Avid reader. Even more avid listener. I enjoy thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction .... just about everything.
The story was a re-hash of the previous plot lines of the Jack Reacher series, particularly disappointed with the ending.
I have been a Reacher fan for years. Love, love, love the series overall and have waited for hours to meet Lee Child and get a much-treasured autograph and photo with the author.I anxiously awaited this book and bought it on audio as soon as it was available.
I was horribly, horribly disappointed:
For 5 years and 4 books (which admittedly included a prequel novel), Child has been building Reacher up to some type of defining moment: Meeting "Susan", the woman behind the voice he heard on the phone for the first time in "61 hours". Throughout that and subsequent books, he was trying to get back to Virginia to meet her which brought with it the hope that Reacher would evolve as a character.
That lack of evolution in Reacher's character has become a major problem for the series. According to the timeline of the series, he has now been out of the military for over 15 years, yet he is still exactly the same as he was in "The Killing Floor". He is no more or less "lonely", no more or less brutal and efficient, no more or less world weary. He has not changed a single bit. What makes this even more frustrating are the novellas and short stories that Child has written. Reacher has apparently always been a sort of cross between Sherlock Holmes and a street brawler ..... even when he was 13 years old, 16 years old, 30 years old, and now at 50(ish).
I had hopes that we would get to experience Reacher as he realizes he is a father, but that was brushed aside as an almost non-event in just a few short pages.This book has almost killed the series for me.
Despite spending all that time, and working so hard to get back to meet Susan, at the end .... he just does what he always does, with no remorse, no regret, and I suppose to throw in the title "never going back". But come on, we want something different, something a little bit new. We know how he will react to some random mystery or problem when he is on the road. How will he react to trying to have a relationship? How will he react to trying to stay in one place?It's starting to look like we will never know.We'll never get to see Reacher grow as a character. And we'll also never get to see Reacher lose a fight or be outsmarted.
It's gotten old, stale, and boring.In the end, this book is a throwaway and could have been placed anywhere in the series. Reacher shows up, the local authorities try to keep him down, he escapes from that, meets and sleeps with the hot woman who is really just a sidekick, he beats people up, solves a complex crime at the last minute, then leaves.
I'll give Child and Reacher one more book (and then only if the reviews say it's different). If it's more of the same tired plot lines, then I'm done.
Dick Hill is an excellent narrator and I always enjoy his work.
If you aren't a die hard fan and haven't read the 3 prequels, and haven't been waiting for this to come out and show some type of advancement of the character, then it will be an enjoyable listen.
It rambled on and on and on......
Very slow development
I have listened to almost all in the series. It was the only one I could not finish.
I confess, I love Jack Reacher, love Lee Child and love, love, love this series. I hope Child never gets tired of writing Reacher books, never runs out of story lines, and never decides to "share" authorship with another writer. And speaking of love -- In this book...love enters Reacher's life. Won't say more because I don't want to spoil it if you haven't read it yet...but Reacher is Reacher is Reacher.
If you haven't read a Jack Reacher book and want to try this, you can read it without reading the others and still enjoy it. But I think you'll enjoy it MUCH more if you start with book 1 and work your way through. I envy you the experience.
Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.
Lee Child is not losing any momentum with his Jack Reacher books. This one was fabulous and I look forward to the next one. And the only voice I'll ever hear for Jack is Dick Hill's. I hope he keeps narrating these books.
Enjoys espionage, mystery, police procedurals, science, biographies.
After that last plodding debacle featuring Jack Reacher that was nearly unfinishable, this is a much better story. The plot is a bit convoluted and elastic but the characterizations are very well done and the story moves along nicely. The characters have much more dimensionality since the last book which read like a contractual obligation instead of a novel. This is much more aligned with the novelist and his best known protagonist.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
Not exactly a softer gentler Reacher, but this book does show some personal emotion when Reacher finally meets Susan Turner. And, perhaps, his 14 year old daughter?
I really enjoyed having some of his inner personality shown here-alont with the usual amount of blood and fights and running around. Some great descriptive chase scenes, some really unusual characters and a lot of "Reacher said nothing" as usual.
Honestly-I bought this last evening and listened much of the night and day to it..a real 'couldn't put it down.
I just wish Dick Hill wasn't so inept with his women's voices..it spoils some great dialogue with his blah, toneless interpretation of how women speak.
For Reacher fans, it's a must buy.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
SO, I finished this book a little while ago, I spent my entire labor day reading it & I have to say that Lee Child might be losing it a bit... The book was by no means 'bad' but I need more confrontation & destruction in any Jack Reacher book I read. I've notices a steady decline in this in the last 3 books & the content hasn't made up for it. I don't read his books for unpredictability & 'curve' balls when it comes to the plot I read them for the action & the way Reacher responds having everything but the kitchen sink thrown at him he side-steps only to deliver an elbow to someones DOME!
Besides this small complaint I still think this book was much better than the last 2-3 books Child has written in the Reacher series. I just wish he would go back to original model that's proven to be great, books like 'Gone Tomorrow', 'Persuader', 'Bad Luck & trouble', 'One Shot'... I need Reacher to be not only using his analytic mind but crushing skulls as well. Its not to say this book had no action, & there were cool parts that gave u a small look into his old unit 110 MP & someone puppet-masters that are pulling the strings of the gov't to get him reinstated into the army.
With the praise I also have to say that I don't believe that considering he was commissioned back into the army & placed under arrest he was able to do many things that had me really having to suspend my disbelief although they were 'cool.' The ending on the other hand WAS NOT cool, I did not like the ending at all, but like I said I was happy because the book was better than the last couple I was going to give it 4 stars because of that, but the ending made me take it away completely, but I hope this is just a bump in the style that Reacher books have been going... I have confidence that Lee Child will revert back to old tried & true formula
This one ranks as good as any! Jack Reacher is never boring and is my favorite fictional tough guy...
On the plane when he breaks the bad man's fingers.
When the car gets dented with the bad guys head.
Always makes me laugh/snicker when the bad guy gets what's coming to him.
Tom Cruise is no Jack Reacher! Can't wait for the next one.
Never Go Back is Lee Child's 18th Jack Reacher novel. From what began as a series of phone calls with his successor as the 110th MP commander, Major Susan Turner (back in the 14th installment), Jack has been slowly migrating his way back east to meet the woman. When he arrives, he finds her in jail and he's been reinstated in the Army, charged with a felony assault complaint from his Army days, a paternity suit, and even the near death beating of an officer, and that's just what he hasn't actually done. Jack goes full Reacher and must take over both his and Major Turner's investigations in typical Reacher fashion.
This time out, Jack is a bit subdued in terms of the physical (even fighting with his hands behind his back), but his deductive reasoning and all around instincts dominate while unraveling, the multiple mysteries that all have ultimate connections to the real crime being committed. Child also draws sharp distinction between insightful deductive reasoning and mundane legal matters. Given all the attacks on Jack from multiple angles, this is Jack at his tamest, but also his most dangerous.
Dick Hill's narration is another gem of a listen with an excellent range of voices and expert pacing as this installment is a bit more cerebral usual Reacher fare.