- Paperback: 607 pages
- Publisher: Random House USA (20 May 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812999037
- ISBN-13: 978-0812999037
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.5 x 17.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,482 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,428,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Never Go Back Paperback – 20 May 2014
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" He’s such a fascinating character to me…he’s a wish fulfilment for people. Reacher is brutal. He’s that guy whose eyeline you don’t want to be in. If you did something wrong and he’s got his eye on you, you’re gonna lose." (Tom Cruise (in Empire))
"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) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Tie-in to the second Jack Reacher movie starring Tom Cruise, coming October 2016. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
This is the eighteenth book in the series, and is the destination he has been heading to over the last three books; (Worth Dying For, The Affair and A Wanted Man respectively) - it all plays out in motels & U.S. military bases and is definitely one of the more institution-based JR novels. There is the usual fare of Reacher's raw-physicality, black coffee, Pentagon-statistics and attractive female lawyers. However it does feel much more like a return to form for Lee Child after a couple of damp squibs in a row despite a rather uninvolved ending to the story.
As an aside, it seems as if Lee Child has developed a random predilection for describing lightbulbs in this instalment. All in all, insanely difficult to put down - a real page-turner - and if you are a Reacher fan already you know what to expect!!
So lets be real, the later books are not as good as the early ones - how good are they compared to the competition? Very good.
Child writes with skill, pace and panache. Reacher is an incredibly well constructed character, with real depth and a broad character traits that we know well. Child still creates tension, rollicking time lines and good quality action. I liked that this book dealt less with the physical Reacher and more with the emotional and intelligent one. The sparring with Turner is clever and witty. The subtext is about how anachronistic Reacher and his generation are. He's out of touch - but some things remain the same. Human motivation is money, love and fear.
Yes the villains in this book are weak in comparison to some - but not all - they represent the big brother element of modern governmental life. Child never really preaches politics at his readers, he just nudges them along and this book certainly opens the casual readers eyes to some bigger US political issues. If they want to open that is.
Child has left us with an interesting Reacher future... he has a reason to return to a fixed place if needed. He can still wander and be the man we know and love but there are alternate avenues. Reacher is old. He can't keep doing what he does into his late 50s. It would be a bit silly.Read more ›
The story really does make for addictive reading - I was hooked right from the start and read through the book in just a couple of days. Child's style seems to have matured slightly and the short, clipped sentences of the older books have, in places, stretched out to slightly more filling prose, but without losing any of the action, excitement and suspense that the series typically brings.
The plot is filled with puzzles and twists and the usual Reacher-style violence and problem solving, and for once he's presented with a strong emotional storyline to accompany this. As usual, Reacher is joined by a new supporting cast of characters, but some of these feel stronger and better defined than before, and this really helps build up the belief in the plot and wonder at where Child is taking the reader.
The best book in the series? Probably, yes.
I missed the usual breakneck action, I did not turn the pages at high speed and I didn’t find the mystery all that mysterious.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the jack reacher story's and this one hasn't disappointed me . Even though I guessed what was going on very early on , I still had to keep on reading .Published 29 days ago by Miss S Fitzmaurice
once you,ve read a reacher book, if you are delighted, you are truly hooked [if not, then try catherine cookson] just hope that there's a je ack reacher looking out in your part... Read morePublished 1 month ago by foxy
I am a fan of Lee Childs Jack Reacher books and would buy them even if the story revolved around him sitting on the toilet!Published 1 month ago by BtheP50