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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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    Marci portland, OR, United States 09-06-13
    Marci portland, OR, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Expect the Best"

    "Expect the Best, Prepare for the Worst" becomes a theme through this book, but no need to prepare for the worst--this story is awesome.
    I've listened to all 18 of the Reacher series over the last three years, and Lee Child continues to shine as the creator of Jack Reacher in #18.
    As a Jack Reacher fan, all the great qualities are there:
    --Lee Child keeps it clean while keeping the action and the story riveting.
    --He makes Reacher multi-layered and complex by having Reacher cracks skulls of bad guys, then in another scene, out smart the bad guys through his knowledge of body language, human behavior, math, and yes, even poetry.
    --He reveals just a touch of Reacher's soft side.
    --He continues to unfold details of Reacher's past, weaving together a complete character that gets better and better with each book.
    --Throws in just a bit of humor that makes Reacher human.

    This story is even better than many of the first 17 in the Reacher series because there are a couple of great female characters. Like, really, really great female characters--the best he has introduced yet.

    The ending did feel a little "quick." I wish the action had been drawn out more, but to me, that's just a sign of a great book. I never want a great book to actually end.

    If this is your first Reacher novel, you'll miss out on a few "insider" jokes, like the folding toothbrushes. But overall, you certainly would be able to follow the story and enjoy it.

    As for the performance, as usual, Dick Hill is perfect. I think a narrator should disappear and let the story shine and Hill does that. As usual, I'm super impressed with his female voices, you don't even notice him which leaves you free to just enjoy the story.

    As with most Reacher fans, I was disappointed with #17, but Lee Child is back and better than ever.

    I highly recommend.

    41 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Amity, OR, United States 09-18-13
    Debra Amity, OR, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Classic Reacher"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the audiobook. It has a plausible story line and enough hook to keep you wanting to continue.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Never Go Back?

    I loved the interaction with the Samantha Dayton character. I thought it was really funny that one of the bad guys in the book is named David Baldacci.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Murrell WEST PALM BEACH, FL, US 09-15-13
    Dan Murrell WEST PALM BEACH, FL, US 09-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Reacher is back, butt kicking and exciting."

    I love Jack Reacher, he is one of a kind. I felt the last book was not up to par, this one is fast paced and entertaining. The author actually let some of Reacher's human traits come through, just a wee bit, this is Reacher! Those of you who know Reacher from the inception will be glad to know he's back on track, kicking ass and taking names!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Donna M Thomas, Author of From Pebbles to Pathways Santa Monica, CA 09-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Donna M Thomas

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    "My favorite Reacher story yet"

    I'm not a big review writer, but I'll say that this story is solid and captivating, like most of the Reacher series.

    This my favorite in the series because the story itself was fascinating, one of the protagonists is a strong and intelligent woman (she's in it throughout the entire story), and there's not as much violence as there is in many of the books. The main female character held Reacher back a bit, like a woman would, which I personally liked. It gave the story more depth, in addition to the usual intrigue.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    HIII 10-23-13
    HIII 10-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Reaching to keep Reacher"

    Reacher has been such a great series, but I think the plots, action and women are wearing thin for me. That isn't to say I won't be ready for the next one when it comes out but for right now I am glad the series is out of unheard books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-12-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Back in the Army?"

    This book is an improvement over the last few books but does not reach the quality of the first few books in the series. It is better to have read the books in order but one still gets the idea if this is the first of the series you have read. In this book Reacher arrives in Virginia at the Military Police Base he once commanded to see Major Turner who he has met on the phone in the book before this one. He wants to invite her out to dinner. Only she is in jail herself for taking bribes. The temporary C.O. want to see Reacher, he informs him he has two charges against him and he is back in the Army. Reacher sets out to clear himself and Turner from the charges. From here the stories suspense and action build but toward the end of the book it starts to lag a bit. For the Reacher fans he is fighting two men with his hands behind his back and other almost unbelievable feat of action. This story also has Reacher doing his usual tricks with math but also reciting poetry. For Reacher fans most will enjoy the story. Looking forward to the next book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    shelley Raleigh, NC 09-05-13
    shelley Raleigh, NC 09-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "2nd Best Jack Reacher novel"
    What did you love best about Never Go Back?

    Great story. Almost as good as Killing Floor - which is my favorite


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Reacher of course!


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators. I intentionally search for books he has read and have tried new authors solely because he is the reader.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end.


    Any additional comments?

    I can not wait for the next Reacher book, I have enjoyed every one and recommend them to anyone who has never picked up a Lee Child book.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    gregg santa maria, ca, United States 09-10-13
    gregg santa maria, ca, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Where has Lee Child gone?"

    I was hoping beyond hope that Child's last book (Wanted Man) was a fluke. I thought that he got the terrible writing out of his system and now he will be back in form. Unfortunately this new book is nearly as bad. The only blessing is this time we didn't have to listen to Reacher speak with a broken nose. I am no longer willing to sit through the seemingly endless redundant dialogue to get a couple of minutes of my "Reacher fix".

    Come back to us Lee!!

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-12-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "2 ½ stars. Disappointing. Plot was not well done"

    It’s Reacher. I will read every Reacher book. He is one of my favorite machos. But here the author is stretching or shall I say reaching for a plot. Reacher is accused of things causing his arrest. That was not developed or resolved well. It was kind of like “we changed our minds.” (That’s not exact, but I’m avoiding spoilers.) I still liked the book because of Reacher’s thoughts, attitude, comments, and beating-up-thug scenes. But don’t expect “a good story.”

    Instead of discovering clues along the way, Reacher and others just talk, and suppose, and guess, and figure out who the bad guys are and what they are doing. There is no action to discover clues, like going to a house and seeing a piece of paper. Instead Reacher calls someone and asks them to find out about a guy. That person investigates and calls Reacher back with the clue. We don’t see that person investigate. Later Reacher deduced the code names the bad guys called each other. That was stretching believability.

    What happened to two bad guys at the end was disappointing. It was told, not shown. And it was not satisfying. It was a quick way to finish the book. I wanted details about their motivations and actions in the past building up to all the bad things they did - and how and why they recruited who they recruited.

    The narrator Dick Hill (DH) does a good Reacher voice, but I was not happy with his voice for other characters. Too much negativity and sarcasm. Several times I would have used an amused, curious, normal, or other tone in my voice. But DH was being sarcastic and negative for the good guys. He made them less likeable. DH has done other books well, but not this one.

    Genre: mystery suspense

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dana 09-12-13
    Dana 09-12-13 Member Since 2005
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    "So glad Reacher's back!"

    I must say, I never knew how much I missed Reacher. I was outraged to see "the great pretender" portray my 6'4" blonde and blue-eyed hero on the movie trailers. Having listened to every story and loving every minute of everyone, I was literary-ly starving for the real deal. Child delivered. Thank God!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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