Also by this author: Persuader , The Enemy, One Shot
Series: Jack Reacher #12
Published by Delacorte Press on June 3, 2008
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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.
So I finished this audiobook back in July but it has taken me this long to write the review because in this book I fell out of love with Mr Reacher. It hurts me to say this and I am always the first to be on #TeamReacher side but in this book, to me, he seemed like such a busybody and stuck his nose in where it really did not belong.
I would hate to visit these two towns called Hope and Despair in Colorado, you really would want to be on the side of Hope! Despair is the working town, everyone works for the local Preacher who runs the town and above all they hate strangers.
Reacher, the wanderer as always, hitching a ride and wants a cup of coffee in Despair instead he winds up in jail and heading back to Hope being told that he is never to step foot back in Despair. Does he listen? Does he heck!
Jack is hell-bent on trying to find out what is going on in Despair and why do people keep disappearing? Throw in some political moves and a couple of far-fetched sequences and this is the book you have.
I was intrigued to figure out why men were disappearing and why the girlfriends would not say a word to what was going on. There was a heartbreaking moment in the book, and it really was that, such a tender moment for one character.
I will say I did love Reacher toying with Despair police driving them out and about all over the town in a beat-up car. Now that was
Jeff still does a good job narrating, but like the previous books, he seems to be a bit shouty with Reacher which can be a bit off-putting and it took me a while to finish this story.
Do not get me wrong I will be carrying on the series as I am invested I just found this one a little flat and did not have the usual flare of Reacher. Me and Reacher are just on a break!
Until next time xxx
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