolton
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm less impressed with the repetitiveness of Reacher as I finish up this entire series. 3 of 10 stars ...more
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
My Rating: 4.2/5

Just like every Jack Reacher novel, this one was simple but efficient. The pacing dipped down in the middle portions but they got back on track at the end. Predictable to a point but still, I couldn't predict some of the final chapters. So a typical Reacher novel. Fun and exciting deserving of a four star even though you'd forget all about it in a week. But C'mon, isn't that the point of these books??

Oh and they are rebooting the Jack Reacher media franchise into TV series! That'
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Number 11 in the Jack Reacher series.

Yet again another action packed thriller from Lee Child.
For once, this time, Jack is not a one man show. When Jack gets word from an ex colleague, Frances Neagley, that one of his old team mates, who lives in L.A., is in dire trouble Jack doesn’t think twice. When Jack gets to L.A. he finds out that what used to be his elite team of eight is now down to four. Two confirmed dead and two that could be dead. The other four, including Jack, get together to disco
Book Addict Shaun
Bad Luck and Trouble might be one one of my favourite Reacher stories so far. However, I do write my reviews (or in the case of this series) my random thoughts right after finishing a book so I am still on a high after finishing this one.

I think I enjoyed it because we see Reacher working with his old army pals, and the return of Neagley who I also love. I felt we saw more depth to Reacher here, and it’s always a more interesting dynamic seeing him with people from his past as opposed to new pe
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book the very best lots of old friends reacher at his best 5 stars
Leon Aldrich
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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." ...more

This book starts off well, with a terrifying action sequence, and Neagley's clever call-for-help to Reacher. The prose then quickly gets bogged down in excessive descriptions, dull dialogue, and endless repetition of discussions and actions. This continues through the first 1/3 of the book, then improves somewhat.

... in my rarely humble opinion ...
Reacher books are much better when he has one "partner" to share action and dialogue. On his own, Reacher can be pedantic and dull. Here he has
Nov 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes mysteries and thrillers.
Jesse Holian
Mrs. Ebarvia
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
Joan Reeves
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
It all began with an odd bank deposit in Reacher's account. The symbolism, Reacher realises that he's being summoned to help someone from his military past. After discovering that a member of his MP squad has been murdered, Reacher and the surviving members begin an investigation of their own. Their investigation soon uncovers an odd numbers game veiled in a secret, one that could leave the US Military vulnerable to defend its borders and leaders. With a terrorist on the loose and military hardw ...more
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Wasn't nearly as action packed as I had hoped. ...more
Misha Erementchouk
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Kathy Davie
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Thirteenth chronologically in the Jack Reacher thriller series (eleventh publication-wise). 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
Mar 25, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Reacher book 11: 'The Special Investigators' are going MIA… so Reacher and the remainder of his old team pursue Reacher style investigation and justice. A sI said about the previous book, this series has lost its way with not really any long-term character development or long form storytelling it's a struggle to care, you know Reacher's going to win. 3 out of 12.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought I would have loved this book, some previous characters were back and it started off well. But so far through I got really bored and there was a lot of detailed information that Lee Child is known to get carried away with and for me the story didn’t pick up again until the last 100 pages.
Mike Finn
A Reunion with his old Unit causes Reacher to doubt himself

After reading "The Hard Way", the tenth book in the series, I was pretty much ready to walk away from Jack Reacher, but I'd already bought "Bad Luck and Trouble" so I decided to give it a chance and it did enough to convince me to keep reading.

The book benefits from being about a reunion of Jack Reacher's old Army Special Investigations unit and so isn't so focused on Reacher as a giant, aimless, killing machine.

The plot is stronger than
Harry Connolly
Sep 26, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
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
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
Lee Battersby
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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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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