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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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Upon reaching Washington D.C., Reacher is confronted outside of his hotel by two thugs who strongly advise him to turn around and leave the state, hinting that the consequences of not doing so are severe. After dealing with these two strangers, Reacher travels to his former Army base only to find Major Turner missing - her staff clueless of her whereabouts. Her replacement, a colonel, doesn't seem right for the job, but recalls Reacher to active service in order to face courts martial for two different charges stemming back sixteen years earlier. Reacher is then placed under arrest and confined to quarters. The gears start to turn when it all smells wrong.
He soon discovers that Major Turner was arrested for taking bribes and is currently behind bars, then finds himself charged with the murder of a former suspect and child support for a sixteen year old girl Reacher didn't know he had. This adventure takes readers across the country to both United States coasts; Jack Reacher and Major Turner seek the truth and do whatever is necessary to clear their names - uncovering a major security plot against our country along the way. Difficult to put down. Highly recommended.
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I really like Turner. She's not as interesting as Neagly (my favorite Reacher supporting player) because she's so similar to Reacher (not enough tension). The action in NGB is good and considerable. I realize Reacher has his toolbox of moves that have served him well, but he never seems to learn any new moves or try any new beat down strategies. This is a distinct Reacher Creature complaint. Real fighters, even bar brawlers are learning new tricks all the time. No one wins every fight with the same moves forever. And Reacher clearly tries new stuff in conversation like "Want to work with me on that?". It's a minor quibble. Lee Child would have to do some serious MMA research or look into how Bruce Lee continually changed his perspective on the subject in other to capture a real fighter's mental state. Reacher is a numbers and math nerd, it would make sense if he applied similar thinking and passion to the always changing angles of a fist fight - which is like a game of billiards where the balls are always moving around.
With my minor quibbles of NGB out of the way, here is my only major (get it?) complaint: There is no real villain in this novel. The bad guys are kind of like Randolph and Mortimer from the Eddie Murphy movie "Trading Places". Seriously. They are lame lame lame. There has not been villainy this weak since Mini Me. Even their names are pansy. And pansy should not be a word ever used to describe any Reacher adversary. Thankfully the pacing and writing are so enjoyable that it makes up for this very serious flaw. Reacher fans should have a good time. I enjoyed it and laughed a lot during my subway commute which made me look like a crazy person with a kindle. Thanks Lee Child.