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Never Go Back: (Jack Reacher 18)
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2013
As a Jack Reacher fan I was looking forward to being immersed in another gripping tale. Turns out that "never going back" might have been a better idea! Nowhere near up to standard.....sorry Lee.
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2013
Writing this review I feel a sense of déjà vu as I said similar things about the previous book in the reacher series. I hate to say it but the books are getting worse and worse. I am amazed so many 5 star ratings have been assigned as this book is nowhere near as good as some of the earlier books in the series.

This book just descended into a cat and mouse affair for almost the whole book. Reacher evading captors. This time he had a sidekick. I don't want reacher to have a partner! I want him kicking ass on his own in desperate situation. The plot for this book was so thin andvdescended into one long chase. A ridiculous subplot which I won't mention.

Lee - please take a break and get back to the style of the books in the early days. I am full of admiration for what you've achieved and know I will keep reading these books hoping for a return to form
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2013
I was very disappointed with this book, I am sorry to say. I am dedicated Reacher creature, and I felt this book was pretty boring compared to the other Reacher thrillers. It lacked substance, especially after the build up in previous books about Jack heading to Virginia to meet the mysterious Major Turner. A bit of an anti-climax!! When I finished the book, I felt like `is that it?` sorry Lee Child, a poor effort from you this time round!! :(
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2013
I've read all the Reacher books and loved most of them. But the last few have definitely been going downhill. This one was tedious in the extreme. Clunky dialogue. I was so bored that I struggled to get to the end. Speed-read the last couple of chapters so really no idea what was going on at all.

I think Lee Child has sold out now - letting Tom Cruise be Reacher. And now he really can't be bothered to cobble together a decent yarn.

I shan't be bothering with the next one.
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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2013
I have read every Lee Child book over the past 15 years or so, and love them whether or not they're good. It's a bit like meeting up with an old friend: sometimes you have a good giggle, sometimes it's day-to-day mundane stuff. This is one of the mundane ones and I can't help feel he's getting a little bored with writing them.

The story is very thin and excessively implausible and the pace erratic. I know, reality is not where it's at with Lee Child, but with this one it was hard to suspend disbelief. I found myself struggling through to the disappointing end.

So, not his best, sadly. I'll go on reading him, but I do think he needs to pep it up a bit, give Jack a shake up, make the story the thing and surprise his readers occasionally maybe? If he goes on like this he's at risk of turning Jack into a parody of himself, a cartoon-like character who just does the same thing, over and over and over...
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2013
This is the first really poor Jack Reacher novel for me. The plot was feeble and contrived. The story really plodded along, and the dialogue was often painful, juvenile and sometimes cringeworthy. For the first time, I thought Reacher was a bit of a muppet rather then the cool devil-may-care hero. I couldn't recommend this novel to anyone over the age of 13. Hopefully this isn't the end of Jack Reacher...
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2013
Way the worst Reacher.

Plods along listlessly, through a numbingly implausible plot, and depends on a central 'mystery' that anyone with half a brain will figure out 250 pages before Reacher. Ooh, what could they possibly be importing? Sadly leaves one feeling that Reacher's a bit slow.

All the baddies are pussies; none of them is remotely a match for Reacher.
Susan Turner turns out to be way less beguiling in the flesh than on the phone.

I've never read a best-selling thriller before where the concluding climax happens without the protagonist actually lifting a finger.
Therefore this is the worst-plotted and worst-edited best-selling thriller I've ever read.

What a shame; I love Jack Reacher, and judging by the evidence here on Amazon he's got the smartest and most eloquent fans.

And I'm not taking the mickey - Lee Child seems to be giving it up voluntarily.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2013
Ending was lame. Plot was a bit thin. Too little Reacher logic and a lot of aimless action. The Baldacci reference was writers arrogance. Lee Child's needs to remember it is his readers that make him famous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The title does leave itself open to comparison with our journey through Reacher's life in these many books. This Reacher is nothing like the Reacher of the 'Killing Floor'; he's moved too far from that character now for him to be regarded as a one man hit team.

This book is okay but only just. It lacks vitality, there's no wish to turn the page over more quickly. Even so, he's out there and the story, if it were stand alone would be okay but most people who read this book will have read most if not all the others so they will be disappointed. Probably not least because the ending of the last book suggested rather more than we got in the beginning of this one.

Still, we are we are. I can see his many fans believe this to be a 5-star book. So be it. I beg to differ. Won't stop me buying the next but, as with this book, I shall wait until a cheap offer comes along; there are just too many comparative thrillers around now.

journey through
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2013
I have read all Jack reacher books since the first one. Most were page turners, some were slow, the last two were dreadful.
I think time that Jack Reacher gets killed ( He's due)
The writing has become staid, no plots, boring, boring, boring. Met Lee, boring, boring boring>

I wont buy another Jack Reacher book.

(Plus have you seen Jack Reacher the movie? Tom Effing Cruise? Please
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