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?
©2013 Lee Child (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks
"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.
Enjoyable romp - but so far fetched that you had to conciously suspend disbelief within the first 15 minutes
The most interesting aspect was the slow reveal of the plot and motives. The least interesting was Reachers continuing indestructability. Really? He's over 50 and has the physique of an olympian athelete and the reactions of a cheetah on methamphetamine. He fells foes with one punch, maybe two. No room for self doubt or physical reality. Mind like a Russian chess player - with only two moves, considering only two possible outcomes . Lee Child , if he continues with this series would do better to take in to account the progression of time and give Jack a few more dimensions than Superman missing his cape.
Time for Reacher to grow up I feel.
I've always enjoyed a 'bit of Reacher' but the last book wasn't much to write home about (in my opinion) and this one is even worse! I am listening to it thinking "come ON already, get on with it!". I won't be finishing it, in fact I'm about to take it off my player.
I generally like Jeff Harding, but I kept hearing "Angel" and other female characters from Paul Wilson's books.
If you are going to read the Reacher books, go for the earlier ones which were an exciting and interesting read.
The interesting and complex storyline meant there were many twists and turns which were unpredictable.
Reacher approaching and meeting his daughter.
Jeff Harding does a superb job of the Reacher series and this is no exception. Terrific performance.
The past catches up with Reacher.
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.
"Just go back a little Lee"
Yes of course it is a Reacher book.
Better than some recent ones but still not vintage.
I cannot answer that !!!
Along with the two guys that read the Baldachi books this guy is the best.
When finished I did some chores and even started talking to my family again.
We'll worth reading
And better than The Affair but not as good as 61 Hours and A Wanted Man.
"It's a bit Janet and John..."
I really enjoy the series-thrillers, having collected all of the Rebus novels, the Dirk Pitt novels and Numa files and many other US and UK-based franchises. This was my first Jack Reacher, and I was keen to start a new collection.
The subject and the setting really appeal, but the story was very basic and very implausible. I appreciate authors need to invent some extreme scenarios but the characters, story and actions were very implausible, which really starts to erode credibility and become a little bit puerile and disengaging.What compounded my disappointment was the delivery. Jeff Harding's monotonous drawl is slow dull and boring, and he has a range of exactly 2 voices, one high and one low pitch. Really, it was a struggle to get through this book, the antithesis of almost every other audio book I've every bought.
In a buy one get one free frenzy, I've ordered another Jack Reacher novel in case I have been unfairly critical. My expectations are low.
Never go back is an appropriate tag line for the Jack Reacher franchise, based upon my experience of this book and performance.
It's horses for courses. Whilst I found this slow, monotonous, implausible and un-engaging, others may well enjoy this book and this franchise. I'm a firm believer in live and let live, so please go ahead and enjoy.
"Lee Child...What happened?"
No. Better enjoy the earlier Jack Reacher.
Scrapped it and started again.
Find another book.
Go and enjoy the earlier Reacher stories.
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.
"narrator is brilliant: jeff harding 5*"
one second listening even better. Must say that Jeff Harding is one of the best narrators and always adds another dimension to a story with the range of his voice and acting ability
sits well at the end of current Reacher series and leaves one wanting the next
Loved the plane scene : perfect Reacher facing a problem head one and sorting it.
yes but impossible!
Any one not yet knowing Jack Reacher character, follow him in sequence with Jeff Harding
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