Bad Luck and Trouble. Finished 4-12-16, rating 4.5/5. thriller, 477 pages, pub. 2007
#11 Jack Reacher series (1-Killing Floor, 2- Die Trying, 3 – Tripwire, 4 – Running Blind, 5 – Echo Burning, 6 – Without Fail, 7 – Persuador, 8 – The Enemy, 9 – One Shot, 10 – Hard Way)
I went back and read my reviews of the first 10 books of the series because I’m running out of ways to describe the mysterious Jack Reacher. I’m going to give you a taste of what I’ve sad in the past.
“Jack Reacher is a man’s man, but one that women are drawn to because of his sheer masculinity and unavailability. He is who he is, take him or leave him and that confidence and physical presence makes him a force to be reckoned with.” (Die Trying)
“Many series have a main character or two and many recurring characters. This series only needs one, loner extraordinaire, Reacher. He’s a badass. He makes his way around the country righting wrongs and fighting injustices. He doesn’t have a home, an ATM card, close friends, but he does have a heart and lots of confidence. He’s retired military police so he knows his stuff and his talents and he is not afraid to give into his baser instincts for vengeance. Oh, and he absurdly attractive to women. Me included.” (Without Fail)
“Jack Reacher, loner extraordinaire, wasn’t always such a hard man. There was a time when he had a job, a family and friends. He was a star in the military police force and he was content with life.” (The Enemy)
With that out of the way, I can say that this has been one of the better ones of the series. Since 9/11 he’s been forced to get an ATM card, but other than that he’s the same Reacher. It’s the ATM card that enabled one of the members from his old elite military group to find him and get him to Los Angeles. One of their old team met a grisly death and they need to find the rest of the team to assess the damage. What Reacher finds in the those old friends shatters some of Reacher’s confidence. It was enlightening to see Reacher with his old squad, those who knew him well and respected his talents, and it was also great to see Reacher questioning his life, something we haven’t seen until this point.
Great series. It makes me want to start the next one right away. Oh, and I really should have been keeping count of Reacher’s conquests since the beginning of the series. In the span of a couple of weeks he made two this go round.
I read my very own paperback. I think I prefer reading them, the narrator of the series, Dick Hill, is good but the books read so much faster than the audio allows.
13 thoughts on “Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child”
I’ve read one Jack Reacher book and it was just okay for me but maybe it was the audio narration. I need to give this series another try.
I think it’s easy to jump in and out of the series since a few of the books have so many flashbacks.
I’ve never read one of these books. He seems like an interesting character.
I think I read the 1st 4. And then I stopped – but not for any particular reason. With all of the books I read from local authors, along with recommendations from you fellow bloggers (and Goodreads friends), it’s hard to stay with existing series. I always read Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon books. And I love Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton Chronicles. And I will always read a Coben. But some of the other series I used to read, like Steve Berry, I just sort of gave up on. They all deserve a better fate from a fan, but I plead the 5th…or the 7th…or some number.
I think many series that I loved at the beginning sort of peter out. Probably because too many series go on for too long!
I think I read this one but really can’t remember! But that’s sort of what I like about them. They are quick fun reads and they don’t stick with you so much so you can read them again when you need a quick, fun read! LOL
Heehee. I don’t know about rereading them but they are very easy, fast reads that always satisfy. And Reacher is hot 🙂
I agree, I prefer to read the books. When a new Reacher comes out I have to read it “right now”. I’ve since listened to the early books on audio. I like your idea of keeping track of his conquests! LOL
I wish I’d started keeping track from the beginning! It’s at least one a book and usually more.