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Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child

The Book:

Jack Reacher is a former MP in the US Army Special Investigations unit. Few weeks after one of his former buddy was killed rather brutally he receives a call for help from Frances Neagley, a sergeant in his old investigations team. Frances sends the message to all of the unit members and half of the team re-assembles to avenge the death of their pal. When some members of the team do not show up they learn that they have met with a similar cruel ending.

The team does a fantastic job and truly live up to their motto – “You don’t mess with the special investigators”. The story sets off into a fast paced investigation with two main focuses – Firstly to find and take revenge on the folks who dared to mess with the special investigators and secondly to stop a super secret military attack system and protect the country.

The View:

This is the first time I am reading a book by the author. “Bad Luck and Trouble” is not even the first book in the Reacher series, it is the 11th and there are a few more after this. While the book was a good introduction to the author’s incredible writing and Reacher’s amazing personality, it was undoubtedly not a great move to read something from in between a series.

I started the book with no background on Reacher and felt that it was a major drawback. Reacher is a unique character without a stable address and a strong preference to drift between places. He is very particular about not leaving any trail and his total worldly possessions are a toothbrush, a passport and a few frequently discarded clothes. He has an affinity to mathematics and uses it effectively in the story. Barely half way through the book I decided I needed to know more about him and ran to wiki for some more insight. As always wikipedia has never let me down.

The way the team work cohesively after so many years of minding their own business towards a common objective is amazing. The story is solid and I would attribute it to Reacher’s presence, the team’s uniqueness and the purpose.

Based on what I have read about the author and the series “Bad Luck and Trouble” appears to be slightly out of the norm and I am anxious to read the rest of the books. Reacher series is now on my TBR list with specific emphasis to being read in the right order. Rated a 4 on 5.


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