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Never Go Back (Jack Reacher #18)

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After an epic and interrupted journey all the way from the snows of South Dakota, former military cop Jack Reacher has finally made it to Virginia. His destination: a sturdy stone building a short bus ride from Washington D.C., the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. It was the closest thing to a home he ever had.

Why? He wants to meet the new commanding officer, Ma
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Delacorte Press (first published 2013)
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Jack Reacher is back, in this, the 18th in the series. Like all the others I read this in one or two sittings in spite of the fact that some parts did not involve as much action as we have come to expect from this series. Lee Child's skill in causing one to turn the page is really quite excellent. Completing the book I took a look around GR and touched base with some fellow fans of this series. Although I was going to give this book a 4 star rating, reading their reviews caused me to
Where is Jack Reacher? Who is this imposter?

I am a huge Lee Child / Jack Reacher fan, and have been reading these books for years, but it has got to the point where I say that this could very well be my last Jack Reacher purchase. It pains me to say this, as these books have been the highlight of my reading calender for a long time.

There were a few times when I seriously considered not finishing the book, but this is Lee Child and Reacher, surely it can only get better? No, the writing was consi
Deb Mj
More like a 3.5 for me. Much better than the last offering, this is classic Reacher. However, after 17 of these books, I was hoping for a bit of evolvement in Reacher's character or life position. There were glimmers of hope, but in the end we're still left with Reacher on his own, kicking ass and righting all the world's wrongs. I love Reacher, but I have to admit that I'm getting just a little bit bored.

And, not having written a review since "A Wanted Man", which came out after the casting of
There is such a purity in Child’s formula, I can’t resist it. All variations on a primal theme of one man against a Goliath of corrupt forces. A haiku of nouns and verbs, of chase and run, the reading of tea leaves like ripples that point to the track of sharks. Brave confrontations with desperados without even a butter knife. In this one our ex-military policeman hero Reacher breaks the mold by teaming with a twin, the new female chief of his former MP unit. Child whets us with small glimpses o ...more
James Thane
While traveling through South Dakota in 61 Hours, ex-military cop Jack Reacher had occasion to call in to his old office in Washington, D.C, the headquarters of the 110th MP. Reacher once commanded the unit but it now belongs to Major Susan Turner. Reacher decided that Turner had a very nice voice and, on the strength of that impression, he has slowly been making his way in the direction of D.C. in the hope that she will go out to dinner with him.

As this book opens, he finally arrives only to di
Never Go Back (Reacher #18)
Lee Child

I won an advance copy from goodreads first reads.

WOW! First Reacher novel Ever and certainly will not be my last.
Lee Child did a great job with making it a stand alone novel, but sometimes throughout the book I thought it would have been a little more helpful to read the past books and have a back story. But with that said I was still able to follow on and enjoy this novel.

In this novel Jack Reacher goes to Virginia to Meet Major Susan Turner who had intrig
One of the characters in the 18th Jack Reacher book, an army MP major (like Reacher) sums Reacher up economically: "It's like you've been sanded down to nothing but yes and no, and you and them, and black and white, and live or die (176-177)." There's a lot in this book to support that view, but, as usual, there's a few moments that make it clear that Reacher isn't really "feral," as the other major characterizes him. WHat happens to a scared young waitress matters, just as what Reacher admires ...more
Rex Fuller
This is good Reacher, almost as good as the first few. If you are new to the series read them in order, but if this one is somehow on your list first it does stand on its own. He returns to his old HQ near Arlington Cemetery to see the new CO, because she is a woman whose voice he liked on the phone. He finds she is in confinement awaiting trial on nebulous charges. Then the Army begins prosecuting him for a murder that happened sixteen years ago. He breaks them both out of jail and the bulk of ...more
You're going to like this, or you're not going to like this. Fifty-fifty.
Bob Dylan said, "You can always go back, but you can't go back all the way".I think even the title, "Never Go Back" is a clue to Reacher 2014.I found out about Jack Reacher late, so I didn't have to wait for annual installments until about 5 books ago.I really liked who and what he was, and thought Lee Child was a good purveyor of this huge ex-Marine (MP) drifter, good-guy, Jack Reacher. The books do not have to be read in order, but I was fortunate to read him as he grew.
And, then, Tom Cruise g
So the 2013 Reacher book is finally out !!!

Disclaimer : I am a Jack Reacher Fan Bitch.

So what are the good things which you can look forward to ?

Reacher fighting men "with both his hands behind his back", Reacher disabling 2 of his trackers inside a passenger cabin of a commercial airline and no one noticing and Reacher telling you how West Virginia is basically one big ATM. - that's all there and much more !

In short this book is as Reacheresque as it can be.

This is Classic Reacher + in my opi
Never Go Back (A Jack Reacher novel) by Lee Child

I hate to say it … but after 18 books, Reacher is starting to suffer from the Spenser Syndrome: a great character that is becoming redundant.

Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels were phenomenal books until about #14 … then trouble seeps in. And the more Spenser’s main squeeze, Susan Silverman, is involved in the story, the worse it is.

Same with Child. Reacher is one of the most interesting characters but over the last few novels, (particularly with
Jack Reacher is back and don’t worry folks he’s back with his usual swagger, confidence and his remarkable ability to get things done, completely on his own terms and in his own time of course. Never Go Back is another rip roaring adventure with arguably the most iconic action hero of the modern literary world. Who wouldn’t want to be in his shoes? Yet again he takes no prisoners and his no nonsense approach is refreshing, one can never get enough of The Reacher!

Although we come across a little
Edward Wolfe
There's not much I can say here. If you're a Jack Reacher fan, get this book.

If you're not yet, then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Killing Floor - the first Jack Reacher book. Once you've fallen in love with Reacher, rejoice in the fact that there are 17 more novels to get absorbed and lost in.

This book was a great way to lose more than half of a Saturday. People always ask the same stupid question at work on Monday mornings: How was your weekend? [As if anyone really gives a f* how
Never Go Back gets 3 Stars. A better book than his last one but I have to agree with another reviewer-Reacher is starting to get a little boring. He really doesn't change with the passage of time. This story revolves around his return to his 110th MP command, now led by another Major...definitely better looking than him but just as tough-minded. The plot is not as good as some of his other work, involving a conspiracy of individuals at the highest levels of the Pentagon and in Afghanistan. Reach ...more
Long on logistical detail and elaborate planning monologues and short on the action required to move the plot along expeditiously can be attributed to Reacher's new adventure. Unfortunately, Lee Child's initially winning formula has become somewhat tedious and "been there, done that". I will of course, continue to purchase and read every new, annually published Reacher book and hope for the best.
If you're reading this review, you're likely a fan of Lee Child's Jack Reacher series and trying to decide whether to pre-order Never Go Back. I recently read that Lee Child and Rick Riordan top the Amazon pre-order list for Fall 2013 and since I tend to pre-order Lee Child's novels, I should say that this latest one is definitely worth getting as soon as possible.

Never Go Back continues the story that began with 61 Hours, The Affair, and A Wanted Man. Reacher's last conflict introduced him to t
I keep coming back to this series in the same way, and for the same reason, that I devour Agatha Christie. You know that things will follow a certain thread - Reacher will be clever in an adding-it-up way, he'll beat up some guys who deserve it, he'll collaborate with an attractive woman, and when he ties it all together, his future fate is an open book. And while the plots and their secondary characters change, Reacher's a steady, almost calming presence. Sure, Child's not reinventing the world ...more
Nick Brett
Not the best Reacher but still an easy page turner. The last couple of novels have pointed Reacher in the direction of the female Major who has taken over his old unit (he likes the sound of her voice). Finally he arrives only to find she has been replaced, he is pulled back into the military and his past seems to be catching up with him. Maybe.

So classic Reacher as he out smarts the bad guys and roots out the conspiracy at the heart of all his troubles. And on the journey we get many classic Re
NEVER GO BACK. (2013). Lee Child. ***.
I was reading along in this latest installment of the adventures of Jack Reacher, when all of a sudden I reached Chapter 55. Suddenly, the whole story fell apart. I’m not sure what happened. It was almost as if Mr. Child grafted on a piece of another story. Other than that, this was another typical story of our ex-MP who is out to save the world – one person at a time. The title alludes to Reacher’s trip to a fort just outside of Washington, DC, where he was
The latest Lee Child novel starring Jack Reacher brings no surprises, but that's not why we read them. Jack has somehow gotten himself into a predicament and we're right there with him as he beats his way out of it. So three stars for that. I really enjoyed the scenes with Sam at the diner. Would love to see more of her.

What didn't work for me was the narration. This was my first audio experience of Jack Reacher, so I'm not sure how many of the books Dick Hill has done. Narrating the scenes, fi
I love Jack Reacher so this may not be the most balanced review. I enjoyed this for the most part. There was sufficient beating up of assorted thugs and bad guys. In new and creative ways even. Hands behind your back anyone? There were a couple of people in this book with the potential to have major impacts on Reacher's life. (view spoiler)

Reacher is ageing and kudos to Child for making his character age
Jack Reacher had travelled from South Dakota to Virginia on a whim; he liked the sound of Major Susan Turner’s voice when he spoke to her on the phone, so that was reason enough to travel across the country to ask her out to dinner in his mind. Major Turner was the Commanding Officer of his old unit, the 110th, so it was like coming home to him. He had never met Turner, but he was about to change that.

But the instant Reacher entered his old office and discovered she wasn’t at the desk, his insti
I think Lee Child may have gotten a little stale. Reacher is normally like some unstoppable force of nature, constantly 2 steps ahead of his opponents and about 1 step ahead of the reader, yet in this novel he blunders around fixing up problems one by one and eliminating the henchmen chapter by chapter without once even considering the obvious reason for a conspiracy between Afghanistan and logistics. Another major inconsistency between Reacher of this novel and the past is his apparent indiffer ...more
Reading a large sampling of the Jack Reacher series in the past year, I have a fairly good idea of what I'll get when I crack the cover of one of Lee Child's literary popcorn offerings.

Every once in a while Child will surprise me a bit by deviating from the standard Reacher formula, but it seems those stories are the exception and not the rule.

The eighteenth Reacher novel Never Go Back is another standard entry in the formula, though early on it appears that Child was considering exploring a d
Since 61 Hours, we have been waiting for Reacher to get to Washington DC to meet with Susan Turner, the commanding officer of his former Military Police unit to whom he spoke on the phone from South Dakota. Finally he's made it, but when he turns up at the HQ, she's gone. He's told that she's been reassigned to Afghanistan, but he quickly finds out that she's actually been arrested on bribery charges. He also finds out that he is himself a wanted man, accused of a homicide sixteen years earlier ...more
ack Reacher is back! Working his way to Virginia and his old office (while is was in the service) to meet the new CO whom he had talked to on the phone, he finds her missing and himself back in the Army and under arrest for a murder that happened years ago. And as an added problem there is a civil paternity suit being pressed against him. Now Jack and no idea who the woman in the civil suit is and is sure he didn’t kill the supposed victim either, but the cards seem stacked deep against him. Kno ...more
Joel Goldman
The first ninety percent of this book is one of the best Reacher books; the last ten percent is only so-so but that makes for a thriller better than most. Glad to see Reacher probe his capacity for committed relationships. Would have liked to see more threatening villains and close calls.
It all began with a long-distance journey. After a number of phone conversations with the Major Susan Turner, current CO of the 110th MPs, Reacher is determined to put a face to the voice on the other end of the line. Having travelled from South Dakota, Reacher has finally made it to Virginia, ready to make her acquaintance. She's not in her office, but a number of events leaves Reacher re-enlisted and facing two legal entanglements. Major Turner has herself been caught in a web of legal issues ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Never Go Back is the 18th book featuring Lee Child's iconic recurring character Jack Reacher.

Reacher Creatures everywhere have been waiting to see if Jack will at last get to meet Susan, the voice on the other end of the phone line.

Jack is former Military Police. Now, he criss crosses the country, with no home, no luggage and nowhere to be. What Jack does seem to find is trouble - or I should say it finds him.

For the last few books, Jack has been making his way to Virginia to meet Susan, who no
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Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a pr ...more
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“How much do you work out?"
"I don't," he said. "It's genetic." Which it was. Puberty had brought him many things unbidden, including height and weight and an extreme mesomorph physique, with a six-pack like a cobbled city street, and a chest like a suit of NFL armor, and biceps like basketballs, and subcutaneous fat like a Kleenex tissue. He had never messed with any of it. No diets. No weights. No gym time. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, was his attitude.”
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