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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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    Mark T Portland, OR 09-13-13
    Mark T Portland, OR 09-13-13 Member Since 2014

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Bokman 09-12-13 Member Since 2004

    KathyB

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    "Time to quit?"
    Any additional comments?

    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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    Seamus 09-11-13
    Seamus 09-11-13

    Drunkin' Seamus

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    "Jack Reacher is dead."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Lee Child has phoned the last few in and this is his worst effort yet. I wouldn't give this 4 or 5 stars if they paid me to listen to it.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Dick Hill was great, it was the material he had to work with that was lacking


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

    I would never have given the green light.


    Any additional comments?

    You could do better blindly picking any book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keith ROCKMART, GEORGIA, United States 09-09-13
    Keith ROCKMART, GEORGIA, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Lots of talking and strategies"
    Has Never Go Back turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Somewhat


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Reacher is turning into a sissy, talks a lot, always a lady stand out actually overshadowing Reacher himself.


    What character would you cut from Never Go Back?

    TURNER!


    Any additional comments?

    It just may be me but these Reacher books just don’t have that ministry/excitement to them anymore. The Killing floor was Lee’s 1st and mine also, over the pass year’s I have read them all, not sure why. There's more predictability, discussion and strategy replacing the Old Reacher brute force…I guess the next book will be about what color flowers Reacher prefers. JS

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Paul New York, NY, United States 09-08-13
    Paul New York, NY, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2007

    Guitarist with The Prudes

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    "Sub par"

    This book has just a little too much swagger and takes the usually arrogant Reacher into almost comic book action. I suggest more plot and development less waffle. This is my least favorite Reacher novel and I have bought them all.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Norman Santa Monica, CA, United States 09-08-13
    Norman Santa Monica, CA, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "This book is painfully slow"

    There's very little plot, mostly just characters reflecting on something around them in a way that attempts to be witty or knowledgable. Reacher is a clever guy but some care should be given to making the plot so too. As usual Dick Hill brings the story to life with his narration. This isn't the worst book in the series but it's down in the bottom 5 - if you're new to the Reacher series, choose one of the earlier books. Child makes interesting characters for his good guys but his bad guys are one dimensional. Even so, Reacher will bring me back to the next in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathlene A. Larson 09-07-13 Member Since 2012

    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 2014

    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 2015

    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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