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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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    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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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 09-09-13
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2014

    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

    No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.

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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 Brock Birmingham, Al. 04-18-14
    John Brock Birmingham, Al. 04-18-14

    wehapa

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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 2014
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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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    William 12-21-13
    William 12-21-13
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    "Helped wash away the bad taste of Tom Cruise"

    For Reacher fans, this will help you to finally wash away that sour taste we all got after watching the cocky bantam Tom Cruise try to play Jack Reacher in the movie "Reacher." However, I can't see this book being of any interest at all to people who aren't already fans.

    The story was bland. Not much happened. We get long drives on dark highways described literally turn by turn. I can understand the suspense of driving as a fugitive, when every turn and every headlight might mean trouble, but in a novel, it gets tiring after a while especially when (spoiler alert) absolutely nothing ever happens.

    Also, it got tiring to hear the phrase "50/50, like tossing a coin", because not everything is an even probability.

    However, it was great to hear the familiar "Reacher said nothing" phrase again. And there was enough action to let us know that Reacher is still Reacher.

    We also get to see a different side of Reacher briefly, while he contemplates an alternative way of leading his life, but when that works out differently, we see him shut that down, and we feel his sense of loss before he covers it over.

    Overall, I would recommend this book to hardcore fans of the Reacher series. This book had some depth and its fair share of great "Reacher" moments.

    If you're a new(ish) fan who hasn't exhausted the oeuvre yet, I'd suggest holding off on this one until you've finished the rest. Otherwise, it could be a disappointment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 11-25-13
    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2008
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    "cookie cutter book"

    I like the Jack Reacher series and I will keep listening to Child's books. On his first Reacher book I felt he was learning how to write. He got better as he completed the next several books. Never Go Back seemed to be me that Child's tried to fit this book into a cookie cutter type of story. I felt he struggled with the story line. Not his best work but good enough for a listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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