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Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel Paperback – Large Print, September 3, 2013
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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)
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About the Author
Lee Child is the author of eighteen New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, with eight having reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures; the first of which, 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, Child lives in New York City.
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I don't think anyone picking up this novel will become a Reacher fanatic but for those of use who enjoy this kind of stuff you could do worst.
Jack has finally made it back to Virginia to his old MP headquarters so that he can finally meet the "voice" on the other end of the phone line. It has taken Jack, at least, one whole book to back it back to Virginia but once he arrives, as usual, everything begins to go astray. He is arrested for murder and for child support payments plus his mystery voice, the new commander of his MP outfit, has also been arrested. For much of the book, it is Reacher and the "voice" trying to figure out why they have been arrested. That part of the story was intriguing; not a lot of violence just investigative abilities. Oh, don't misunderstand, there is violence. The military just didn't let the two of them walk out of jail, some folks had to be physically dealt with.
However, about half way through the story began to come apart. Too many convenient escapes,unnoticed physical violence at 30,000 feet, and unnoticed car chases in Los Angeles. I can understand those plot elements, after all, this is work of fiction. It was the ending that I found to be a complete let down. It was way too convenient, way too easy and way too implausible. ….come one, all of the plot leading to a series gentlemen's opium dens…who came up with that story line. I felt like I was transported back to China at the turn of the beginning of the 20th century.
As usual, for the most part it was typical Reacher and I like the character. I am sorry, however, I am sorry Tom Cruise ain't no Jack Reacher.