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Jack Reacher: popular Never Go Back (Movie Tie-in Edition): A outlet online sale Novel online

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Never go back—but Jack Reacher does, and the past finally catches up with him. . . . 

Never Go Back is a 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.

Praise for Never Go Back
 
“A breathless cross-country spree . . . some of the best, wiliest writing [Lee] Child has ever done . . . Child’s bodacious action hero, Jack Reacher, has already tramped through 17 novels and three e-book singles. But his latest, Never Go Back, may be the best desert island reading in the series. It’s exceptionally well plotted. And full of wild surprises. And wise about Reacher’s peculiar nature. And positively Bunyanesque in its admiring contributions to Reacher lore.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Welcome to the relentless world of Jack Reacher and his impressive tendency to be in the wrong place at the right time. . . . Child has created an iconic character that other thriller writers try to emulate but don’t come close to matching. He has a talent for taking material that in the hands of other authors would be stale and making it seem fresh. . . . Tight and compelling . . . Never Go Back is one of Child’s best novels.” —Associated Press

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“A breathless cross-country spree . . . some of the best, wiliest writing [Lee] Child has ever done . . . Child’s bodacious action hero, Jack Reacher, has already tramped through 17 novels and three e-book singles. But his latest, Never Go Back, may be the best desert island reading in the series. It’s exceptionally well plotted. And full of wild surprises. And wise about Reacher’s peculiar nature. And positively Bunyanesque in its admiring contributions to Reacher lore.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
 
“Welcome to the relentless world of Jack Reacher and his impressive tendency to be in the wrong place at the right time. . . . Child has created an iconic character that other thriller writers try to emulate but don’t come close to matching. He has a talent for taking material that in the hands of other authors would be stale and making it seem fresh. . . . Tight and compelling . . . Never Go Back is one of Child’s best novels.” —Associated Press
 
“An adrenaline-charged, action-packed thriller . . . impossible to put down.” —Lansing State Journal
 
“The dialogue has never been sharper. . . . The pages turn themselves.” —San Antonio Express-News

“For the pure pleasure of uncomplicated, nonstop action, no one touches Reacher.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
“Brilliant . . . Child never, ever slips. He keeps the action cranking better than anyone, but, best of all, he keeps us guessing about Reacher.” Booklist (starred review)
 
“One of the best in the series.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Lee Child is the author of twenty  New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, eleven of which have reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures; the first,  Jack Reacher, was based on  One Shot. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in almost a hundred territories. A native of England and a former television director, Lee Child lives in New York City.

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Chapter 1

Eventually they put Reacher in a car and drove him to a motel a mile away, where the night clerk gave him a room, which had all the features Reacher expected, because he had seen such rooms a thousand times before. There was a raucous through-the-wall heater, which would be too noisy to sleep with, which would save the owner money on electricity. There were low-watt bulbs in all the fixtures, likewise. There was a low-pile carpet that after cleaning would dry in hours, so the room could rent again the same day. Not that the carpet would be cleaned often. It was dark and patterned and ideal for concealing stains. As was the bedspread. No doubt the shower would be weak and strangled, and the towels thin, and the soap small, and the shampoo cheap. The furniture was made of wood, all dark and bruised, and the television set was small and old, and the curtains were gray with grime.

All as expected. Nothing he hadn’t seen a thousand times before.

But still dismal.

So before even putting the key in his pocket he turned around and went back out to the lot. The air was cold, and a little damp. The middle of the evening, in the middle of winter, in the northeastern corner of Virginia. The lazy Potomac was not far away. Beyond it in the east, D.C.’s glow lit up the clouds. The nation’s capital, where all kinds of things were going on.

The car that had let him out was already driving away. Reacher watched its tail lights grow faint in the mist. After a moment they disappeared completely, and the world went quiet and still. Just for a minute. Then another car showed up, brisk and confident, like it knew where it was going. It turned into the lot. It was a plain sedan, dark in color. Almost certainly a government vehicle. It aimed for the motel office, but its headlight beams swung across Reacher’s immobile form, and it changed direction, and came straight at him.

Visitors. Purpose unknown, but the news would be either good or bad.

The car stopped parallel with the building, as far in front of Reacher as his room was behind him, leaving him alone in the center of a space the size of a boxing ring. Two men got out of the car. Despite the chill they were dressed in T-shirts, tight and white, above the kind of athletic pants sprinters peel off seconds before a race. Both men looked more than six feet and two hundred pounds. Smaller than Reacher, but not by much. Both were military. That was clear. Reacher could tell by their haircuts. No civilian barber would be as pragmatic or brutal. The market wouldn’t allow it.

The guy from the passenger side tracked around the hood and formed up with the driver. The two of them stood there, side by side. Both wore sneakers on their feet, big and white and shapeless. Neither had been in the Middle East recently. No sunburn, no squint lines, no stress and strain in their eyes. Both were young, somewhere south of thirty. Technically Reacher was old enough to be their father. They were NCOs, he thought. Specialists, probably, not sergeants. They didn’t look like sergeants. Not wise enough. The opposite, in fact. They had dull, blank faces.

The guy from the passenger side said, “Are you Jack Reacher?”

Reacher said, “Who’s asking?”

“We are.”

“And who are you?”

“We’re your legal advisors.”

Which they weren’t, obviously. Reacher knew that. Army lawyers don’t travel in pairs and breathe through their mouths. They were something else. Bad news, not good. In which case immediate action was always the best bet. Easy enough to mime sudden comprehension and an eager approach and a hand raised in welcome, and easy enough to let the eager approach become unstoppable momentum, and to turn the raised hand into a scything blow, elbow into the left-hand guy’s face, hard and downward, followed by a stamp of the right foot, as if killing an imaginary cockroach had been the whole point of the manic exercise, whereupon the bounce off the stamp would set up the same elbow backhand into the right-hand guy’s throat, one, two, three, smack, stamp, smack, game over.

Easy enough. And always the safest approach. Reacher’s mantra was: Get your retaliation in first. Especially when outnumbered two-to-one against guys with youth and energy on their side.

But. He wasn’t sure. Not completely. Not yet. And he couldn’t afford a mistake of that nature. Not then. Not under the circumstances. He was inhibited. He let the moment pass.

He said, “So what’s your legal advice?”

“Conduct unbecoming,” the guy said. “You brought the unit into disrepute. A court martial would hurt us all. So you should get the hell out of town, right now. And you should never come back again.”

“No one mentioned a court martial.”

“Not yet. But they will. So don’t stick around for it.”

“I’m under orders.”

“They couldn’t find you before. They won’t find you now. The army doesn’t use skip tracers. And no skip tracer could find you anyway. Not the way you seem to live.”

Reacher said nothing.

The guy said, “So that’s our legal advice.”

Reacher said, “Noted.”

“You need to do more than note it.”

“Do I?”

“Because we’re offering an incentive.”

“What kind?”

“Every night we find you still here, we’re going to kick your ass.”

“Are you?”

“Starting tonight. So you’ll get the right general idea about what to do.”

Reacher said, “You ever bought an electrical appliance?”

“What’s that got to do with anything?”

“I saw one once, in a store. It had a yellow label on the back. It said if you messed with it you ran the risk of death or serious injury.”

“So?”

“Pretend I’ve got the same kind of label.”

“We’re not worried about you, old man.”

Old man. For no good reason Reacher saw an image of his father in his mind. Somewhere sunny. Okinawa, possibly. Stan Reacher, born in Laconia, New Hampshire, a Marine captain serving in Japan, with a wife and two teenage sons. Reacher and his brother had called him the old man, and he had seemed old, even though at that point he must have been ten years younger than Reacher was that night.

“Turn around,” Reacher said. “Go back wherever you came from. You’re in over your heads.”

“Not how we see it.”

“I used to do this for a living,” Reacher said. “But you know that, right?”

No response.

“I know all the moves,” Reacher said. “I invented some of them.”

No reply.

Reacher still had his key in his hand. Rule of thumb: don’t attack a guy who just came through a door that locks. A bunch is better, but even a single key makes a pretty good weapon. Socket the head against the palm, poke the shaft out between the index and middle fingers, and you’ve got a fairly decent knuckleduster.

But. They were just dumb kids. No need to get all bent out of shape. No need for torn flesh and broken bones.

Reacher put his key in his pocket.

Their sneakers meant they had no plans to kick him. No one kicks things with soft white athletic shoes. No point. Unless they were aiming to deliver blows with their feet merely for the points value alone. Like one of those martial arts fetishes with a name like something off a Chinese food menu. Tae Kwon Do, and so on. All very well at the Olympic Games, but hopeless on the street. Lifting your leg like a dog at a hydrant was just begging to get beat. Begging to get tipped over and kicked into unconsciousness.

Did these guys even know that? Were they looking at his own feet? Reacher was wearing a pair of heavy boots. Comfortable, and durable. He had bought them in South Dakota. He planned to keep on wearing them all winter long.

He said, “I’m going inside now.”

No response.

He said, “Goodnight.”

No response.

Reacher half turned and half stepped back, toward his door, a fluid quarter circle, shoulders and all, and like he knew they would the two guys moved toward him, faster than he was moving, off-script and involuntary, ready to grab him.

Reacher kept it going long enough to let their momentum establish, and then he whipped back through the reverse quarter circle toward them, by which time he was moving just as fast as they were, two hundred and fifty pounds about to collide head-on with four hundred, and he kept on twisting and threw a long left hook at the left-hand guy. It caught him as designed, hard on the ear, and the guy’s head snapped sideways and bounced off his partner’s shoulder, by which time Reacher was already throwing a right-hand uppercut under the partner’s chin. It hit like a how-to diagram and the guy’s head went up and back the same way his buddy’s had bounced around, and almost in the same second. Like they were puppets, and the puppeteer had sneezed.

Both of them stayed on their feet. The left-hand guy was wobbling around like a man on a ship, and the right-hand guy was stumbling backward. The left-hand guy was all unstable and up on his heels and his center mass was open and unprotected. Reacher popped a clubbing right into his solar plexus, hard enough to drive the breath out of him, soft enough not to cause lasting neurological damage. The guy folded up and crouched and hugged his knees. Reacher stepped past him and went after the right-hand guy, who saw him coming and swung a feeble right of his own. Reacher clouted it aside with his left forearm and repeated the clubbing right to the solar plexus.

The guy folded in half, just the same.

After that it was easy enough to nudge them around until they were facing in the right direction, and then to use the flat of his boot sole to shove them toward their car, first one, and then the other. They hit head-on, pretty hard, and they went down flat. They left shallow dents in the door panels. They lay there, gasping, still conscious.

A dented car to explain, and headaches in the morning. That was all. Merciful, under the circumstances. Benevolent. Considerate. Soft, even.

Old man.

Old enough to be their father.

By that point Reacher had been in Virginia less than three hours.

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Wisconsin Jim
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Beware which version you order!!
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2016
I really enjoyed this story, a typical Jack Reacher tale with lots of excitement, action and a mystery to be unraveled. Unfortunately for me, I ended up having to purchase this story twice. Why would that be necessary you might ask? Glad you asked! My paperback version... See more
I really enjoyed this story, a typical Jack Reacher tale with lots of excitement, action and a mystery to be unraveled. Unfortunately for me, I ended up having to purchase this story twice. Why would that be necessary you might ask? Glad you asked! My paperback version (2014 Dell Mass Market Edition, April 2014 edition) arrived brand new and everything was fine as I really got into the story, quite a page turner. Then I finished chapter 56 on page 416. The very next page in this book was page 129 (again) and the pages continued through page 176. The next page after that was page 465. (see the photos I''ve attached to my review) The pages continued as normal after that, however this paperback version of the book is quite worthless as a story with dozens of pages missing from it. So in order to continue where I left off I ended up ordering the kindle version for my tablet to get the whole story. This is why I dinged my review a star. Obviously, the problem is not with the retailer, nor the distributor but with the publisher for putting out such an incomplete book. Hopefully mine was just a fluke and others printed as they are supposed to be. But be warned and check the pages just in case! To their credit, Amazon was very quick with a refund for this defective book.
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Poppy Queen
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Finally! Jack makes it to Virginia
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2017
Albeit through a circuitous route and a couple of books later through Nebraska. We met Susan Turner, the new CO of the 110th MP in "61 Hours" after Jack called the secret number of his old Command in need of information. He spent many hours in phone conversations with her... See more
Albeit through a circuitous route and a couple of books later through Nebraska. We met Susan Turner, the new CO of the 110th MP in "61 Hours" after Jack called the secret number of his old Command in need of information. He spent many hours in phone conversations with her and the information she provided (along with flirtations) helped him survive his current desperate situation and made him want to meet her.

I so wanted to get to this point in the series, but instead of skipping ahead to this book that has been waiting patiently in my kindle since it''s release, I held off and read the 3 books in between. It was worth the wait because in 2 those books (the 3rd being a prequel taking place in 1997) his main goal was to get to Virginia to meet Susan Turner and it made getting there all the better.

Only, it''s not as easy at it should be. She''s in trouble and so is he and the adventure begins. It''s a wild ride crisscrossing the continent in a way that only Jack reacher can do...

It''s full of action as always with a woman that Jack respects and admires at his side.....

I won''t say any more because if you''ve made it this far in the series you already know you''re going to love it and if you''re picking up a Jack Reacher novel for the first time, there is enough background information to make it a stand alone Novel like most the the Jack Reacher books are.

I will add this though. After making it this far in the series and not having seen the movie based on this book I doubt my husband or I will bother. I think seeing Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher will ruin the next ones for me. I mean, really? Last time I saw a movie with Tom Cruise he wasn''t 6ft 5" and he didn''t weigh 250 lbs and I can''t imagine how they pulled it off.
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J. S. Bridges
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Not the best in the series, but far from the worst...
Reviewed in the United States on August 5, 2017
I acquired this some time before I got around to reading it, in the proper sequence, for several reasons. By the time I read it, there were several reader-reviews posted, and the movie - from which it was, apparently, partially-"derived"** - was out and had been for... See more
I acquired this some time before I got around to reading it, in the proper sequence, for several reasons. By the time I read it, there were several reader-reviews posted, and the movie - from which it was, apparently, partially-"derived"** - was out and had been for awhile. Fortunately, it turned out to be substantially better than the movie (no surprise there, on several counts* - filmed versions "derived from"-even in part-this sort of "action/adventure" novel seldom-enough even closely resemble the original material, being almost-inevitably at variance in ways that make them, overall, a poor imitation [at best] of the original stories), and also than what might be expected from some of the reviewers'' accounting. On balance, an intriguing, interesting and very entertaining outing for the Big Guy.

Jack Reacher''s, of course, that "rugged-independent" semi-hero/anti-hero that a lot of men would really love to be - and realize full-well they can never measure-up to, even if they happen to be as big and fit and perhaps even maybe as tough as he supposedly is, or could somehow find themselves in the midst of one of his storied escapades. In this outing, he stays true to type and profile, cutting-through the opposition at every encounter. It''s good, hard-nosed fun. watching him deal with it all, finding out what''s REALLY going-on, and managing to come out on top, once again...which everyone of the readers just KNOWS he will, by whatever means necessary... A nice, slick, fast ride to the finish - there are some minor discrepancies, here and there, but hey...it''s "adventure hero" fiction - you''ve simply got to give a wee bit of "slack", now and then, right?
Four well-deserved Stars - not the best-of-series, but up towards the top-end, that''s certain.

And the series rolls on...Keep ''em coming, Lee!...You may have started-out as a Brit, but you''re doing pretty dang well in the American-context with that big ol'' ex-M.P. Major and his nomadic adventures.

(* The biggest problem, really, with the movie, was the actor who attempted to portray Jack Reacher - aside from the obvious size discrepancy [Tom Cruise is a fairly-decent actor, even though his essays into "tough-guy" characters don''t generally play all that well, but compared to the Jack Reacher character in the stories, Cruise is a SHRIMP! I don''t care who you are - if you''re only 5''-7" and maybe 160 - 170 lb. tops, you simply can''t "play" 6''-5" and 250 lb. Sorry, Cholly, that won''t work - makeup and wardrobe and camera-angles can''t make that "happen", even if you stand on a box for close-ups, like Alan Ladd {another shorty "action-hero"} supposedly did in "Shane", or play a bunch of the scenes while seated - which clearly Cruise couldn''t do in the Reacher film - the size differential is just too great], Tom Cruise was SIMPLY NOT able to portray the sort of hard-core Alpha-Male "dominating presence" that is part-and-parcel of the Jack Reacher persona, fictional though it really is. For any actual reader of the novels, the additional "suspension of belief" is/was really too much to be managed. The role needed to be taken by someone with a much, MUCH greater ability to represent such a potent, hard-nosed, take-on-any-challenge character, fictional or not.)

(**I know, I know - they CLAIM that the movie was actually made from an earlier Reacher-starring novel, the ninth one in the series called [I believe] "One Shot", but - sorry, I don''t entirely buy that; the GENERAL THEME [more-or-less] of "One Shot" runs through the film, BUT there''s a pretty nice piece of "Never Go Back" tied-up in there, albeit chopped into a lot of rather small bits, here ''n there - along with bits from at least a couple of OTHER Reacher episodes...and, if you make a direct comparison, aside from most of the general story-thread of "One Shot" SORTA-KINDA wandering through there, there''s very little match-up between the movie and ANY actual Reacher novel in the series - and a whole bunch of the book series were "optioned", in advance, by the movie people {apparently in the expectation/hope that the film starring Cruise would be the start of a whole new "franchise series" of films from the novels - which clearly has not happened, and seems highly-unlikely to ever develop, at least not anytime soon} - and virtually ANY series-novel-to-film "translation" is always going to be a composite in some respects - so...draw your own conclusions - I''ve drawn mine. For what it''s worth - from my recollection, "One Shot" was a very good Reacher-outing, one of the definite top-end ones.)
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CPTESQ
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Arrived on time in good condition and it''s Jack Reacher!
Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2019
For anyone who has just seen the movies: "Jack Reacher" and "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back"....are eye-opening books. The Jack Reacher of the books, the character written by Lee Child is physically very different from the short movie star Tom Cruise (who plays Reacher in the... See more
For anyone who has just seen the movies: "Jack Reacher" and "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back"....are eye-opening books. The Jack Reacher of the books, the character written by Lee Child is physically very different from the short movie star Tom Cruise (who plays Reacher in the two movies). Reacher is a West Point grad and a 13 year Army MP who is 6''2" and weighs 250....Cruise (on a good day) is 170 and 5''4".....Cruise is a good actor and the movies are decent....(check out "Edge of Tomorrow" for another good Cruise movie) but if you have read the over twenty books of Reacher''s travels.....Cruise is not the actor you imagined playing the part. Maybe a young Liam Neeson....but the books are all good, some very very good....and some passable....all are worth your reading time....and sorry Tom but you''re not Jack Reacher.....
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Tom Masters
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
it''s likely pretty good. Nope
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2016
SAVE YOUR MONEY! Bought this book thinking that because it''s been made into a film, it''s likely pretty good. Nope, it''s awful. Truly awful. All law enforcement officers and agents are dimwits, a teenage girl outwits EVERYONE, a six year old boy with a... See more
SAVE YOUR MONEY!

Bought this book thinking that because it''s been made into a film, it''s likely pretty good. Nope, it''s awful. Truly awful.

All law enforcement officers and agents are dimwits, a teenage girl outwits EVERYONE, a six year old boy with a switchblade unescorted in a cinema, a hero who looks like Frankenstein, and...a ''rescued'' woman who repeatedly seeks justice--but doesn''t get it because our author lets the bad guys kill themselves. Oh, it goes on: thousands of $$ and a corvette AND a pickup truck just sitting around unprotected, easy access to choice airline seats without any time spent in security, bones breaking in silence, law enforcement officers choosing to not act...did a kid write this? I mean really, did this writer do any research or did a kid write this?

Let the title speak for itself: Never Go Back to a book written by this charlatan named Lee Child.
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Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Good read.
Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2020
Reacher travels to Washington DC to see the new commanding officer of his old army unit. When he gets there, he''s brought back into the army and arrested. It''s clear that someone wants him to run, but Reacher isn''t going to run away, he''s going to run right at whoever is... See more
Reacher travels to Washington DC to see the new commanding officer of his old army unit. When he gets there, he''s brought back into the army and arrested. It''s clear that someone wants him to run, but Reacher isn''t going to run away, he''s going to run right at whoever is setting him up.
A good read, but not quite a five star read. My only problem with the story was the ending of the novel. While not giving anything away, I found the reason for the bad guys doing everything, a bit odd and slightly unbelievable. Otherwise, still a good solid read.
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Tim Healy
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Susan Turner Resolution
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2020
After all of the set up to get Reacher and Susan Turner together, across three novels (not including The Affair), it finally happens here. Honestly...it wasn''t everything that I''d hoped for. Obviously, there are some interesting things going on here, or I wouldn''t have... See more
After all of the set up to get Reacher and Susan Turner together, across three novels (not including The Affair), it finally happens here. Honestly...it wasn''t everything that I''d hoped for. Obviously, there are some interesting things going on here, or I wouldn''t have given it 4 stars, but it isn''t exactly 61 Hours, which is probably my favorite in the series, to this point. Reacher is pretty well tamed down, here, mostly because he''s trying to impress Turner. He talks a lot about proving he is an animal, and seems to care. There''s also a sub-plot about a possible teenaged daughter that he hadn''t known about. This causes him to reevaluate a lot of things. If you, like me, enjoy this series, I''m guessing you''ll like this one, too.
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gingblack@aol.com
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Mediocre Reacher
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2021
I’m a Jack Reacher fan. Books were always entertaining. The last 2 books weren’t up to par. I was hoping that Never go Back would return to form. But it didn’t. Reacher by now should be famous in law enforcement especially military. Instead “who is this guy?” He’s the guy... See more
I’m a Jack Reacher fan. Books were always entertaining. The last 2 books weren’t up to par. I was hoping that Never go Back would return to form. But it didn’t. Reacher by now should be famous in law enforcement especially military. Instead “who is this guy?” He’s the guy who has broken gangs across country and they don’t know who he is. Also, Reacher has become a super hero. Fights guys while his hands are behind his back. If it were James Bond it would be laughable. He beats 2 guys up on plane and no one notices. But my biggest criticism is that Child ends the book In a very unsatisfactory and abrupt way. Was he bored ? Maybe Child was already planning his retirement.
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professor
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A Brilliant Story, Brilliantly Written
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 5, 2017
Child does it again, in spades. For the previous three or four books Reacher is heading for Virginia to meet a major whose voice he liked on the phone. No photo, no description, just a voice. He finally gets to his old army base to discover that Major Susan Turner is being...See more
Child does it again, in spades. For the previous three or four books Reacher is heading for Virginia to meet a major whose voice he liked on the phone. No photo, no description, just a voice. He finally gets to his old army base to discover that Major Susan Turner is being held in the brig pending charges of treason. Reacher''s antennae can spot skullduggery a mile off. Something is off about the new officer in charge and Reacher immediately determines to rescue the major. He finally meets her and was it ever worth it!! But he finds himself embroiled in a tense and dangerous struggle against the army and has to go on the run, accompanied by Major Susan. Whatever Child does with language, he could make an Algebra equation utterly fascinating. His skill at whipping up tension, or even whipping up interest, is incredible. Once a reader begins a Lee Child book, there is no putting it down until it is finished. Never Go Back is no different. A brilliant story, brilliantly written. Buy it. You''ll become a fan for life.
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masad92
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Overcomplicated and unbelievable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 8, 2020
A great fan of Jack Reacher books - I own 18 and have read 16 so far - I had to stop reading this one less than a third of the way through out of complete frustration. It was too contrived and unbelievable, even for a Jack Reacher book. I was initially interested in it,...See more
A great fan of Jack Reacher books - I own 18 and have read 16 so far - I had to stop reading this one less than a third of the way through out of complete frustration. It was too contrived and unbelievable, even for a Jack Reacher book. I was initially interested in it, because I enjoyed the Tom Cruise movie of the same name. Reading the book, however, I can see why the movie-makers almost rewrote the entire story in order to make it credible. I can''t imagine them actually filming the story in the book. I don''t think anyone would sit very long watching it in the theatre. So, give this book a pass and watch the movie. It''s much better, despite the little guy Tom Cruise.
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Catherine W
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Big Disappointment
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 5, 2019
I am and have always been a huge fan of Lee Child''s Reacher books but this one has really left me cold. I found the plot insubstantial and struggled to keep reading, which has never been a problem in the past. I found the first half of the book extremely boring with too...See more
I am and have always been a huge fan of Lee Child''s Reacher books but this one has really left me cold. I found the plot insubstantial and struggled to keep reading, which has never been a problem in the past. I found the first half of the book extremely boring with too much unnecessary detail and the rest of the book only marginally less dull. I have been offered the next book of the series and am so disappointed in this one I''m having second thoughts about even considering buying it. Perhaps Lee Child has finally run out of decent plot lines and needs to take a break instead of continuing to churn out what are at best mediocre novels.
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Matt
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Good Thriller
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 10, 2020
This is another good addition to the Jack Reacher series of books, if you have read any of them then i am sure you have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Jack Reacher finds himself in peril, this time it could be his history coming back to haunt him. However using his...See more
This is another good addition to the Jack Reacher series of books, if you have read any of them then i am sure you have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Jack Reacher finds himself in peril, this time it could be his history coming back to haunt him. However using his wits and experience he manages to outsmart and outmanouver the bad guys using violence and will. This is easy to read, and definately entertaining, i love hammering through these books and cannot wait to read the next one.
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J. Morris
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A return to form
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 29, 2013
After a run of three books of Jack heading towards to his old military unit headquarters in Virginia and getting waylaid, Jack finally arrives to meet the voice on the telephone he was so intrigued by in 61 Hours. She is Major Susan Turner but when he finally arrives she is...See more
After a run of three books of Jack heading towards to his old military unit headquarters in Virginia and getting waylaid, Jack finally arrives to meet the voice on the telephone he was so intrigued by in 61 Hours. She is Major Susan Turner but when he finally arrives she is not behind her desk. She is locked up and Jack is brought back on active service to stand Military trial for crimes he allegedly committed during his prior service. It seems not even Jack can escape the past, but when he is charged with something he clearly didn''t do, it is evident that someone is fitting him up, will Jack manage to unravel the conspiracy? This is the eighteenth book in the series, and is the destination he has been heading to over the last three books; (Worth Dying For, The Affair and A Wanted Man respectively) - it all plays out in motels & U.S. military bases and is definitely one of the more institution-based JR novels. There is the usual fare of Reacher''s raw-physicality, black coffee, Pentagon-statistics and attractive female lawyers. However it does feel much more like a return to form for Lee Child after a couple of damp squibs in a row despite a rather uninvolved ending to the story. As an aside, it seems as if Lee Child has developed a random predilection for describing lightbulbs in this instalment. All in all, insanely difficult to put down - a real page-turner - and if you are a Reacher fan already you know what to expect!!
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