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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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    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 05-09-14
    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 05-09-14 Member Since 2011
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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.

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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.


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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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    Frances Garland, Texas, United States 10-02-13
    Frances Garland, Texas, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Who Is Reaching"

    This was just a fun book. I enjoyed all the 'fox jobs' Jack pulled with the hounds on his trail. That being said, he breaks out of a military jail??? Really?? Now, that is having to suspend belief beyond what I can manage. I gave it mostly high marks on Mr. Hill's narration and the fact it was just a fun read that I didnt have to really think about as I listened. And if that's what you are looking for then here is a good one for you! But Mr.Child needs to get back to some more plausible writing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    toni 09-20-13
    toni 09-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Jack none Reacher is back at it again"
    Where does Never Go Back rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is still the full hard charging kind I love, but the narration didn't ring true which made me wish I had bought the book and read it instead


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam, I liked her spunk


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator seemed a bit full of himself and chewed the scenery a bit. I also did not like his take on the female characters


    Any additional comments?

    I love Reacher and will continue to enjoy the series, just in print instead of this narrator's version.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    09-18-13
    09-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Really disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    No, not again.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    Preposterous story


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

    his idea of sounding tough is to have every voice, including the narrator, sound like a sullen, sarcastic teenager.


    What character would you cut from Never Go Back?

    story is simply too flawed to tweak it a little way


    Any additional comments?

    yikes

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 09-12-13
    Thomas 09-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "One of Child's best"

    I would not miss any of Lee's books as soon as they come out, can't wait for the next. This book exceeded my expectations almost from the start. The outcome was unique and enjoyable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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