Bad Luck and Trouble
September 11th changed Reacher's drifter lifestyle in one practical way. As well as his folding toothbrush, he now carries photo ID. Yet he is still as close to untraceable as a human being in America can get. So when a member of his old Army unit finds a way to get a message to him, he knows it must be deadly serious: I want you to put the old unit back together.
Reviewed on 2nd November 2011
The eleventh Jack Reacher novel is probably the weakest of the bunch that I've read. Reacher is contacted by one of his former colleagues as another member of their old army team has been found dead. The plot then turns into a complicated need of running around as they try to find some baddies to slaughter.
I'm afraid that none of the characters have more than one basic trait and so other than the investment I've already made in Reacher I found it hard to like them. That they are engaging in fairly senseless violence with morality a lot more dubious than shown in the earlier books in the series also went a long way to putting me off this book.
The plot started well, and it does seem similar to other Reacher stories, but I soon grew bored. I'm not sure if it was just the lack of emotional engagement that made me feel that way, but I found myself uninspired to keep reading and it has taken me probably the longest of any of Lee Child's novels to finish reading.
Overall, I can't really call it bad, just not quite up there with his usual output. For the first time I'm not immediately looking forward to the next story in the series, but I'm hoping with a few weeks passed this will fade and I can look forward to diving into 'Nothing to Lose'.