After an epic and interrupted journey all the way from the snows of South Dakota, Jack Reacher has finally made it to Virginia. His destination: a sturdy stone building a short bus ride from Washington D.C., the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. It was the closest thing to a home he ever had. Why? He wants to meet the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner. He liked her voice on the phone. But the officer sitting behind Reacher’s old desk isn't a woman. Why is Susan Turner not there?
What Reacher doesn’t expect is what comes next. He himself is in big trouble, accused of a sixteen-year-old homicide. And he certainly doesn't expect to hear these words: ‘You’re back in the army, Major. And your ass is mine.’Will he be sorry he went back? Or – will someone else?
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"It's said that a Jack Reacher novel is bought every four seconds somewhere in the world… Lee Child's genius has been to create a tough guy hero that men will envy and women will adore" (Daily Express)
Recommended , keep you listening and not over the top.
Story , reader
No just good listening
Author is very good in more than just this book.
No - Not many of my friends read Reacher books so I would recommend one of the earlier titles. e.g. The Enemy or Without Fail
the girl he meets in LA
Dick Hill wasn't my favorite reader but he did manage richer emotional shading & color than Jeff Harding. Didn't find the performance of Never go Back very engaging.
I couldn't work out if it was the change of narrator or the book itself but the style of this book seemed different than the previous Reacher books. It seemed a little synthetic. Found myself wondering if a ghost writer had been employed who was copying the style of the "Reacher" brand without capturing some of the spirit of the early stories. It wasn't a bad story, at times I was truly gripped but it seemed different in character.
Only to friends who enjoy this sort of genre
Busting out of prison.
This is a bit different to past Reacher stories and it is a complex plot which is slowly revealed. My favourite part of this was the naming of one of the hitmen "Baldacci'. Wonder if this was a swipe at Baldacci for the John Puller story which is a Reacher take off - so many similarities even in plot. However no-one can do the Reacher character like Child.
Enjoyed this story.
"Another great Reacher story"
I love all the Reacher books and have really liked the development of this story arc as he sets off to find the woman with the voice. This one is one of my favourites.
The great thing aBout Lee Childs is he writes women really well. They are strong confident characters in their own right and well rounded.
Jeff Hardings narration is once again excellent. His narration and Childs story is a match made in heaven.
"The fix was too short"
Like Gregory House and Harvey Spector, Jack Reacher is one of those characters you wish were real and that you could be in their lives or live by their rules. Each book brings new lessons and observations on life. The satisfaction of hearing Jeff Harding say chapter one is one of the most pleasureable moments I know. And the moment Jack Reacher heads for the nearest bus station at the end is like mourning a loss. I only came across the Reacher series a year ago and I thought it would take forever to go through the whole set, but the 12 months have flown by. Now like all the other fans I am up to date and I am a Reacher addict waiting for my next fix. This one lasted less than 12 hours.....too short for such a hard addict. I was hooked on Harry Bosch and Harry Hole for a while, but they are class B drugs...sure they are pleasurable and hit the spot, but the cold trukey wears off quickly. I even tried a few tabs of Dave Gurney and Juan Cabrillo and they took my mind off Reacher for a few weeks. But now I got it bad. This new book touched all the buttons and then some. Pace, characters, stroy line, intrigue, action and dialogue were honed to perfection. A masteclass in being inside a fictional characters head and looking through their eyes, with no inhibitions on how to behave to get the job done.Mr Cruise, thank you for trying to portray JR and your recognition of the character, but please leave the rest of his books to our imagination and lets have our own trips of ecstasy
All the female parts...Lee Child understands the female internal voice well. I particularly liked Sam Dayton...I wish Reacher had taken her with him they would make a wonderful couple.
As comfortable as pipe and slippers
To get my next fix I am going back to book one and starting the Jack Reacher series all over again. Hopefully when I finish it in 6 months, the next one will be out.....
"Reacher at his BEST!!"
Jack Reacher as he should be, finally got that vision of Tom Cruise out of my mind. Jack as he should be 6' 5" and hard as nails!
"Not one of Reacher's best"
Reacher novels are always time well spent. The story moves along nicely. Reacher could easily come across as unrelatable, but Child manages to keep him human rather than a superman, despite his incredible fighting and analytical skills. The the books are good at getting into Reacher's head. For all that he says he chooses the roaming life, he spends time thinking about family, which makes me feel he is a melancholic character at heart.
I would recommend it to those who had read the most recent Reacher novels. It completes an arc, so it wouldn't be a good place to start with the series. It wasn't the best story - things seem to happen around Reacher without his involvement. But there was good character development, and it took twists and turns I didn't expect.
The narration mostly matched the pace of the story. I'm used to Dick Hill's narration on Reacher novels; this narrator sounded like a cross between Peter Weller and Zap Brannigan. Quite terse and clipped, with a slightly odd way of speaking. Fight scenes sometimes came across like lists of moves rather than a rapid sequence of actions. But he did well at creating distinct voices for different characters, and his female voices were particularly good.
Reacher novels always revolve around Reacher doing what he believes is the right thing. That inspires me to try to keep that approach to life.
"Jck is back!"
Definitely. The story is good, the plot and arc drives the story on, and the narration is catching.
Well, the other books by Lee Child, because he is consistence.
He reminds me a little bitt of David Baldacci in his way to build a plot you can believe in.
When Reacher met an important person confined.
Actually I could not put it down, so I read it in one evenening and one night.
This book is a good example of how an arc can come to a conclusion without being to flamboyant. I feel the story tells about a modern Lone Ranger seeking something or someone, again and again. He may be hard, he may be scroupolus to the ones meaning him or others harm, but his heart is in the right place.
If you like Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels, then you'll like this. You'll know exactly what to expect and you'll get it. However if you're new to Reacher, there are better places to start, for example Killing Floor, the first Reacher novel. Be guided by the reviews. For me, this had a good premise and moved along nicely but the ending was a little lame. Jeff Harding's narration is good, with a wide range of voices and accents.
"This might be more 3.5 stars..."
I think i would although it might not be my first recommendation, earlier jack reacher novels are superior to this one. It was exactly what you would expect from lee child, a bit of action and bit of detective work and in the end jack reacher continues to wander America ready for his next adventure and I will be waiting for it.
I suppose the best thing has to be Jack always delivers with the action/arse kicking
This is a tricky one as although i have nothing negative to say about the narrator (he is good) I didn't find his voice as expressive as the one in my own head which is a shame and no im not crazy lol but he was much better than many others I have heard and I certainly didn't find he had any annoying traits that i can remember. I gave him a solid 4 stars!
I am pretty sure i cringed during a arm breaking scene does that count?
So in this book Jack is after a booty call when things fall apart, then in true reacher style the fighting and investigating gets into full swing. Jack is like he always is, a one man army who fights for truth and justice and all that jazz. I do think that he could do with a bit more character development as he seems like he might be stuck in a rut doing the same old stuff he has done in the last 17 books, however dont get me wrong i really did enjoy this book as it was just what I needed after reading a slew of chick lit but I wouldnt want to read another any time soon (im back to my old favourite andy mcnab) I have given 4 stars because you cant give half stars and I thought it deserved more than 3 but 4 felt too many...
"AN OK REACHER STORY"
The plot was an improvement of some of the later Lee Child books, but not particularly memorable. It's always entertaining to have Jack steamroller a few baddies with humour and ingenuity.
No idea - I can't remember the ending.
I sometimes go back and re-read some of the Reacher books as they are quite enjoyable. But I find I am now viewing them in the same way as "Chick-Lit" - a light read when you don't want to work too hard.
"Another steady Jack Reacher book"
On a par with print version but easier to digest.
An interesting thought provoking plot with a few twists.
Jeff Harding a great narrator, good tones and easy on the ear. Somebody able to make a good book great.
Definitely a book I wanted to listen to non stop
If you've not read a Jack Reacher book before then this is as good a place to start as any. Listen to one you'll want to listen to more.
"Another in the series"
I find all Lee Childs books very readable, and this is up to the same high standard.
Reacher on the run is always great fun.
Reacher of course is my favourite, no contest!
I did find it was a little frustrating at the start, but once it got going it was brilliant.
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