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Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18 | [Lee Child]

Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.
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Publisher's Summary

Never go back - but Jack Reacher does, and the past finally catches up with him.... Never Go Back is number-one New York Times best-selling author Lee Child’s new novel of action-charged suspense starring "one of the best thriller characters at work today" (Newsweek).

Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had.

Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone.

But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

When threatened, you can run or fight.

Reacher fights, aiming to find Turner and clear his name, barely a step ahead of the army, and the FBI, and the D.C. Metro police, and four unidentified thugs.

Combining an intricate puzzle of a plot and an exciting chase for truth and justice, Lee Child puts Reacher through his paces - and makes him question who he is, what he’s done, and the very future of his untethered life on the open road.

©2013 Lee Child (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Child is a superb craftsman of suspense." (Entertainment Weekly)

"The truth about Reacher gets better and better." (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)

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    Patricia Portsmouth, VA, United States 10-05-13
    Patricia Portsmouth, VA, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very disappointed. Feels like a wasted credit."
    What did you like best about Never Go Back? What did you like least?

    This was not the best of the Reacher series. The best thing was having Dick Hill read. The story in itself went absolutly nowhere. I couldn't focus on the characters or the storyline.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

    Yes. But just like my other favorite authors they tend to crank books out too fast and lose context.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love Dick Hill. If if wasn't for him I probably would never have finished it.


    Was Never Go Back worth the listening time?

    No. I will "never go back" and listen to it again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Don Reno, NV United States 10-05-13
    Don Reno, NV United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A profound disappointing plot"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A plot that didn't attempt to equate Jack Reacher's logistical skills with Albert Einstein.This Reacher is to clever by half.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not another Lee Child book.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    His performance was fine; but the plot was so lacking that Hill's reading became repetitious and uninteresting.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment because the plot of the story was so lacking.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Pollack Cumberland, Maine USA 10-03-13
    Andrew Pollack Cumberland, Maine USA 10-03-13 Member Since 2005
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    "A more mature Jack Reacher novel"

    I know some of the fans of this series may find this one quite a bit more tame than others have been in the past. I found it more mature, more potentially believable (though still a stretch in bits), and overall very enjoyable. There was till plenty of Jack being Jack -- but it wasn't as over the top as some of the others. I approve.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tara 10-02-13
    Tara 10-02-13
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    "Never Listen to Again !"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not even Jack Reacher could save this book.


    Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Dick Hill is Dick Hill no matter how bad the material.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that I remember. If I were not a Reacher fan already I would not listen to any more of the series.


    Any additional comments?

    Awful book that lacked a story. It sounded like there was a new author every other chapter. No real build on story beacuse there was no real continuation just stuff thrown in out of no where. There are no spoilers because...well just beacause.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Seattle, WA, United States 10-02-13
    Chris Seattle, WA, United States 10-02-13
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    "Hill doesn't hit the mark for a Reacher story"
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    I would likely purchase another Reacher novel but I would not purchase an Audible book if Dick Hill were the narrator. Although Hill would be very enjoyable reading a different author, I feel he was not a fit for a Reacher novel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Classic Reacher with his dry, plodding ways and 50/50 outlook on almost all situations.


    What aspect of Dick Hill’s performance would you have changed?

    Hill's general rhythm. He had a choppy, hesitant cadence that just did not hit the mark with me.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. I would certainly watch it via iTunes, Netflix or Hulu though. I just would not do the expensive theater thing.


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    Jesse 09-29-13
    Jesse 09-29-13
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    "Called it in"

    Reacher finally meets "The Voice" and in the end it's a throw away. A potential daughter that looks and thinks like him and it ends with a fizzle. The main antagonists go away without impact. This storyline had so much potential, but it seemed that Lee Child , himself, just lost interest and ended it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob GAHANNA, OH, United States 09-29-13
    Bob GAHANNA, OH, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2014
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    ""A tsunami of bullcrap!""
    What aspect of Dick Hill’s performance would you have changed?

    He didn't need to increase his volume to a yell when Reacher and the woman were riding in the convertible. It was a pain to have to adjust my volume control as a result of this.


    What character would you cut from Never Go Back?

    I would cut my use of a credit if I could cut anything.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books where I was walking the dog, listening to the book, and found myself talking back to the narrator. It was soooooo bad I would get perturbed with the bullcrap characters and storyline that I found myself saying, "Move on for crying out loud." I got just past halfway in the book and decided listening to it was harmful to my attitude. So I didn't finish the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David United States 09-28-13
    David United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Reacher makes it to DC."

    Great book and storyline. Lee Child is a very masterful story teller. Can't wait for the next Reacher novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marc GREENVILLE, IL, United States 09-27-13
    Marc GREENVILLE, IL, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I'm done with Lee Child and Dick Hill"
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    I'm through with this series.


    Has Never Go Back turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The genre is not the problem here.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    Monotonous, monotone, and single voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not any redeeming qualities.


    Any additional comments?

    The worst problem with this book is that the plot is ridiculous. Anyone that has been on the military knows this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John rainier, OR, United States 09-27-13
    John rainier, OR, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Time to put Reacher to rest"
    What would have made Never Go Back better?

    Anything


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    The writing. After listening to a lot of other books and writers and then coming back to listen to this book, and I listened to All the Reacher books, I couldn't help but notice how poorly written Never Go Back was. I feel bad for Dick Hill having to read this thing. 50/50 I'll never listen to another.


    What aspect of Dick Hill’s performance would you have changed?

    I'm still bumbed that I picture Tom Cruise when I hear the name Reacher. He would have to change his whole character to fit in with this writing.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Never Go Back?

    Every scene where he starts rambling about 50/50


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think Lee Child put much effort into this book. That goes for his last book also. I was in a hurry to get through this book so I could start another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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