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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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    Kathlene A. Larson 09-07-13 Member Since 2009

    Nana Kate to 18

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    "Dick Hill just doesn't do it for me anymore!"
    What did you like best about Never Go Back? What did you like least?

    The story line is the usual Jack Reacher overcoming adversity, this time against his own governments military.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The military involvement gave it a nice twist.


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

    Used to love listening to his interpretation in the Harry Bosch novels. In fact I preferred him over other narrators. Now, his vocalizations, especially for the females in the story, are a little creepy. I will pass on this one, just not enjoying his style. Perhaps it's the difference in his voice with age.


    Could you see Never Go Back being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Don't know!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie Salt Lake City, UT, United States 09-06-13
    Valerie Salt Lake City, UT, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2010

    OD

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    "If you haven't listen to the Jack Reacher novels.."

    Listen to this one. Lee Child's stories are meant for Dick Hill to narrate. This story is even better than the last one. This series is one I won't stop following.

    However, as a mom and a family person, I felt so sad that Jack moved on from this partner. I hope, at some point in the future, Lee provides Jack with a feeling of attachment, a resting place for such a great character, where he doesn't have to fight and defend any more. Jack Reacher, come home.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 09-09-13
    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2005

    I'm a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and music educator. I've spent the majority of my life wearing headphones . . .

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    "Happily Ever After, Jack Reacher Style"

    If you are a fan of Lee Child's Reacher novels, I don't think you will be disappointed with this latest offering. If you are thinking of making this novel your introduction to Reacher, I think you'd be better served by starting at the beginning with "Killing Floor" and working your way forward.

    The novels go by rapidly, they are interesting and fun and all make a kind of logical sense when listened to as a series.

    Also . . . I would like to take this opportunity to state, unequivocally, that Jack Reacher does not look anything like Tom Cruise.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 09-09-13
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2011

    Nyoka Mullins

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    "Really enjoyable, but confusing"
    Would you listen to Never Go Back again? Why?

    I would have to, because I really didn't get the plot, as to why Reacher was in trouble, but I enjoyed it, just couldn't get the reasoning behind the two thing's Reacher was accused of.


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

    I tried to figure out the plot, I understood it till the end, except why Reacher had the charges against him, and why it had anything to do with the ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Reacher thought he had a daughter and was in the restrurant with her...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It didn't make me laugh or cry, I did get a rush when he was in the plane and broke the finger's and arm's of the two men...now that turned me on...


    Any additional comments?

    Wish Reacher could have been the Father. But then he couldn't go on being in different places all the time.... I did like the book, just confusing about the ending...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 05-09-14
    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 05-09-14 Member Since 2011

    Enthusiastic, Skeptical, Warm-hearted, Concerned.

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    "Falls short of the mark"

    I've listened to a number of Jack Reacher novels, and this is far from my favorite.
    It just seems to be bogged down with what the gamers call "fetch quests." I got a lot less "excitement," and a lot more "patient waiting" out of listening to this book. By the end, I felt not so much energized as bored.

    And what's up with the author's use of the phrase "a long moment?" The definition of "a moment," is "a very short period of time." So, "a long moment" is—what—an oxymoron? Did someone cough? Did the protagonist blink twice? Did the listener scratch his cheek? Ridiculous.

    As for the narration, Dick Hill has many good qualities as a narrator—he generally seems to know what the story is about, and creates a decent visual impression of the characters and events. That being said, this book lacks the energy and crispness of his best work. It's a far cry from the more inspired work he produced in "Echo Burning."

    I'm always up for a good Reacher novel, but this one just falls short of the mark.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John 04-18-14
    John 04-18-14
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    "how did this book ever sell?"

    boring, full of filler material...blah, blah, blah... and just not a good story. I would think again before buying another Jack Reacher series book after this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Schultz 02-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Irritating reading."
    What did you like best about Never Go Back? What did you like least?

    Reacher's character is appealing but too many of the scenes and story lines are cliched.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lee Child? Why or why not?

    No. I find the writing formulaic and the characters too predictable and tedious.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    Almost anybody! Every character sounded the same and Hill reads each piece of dialogue with the same sarcastic tone. As a result, the story line is flattened out. I could what was worse, the actual story or the way it was being read. I thin that a better narrator would have made my listening experience much better.


    Did Never Go Back inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. To Never Go Back to a book written by lee Child and narrated by Dick Hill.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Penmaven Laguna Woods, CA 10-28-13
    Penmaven Laguna Woods, CA 10-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Reacher is becomming stale"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No - Reacher series is becomming stale. Same old same old. The story line is trite and monotonous. Introducing Turner and keeping her in the action as baggage did not work for me. No building of tension.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

    Won't read another Reacher, although I was a great fan initially. The author needs to move on to greener pastures!


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    As usual his performance is exemplary. Any book he reads comes alive. I often select a book only on the basis of Hill as a narrator.


    Do you think Never Go Back needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No - see above.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edward 10-08-13
    Edward 10-08-13
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    "Not Lee's Best Stuff"
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    Yes


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Dissapointing


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

    Dick Hill is always great. I've bought books I wouldn't consider reading simply because he was the narrator.


    Do you think Never Go Back needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not necessarily. Just another in the series


    Any additional comments?

    This was not one the best. The build up to the relationship with Turner from the other book was handled well, and it worked out okay, but the plot of this episode was a little bland. Reacher is usually the one to dispatch the bad guys, and this time they did it to themselves. That was a really weak ending. The characters of Romeo and Juliet were never built up as his nemesis' were in the other editions. They were kept too much in the background, so you never really cared about them one way or the other. Every other book, the enemy was expanded upon to the point where you had real visceral emotions for them. Here.... nothing. The entire story line was way too bland and not very exciting. I could put this one down and go back to it at my leisure without going thru withdrawal symptoms because I stayed away from it too long. Okay overall, but not memorable enough to re-read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann KAPAA, HI, United States 10-07-13
    Ann KAPAA, HI, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Awful narration. So bad I couldn't listen to it."
    If you could sum up Never Go Back in three words, what would they be?

    Get a better narrator - a bad narration can ruin a book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good story line.


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

    Terrible voice, nonexistent emotion, awful phrasing.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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