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Bad Luck And Trouble: (Jack Reacher 11) Paperback – 6 Jan 2011

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (6 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857500147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857500144
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (746 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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You do not mess with Reacher, in Lee Child's irresistible number one bestseller.

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Format: Hardcover
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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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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By Andy Edwards VINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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I am a big fan of the Reacher series..it'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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Lee Child's `Jack Reacher' novels are not the highest brow of fiction and `Bad Luck and Trouble' does not deviate from this. Following the now well worn path of Reacher stumbling across a violent crime and solving it in his own aggressive way the book is one for fans. There is some fleshing out of the Reacher character as he regroups with some old army buddies after one of them is killed. However, you never really learn anything new about Reacher by his interaction with these characters. As a fun action book there is nothing wrong with `Bad Luck', I just could not help feeling that it was too similar to others that came before it.

Child's books are almost best when he is writing about action and as an author he specialises in great finales. This is once again the case as `Bad Luck' has a brilliantly last third. Unfortunately, unlike many of the other books in the series the lead up to the finish is not that good. There is far too much slow investigation; this is not helped by the fact that you are aware what is going to happen by about page 50. When you get to the action you are glad that you stuck with the book, but the journey is a lot harder a struggle than the best books in the series. I also felt that the bad guys were not made to suffer as much as they should - sadistic, but true! One for Reacher fans only, I advise new readers to start with the earlier more dynamic books.
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