By Lee Child
BookMattic's Rating: 3/5
Goodreads’ Rating: 4.16/5
I haven't been much of a mystery thriller reader but after reading Lee Child’s 11th Jack Reacher book it makes me want to at least try reading another one in the same genre. With the new Jack Reacher movie coming and the previous success of the last movie it makes reading the books a little more interesting.
Jack Reacher was once part of an elite investigative team about 10 years ago. He hasn't seen or talked with any of his partners in that amount of time. Then all the sudden he gets a 1030 from one of his partners in a hidden message, which in military talk is an S.O.S. message to get your ass over and help. One of his partners has been found dead, likely thrown out of a helicopter in the middle of the desert between California and Nevada. Now it's Jack Reacher’s duty to his dead friend to gather what remains of the special investigators team to find out who killed their friend in such a nasty way. But there's a few other problems when Reacher tries to reach his friends, some of the others are missing as well. Who could have done this?
As for the quality of Bad Luck and Trouble the book was an investigative story with less action than you would expect from this type of novel. And even when it came to the parts of the book with action in it, it ended up being boring to read because of the way Jack Reacher’s character calculated his thoughts. Reacher is a numbers guy, but instead of telling us all the calculations it takes to shoot a guy in the head, just tell us how it happens.
The characters seemed lifeless though maybe that had to do with their military upbringing. The story twist however had some spark that made the book worth reading just for the fun of it. I'd definitely give one of the other Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels a chance and possibly read all of them as long as the next Reacher book I read moves at a faster pace.