Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.
Lee Child apparently heard the criticism sent his way after the highly disappointing, "A Wanted Man." Book 18 in the series, "Never Go Back" features the Jack Reacher many of us have grown to love. This installment finds him doing much more than sitting in a car and driving around for a third of the book. It starts off with heads bashing into cars and doesn't lose its momentum anywhere along the line. The totally unbelievable scenes that Child constructed during a commercial airline flight will have Reacher fans alternately cringing and smiling. The plot and characters were well conceived and the story flowed in a logical fashion. There were some twists and we met at least one character who is sure to surface in another installment down the line. My one criticism of the book was Scott Brick's narration. Maybe he slowed his delivery because Reacher himself is aging as this series progresses. But the slurry, methodical voice he used for Reacher seemed to be a bit overdone. Reacher fans will be happy to have him back. Let's hope Child doesn't phone it in for his next effort.
It’s Reacher. I will read every Reacher book. He is one of my favorite machos. But here the author is stretching or shall I say reaching for a plot. Reacher is accused of things causing his arrest. That was not developed or resolved well. It was kind of like “we changed our minds.” (That’s not exact, but I’m avoiding spoilers.) I still liked the book because of Reacher’s thoughts, attitude, comments, and beating-up-thug scenes. But don’t expect “a good story.”
Instead of discovering clues along the way, Reacher and others just talk, and suppose, and guess, and figure out who the bad guys are and what they are doing. There is no action to discover clues, like going to a house and seeing a piece of paper. Instead Reacher calls someone and asks them to find out about a guy. That person investigates and calls Reacher back with the clue. We don’t see that person investigate. Later Reacher deduced the code names the bad guys called each other. That was stretching believability.
What happened to two bad guys at the end was disappointing. It was told, not shown. And it was not satisfying. It was a quick way to finish the book. I wanted details about their motivations and actions in the past building up to all the bad things they did - and how and why they recruited who they recruited.
The narrator Dick Hill (DH) does a good Reacher voice, but I was not happy with his voice for other characters. Too much negativity and sarcasm. Several times I would have used an amused, curious, normal, or other tone in my voice. But DH was being sarcastic and negative for the good guys. He made them less likeable. DH has done other books well, but not this one.
Genre: mystery suspense
i read enough reviews of the most recent reacher offering to think that childs had gone soft on plot in service of political commentary, so I skipped #17. many thanks to reviewers for the helpful notes on #18. this is a great addition to the series. the title is perfect - the one thing you are saying after reacher goes back to his old unit and **early plotline but not critical spoiler alert** gets reinstated in order to face felony charges is that jack, you should never go back.
there were three sequences where reacher was breaking bones, and i thought the narrative did not need to be so graphic. that was a minor complaint. the plot twists and turns in this were clever and as good as any i have seen in the 6-7 reachers i have done on audible.
the samantha character was great.
the tell at the end - the underlying scheming that put everything into motion - was fine but not nearly as strong as the rest of the book. and as i captioned the review, i could not put this book down.
someone confused the narrator with scott brick. this is not a brick narration, but rather dick hill, who has a very different style. (i happen to like both.) when dick hill is at his best, he is the best. this was a great narration by hill, especially including the female voices.
This version of Reacher was way TOO Reacheresque ! Shallow plot line and peremptory ending. Perhaps written too quickly with out much thought.
It ranks towards the top, maybe its because I have a huge crush on Reacher. I can say that I have enjoyed all but one of his books.
I did figure out who was on what side but not the whole scenario...As with most Lee Child books, at least for me, I never know who's the ring leader of all the chaos.
I am always amazed at how believable Dick Hill is, whether it is a male or female voice.
No extremes but it was exciting. I finished it in under two day and now I have to wait another year.
It moved along and never slowed down.
The heroes were always on the verge of not making it, then pulled it out. Typical.
Not really. It is pretty long. I do have a life!
Jack Reacher is the American knight errant. He is always saving the fair maiden or himself. He falls in/out of love, moves on. These stories are always fun and exciting. In some ways, they are informative, if you happen to care about how the army works. I like how he is still in great shape and a warrior at about 50. He's able to take down big dumb guys, well trained army dudes with a couple of well placed tactics. He's my hero. When I am attacked by hillbilly hooligans, I hope he is there.
The Jack Reacher series has been solid from book one and still continues to deliver on a winning formula. Reacher has made it to Virginia to finally talk to the woman he spoke with on the phone while working out the trouble in North Dakota, this is a few books back. The problem is he is now up against the entire bureaucracy of the federal government. As usual the book sets up the good guys against the bad guys and once again Reacher is, well, Reacher. The series is like the P.G. Wodehouse 'Jeeves' series, every book is the same but every book is great. Reacher is the every mans hero, the guy who likes to protect the underdog and we love him for going out on a limb for him. We see a bit of Reacher in the role of Father, thats right - not much but it is there, and of course there is a love interest. The Reacher series continues with the great narration of Dick Hill and if that is ever messed with someone should be fired, he is the perfect voice for Jack Reacher. Worth mentioning is that the backbone of the series is that Lee Childs can write well, he pens great lines and develops a suspenseful story and keeps things from going to far, so there is a feeling as you read this that this could really happen.
Highly recommended, although from the beginning of the series, which is well worth the trip. I do not think these are stand alone books, they build on the previous stories.
Reacher is officially over done! There really aren't any new story lines for this character and Childs is totally reaching (pun intended) in this one.
Sam was the only interesting character in the story and then nothing
Dick Hill could read the phone book and I would still listen to the whole thing which is the only reason I now how this one ended.
Come on Lee let Reacher go! You are far to great a writer for this kind of drivel.
Audible has been a friend, a companion, and even a connection with my daughter as the process of physical recovery continues.
"A Wanted Man" is behind us all now; all of the Reacher fans on Audible can turn to "Never Go Back." Reacher doesn't send much time in a car and he slams two heads into car doors within the first ten minutes.
Jack Reacher has been trying to get to Washington to see Susan Turner since Reacher #14; 61 hours. Just when he finally gets there he finds that Major Susan Turner has lost her command of his old unit; the 110th military police. In fact she is at that moment sitting in a cell charged with accepting a bribe. There is another surprise when our hero is informed that he has been recalled to the army; in his old unit. Then the following day while Reacher attempts to kill time there is a crisis and suddenly he is temporarily in command. That one gets him an appointment with a jail cell; the same jail where Susan Turner is being held. So Reacher engineers an escape that gets them out of the prison and on the road with thirty dollars; no car; compromised ID and a clothes shortage.
Oh yeah; Reacher may have a fourteen year old daughter in LA as a result of a liaison with a woman that he cannot remember.
Drug proceeds; an unusual fight that Reacher wins, (of course) and various stops along the way on the way to an ending that is at least something of a surprise. Reacher is Reacher again.
I enjoy authentic characters, in believable circumstances, mostly fiction, blended with historical fact, of any genre, with romance added.
Maybe, but not soon. I invest emotionally in a good story. That takes a full tank that is empty at the end. I fill back up with looking forward to my next investment.
Yes. Jack Reacher never lets you sit back in your seat. I dont want to.
It took a long time to accept Dick Hill's presentation. I struggled through the first 1/3 of the book but I hung in there.
I love Jack Reacher. I can relate to who he is and why. For that reason, I would find it hard to react emotionally or expect him to change. He does not emote. I understand, so neither do I as I read.
I have read all of the Jack Reacher series and have not been disappointed. They are all 4 to 5 star. This was easily 5.