Never Go Back - Jack Reacher, Bk 18 Author:Lee Child Never go back -- but Jack Reacher does, and the past finally catches up with him. . . . — Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest t... more »hing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet, in person, the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone.
But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about. When threatened, you can run or fight. Reacher fights, aiming to find Turner and clear his name, barely a step ahead of the army, and the FBI, and the D.C. Metro police, and four unidentified thugs.
Reacher gets put through his paces -- and that makes him question who he is, what he’s done, and the very future of his untethered life on the open road.« less
I am a Jack Reacher fan BUT I was disappointed with this one--
there are 3 storylines: (1)gets reinstated into the military and then arrested for a crime from years and years ago (which he didn't do) and needed a lawyer for this one (2) had returned to meet and invite out to dinner the new CO, who he had talked to on the phone, only to discover her missing then learning she has been arrested (3)another lawyer for a paternity suit being filed against him because the ex-girlfriend(he doesn't remember)and his 14 yr old daughter are living in a car
You might think I'm giving away the book but believe me I'm not
So even by half way into the book you still don't know what is actually going on and there is so much descriptions to wade through it gets tiresome, then there are pages and pages of fighting, stealing cars and running, more fighting and more running on and on then the descriptions of every thing under the sun including the kind of pizza they ate and how the crust was fixed and on and on, I finally just had to do a lot of skimming each page to get through all the unnecessary descriptions.
Hopefully the next Reacher book will be much better!
Reacher finally gets to Virginia to look up a woman who previously helped him and to which he had a connection with. But she's not there and, Reacher being Reacher, knows that something just isn't right. And the story takes off! Another good Reacher story, although not quite as good as some of the others, still, it IS Jack Reacher, so you can't help but like it.
After several detours across the United States, we finally meet the woman behind the voice: Major Susan Turner, whom Jack Reacher spoke to while in South Dakota (in 2010's 61 Hours, the 14th Reacher novel). Reacher has been heading her way, back to the 110th MP headquarters in Virginia, because he wants to meet her and take her to dinner.
When he finally arrives, though, his plan to meet Turner is thwarted by two thugs who are trying to keep them apart. Reacher is later arrested for a crime he doesn't remember committing 16 years ago, and is recalled to military duty. He discovers that Major Turner is in the brig as well, and the fact that he might have a 14-year-old daughter living in California is enough to kick off a cross-country trip for Reacher and Turner.
As in every Reacher novel, there is head-busting physicality and analytical problem solving as Reacher tries to expose the people behind his arrest. The plot doesn't slow down until the end. There's a link to corruption in Afghanistan in the wake of the U.S. military drawdown.
Reacher and Turner become friends with benefits, as befits most of Reacher's relationships with women. The ending is a bit of a letdown compared to other Reacher novels, and the book dragged in places due to the author's meandering descriptions of cars, geography, and some idle chatter. I don't think it's the best Reacher novel, but it certainly will do for Child's legions of fans.
Like the other PBS reviews. Not near as good as the other Lee Child Jack Reacher storylines. One thing that irks me no end is the casting for the Reacher movie. Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. You have got to be kidding me!! Whoever that casting director was never read a description of Reacher, obviously. That aside. I love Reacher and will continue to read whatever Lee Child churns out but please, enough of the detail descriptions of what the motel rooms looked like down to the dirty floors and thin towels, etc. Way too much superfluous information not needed except to get the page count up. Disappointing Reacher installment.
A fast, easy read, even though the book is over 600 pages. The main characters are well-fleshed out, but the secondaries could use a little more color (especially the antagonists) Anyone who has ever been in the military, & hates 'the machine', will understand & enjoy this one.