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Never Go Back [Paperback]

Lee Child
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Book Description

25 Mar 2014

'It's said that a Jack Reacher novel is bought every four seconds somewhere in the world. Lee Child's genius has been to create a tough guy hero that men will envy and women will adore' Daily Express

After an epic and interrupted journey all the way from the snows of South Dakota, 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, Major Susan Turner. He liked her voice on the phone. But the officer sitting behind Reacher's old desk isn't a woman. Why is Susan Turner not there?

What Reacher doesn't expect is what comes next. He himself is in big trouble, accused of a sixteen-year-old homicide. And he certainly doesn't expect to hear these words: 'You're back in the army, Major. And your ass is mine.'

Will he be sorry he went back? Or - will someone else?

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Random House Export (25 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553825550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553825558
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,639 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,151,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lee Child is one of the world's leading thriller writers.His novels consistently achieve the number one slot in hardback and paperback on bestsellers lists on both sides of the Atlantic, and are translated into over forty languages.His debut novel, Killing Floor, was written after he was made redundant from his television job in Manchester, and introduced his much-admired maverick hero, the former military cop Jack Reacher.Born in Coventry, he now lives in America.

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"The bone-crunching, joint-popping action is as technically precise and primevally satisfying as ever. The extra-lean prose is as ruthlessly linear as the plot.[However,]Lee Child proves he can write about emotions other than lust and anger and reveals his hero to be more than just a man of steel. Eighteen novels in, his franchise shows no sign of running out of steam." (Mark Sanderson Evening Standard)


Lee Child's bodacious action hero, Jack Reacher, has already tramped through 17 novels and three ebook 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.

/Mr. Child's Jack Reacher series is as brainy as it is brawny...Starting with an opening sequence that throws three huge surprises at Reacher, there are more neat tricks and clever set pieces in this one volume than Mr. Child has ever strung together before...Read it. You'll see why.

" (Janet Maslin New York Times)

"Is Reacher getting soft? Not a chance. The righteous violence when it comes is still pretty astonishing. This is one of Reacher's best outings. A must for all fans." (Daily Express)

"Jack Reacher is a man's man, a loner, a renegade crusader for justic...The harder-than-nails hero is on the top of his form...You'd better read it." (Sun)

"Fast-paced, taut and punchy, fans will love this." (Sunday Mirror) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By addictive bestseller Lee Child, the brand new, action-packed, high-tension Jack Reacher thriller, which sees Reacher, at the end of his long journey, honing in on his target in Virginia at last... --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Never go back? 20 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed!!! 7 Sep 2013
By anna c
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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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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrated reacher fan 7 Sep 2013
By Phil h
Format:Kindle Edition
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly very disappointing ! 17 Feb 2014
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A confirmed and committed Jack Reacher fan, I was slightly taken aback when I read some of the negative reviews of ' Never go back'. However, no holiday would be complete without a 'Reacher' fix, so I hit the 'buy now' button. Unfortunately I have to agree with other reviewers, this was not Lee Child at his best at all ! His decision to take Reacher on a drive across America for most of the book turned it into little more than a travelogue, and I found myself skipping page after page of ' filler ' detail rather than solid plot content. It would be a sad day indeed if Lee Child has indeed burned out, I do hope he hasn't . If it is time to hang up his pen then surely better to do it on a very successful high rather than rely on some very familiar elements of the Jack Reacher formula to extend his life unnaturally.
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I love Lee Child but... 3 Sep 2013
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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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Was this really written by Lee Child? 31 Dec 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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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 11 Sep 2013
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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Scandalously Bad Thriller 10 Nov 2013
By Scooter
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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5.0 out of 5 stars never go back
Reacher at his best certainly met his match in Susan Turner looking forward to the next sequel with Jack j
Published 21 hours ago by Chas123
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Published 1 day ago by Avronnymous
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
I've read them all. This one was the usual Jack wandering about with a toothbrush in his pocket and ironing his clothes by puting them under his mattress as he sleeps, only this... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Suze
2.0 out of 5 stars well as a Jack Reacher novel it's not bad, but put them up against the...
Oh dear where do i start, well as a Jack Reacher novel it's not bad, but put them up against the previous novels and it's quite bad. Read more
Published 1 day ago by keith01
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by William Brown Armitage
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Reacher for a while!
This was Jack's best and most original story line for a while with his MP connections adding more to the plot.
Published 2 days ago by 1jb
5.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed reading all of them
Very enjoyable story as all the reacher novels are.I have enjoyed reading all of them.
Published 3 days ago by DOREEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
For those who have never read a Lee Child book you won't be disappointed in this story line if you enjoy a mystery with a bit of muscle action thrown in. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the bad reviews!
This is a classic, gripping Reacher novel as good as anything before and better than some. Get it now!
Published 5 days ago by I Greenslade
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book, can't wait for the next one to come out
Published 6 days ago by kenneth m wallis
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