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article imageReview: A not so welcome home,'Never Go Back' by Lee Child

By Timothy Whitt     Oct 18, 2013 in Entertainment
The book, the 18th installment in the Jack Reacher novels continues the storyline covered in the novels, 61 Hours, Worth Dying For and A Wanted Man.
The quest began with a phone call in the book "61 Hours" and four novels later when Jack Reacher finally gets to Washington D.C. and the headquarters of the 110th he discovers Major Turner, the woman on the other end of the phone has been imprisoned and is refusing to even see him.
Reacher is forced to rejoin the military then charged with an assault from 16 years earlier and slammed with the news he has a daughter from a relationship around the same time.
Welcome to the world of jack Reacher who has a knack for being in the wrong place at just the right time.
Reacher has no memory of the woman who gave birth to his daughter but after a little prodding he does remember the man he is accused of assaulting. To make matters worse he thinks he is being setup for reasons unknown. When Reacher presses the issue, as he always seem to do, he finds himself being thrown into the same jail as Major Turner.
In true Reacher fashion, he devises a plan which gets him and Turner out of jail and on the run. Reacher and Turner head for Los Angelas to find out if the charges against him are for real or merely a means to get him out of the way.
Along the way Reacher has a run in with redneck drug dealers in West Virginia who he fights with his hands behind his back. He breaks some bad guys fingers and arms on a crowded flight from Pittsburgh to LA without anyone on the plane being the wiser. He helps out a teenage girl who may not be his daughter and still manages to find the time to have a few romantic interludes with Major Turner.
"Never Go Back" isn't one of Child's strongest offerings in the kick butt/take no prisoners Jack Reacher series. The plot line, which is built around a conspiracy involving some powerful men who will stop at nothing to protect their revenue stream seems a little far- fetched at times.
Still, like any Jack Reacher novel it doesn't matter whether the plot is believable or not because by the end of the book the reader is so caught up in cheering Reacher on to victory they hardly notice.
"Never Go Back" like all the rest is a must read for any Jack Reacher fan or fans of true thrillers. The book has enough actions and thrills to draw the reader in and keep them there until the very last page.
One final note, some readers might be a little disappointed by the ending of this book.
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