914axwbH+PL._SL1500_Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

Never Go Back is the 18th book in the Jack Reacher series. I’ve listened to several earlier ones, and all of them have Jack Reacher as a large man that doesn’t back down to anyone for any reason. He finds a threat of any kind a challenge and you better be willing and able to back it up.

This time Reacher has finally decided to look up Susan Turner, the new commander of his old unit (had a part in 61 Hours four books earlier). He was attracted to her then and since he’s in the area, he stops in to say hello and see if the person matches the voice. He’s disappointed. She isn’t in residence any more. As a matter of fact she was arrested just the previous day, for accepting a bribe of all things. The man sitting in for Major Turner also seems to be laying in wait for Reacher. He has a sucker punch; he reenlists Reacher and orders him to stay in the area and await trial. He’s accused of both a murder and not paying child support.

Needless to say, with Reacher, this is just like waving a red flag in front of a bull. Not only that, less than five minutes after he is dropped off at his cheap motel, a couple of military type bad boys show up to run him off. Little do they know what they are getting themselves into!

The harder someone pushes Reacher away, the harder he pushes back. When he is arrested for the brutal beating of Susan’s lawyer, Reacher has had enough and decides to take matter into his own hands. Someone is trying very hard to cover something up and isn’t afraid to get some else’s hands a little dirty in the process.

Reacher is mostly Reacher. He likes women, he protects the innocent and permanently deals with bad guys with extreme prejudice. He is violence incarnate when he lets loose and he does so with no remorse. Most of these stories appeal because Reacher does things many would like to do to those who oppress and force their wants on others. He’s an avenging angel.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Delacorte Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.