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
"Child is a superb craftsman of suspense." (Entertainment Weekly)
"The truth about Reacher gets better and better." (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)
I hate to say it because I REALLY like the series and the writer, Lee Child. I even take into account that I get bugged by small things sometimes. However, this is just mediocre at best and truly a poor addition to the series. If you don't need or want further thoughts, let me just say for you, this strikes me as "McMillan and Wife team up with Rockford Files while being pursued by The A-Team".
The main character, Jack Reacher, has always been a “flawed” hero. Any summary of this character should include the key phrases of Obsessive Compulsive, borderline Schizophrenia, Anti-Social Personality Disorder… and a few more that escape me now. You have to face facts; anyone that simply buys new clothes rather than washing old ones, claiming it is cheaper, has a loose screw or two. Also, give some room to the idea that anyone that, in his 40’s lives hand to mouth hitchhiking all over the Country and ALWAYS seems to find trouble, cannot be all good or all innocent. But that always seemed to flow into the story because although sometimes cartoonish, in a “6 Million Dollar Man” kind of way, the story was not over the top ridiculous. You only needed to suspend reality, not torture it before abolishing it all together.
In this book, we have Reacher returning to metro DC to see a woman that he never met, but in previous stories, had aided him via telephone. He arrives at his former military post where the woman he comes to see is now the commander of his former Military Police unit. Reacher is immediately recalled to active duty after being discharged for 16 or so years. Ostensibly, this significant impossibility is so that the evil guys can take control of him. Of course, they have already trumped up charges against the female Major Turner, whom Reacher was coming to see. Oh, throw in to that, Reacher had never told anyone he was coming to see her… he just hitchhiked from the great Northwest to Arlington Virginia “because she had an interesting voice” (Can you say stalker?), yet they were ready.
So they seemingly frame-up charges on Reacher that he assaulted a man 16 years ago and he just died as a result of the injuries, making Reacher a killer. In addition, they throw in a recently filed paternity suit claiming Reacher is the father of a now 14-year-old girl and the mother just came forward to claim her child support. As long as you are in the “it’s a frame” mode, what the heck, put $100K in an offshore account belonging to the female Major (that in reality she knows nothing about it) and then arrest her for taking bribes. If only the basis of the story were the downfall, I would not be so disappointed.
The story is written with truly annoying “OCD” stuff that makes me wonder if Lee Child is not OCD and writing a bit of himself into the script. Things like repetitive recitation of “catch phrases” in the form of drifting thoughts, such as “Sam, a daughter, 14-years-old” over and over, even in the middle of a prison escape. But the OCD isn’t just Reacher; it is also in the narrative. “Romeo called Juliette, because something’s are her responsibility” and “Juliette called Romeo, because something’s are his responsibility” each time the narrator introduces a conversation between the cloak and dagger characters of Romeo and Juliette. Then there is the insane obsession of counting, everything, no matter how unimportant it is to the story and then explain the count. Things such as “…he parked 8 spaces down from the door, not 1 and not 3, but 8” and then explaining the odds of a car parked directly in front of a motel door that the driver/car’s owner went into, versus the door 1, 2, or even 3 doors down might be.
For me the ridiculous compounded the insane making it difficult to finish despite wanting to like the story. Ridiculous in concept since nowhere in the United States do Military Police “hunt” anyone or anything. MP’s do not do deep undercover, they do not investigate or arrest civilians or even have power of arrest off base. No, that is left to Army CID, or Navy NCIS, or Air Force OSI, all of whom are sworn Federal Officers. Ridiculous in logic such as when someone, on a remote hunch, flags all credit cards and ID’s contained in an Army Military Police “Undercover Vault” (see previous statement indicating NO SUCH THING could exist) which results in the bad guys being able to track Reacher and Turner. Yes, they can do that, but as Reacher steals more and more of the bad guys credit cards and uses them to fund his treck to find “Sam, a daughter, 14-years-old”, they cannot call the credit card company and get the cards shut off because the bad guys that own them are off the grid. Oh, how about the completely bizzar idea that someone (here two people) break out of an Army brig where they are held presumably on high felonies, and their first thought is to run to California to find “Sam, a daughter, 14-years-old”. More insane is that the bad guys anticipate that the hero would break out and go to track down the girl because of a paternity suit (even assuming that was a crime of adultery, the punishment is discharge (did I mention Reacher had been out of the Army for 16-years?). In fact, most of the obstacles thrown up would require the bad guys to be either genius or clairvoyant, and the hero to be an idiot or on drugs.Overall, I can only give it middle of the road and keep the bad feeling that the recent release of Jack Reacher to the big screen, made Lee Child so hungry for a follow-up, that he rushed and gave us an updated version of the “A-Team” or some other equally bad 70’s prime time show.
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
I'll still buy the next installment, but I was a little apatheic about the story. I love Reacher dated and corny, one liners, choreographed action and soft hearted tough guy.
This was just okay.
Story very weak
Yes. it went down hill when the author sold movie rights to pip squeak Cruise
Author needs to do some soul searching to see if he wants to continue the series
Jack Reacher needs a change in direction
The story just dragged on a bit on this one.
Probably going to take a great from this series.
This is the Jack Reacher I love...BUT the story was very confusing to me I had to relisted to a couple of chapters,and kind of a let down at the end. I expected it to be a real surprise but it really wasn't to me.
I would recommend the book but not in the audio format. The narrator sounds like a refugee from a 40's gangster movie.
Yes. Been a Child's fan for years.
it is in the top 10% of the books i enjoy and read the most
yes, he is one great reader. the meter of his reading makes for an enjoyable listen.
I enjoy the reader Dick Hill. The story was a typical Jack Reacher, which is no more and no less than I expected.
It was a fun read. I appreciated the background on the storyline.
The pursuit as they traveled from location to location was very entertaining.
I don't think that there is anything that can help this
I just don't care about anything that is happening in the story. Even the narrator sound bored
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