An F-18 Navy fighter careens out of the blue sky above the Mojave desert. A TV cameraman who grew up in a small town just miles away can see what is going to happen next. Frantically, Wes Stewart races to the downed jet and tries to save the pilot’s life. When the plane explodes, Wes escapes without harm—and plunges into a murderous conspiracy.
It’s been 15 years since Wes has been back to the desolate land of his childhood. Now he finds himself up against the U.S. military, the local police, and someone who is tracking his every move. In the moments he spent with the dying pilot, Wes discovered something that could get him killed. But while he tries to untangle a web of lies and secrets surrounding the crash, another danger is stalking him. And this one he will never see coming.
©2012 Brett Battles (P)2012 Random House
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
When I find an thriller author I really like I purchase all of his/her novels. I recently purchased No Return and Rewinder to complete my Brett Battles library. (I have the complete works of quite a number of other authors including Vince Flynn, Ben Coes, Brad Thor, Karin Slaughter, Brad Taylor, Bob Meyer, Michael Connelly, Patricia Cornwell, Brad Metzler, Mark Dawson, Brian Haig, David Baldacci, Greg Iles, Charles Todd, Daniel Silva, Dalton Fury, Tom Clancy, Harlan Coben, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Mark Greaney, Michael Koryta, Nelson DeMille, T. R. Regan, and a few others. I prefer the audiobooks, but I buy the KIindle versions when the books ar not available from Audible. It is little wonder that my Audible library is approaching 900 books and my Kindle library is over 500 books.)
No Return is set in the desert town of China Lake, California where Brett Battles grew up and where a Naval air base is located. The major plot line is about a plane that crashed near the town with the pilot being misidentified by the Navy. The subplot is about a death that occurred in the town while the main character was growing up there. As usual with Brett Battles the characters are well developed and the story has lots of suspense.
The narrator is Scott Brick who also narrates Brett Battles entire Jonathan Quinn series. Scott Brick is one of many excellent narrators, and he happens to be my favorite.
In addition to the Quinn series, Battles has another great series named Project Eden which is narrated by McLeod Andrews, another excellent narrator. He also has the short Logan Harper series which is not as good as well as being co-writer of the two book Alexandra Poe tseries which I find disappointing.
One of the really nice aspects of the the more recent Battles novels that are narrated by Scott Brick is that they end with a 15 to 20 minute interview of Battles by Brick. That is true of No Return.
I highly recommend No Return for those who like thrillers.
Listening to books is the way I separate from the stress of being an attorney. I enjoy fiction, mystery thrillers, an occasional romance, and books about cutting edge medicine and science. I was a History major so that is always interesting too.
Thrums with intrigue
Yes. The character who practiced Eastern medicine made the predictable zig-zag because his character was so enigmatic.
Probably. I listen to many books.
I found that this one was hard to turn off, so yes.
I loved the blending of cultures, the strength of the characters, and that the female protagonist was not the cliche warrior princess. Something about the development of this character made her feel unusual. Each character was strongly developed and strongly distinguished by the narrator.
Good storyline although a bit far fetched in some areas but storyline held together well
Havent read the print version but enjoyed the narration
no real comparison
Great narrator - brings the characters and story to life
Not really - many twists and turns that you need to think about
This Brett Battles guy, well, he has some interesting action story ideas. He throws in some curves and some twists and turns. It's fun reading. However, his characters are just plain dumb. The way they interact and the conversations they have are cringe worthy. I'm a sci fi nut. You can convince me most anything is real, but in no universe or alternate reality do people make conversations the way Battles writes them. I'm not saying don't get the book. It's an easy listen, mindless action story. Just be prepared for the ridiculous dialogue. Too bad because if he would get help with character development, he would be an awesome writer.
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