Wow. I've enjoyed other Pearson books when I'm looking for a quick read, but this book was painful to finish. It seems at times to be parody of the international spy novel -- the character, dialoge and story lines are so cliche I found myself laughing out loud at times. I resorted to keeping this in my car to read only when stalled in traffic -- even then, sometimes the traffic was more interesting. Avoid this one.
Ralph Adam Fine
normally love Pearson ... his books are taut -- good characters -- _realistic_ characters ... but not this time ... everyone in the US gov't is a brilliant patrician ... suave ... handsome .. cool ... and, oh yes, independently wealthy too! come on! not one likable character ... even the villain was one-dimensional ... tossed it after reading just a third of it -- even that was too much! ... not worth the effort -- quite annoying ...
SHOULD NOT HAVE READ "NEVER LOOK BACK"2002/1/30
This was a really waste of time for me. I have read all of the Lou Boldt series so I thought anything by Ridley Person would be good, boy, was I wrong. There were many, many boring pages, to much description of what I think was going on. So much was really unbelieveable. Clayton or what ever his code name is at the present time, is a superman, cannot be killed no matter what. Just an all around bad book for me. I did read it all thinking it had to get better, but it did not. Read something you know you like or some of the Lou Boldt books and leave this one alone.
We gonna have patience while reading thick fiction!Never Look Back was extensively researched and the background(the place where the protagonists have moved to) was believable,too - Hostile,hungry and indigent folks staring at the main character while she plowed her way through the slum.What wasn't quite believable were the protagonists - I do not mean,people do not act like those fictitious people,predictable and one-dimensional characters only do average readers injustice.Perhaps "simpler"(I do not mean to belittle!)readers will share the protagonists' thoughts and ideas,but I guess average readers are always waited to be impressed ,or touched deep inside,let alone the critics' wants.
Never Look Back2010/4/22
Eugene J. Walden
I have had no previous experience with any of Ridley Pearson's writings and maybe my mistake was in reading "Never Look Back" as a starter rather than as a finisher. I'm unable to compare this to any of his eight prior writings and seriously question whether I will bother to read any of them, but I won't say that positively.
I found the writing to be rather far-fetched and not too believable...maybe not even understandable. Some of the situations were totally unbelievable and bordered on the ridiculous. This writing is not rated highly by me, somewhat of a loser, actually. Sorry to be so negative.