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Firstly, before I say anything more, can I just state that I know these books are completely implausible, riddled with cliches, and complete and utter formulaic tripe?

 

Now, moving on, the latest Jack Reacher book was just as good as I anticipated. Reacher is drifting as usual and checks his bank account (in a post 9/11 world he now has to have certain trappings of civilisation), and finds $1030.00 deposited in his account. He hasn't put the money in and it is such an unusual amount. He correctly surmises that this is 1030 is army code for assistance required and contacts his old team of Special Investigators.

 

Neagley, has requested his assistance and when he meets with her, he is told that one of the team is missing. The missing number is quickly discovered to have been captured and thrown out of a helicopter. And so, Reacher is drawn into working with his old team again to find out who is killing them off. Their motto was "You do not mess with Special Investigators" and this binds them all to each other.

 

As usual Reacher is laconic, manages to find a bed partner, and amazingly manages to beat anything thrown at him. As I said at the beginning of this review, there are a lot of faults with these books but it just doesn't seem to matter to me. The books are pure brain candy and such a good read that it is hard to put them down. Bad Luck and Trouble is no exception - I was quickly drawn in to the story and racing along trying to follow the action.

 

You know what you are in for when you pick up a Jack Reacher, and Child doesn't let you down. The only major problem is that I now have to wait approximately 2 years for the next instalment.

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You're so right you do get what you've expected if you've already read one of these books. I can't get enough ! I've loved all of the books so far. Bad Luck and Trouble was definitely the best since The Hard Way. Lee Child does stick to a formula and it's a really cool one that has worked really well.

The bit with the code in the bank account was pretty cool a little twist to the Jack Reacher formula.

I heard Nothing To Lose is coming soon this year. It's gonna be great !

 

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