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)
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.
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.
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.
Editor, writer, knitter, voracious reader.
A younger voiced narrator
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.
A younger man. Reacher sounds tired, not like a man who can spring into action without even warming up a muscle beforehand.
A better plot and more action. More believable characters.
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.
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.
Most of them
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.
I have been a Reacher fan forever; awaiting new books. This book was extremely slow with virtually no action. Don't waste a credit
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.
This version of Reacher was way TOO Reacheresque ! Shallow plot line and peremptory ending. Perhaps written too quickly with out much thought.
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.
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.
I am always amazed at how believable Dick Hill is, whether it is a male or female voice.
No extremes but it was exciting. I finished it in under two day and now I have to wait another year.
It moved along and never slowed down.
The heroes were always on the verge of not making it, then pulled it out. Typical.
Not really. It is pretty long. I do have a life!
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.
The Jack Reacher series has been solid from book one and still continues to deliver on a winning formula. Reacher has made it to Virginia to finally talk to the woman he spoke with on the phone while working out the trouble in North Dakota, this is a few books back. The problem is he is now up against the entire bureaucracy of the federal government. As usual the book sets up the good guys against the bad guys and once again Reacher is, well, Reacher. The series is like the P.G. Wodehouse 'Jeeves' series, every book is the same but every book is great. Reacher is the every mans hero, the guy who likes to protect the underdog and we love him for going out on a limb for him. We see a bit of Reacher in the role of Father, thats right - not much but it is there, and of course there is a love interest. The Reacher series continues with the great narration of Dick Hill and if that is ever messed with someone should be fired, he is the perfect voice for Jack Reacher. Worth mentioning is that the backbone of the series is that Lee Childs can write well, he pens great lines and develops a suspenseful story and keeps things from going to far, so there is a feeling as you read this that this could really happen.
Highly recommended, although from the beginning of the series, which is well worth the trip. I do not think these are stand alone books, they build on the previous stories.
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