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Lee Child
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10 Mar 2008 Jack Reacher (Book 11)

You DO NOT MESS with the Special Investigators!

The events of 9/11 changed Jack Reacher’s drifter life in a practical way. In addition to his folding toothbrush, he now needs to carry photo ID to get around. Yet he is still as close to untraceable as a human being in America can get.

So when a member of his old Army unit manages to get a message to him, he knows it has to be deadly serious. The Special Investigators always watched each other’s backs. Now Reacher must put the old unit back together. Someone has killed one of them, and he can’t let that go.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (10 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553818104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553818109
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lee Child is one of the world's leading thriller writers.His novels consistently achieve the number one slot in hardback and paperback on bestsellers lists on both sides of the Atlantic, and are translated into over forty languages.His debut novel, Killing Floor, was written after he was made redundant from his television job in Manchester, and introduced his much-admired maverick hero, the former military cop Jack Reacher.Born in Coventry, he now lives in America.

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"The invicible Reacher is as irresistible as ever" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Almost overnight, British author Lee Child created one of the world's most enduring and popular fiction characters in Jack Reacher . . . Child is a great storyteller . . . the reader never feels conned . . . Another sure-fire hit" (Daily Mirror)

"Jack Reacher has the manliness of John Wayne, the coping skills of Jack Bauer, the fieldcraft of John Rambo and the coolness of Dirty Harry" (Sunday Times)

"[Reacher] has long since gained mythical status...storytelling of the highest order: lean, laconic, laced with tension" (Evening Standard)

"Reacher is one of those characters who is admired by his male readers and lusted after by his female ones in equal measure . . . Child's tough-as-nails protagonist has become one of the most appealing of contemporary heroes" (Daily Express) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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You do not mess with Reacher, in Lee Child’s irresistible new No.1 bestseller.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Yet 31 Mar 2008
I have read all the Jack Reacher novels, some several times as Lee Child has built a character that is credible (even to an ex-army man) and able to give us the ultimate male dream - no ties drifting!

Bad Luck and Trouble hits the Reacher aficianado like it was ordained to happen. Although Jack has worked with his team before, in this book they come together like the "Seven Samurai" each adding to a strong fast-moving plot with an admixture of agendas and sub-plots derived from strong characters. The pace is as usual warp speed with all the twists that we have come to expect from Child. I finished the novel in one sitting, exhausted and happy.

Does this guy ever do slow? Perhaps next time. keep em coming.
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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful
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Bad Luck and Trouble is your typical Jack Reacher novel from author Lee Child. Once again Reacher, our hard as nails, itinerant former Military Policeman hero, gets caught up in a twisting plot involving murderous and iredeemabe bad guys, a hidden conspiracy (this time with links to the global war on terrorism) and a mounting body count. This time the twist is that events require Reacher to reunite and work with former colleagues from his army days; colleagues almost as hard nosed & capable as he is. Apart from that it is the standard mix of hard edged, punchy prose, bone jarring action and twisted plotting, all leading up to to the usual final, bloody reckoning. Its also as entertaining and fast moving as always; a great example of the book that is impossible to put down.

So why only four stars? Well quite simply as good as Bad Luck and Trouble is it also has the undeniable hint of staleness about it. This is the eleventh Reacher novel and without any real exceptions they all follow the same standard template. This has produced some highly entertaining books, but reading this latest one there was a feeling of 'been there, read that' about it. There was no real sense of suprise in how events played out, and as always minimal character development or emotional depth. Reacher isn't exactly a one dimensional character, but nor is he someone with much room for personal development. With such a fixed central character the only way for Child to do something new with the series is by coming up with varied and interesting plots, something he seems reluctant to do. He does normally chuck in some unique twist, such as including Reacher's former colleagues this time around, but otherwise the plots tend to follow an increasingly predictable path.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK 18 Jun 2007
I have read all the Reacher series, and one criticism that could be leveled is that there has been too little character development. Reacher is a great hero, but the "lone avenger" thing was a little too one dimensional.

This story sees things move on, because suddenly Reacher is forced to contemplate and compare his life against the lives of those he has worked with - this provides some welcome variety and depth to things. Similarly the story is more a puzzle than an action thriller, and Reacher has to rely on others to help, rather than fixing things on his own. This helps things in my view, as there are fewer plotlines which strain credibility.

All the familiar landmarks of a Reacher tale are here and this will keep you reading till the end, because you will want to know what happens - it's just that the journey travels through slightly unfamiliar territory.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't mess with Reacher 13 May 2007
By Clive
I am a big fan of the Reacher's the no nonsense loner, such as Eastwood in the Spaghetti westerns, that has a real feel good factor, and tonnes of adventure, with clever plots.

Bad Luck/Trouble was good but not as thrilling as earlier works (Killing floor, One shot). Childs added Reachers old unit buddies as additional characters but the real strength of Reacher is his loner/ carefree approach. The plot also wasn't as strong as earlier works, I had expected a few more twists which didn't come. Still recommend a read, and I'm likely to get the next Reacher book, also!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I only just hear of Lee Child? 11 Dec 2009
I was given this book by a friend having a 'clear out', I have never read anything by this author before but certainly will be working my way through everything he has written. I thought the book was briliant I read it in one day. Passed it to my uncle who also read it in one day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Emanon
This latest outing for Jack Reacher started very promisingly. It had pace and intrigue, and the mystery involved genuinely made you think. Where it started to go wrong was two-thirds of the way through. The story became too drawn out, the mystery element faded, and you were almost left wanting the book to end.

I think there was not enough story for a book of this size. - Simple as that.

Read Echo Burning instead. A superior thriller.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Dan
I love Jack Reacher but he has softened a little since the days of Echo Burning, Killing Floor and Tripwire. I really enjoyed this book but it did create a conflict for me. On one hand I love Jack Reacher because he is a loner who leaves no trace but on the other hand I enjoyed him hooking up with his old colleagues from 'back in the day' (his favourite phrase!).

I didn't feel that that the story line was as fast paced as some of the previous offerings but Lee Child has opened up the possibility of developing the Special Investigators who survived this romp.

I really enjoyed The Enemy, the only JR novel that returned to his MP days - I would like to see more of Jack from back along with Neagley, Dixon, Ortez and co.

For Jack Reacher fans, you will enjoy this book but you'll need to get used to a more civilised JR who has a passport, a bank account and friends. But at least his fold away toothbrush is still the only luggage he carries!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars gives background details of Jack's Special Investigators from 110th MP...
gives background details of Jack's Special Investigators from 110th MP which are steadily being killed one by one - only four remaining to solve who is behind it all -... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Gosling
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Published 7 days ago by Dave Henderson
3.0 out of 5 stars three stars
Having read several JR books this was also a compelling read,but too fragmented. Will look forward to the next book
Published 7 days ago by Starkie
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Published 8 days ago by mr.wa morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best in the JR series
Overall, the Reacher series is very, very good. However, some books in the series are better than others - this is one of the best, as Reacher is reunited with his old team. Read more
Published 9 days ago by F Byrne
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Reacher yarn.
A good read, as you would expect from this author.
Published 10 days ago by THOMAS SHEPHERD
4.0 out of 5 stars easy read
Usual great stuff
Published 12 days ago by munrocalma
5.0 out of 5 stars arrived brand new and in excellent
big fan of this series of books, arrived brand new and in excellent condition
Published 12 days ago by William Rennie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Jack Reacher
Great Jack Reacher, compulsive page turners all of them, read them all and can't wait for the new one to come out
Published 15 days ago by D. J. Bethell
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad luck & trouble
We get to meet Reacher s old army team (Neagley for the second time) in another excellent story. I'm catching up far too fast.
Published 16 days ago by Mr P Nelson
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