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Monday, January 18, 2016

Never Go Back by Lee Child


Never Go Back by Lee Child continues the quest to find the woman behind the voice, Susan Turner, Major in charge of his old unit in Virginia. From last book to this one, we are entertained with a quick recap of his journey, which is fun and fanciful in that he gets around by hitchhiking. Hitchhiking? Not happening anymore, which is too bad. The extinction of the hitchhiker tells us so much about us. I remember getting around the east coast when I was 17 until I joined the Army and even hitchhiked in Nam. Hitchhiking was a social networking kind of exercise. Now we have Uber.
Oh yay, Jack. He is on the stairs up to his old office to finally meet the voice in his old office. It’s like a dream. Upon entering he sees an old male Light Bird. After shock, the dream goes nightmare. He is suddenly unretired and back in the Army and under this guy’s command. Where is Susan Turner, the voice?
Get your retaliation in first. Now that’s a mantra to live by.
Even when Jack is in jail, he is in control. He finds Turner and they bust out in remarkable style. It was all worth it, to Jack to have found Turner and something else living in LA. He finds his ATM, a burning meth lab, lots of money and a car, a red Corvette. Turner drives. Now they have to solve the problem they both are in.
Bogus charges of course to set something else up, but what and why? The most troubling of all is that Jack may have a fifteen-year-old daughter out there and he just learns about this. Is the girl bait? If so bad move, very bad move. It doesn’t matter if she is or isn’t his daughter, little girls should never be used as bait, especially when it involves Jack Reacher. Those false charges against him might become real in this case if he finds, if? Haha, he’ll find them and then watch out. Oh and what they did to Turner. Get your retaliation in first.
Another crime based on the use of drugs. This time pure opium from the source and used in a cultured society using Shakespeare and Wordsworth and De Quincey to set the stage for a proper gentleman’s exit.
On the road again alone.

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