Very enjoyable. Good story and excellent expansion of Reacher's history and character development.
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.
So much redundancy. How many times do we have to hear 'he breathed in ... he breathed out'? Story not bad, managed to finish the book. Narration makes Reacher sound old an weak.Listen at your own risk.
The writing was lazy, and in need of editing. I forced myself to finish the book, but I'm not sure why I did. The writing continually distracted me from the story. I got the impression that the author had added the mind numbingly long descriptions of mundane events, such as boarding a plane, to pad the word count. The story would have been told better with 25-50% of the words used.
The earlier Lee Child's books were great. Intriguing and character-driven. With this one, it felt like a made-for-TV movie - shallow and poorly acted. This was my first audible download with Dick Hill as the narrator. It was so poor, especially the female character voices, that I had to stop listening and just read the rest of the book. Terrible. I just couldn't stand it.
Any male who has the ability to create believable female voices. I think Dick Hill knows he can't, so he just doesn't even try.
I think Lee Child's best writing has already been written.
The movie production rights purchase by Tom Cruise has basically ruined this franchise. Jack Reacher's story used to be quality writing. Now, it's weak, commercially-driven dime-store fiction.