Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Nothing to Lose

I can't believe Lee Child stole the title of my soon to be released biography. Oh I guess that would be the other way around. "Nothing to Lose" (407 pages) is another zigzag attempt to get caught up with all of Child's Reacher novels. From Goodreads:

"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."

Even some of the most lack luster Lee Child novels usually have enough in them to keep me entertained. "Nothing to Lose" falls somewhere in the middle for me. Not the worst nor one of the best in the series. It is gratifying to read about Reacher kicking ass and not bothering to take names, as usual. Mainly my problems with this particular outing for Child is the strange turns the story takes as it progresses. One moment everything is interesting and believable and the next bordering on the absurd. Not a major factor in my enjoyment but an issue. Recommended for fans of thrillers or mysteries, though the trills are really kept to a minimum this time around, as well as for Lee Child fans.

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