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Nothing To Lose: A Jack Reacher Novel: #1 New York Times Bestseller

by Lee Child

Random House Publishing Group | March 24, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Nothing To Lose: A Jack Reacher Novel: #1 New York Times Bestseller is rated 2.8333 out of 5 by 6.

Two small towns in the middle of nowhere: Hope and Despair. Between them, nothing but twelve miles of empty road. Jack Reacher can’t find a ride, so he walks. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets are four hostile locals, a vagrancy charge, and an order to move on. They’re picking on the wrong guy.

Reacher is a hard man. No job, no address, no baggage. Nothing at all, except hardheaded curiosity. What are the secrets that Despair seems so desperate to hide?

With just one ally—a mysterious woman cop from Hope—and many enemies, Reacher goes up against a whole town, hunting the rich man at its core, cracking open his terrifying agenda, asking the question: Who has the edge—a man with everything to gain, or a man with nothing to lose?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 560 pages, 7.5 × 4.2 × 1.3 in

Published: March 24, 2009

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 044024367X

ISBN - 13: 9780440243670

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Intriguing I was kind of expecting the "single" plot to be more intense. There seems to be two tales to many in Despair. Why did Thurman have such a handle on the people of Despair? What happened to the soldiers going AWOL? and on and on. To many questions left hanging. Then there is the end............ a dirty bomb that only Reacher can figure out. Hardly likely when the MP base was right next door. Damage and fall out?? Not Child's best, but still a good read.
Date published: 2012-01-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from s'okay I've been hooked on reading the Jack Reacher novels but this one was a bit disappointing. There was no edge to the plot, no thrill, no "keep them guessing", no anything. It was simply a rather plain story. Hopefully LC will recover in his next novel.
Date published: 2009-11-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boredom Sets In 12th book in the Jack Reacher series After reading many of his previous novels, I found this one a disappointment. The story started promising enough with Reacher walking into the town of Despair Colorado. The town people are not keen to see strangers in this area and they show it. What are they hiding? As time passes, Reacher becomes more and more determined to find out. Reader boredom sets in with an endless description of bar brawls fights with police and generally everyone insight. We would imagine the action to be full of twists and turns but it is so repetitive the plot becomes tedious, convoluted and implausible, wandering all over the place. A major problem is with the protagonist; he is becoming a one dimensional character that never really develops. His antics have become way too predictable. I hope Mr Child can rekindle his sense of creativity, the one I have enjoyed in the past.
Date published: 2009-06-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Reacher Disappoints this time! This starts up as a typical Reacher novel. Jack on his journey through America suddenly through no fault of his own is arrested for just wanting a cup of coffee. A mild mystery appears that peaks his curiosity and off we go, but unlike previous Reacher stores this whole story comes tumbling down. It appears Mr. Child was writing for a deadline as it appears he took parts from other stories (mystery factory, mystery military installation, unexplained missing bodies, curious female police officer with mystery in her past) and threw them at the wall and hoped they'd stick together because we all love Jack so much. Well it didn't!! If I hadn't read first eleven books before this, I would not pick up another Reacher book. This was dreadful the worst in the series. Don't read this, go pick up any other in the series, especially recommended One Shot, The Enemy or the previous Bad Luck and Trouble. Every author is allowed a bump, hopefully this is it for Mr. Child. Please note, even a bad Reacher book is better then a lot of thrillers out there but in this case just barely. My recommendation on this is get it from the library or in paperback in six months.
Date published: 2008-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reach for Reacher Lee child is a dependable author, always great with many of the same qualities in every book, but with enough differences to keep them new and interesting. This book followed the normal Reacher formula, he is walking aimlessly and ends up somewhere in need of a hero. Reacher seemed angier in this book, starting fights as well as ending them. Child's plot line is familar, what is the military doing in a small town?, but a nice twist keeps it interesting. A good, solid read.
Date published: 2008-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brisk Pace & Great Suspense! As the plot thickens, the pages keep turning. This story is just like a maze, lots of twists and turns while you're in it. Every time you turned a corner and thought that you're about to figure out the next step, the story changes directions. Fair warnings, if you don't have a day or so of spare time (pending on how fast a reader you are), don't start reading this book. You won't be able to put it down once you've started the first chapter.
Date published: 2008-06-02

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Nothing To Lose: A Jack Reacher Novel: #1 New York Times Bestseller

by Lee Child

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 560 pages, 7.5 × 4.2 × 1.3 in

Published: March 24, 2009

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 044024367X

ISBN - 13: 9780440243670

About the Book

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"Two small towns in the middle of nowhere: Hope and Despair. Between them, nothing but twelve miles of empty road. Jack Reacher can't find a ride, so he walks. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets are four hostile locals, a vagrancy charge, and an order to move on. They're picking on the wrong guy.
Reacher is a hard man. No job, no address, no baggage. Nothing at all, except hardheaded curiosity. What are the secrets that Despair seems so desperate to hide?
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"With just one ally--a mysterious woman cop from Hope--and many enemies, Reacher goes up against a whole town, hunting the rich man at its core, cracking open his terrifying agenda, asking the question: Who has the edge--a man with everything to gain, or a man with nothing to lose?

Read from the Book

Chapter One The sun was only half as hot as he had known sun to be, but it was hot enough to keep him confused and dizzy. He was very weak. He had not eaten for seventy-two hours, or taken water for forty-eight. Not weak. He was dying, and he knew it. The images in his mind showed things drifting away. A rowboat caught in a river current, straining against a rotted rope, pulling, tugging, breaking free. His viewpoint was that of a small boy in the boat, sitting low, staring back helplessly at the bank as the dock grew smaller. Or an airship swinging gently on a breeze, somehow breaking free of its mast, floating up and away, slowly, the boy inside seeing tiny urgent figures on the ground, waving, staring, their faces tilted upward in concern. Then the images faded, because now words seemed more important than pictures, which was absurd, because he had never been interested in words before. But before he died he wanted to know which words were his. Which applied to him? Was he a man or a boy? He had been described both ways. Be a man , some had said. Others had been insistent: The boy''s not to blame . He was old enough to vote and kill and die, which made him a man. He was too young to drink, even beer, which made him a boy. Was he brave, or a coward? He had been called both things. He had been called unhinged, disturbed, deranged, unbalanced, delusional, traumatized , all of which he understood and accepted, except unhinged . Was he supposed to be hinged ? Like a door? Maybe
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From the Publisher


Two small towns in the middle of nowhere: Hope and Despair. Between them, nothing but twelve miles of empty road. Jack Reacher can’t find a ride, so he walks. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets are four hostile locals, a vagrancy charge, and an order to move on. They’re picking on the wrong guy.

Reacher is a hard man. No job, no address, no baggage. Nothing at all, except hardheaded curiosity. What are the secrets that Despair seems so desperate to hide?

With just one ally—a mysterious woman cop from Hope—and many enemies, Reacher goes up against a whole town, hunting the rich man at its core, cracking open his terrifying agenda, asking the question: Who has the edge—a man with everything to gain, or a man with nothing to lose?

From the Jacket

“As I was reading this latest book, I was trying to understand why I like the Reacher series so much….The Jack Reacher books are all revenge fantasies. By the time the reader encounters the first fight, the reader is already mad…. Reacher doesn't go looking for trouble, but trouble usually finds him.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Explosive and nearly impossible to put down.”—People


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Lee Child is the author of twelve Jack Reacher thrillers, including the New York Times bestsellers Persuader, The Enemy, One Shot, The Hard Way, and Bad Luck and Trouble. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero Awards for Best Novel. Foreign rights in the Jack Reacher series have sold in forty territories. All titles have been optioned for major motion pictures. Child, a native of England and a former television director, lives in New York City, where he is at work on his thirteenth Jack Reacher thriller.


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

“As I was reading this latest book, I was trying to understand why I like the Reacher series so much….The Jack Reacher books are all revenge fantasies. By the time the reader encounters the first fight, the reader is already mad…. Reacher doesn''t go looking for trouble, but trouble usually finds him.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Explosive and nearly impossible to put down.”—People

“Do yourself a favor and get hooked on this series.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Colossal. Earthshaking. Stupendous…Jack Reacher is one of the most enduring action heroes on the American landscape.” —Janet Maslin, New York Times“