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Product Details

  • Series: Jon & Lobo Series (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638103
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark L. Van Name, whom John Ringo has said is "going to be the guy to beat in the race to the top of SFdom," has worked in the high-tech industry for over 30 years and today runs a technology assessment company in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina.  A former Executive Vice President for Ziff Davis Media and a national technology columnist, he's published over a thousand computer-related articles and multiple science fiction stories in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including the Year's Best Science Fiction.

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Mark L. Van Name is a writer, technologist, and spoken word performer. As a science fiction author, he has published four novels (One Jump Ahead, Slanted Jack, Overthrowing Heaven, and Children No More) as well as an omnibus collection of his first two books (Jump Gate Twist); edited or co-edited three anthologies (Intersections: The Sycamore Hill Anthology, Transhuman, and The Wild Side), and written many short stories. Those stories have appeared in a wide variety of books and magazines, including Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, many original anthologies, and The Year's Best Science Fiction.

As a technologist, he is the CEO of a fact-based marketing and technology assessment firm, Principled Technologies, Inc., that is based in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. He has worked with computer technology for his entire professional career and has published over a thousand articles in the computer trade press, as well as a broad assortment of essays and reviews.

As a spoken word artist, he has created and performed two shows: Science Magic Sex, and Wake Up Horny, Wake Up Angry. He also frequently leads humor panels at SF conventions.

For more information, visit his Web site, www.marklvanname.com, or follow his blog, markvanname.blogspot.com.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Baslim the Beggar on May 31, 2012
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We have seen Jon become more obsessed about helping children through the series, and we have learned the story of his past (Children No More). We get a little more about his early life after leaving his home planet, but it is just the set-up to his meeting with a woman he ran away from more than a century earlier. That incident simply reinforced his well-founded feeling that anyone learning too much about him would want to put him back in a lab.

In this book, Lobo (through the plot device of messages for Jon in case of Lobo's demise) lets us know that he has figured out Jon's secrets. Well, given his speed and the amount of time and information Lobo has had, he should have. And we learn another of Lobo's secrets, which I expect will be more utilized in the future. It's a big secret, and something that could be exploited by our heroes in the future.

The book begins with a hastily planned rescue of kidnapped children, who are to be auctioned off to very rich pedophiles. Van Name introduces some irony by having the host note that 25% of the prices will be donated to children's charities. Feel good while doing bad... Jon & Lobo pull it off, but a very powerful man sees Jon's face and promises revenge. Jon should have just killed the slimeball, but then he would not have been Jon. Lobo worries about Jon's increasingly reckless behavior and is planning to sacrifice himself if need be to save Jon.

Next Jon gets a message that his first lover is dying and wants to see him. This provides a nice little bit about the perks of buying stuff when money is not an object, as Jon prepares to meet the woman while disguising his age and protecting himself against treachery, which he and Lobo must anticipate.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on July 3, 2012
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I enjoyed this book as a part of the series. It is NOT what I consider a stand-alone novel. The plot points specific to this book were fun and padded out the real action nicely.

This book is more about bringing some old plot-lines to the surface and tying everything together to really focus the next books(s). Moving forward, Jon & Lobo will have a goal and a mission. They will also have some serious enemies. But do not be disheartened...Lobo also unveils a new trick or 3 that will have a huge impact going forward.

If you have been following the series, stay the course. If this book sounds interesting, but you have never read anything else in the series, start with an earlier book (Slanted Jack, Overthrowing Heaven, Children No More, etc). Worth it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Louisiana Deputy on July 8, 2012
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I liked the book,just the right mix of unknown history about the title character and the present. Bringing Jon's sister into the series will provide a focal point for Jon. Next book should be interesting
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brandybucks on October 5, 2012
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This book continues the great story of Jon and Lobo and takes their relationship to a new level. More info about Jon's past and Lobo's capability is revealed. I like the way it sets the stage for the next book(s) without leaving you hanging at the end of this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
No Going Back
Mark L. Van Name
Baen, May 29 2012, $22.00
ISBN: 9781451638103

Jon the hybrid nano-machine-human obsesses when it comes to keeping children safe. He knows he is a compulsive psychotic over this as he is the result of horrid experiments as a child on Aggro over a century ago. His "partner" Lobo the sentient assault shuttle knows Jon is insane when it comes to kids, but though he grumbles about their suicide rescue missions, he feels the same way as he was created by gruesome experiments on children.

The pair learns of ten abducted kids being sold to the highest bidders. Though Lobo objects to the poorly rushed plan filled with perilous unnecessary risks; the pair intercedes rescuing the youngsters, but not before a very wealthy patron sees Jon's face. Jon knows he should execute this deviant, but does not while the pedophile vows vengeance.

Meanwhile Jon finds out his first love is dying. Over the grumbles of Lobo, he goes to say goodbye though he alters his appearance as he trusts no one since he believes there are plenty out there who would return him to being a lab rat as he still tries to conceal even from Lobo his essence of being a nano-machine-human.

This terrific Jon-Lobo entry is filled with the irony of readers knowing the half-human hero's childhood (see Children No More) while almost no one else does; that is until now as Jon's paranoia proves justified. Fast-paced from the onset even with Jon thinking about his past and filled with A Modest Proposal sarcasm that Jonathan Swift would appreciate, this is a fabulous science fiction thriller that series fans will enjoy as we learn more about Jon and Lobo's history.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan on June 17, 2013
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I found the first Jon and Lobo book at a garage sale and loved the idea of easy communication among machines with personality a hoot. I got caught up in the adventure story and that is what took me to "No Going Back." Jon's quest and his (almost) completely moral outlook in the face of ruthless enemies drive the story and provide some provoking dilemmas for the reader.

But mainly it's a fun read for a science fiction fan.
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