Jon Moore wanted only to relax on the pristine planet of Macken - but Macken was the secret battleground of two megacorporations....
Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living....
Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer....
The Hundred Worlds have withstood invasion by the relentless Hok for decades. The human worlds are strong, but the Hok have the resources of a thousand planets behind them....
Spacers call the warp point Charon's Ferry. No star ship has ever entered it and returned since a vengeful Orion task force pursued a doomed Terran colonization fleet into it....
Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure....
Enough is enough….
Jon and Lobo are back–and everything is about to change. If they both survive. Haunted by memories of children he could not save, Jon Moore is so increasingly self-destructive that even his best friend, the hyper-intelligent Predator-Class Assault Vehicle, Lobo, is worried.
When Jon risks meeting a woman from his distant past and undertakes a high-stakes mission, Lobo fears this will be their last. The job is illegal. They have to take on one of the oldest, most powerful men alive. Two different security forces are tracking them. And Jon is falling in love.
Desperate and out of options on a world so inhospitable that its statues and monuments outnumber its living inhabitants, Jon and Lobo encounter their deadliest challenges yet. They must make decisions from which there truly is No Going Back.
The previous book in this series, 2010???s Children No More, was my entry point, and right away I was very taken both by the dark, scarred history of Jon (a genetically enhanced super-soldier), his relationship with Lobo (a sentient spaceship), and the world of mysterious jump gates, as well as Stechschulte???s narration ??? particularly his incredibly deep voice for the artificial voice of Lobo. When we left things off in Children No More, Jon and Lobo had been involved in fighting for the freedom, safety, and rehabilitation of child soldiers on an outpost planet. Here, the two answer a message from a lover in Jon???s past, and head to one of the power centers of human civilization. Jon must continue to hide his past and his powers ??? even from Lobo ??? but after discovering that his sister, Jenny, may still be alive, heads very much into the open (though undercover) via a wonderfully inventive scheme, falling in love again along the way. This is a science fiction book with plenty of high concepts and action (though again it???s primarily close quarters rather than massive ship-to-ship space battles) as well as well-done music fiction, and! also two honest to goodness, well done love stories. (And a third when you count, as you should, the familial love which drives Jon???s search for his sister.) It???s a book with a lot of heart, and Stechschulte???s gravelly, teeth-gritting lines bring it wonderfully to life. Both of the books I've read in the series can be read standalone, so: jump in anywhere.
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"No going Back" I doubt there is more fitting name for this book.
What ever I say can be considered a spoiler so I'll say only one thing
"THE STORY ALMOST LOST IT'S MOMENTUM", the next book will either revive it or kill it completely.The style is similar to previous, it consists of mixed viewpoints of Jon & Lobo.
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What made the experience of listening to No Going Back the most enjoyable?
The feeling of recklessness that Jon Moore exhibits as the book opens.
What did you like best about this story?
It kept me off balance .... that's hard to do; particularly in the realm of Sci-Fi
Which scene was your favorite?
The final confrontation (no spoilers, sorry)
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
I hate this question. "Come See This Awesome Movie". How's that?
Any additional comments?
Great book, great narration. I hope Van Name isn't done with Jon & Lobo. They're among my favorite Sci-Fi novels.
I started to fallow John & Lobo about two years ago. I fell in love with the storyline. The character development is excellent. I only wish that there were more books in this series.
I have read the Jon & Lobo books and looked forward to hearing the next instalment, unfortunately I couldn't get on with Tom's voice and delivery method. I found it lacked emotion and even in the exiting passages I found the delivery to be flat.