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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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    Barbara Lincoln, RI, United States 09-15-13
    Barbara Lincoln, RI, United States 09-15-13
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    "One of the best Reachers yet!"
    Any additional comments?

    I've either read or listened to all of the Jack Reacher books, some better than others, all good. Some multiple times. This one was worth waiting for. I didn't want to stop listening.

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    P. Giorgio Illinois 09-15-13
    P. Giorgio Illinois 09-15-13 Member Since 2001

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    "May be the best one yet!"

    From the opening words to the final scene, the story was flawless. Not too many "silly" coincidences, but a few for good humor. Not too unlikely a scenario, but enough to make it riveting. I especially loved the first "escape" scenario -- a bit out there, but not for Reacher. As usual there is a good measure of but just enough philosophy, sociology, child psychology and scientific fact. The romancing was maybe a bit light, its power being in afterthoughts and not in present/action. Would have liked a bit more eroticism; seemed like a "task" to get done and over with the first time; the second time being described in retrospect, passively and without ardor.

    The plot: Loved, loved, loved the Claughtons, believable, funny and a little caricatured. Believable except for the 1 vs. 8 "honor among thieves" episode.

    My favorite parts were in Reacher's musings on Sam Dayton, the way phrases goaded him forward, and in his recountings of his childhood, the way phrases explained his particular kind of thinking.

    If there is a weak point, and this is probably only my problem, it is the ending. The end was good in that it tied up and explained everything. But the all-around forgiveness was hard to accept. I DID like the way Jack and Susan ended the book. Logical, predictable, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. God forbid there would be commitment.

    The book began and ended with Reacher as he is: affected but not altered by his recent episode and encounters. It was good to watch him "feel" for another person. His feelings went well beyond righting wrongs. It went to his core. If the Samantha Dayton story had worked out differently, we would have had a kinder, gentler Reacher, who might have begun building picket fences.

    Instead, I wait for the next one, and a year is entirely too long.

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    Nancy Barrett NY USA 09-15-13
    Nancy Barrett NY USA 09-15-13 Member Since 2004

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    "Never thought it would end- will never Go Back"

    It started out engaging but quickly became somewhat torturous (okay that might be an overstatement) to listen to. As much as I hate to say this, as I LOVE the Jack Reacher character, it might be time to say farewell. The series is GREAT, this book....not so much. Finishing it became something I did to check it off my list as I actually was not invested in it at all and the ending was, well, predictable. I may reread or re listen to the series again but I would be hard pressed to buy a new one.

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    Shari COLUMBUS, GA, United States 09-14-13
    Shari COLUMBUS, GA, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing"
    What would have made Never Go Back better?

    Making Jack Reacher a little more believable after all this time. Hitchhiking, seldom changing clothes, loner... The character use to been interesting, but it's becoming more of the same.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Can't really think of any thing specific.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Like the narrator a lot.


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope the writer lets the character grow up some in his next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Perris, CA, United States 09-14-13
    Diana Perris, CA, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Strong come back from the last one!!!"

    Well for those of you that read A Wanted Man and thought, as I did, it was the worst Reacher book ever. That Lee must have had someone else write it or lost his Reacherness - well Never Go Back should redeem him. Download it and start listening

    I have read the other reviews so I thought I would comment as many of them have.

    Yes this one had Reacher being a bit more cerebral rather than physical but he is getting older. I also really liked the airplane scene, wondering if you could really get away with that in this day and age of heightened awareness on planes. But I can see the subjects wanting to stay quiet and not appear as wimps or give themselves away. I would have been crying like a baby.

    There was a lot more humor in this one than any others. I actually found myself laughing out loud and having to reverse a bit because I missed some with my laughter.

    Poetry was a bit of a stretch but Reacher is well read and his mother is french so there ya go.

    I liked Turner. We needed to meet her.

    One reviewer was angry that the military had been shown in a bad light. Well come on guy seriously tell me that the upper echelon of the military doesn't have a few corrupt people just like its been proven that the CIA, FBI, DEA, DHS, ATF and all the other alphabet companies do. I certainly support our ground troops but anytime you have a large group of highly intelligent military - political brains you are going to have corruption. This was a good twist on that.

    I think it was interesting to show how technology has escaped Reacher. How good big brother is at knowing where you are seconds after you have arrived.

    And the possibility of a child?! Again come on, especially you women readers. He has had a romantic tryst in every book, I think. So in just the 16 years we have known Reacher there has always been that chance, you can't tell me I am the only one who has ever wondered if had a child. You never hear about safe sex now do you?! So just imagine all of his lovers from before we knew him. I am a little shocked that this is the first time Lee has brought it up.

    Now lets hit a moment on a movie!!! Not if Cruise plays him again. Come on really. That was like making Harry Potter a 6'2" blond. I am not a fan of Cruise anyway but he is a good actor, does almost all of his stunts but still. I have 3 kids in Hollywood: screenwriting, directing and computer animation. One of them has read a few Reacher books and thought Cruise pulled it off especially with the use of lighting and camera angles. He thought if they had chosen someone who actually matched the description it would have been comical. BUT does any one watch Strike Back? When I first saw the teaser for it what 3-4 years ago I went OMG there's Reacher. Phillip Winchester who portrays Michael Stonebridge is Reacher in my eyes. He is the right age now to play a younger or older Reacher with some help from make-up artists. His bio has him at only 6'1" but he sure looks taller. He has the right physique, well muscled and toned without having to work on it-chiseled perhaps. He's fair haired and blue eyed. You know they have had how many Jack Ryans now 3 or 4? Why can't they change from Cruise?!

    I have to say that I have been a Reacher fan before the masses really knew about him. I saw the cover of Killing Floor in the mall bookstore in 97 (I think) and bought it. Couldn't wait for the next and the next. I went to see Lee in Dayton Ohio when there were only 15-20 in the audience, imagine that. I got to talk to him and get my photo taken with him. I even have the original Reacher t-shirt you can't get any more. When he was speaking someone asked him about a movie possibility and who he saw portraying Reacher and what role he would play in the screen writing. He said he something along the lines of he was an author and didn't know the movie business that he would leave all that up to the movie people. Right there I disagreed with him. Again imagine if JK hadn't kept a hand in Harry Potter movie series? They were her characters and she wanted them to remain true to her descriptions of them. I feel the same way about Reacher, I just wish Lee had. Tom Cruise is not Reacher.

    Any way a good read, I think lee is back on track, just no more like A Wanted Man, please.

    OH and of course Dick Hill, he is Reacher's voice. Good job as usual Dick. I didn't mind the female voices btw

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    Michael Boca Raton, FL, United States 09-14-13
    Michael Boca Raton, FL, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Big disappointment"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book was not what I Anticipated. The book had way to much dialog and very little action. You could fall asleep listening to and waiting for the next action to take place. Not worth the high price !


    What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Cut down on the dialog and more action.


    How could the performance have been better?

    In every way


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I would like my money back

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Louis North Wales, PA, United States 09-13-13
    Louis North Wales, PA, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Another Reacher book to love."

    A little slow at first but then I couldn't put it down. Dick Hill can be a little over-dramatic at times but I've heard him so many times I'm used to him. The biggest problem I have is now I have to wait for the next one. Not his very best but still very enjoyable!

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    Mark T Portland, OR 09-13-13
    Mark T Portland, OR 09-13-13 Member Since 2010

    Audible books are the perfect companion for my 4 mile morning walk!

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    "Well, I think I'm done with Jack Reacher."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If someone is looking for something little more than background noise, this might do the trick.


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

    I don't read a lot of pure thriller fiction, and tend to limit myself to just a few authors so I don't overdo it. Lee Child has been one of those authors, and I've always enjoyed reading his books. But like Tom Clancy did many years ago, Lee Child seems to have reached the point where the books are nothing more than "written to recipe." So it won't turn me off from the genre, but I'm afraid there's no longer anything to be gained from Jack Reacher. If I hear the term "it's 50-50, just like the toss of a coin" one more time I'm going to scream.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was impossible to listen to at 1.0 speed, and 1.25 made it bearable. But a couple of times I could have sworn the book changed narrators, which didn't make sense. And the there was an enormous amount of female voice in the book, which the narrator just couldn't do.


    Any additional comments?

    The fact that they didn't figure out until the end that opium was involved, given that the action involved Afghanistan, was bizarre. How can two people who have such uncanny abilities and insights in every other aspect of the book totally miss the obvious for hundreds and hundreds of pages.

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    Dana Charlotte, NC, United States 09-13-13
    Dana Charlotte, NC, United States 09-13-13
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    "Great story..can't wait for the next."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended to many.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was great and I don't what I can say about it because I don't want to ruin it for anyone. I will say that as usual Reacher didn't let you down.


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

    Dick Hill is and will always be Jack Reacher to me. I've listened to another try to narrate a story in the series and I couldn't finish.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His interaction with the teenage girl.


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    Kathleen Bokman WNY USA 09-12-13
    Kathleen Bokman WNY USA 09-12-13 Member Since 2004

    KathyB

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    "Time to quit?"
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    No story, no surprises! I've read every Reacher book. This seemed more like a caricature of Reacher. I've always liked Dick Hill as narrater, but this book was just off. His female voices were all winey. I couldn't wait for it to be over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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