Nothing to Lose by Lee Child

Nothing to Lose

By Lee Child

  • Release Date: 2008-06-03
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
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Description

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lee Child’s The Affair.

Two lonely towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, twelve miles of empty road. Jack Reacher never turns back. It's not in his nature. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets is big trouble. So in Lee Child’s electrifying new novel, Reacher—a man with no fear, no illusions, and nothing to lose—goes to war against a town that not only wants him gone, it wants him dead.

It wasn’t the welcome Reacher expected. He was just passing through, minding his own business. But within minutes of his arrival a deputy is in the hospital and Reacher is back in Hope, setting up a base of operations against Despair, where a huge, seething walled-off industrial site does something nobody is supposed to see . . . where a small plane takes off every night and returns seven hours later . . . where a garrison of well-trained and well-armed military cops—the kind of soldiers Reacher once commanded—waits and watches . . . where above all two young men have disappeared and two frightened young women wait and hope for their return.

Joining forces with a beautiful cop who runs Hope with a cool hand, Reacher goes up against Despair—against the deputies who try to break him and the rich man who tries to scare him—and starts to crack open the secrets, starts to expose the terrifying connection to a distant war that’s killing Americans by the thousand.

Now, between a town and the man who owns it, between Reacher and his conscience, something has to give. And Reacher never gives an inch.

Reviews

  • Terrible

    1
    By buckeee
    Terrible. Starts ok but it's all downhill. Worst part is using an 'end times preacher' as the vehicle to mischaracterize Christians, the bible, and the book of Revelation.
  • Poor Reacher

    1
    By SoCalRdr36
    Loved the previous stories, but this one not so much. I could actually hear Reacher gagging on the overly political dialogue Child was forcing him to spout. It seemed so inconsistent with everything we've seen from him in the past. Beyond this, the plot was just silly and meandering as if it was being made up on the fly. If this was a sign of things to come, I think I'll look for a new series to get hooked on.
  • A low point in the series.

    3
    By RiccoV
    I've been reading all the Reacher books in order since discovering the series a few months ago. I've loved them all...until this one. Frankly, it was boring, slow and uninspired. I'll continue reading. Certainly I'm not the first of this opinion. He must have found his way back on track.
  • Nothing to write home about.

    2
    By Sspeidel
    I'm reading all the Reachers in published order. This is the weakest one so far. In case you're interested, my favorite was "Enemy"- tightly plotted and subtly written, with compelling characters and mystery. "Nothing to Lose" has a cast of two dimensions and a lot of driving back and forth, or walking back and forth, between Hope and Despair, Colorado, like an old episode of "Rockford", but lacking the charm and humor. There's no "McGuffin"- no central question to drive the plot along, though I read along in hope one would be revealed. Finally I despaired of one, and read only out of respect for the Reacher brand. When the motivation of the villain is finally revealed, I found it totally implausible! I think Child phoned this one in.
  • Not worth it

    1
    By Bradley Rabideau
    Not the best book in the series, probably the worst (I haven't finished them all yet). The author took too far of a leap and the book came out far to political.
  • Not his best

    2
    By RetiredFrog
    I love the Jack Reacher series but this story did measure up. Looking forward to starting the next one though!
  • First Reacher Book I Read

    4
    By N8Dawg777
    This book hooked me. It was the first Jack Reacher book I read, though it has not been my last. It's a quick read with an interesting plot. I read many other of the reviewers who mentioned that the plot isn't very realistic. If you want realistic fiction, none of the Reacher books are really for you. However, if you want a book that includes action and a catching plot line, then dive in!
  • Meh

    3
    By muziclovr
    I started at the first Reacher book and am working my way through them all. This book was my least favorite- by far. Didn't really care about any of the characters and Child got a little too political for my liking. Worth reading if you're reading them all, otherwise...
  • Just OK

    3
    By Dhayes149
    I love Lee Child's books, but this one was just OK.
  • Nothing To Lose

    1
    By Plowboy74
    I enjoy the Jack Reacher series but this would not be my first choice for a recommendation....

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