#AudiobookReview – Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child @LeeChildReacher @audibleuk
Series: Jack Reacher #11
Also in this series: Persuader, The Enemy
Also by this author: Persuader, The Enemy
Published by Bantam Dell Random House on 15th May 2007
Genres: Crime, Thriller
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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 that is killing old friends…and is on its way to something even worse.
A decade postmilitary, Reacher has an ATM card and the clothes on his back—no phone, no ties, and no address. But now a woman from his old unit has done the impossible. From Chicago, Frances Neagley finds Reacher, using a signal only the eight members of their elite team of army investigators would know. She tells him a terrifying story—about the brutal death of a man they both served with. Soon Reacher is reuniting with the survivors of his old team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. The deeper they dig, the more they don’ t know: about two other comrades who have suddenly gone missing—and a trail that leads into the neon of Vegas and the darkness of international terrorism.
For now, Reacher can only react. To every sound. Every suspicion. Every scent and every moment. Then Reacher will trust the people he once trusted with his life—and take this thing all the way to the end. Because in a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they’d better be ready for what comes right back at them…
Whilst I loved meeting the old gang, I felt this was the weakest in the series for me. I was not overly interested in the story and it got a bit confusing in places to what was happening. Plus it didn’t help that Jeff (the narrator) spent a lot of his time voicing Jack with a shout, rather than talking. It got a bit off-putting.
The opening scenes of this book were horrific and I think because I listen to these books and not read them, I find it worse. This book was also a bit more gruesome and Reacher seemed a bit colder and calculated than before. It was a stronger reminder that you do not mess with the special investigators!
I thought how Neagley contacted the old team was great, and to be honest I loved having her back in the book (We first meet her in Without Fail). It was nice to meet the team, not all of them could make it, but nevertheless meeting them in flashbacks made you feel for them, flesh them out and become real people for us to care about.
Reachers deductions, this time, seem a little bit far-fetched and I was not sure how he reached some of his conclusions or squeezed into a small space in a helicopter! It seemed one minute we did not know who anyone was, their involvement and the next Reacher had it all figured out. These people broke his toothbrush so we needed to have revenge! The so-called romance felt forced here like we needed a romance rather than letting big things progress naturally.
It was interesting to see how we are moving forward with the times, and how Reacher the loner, the drifter, has to now adjust to a life where he has to have an ATM card so now he has to carry this, his toothbrush and his passport. Which he is really not happy about!
Remember You DO NOT mess with the special investigators…… Reacher will know
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