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Never Go Back: (Jack Reacher 18)

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Liking the sound of her he decides to head to Virginia from South Dakota and turn up unannounced and ask her out to dinner.

Like all the others I read this in one or two sittings in spite of the fact that some parts did not involve as much action as we have come to expect from this series. He has had occasion to talk to the new commander of his old outfit (the 110th Military Police) and he liked her voice. Earlier that same day, Reacher arrives at the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th Military Police, to meet with its commander, Major Susan Turner. The plot is timely, and the story is driven by ethical dilemmas faced by Reacher as a result of his past. Well, of course, no one threatens to beat the crap out of Jack Reacher, let alone actually do it, and before long the two musclemen are lying comatose next to their car which now has two new dents in the sheet metal from where Reacher has introduced their heads to the side of their ride.

Easy enough to mime sudden comprehension and an eager approach and a hand raised in welcome, and easy enough to let the eager approach become unstoppable momentum, and to turn the raised hand into a scything blow, elbow into the left-hand guy’s face, hard and downward, followed by a stamp of the right foot, as if killing an imaginary cockroach had been the whole point of the manic exercise, whereupon the bounce off the stamp would set up the same elbow backhand into the right-hand guy’s throat, one, two, three, smack, stamp, smack, game over.

A haiku of nouns and verbs, of chase and run, the reading of tea leaves like ripples that point to the track of sharks. There was a low-pile carpet that after cleaning would dry in hours, so the room could rent again the same day. I am now moving straight on to Personal which is where I wanted to be before my holiday later this week where I’ll be taking the most recent Reacher stories and the short story collection to read while I’m away. We then spend the next 417 pages finding out why these old cases have reappeared and what is the connection to Maj Turner who has been arrested and jailed.Adultery, which this does not seem to have been since both parties were unmarried (but that technical detail does not trouble Child) is a criminal offence in the army.

Ultimately, it remains difficult to know exactly what Reacher feels about Susan, or how deeply; this is a characteristic of all the novels. I really enjoyed the verbal tennis and the scene proof, if ever it was needed, that Lee Child doesn’t have to rely on Reacher creating havoc wherever he goes just to be entertaining. Reacher fights, aiming to find Turner and clear his name, barely a step ahead of the army, and the FBI, and the D.

When I eat a certain delicacy over and over, one after the other, there comes a time when I want something different. How long has it been since humanity has had to deal with those impossible to open wax paper linings inside the cereal box. Without passing of any of the story / spoilers - there is a part of the story (deep emotional angle mentioned above) and some other scenes which could disappoint a typical Reacher fan not used to it (did to me) - but this is not a major irritant to enjoying this book. Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham.

Reacher has no real reason to be here, except that he spoke to the new commanding officer on the phone. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV's "golden age. On arrival he finds that Major Turner is no longer in charge and some stuck up Colonel is running the unit. It pains me to say this, as these books have been the highlight of my reading calender for a long time.Lee has three homes—an apartment in Manhattan, a country house in the south of France, and whatever airplane cabin he happens to be in while traveling between the two. If you're not yet, then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Killing Floor - the first Jack Reacher book. Casting was horrendous - Tom Cruise is simply not Jack Reacher and I thought Rosamund Pike was just awful - but I thought the movie was fairly well done despite that.

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