#AudiobookReview – Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child @LeeChildReacher @audibleuk

Posted July 23, 2018 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 0 Comments

Bad Luck and Trouble (Jack Reacher, #11) by Lee Child
Published by Random House Audio on May 15, 2007
Also by this author: Persuader , The Enemy, One Shot, The Hard Way, Nothing to Lose

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…

From the Hardcover edition.

My Review

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.

Until next time xxx

About Lee Child

Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV’s “golden age.” During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars’ worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.

Killing Floor was an immediate success and launched the series which has grown in sales and impact with every new installment. The first Jack Reacher movie, based on the novel One Shot and starring Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike, was released in December 2012.

Lee has three homes—an apartment in Manhattan, a country house in the south of France, and whatever airplane cabin he happens to be in while traveling between the two. In the US he drives a supercharged Jaguar, which was built in Jaguar’s Browns Lane plant, thirty yards from the hospital in which he was born.

Lee spends his spare time reading, listening to music, and watching the Yankees, Aston Villa, or Marseilles soccer. He is married with a grown-up daughter. He is tall and slim, despite an appalling diet and a refusal to exercise

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