Never Go Back

A Jack Reacher Novel

Child, Lee

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Never Go Back
"Never go back--but Jack Reacher does, and the past finally catches up with him. Never Go Back is #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child's new 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 #1 bestselling author Lee Child and his Jack Reacher series "Child is a superb craftsman of suspense."--Entertainment Weekly "The truth about Reacher gets better and better."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times"--
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2013]
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9780385344340
Characteristics: 400 pages ;,24 cm


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Dec 31, 2014
  • Mothercat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Lee Child's Jack Reacher stories rarely disappoint me, and this was no exception.

Hard to read; don't think I'll read this author again.

To commenter, gloryb, suggest you read the Special Inspector General's Report on Iraqi Reconstruction (funds, also called SIGIR Report), paying close attention to the officers, senior enlisted persons and contractors who were arrested and convicted.

Jul 08, 2014
  • Eil_1 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I've read some of the Jack Reacher novels. This one was boring beyond belief. Started out okay and then descended into what I considered a fill-in-the pages non-plot. I'd ask myself what the h*** is going on and what's the purpose of this book?! Plenty of description - boring and adding nothing to the supposed plot. Forced myself to finish the book since I'd already given some hours to it. A complete waste of time. Give it up Mr. Child!

Apr 17, 2014
  • billmacrotarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

There’s something comforting in Lee Child’s Jack Reacher. Reacher is essentially invincible and the enemies are truly bad. Characters, who we might like in an individual novel, may die but Reacher goes on as he travels the USA. For several novels Reacher has been travelling to see a Major Turner who is one of his successors. Needless to say she’s in trouble and Reacher has to lead the charge to save her. Never Go Back is up to previous Reacher standards although it doesn’t have the thunderous climax of earlier novels. Still good.

Feb 27, 2014
  • clarafuller rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I think Lee Child has reached the end of the Jack Reacher series. He's beginning to repeat himself.

Feb 18, 2014
  • hgeng63 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

What a dud. No plot; gratuitous sex; no thrills. I couldn't even laugh at the Hemingway-esque writing style; there wasn't any.

Feb 18, 2014
  • Gary Geiserman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Doesn't cohere as well as you feel it should; actually, most of the Reachers don't seem to be completely planned out, rather, they are work as they go. Here it's just a little less so. The parts are up to par and easily as much fun as any. Synergy happens where ever Jack goes. <<<<< The Cruise thing is an example of having power in Hollywood; Tom probably was told how great Reacher was and 'made it happen'. You can feel Child had to sign a 'no comment' clause for the big payday. Had to hurt. (it hurt me...)

This book started out okay and then became "unreadable", poor plot, unbelievable, etc. Previous books on Jack Reacher have been excellent. Please Mr. Child - make "Jack Reacher" amazing again. This was an extremely poor attempt at fiction.
Brought it back to Library early to put myself out of my misery.

Jan 21, 2014
  • ac_346 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A weak effort. All the Reacher novels are extremely highly formulamatic but this one goes into the self parody stage. The plot is unbelievable. The plot is absurd. The only reason to read this book is for the enjoyment of the set pieces and to add to the Reacher lore for those who are Reacher fans. I include myself here, I've devoured and enjoyed many others in the series, I've read every one. This is the most disappointing yet. The first half is basic Reacher, and done well enough. Then it becomes hard to take. Superman Reacher, the invincible hero, is able to defeat any and all opponents, in any clash, without ever being touched. Absurd plot twists abound. And - unfortunately - Child again muffs minor details that leave the reader cold. For instance, his obvious non knowledge of late model corvettes. How hard would having a fact checker be? To say nothing of Reacher having unprotected casual sex. His partner in this case couldn't even be on the pill, all her personal possessions have been taken away before they start their journey together. Just another layer of unreality and make believe for the reader to pretend to ignore. I give this an 'average' rating, as if you're a Reacher fan it's tolerable for the few hours needed. If you're new to Lee Child & Reacher, and are a fan of the action thriller, skip this book.

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Sep 25, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

3435 is a special number. (Not sure if Child's narrative explained it clearly that
3435 = 3^3 + 4^4 + 3^3 + 5^5)


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