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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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    Mary Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada 10-08-13
    Mary Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada 10-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't bother"

    If you have ever enjoyed a Jack Reacher novel, give this one a miss. A more frustrating audio novel I have never encountered. It's as if Lee Childs were getting a penny a word like the old-time journalists used to earn. There's more useless detail in this novel than you could possible imagine. Who is interested whether the heroine's boots are under the chair and Reacher's jacket on the back of the chair when it has nothing to do with the plot. Speaking of which, I'm sure the plot is fascinating, but the snippets are so few and far between as to be laughable.The premise of Reacher's returning to his 101st command base because of a voice on the phone is weak enough, but the rest of the plot unfolds with glacial speed and I find myself longing for the hardcover so I can skim.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 09-30-13
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 09-30-13 Listener Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.

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    "Mile High Club, Reacher style"

    Lee Child apparently heard the criticism sent his way after the highly disappointing, "A Wanted Man." Book 18 in the series, "Never Go Back" features the Jack Reacher many of us have grown to love. This installment finds him doing much more than sitting in a car and driving around for a third of the book. It starts off with heads bashing into cars and doesn't lose its momentum anywhere along the line. The totally unbelievable scenes that Child constructed during a commercial airline flight will have Reacher fans alternately cringing and smiling. The plot and characters were well conceived and the story flowed in a logical fashion. There were some twists and we met at least one character who is sure to surface in another installment down the line. My one criticism of the book was Scott Brick's narration. Maybe he slowed his delivery because Reacher himself is aging as this series progresses. But the slurry, methodical voice he used for Reacher seemed to be a bit overdone. Reacher fans will be happy to have him back. Let's hope Child doesn't phone it in for his next effort.

    28 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Kellett Seattle, WA United States 02-19-14
    Michele Kellett Seattle, WA United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Tired Series"

    No one loved Jack Reacher more than I did, at least for the first 6 or 7 installments. The plots were taut and unexpected, our hero intriguing and the wit as dry as the Mojave. But these wonderful books have devolved into self-parody. This novel has a ridiculous plot -- with such risible features as an inflight brawl in an airplane restroom. As if two small people could fit in one of those, much less the Frigidaire-sized Reacher and his opponent! Also, Reacher has theories about himself that involve campfires and howling wolves and he's happy to share them. The mystery of Reacher's stunning fitness (the man eats pancakes and cheeseburgers exclusively, logs countless hours riding around in cars and never so much as skims a gym contract) is explained, basically, as "born this way". I am very very sorry to be unable to recommend this book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Emmy Aricioglu California 10-17-14
    Emmy Aricioglu California 10-17-14 Member Since 2013

    Editor, writer, knitter, voracious reader.

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    "Time for Jack to retire?"
    What would have made Never Go Back better?

    A younger voiced narrator


    What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Try having a female character with equal or nearly equal smarts to Reacher. Also, he should be more creative. Instead of filling up paragraphs describing every minute rotation, he should beef up the story.


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

    A younger man. Reacher sounds tired, not like a man who can spring into action without even warming up a muscle beforehand.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Tiredness


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff Hanger 06-16-14
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    "Huge disappointment!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better plot and more action. More believable characters.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    Soooooooo slow! I was introducing Reacher to my husband and was embarrassed that this was so boring and slow. What happened to the exciting fast moving plots of earlier Reacher books? Now we won't try another Reacher.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None. Turner did not sound like a commander but more like a mid level person. Plot got confusing at the end. Overall it was awful, to my mind. I've listened to many Reachers but sadly this is the last.


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

    Most of them


    Any additional comments?

    Even Dick Hill seemed off his game. Timing so slow, I thought he was another reader. He sounded like he was trying to drag it out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark FRANKLIN, WI, United States 11-25-13
    Mark FRANKLIN, WI, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not very good"
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    I have been a Reacher fan forever; awaiting new books. This book was extremely slow with virtually no action. Don't waste a credit

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 10-07-13
    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "another reacher i could not put down"

    i read enough reviews of the most recent reacher offering to think that childs had gone soft on plot in service of political commentary, so I skipped #17. many thanks to reviewers for the helpful notes on #18. this is a great addition to the series. the title is perfect - the one thing you are saying after reacher goes back to his old unit and **early plotline but not critical spoiler alert** gets reinstated in order to face felony charges is that jack, you should never go back.

    there were three sequences where reacher was breaking bones, and i thought the narrative did not need to be so graphic. that was a minor complaint. the plot twists and turns in this were clever and as good as any i have seen in the 6-7 reachers i have done on audible.

    the samantha character was great.

    the tell at the end - the underlying scheming that put everything into motion - was fine but not nearly as strong as the rest of the book. and as i captioned the review, i could not put this book down.

    someone confused the narrator with scott brick. this is not a brick narration, but rather dick hill, who has a very different style. (i happen to like both.) when dick hill is at his best, he is the best. this was a great narration by hill, especially including the female voices.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Hampden, ME, United States 10-03-13
    Mary Hampden, ME, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2007
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    "TOO Reacher"
    Any additional comments?

    This version of Reacher was way TOO Reacheresque ! Shallow plot line and peremptory ending. Perhaps written too quickly with out much thought.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Battle Creek, MI, United States 10-02-13
    Kristin Battle Creek, MI, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Wish I could find Reacher in the personals!"
    Where does Never Go Back rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks towards the top, maybe its because I have a huge crush on Reacher. I can say that I have enjoyed all but one of his books.


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

    I did figure out who was on what side but not the whole scenario...As with most Lee Child books, at least for me, I never know who's the ring leader of all the chaos.


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

    I am always amazed at how believable Dick Hill is, whether it is a male or female voice.


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

    No extremes but it was exciting. I finished it in under two day and now I have to wait another year.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Pitcock 09-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic Jack Reacher"
    What made the experience of listening to Never Go Back the most enjoyable?

    It moved along and never slowed down.


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

    The heroes were always on the verge of not making it, then pulled it out. Typical.


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

    Jack Reacher


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. It is pretty long. I do have a life!


    Any additional comments?

    Jack Reacher is the American knight errant. He is always saving the fair maiden or himself. He falls in/out of love, moves on. These stories are always fun and exciting. In some ways, they are informative, if you happen to care about how the army works. I like how he is still in great shape and a warrior at about 50. He's able to take down big dumb guys, well trained army dudes with a couple of well placed tactics. He's my hero. When I am attacked by hillbilly hooligans, I hope he is there.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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