Friday, November 15, 2013

Never Go Back, by Lee Child

This, the latest "Jack Reacher" novel, suffers a few annoying defects.  First, Mr. Child over-played the main character's "coin flip, 50/50 chance" trope.  Second, he overplayed that hero's knowledge of literature, because the prior novels did nothing to support the level of literary awareness that Reacher displays in this book.  Worst of all, the heroic Reacher now steals to fund his needs (albeit from meth cookers); where in the world did this come from?

It was, though, a fast read from the point of plot movement.  If I could have avoided my disappointment at those problems it would have been more enjoyable.

The concept:  hero Jack Reacher travels to Virginia to visit his telephone buddy, Major Susan Turner, at his old command, the 110th MP (which is headquartered, in real life, at Fort Hood, Texas).  When he gets there he finds that Turner's been arrested, and Reacher is about to be.   They escape, and mayhem ensues.

Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel

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