• No Way Back

  • A Jack McNeal Thriller, Book 1
  • By: J. B. Turner
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (387 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the bestselling Jon Reznick Thriller series comes an exhilarating new adventure. When the people he loves most are in danger, Jack McNeal will get revenge...or die trying.

NYPD detective Jack McNeal is used to asking the tough questions. But a late-night visit from the Secret Service lands Jack on the other side of the table - as a suspect in the disappearance of his estranged wife, Caroline, a prominent reporter on the White House beat. When her body is found floating in the Potomac, Jack is overcome by disbelief and despair.

Her death seems eerily similar to the suspicious fatality of a young socialite years before. Is the similarity of the two tragic incidents simply a coincidence, or could it be a sign of a murderous orchestrated plot to protect those in the highest echelons of the American government?

To avenge Caroline’s death, Jack embarks on a journey into the darkest recesses of power. Suspects abound - from haunted special forces soldiers to ex-CIA to the president’s own body man. Along the way, Jack will be forced to decide: Is there a line he won’t cross to expose the killer?

©2022 by J. B. Turner. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Top-Notch new series!!!!


I thoroughly enjoyed this new book in LT Ryan’s new series. Although I adore the John Reznick series, this one is a little more realistic.
When Jack McNeal’s estranged wife dies from a drug overdose he has a hard time accepting this. Shortly after, her attorney contacts him and gives him a video. In this she tells him that if he’s watching then she’s dead. She explains that she was working on a story involving a woman who died from an overdose. Because Jack is an investigator with Internal Affairs he does what comes naturally, he investigates. Along the way to finding the truth he comes in contact with people who only a day earlier he would have tried to put in prison. He also does things he never thought himself capable of doing, but he had still loved his wife and still had hopes of a reconciliation.
Jonathan Davis does a fantastic job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Defintely better than expected!

I liked the pace. Here-to-fore, the thrillers that I have read were very high-powered fast-paced ones by authors I'd heard of (James Patterson, John Grisham, and Tom Clancy). But, I took a chance on this one and I'm glad I did.

This was a nice, much more relaxed read, but this book has just as much intrigue as other thrillers. It is still action-packed. But, instead of 400 wild (many of which are not well-understood) plot twists, the author makes you enjoy and satisfies you with 40 really good and well-developed solid twists and turns. I'd definitely recommend this for anyone out there who does't appreciate gratuitous twists for sheer number's sake.

Jack McNeal's character is well-developed. There is not as much development of other characters, but many feel that over-developed characters detract from the story. If this is you, then this book is for you. So enjoyable a read was this mystery that I will try another J. B. Turner book or two.

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Catch The Beat

This story has everything....murder, revenge, lots of action, family loyalties tested and proven....all consummate JB Turner. Narration by Jonathan Davis was great!! There's just something ice cold about the main character McNeal. You expect that coldness in Resnick, yet he loves his daughter so there's some redemption in that way. It's hard to explain...somehow it's like listening to somebody sing a song you know well and like a lot, yet the singer is behind the music by a few beats and never seems to catch up. I know there will be another book, and there should be, because the story is clearly not done yet. Looks like the psychiatrist he's seeing is setting up to be his love interest, but I really hope not. I think if McNeal meets someone in the next book that he has to rescue from the wicked ones, maybe like the sister or aunt of another victim, who ends up having martial arts and/or hacking skills, that would be a better match. McNeal has lost so much that he needs a partner that makes him into a dynamic duo. It might even help the story get back on the right beat and keep his brother out of harm's way. Either way, I look forward to hearing the next one.

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A Refreshingly Different Character

Turner’s created a different type of protagonist who has much potential for further development. If this should be a book 1, I’ll look forward to seeing the main character develop.

Jonathan Davis’s performance was very good.

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Good story

I enjoyed listening to this fast paced Audible. It has a very interesting premise. Its a little slower in the middle but worth the time to hear it all.

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Too Slow, No Book 2 for Me

As a fan of reviewer Shelly, her review is better than the book. I am a devoted fan of Jonathan Davis hence this purchase. Another member said it succinctly, too much introspection and it makes this story too slow. This has strong characters in the published summary but the characters seem weak throughout the book. Not a good use of a credit. I had to use 1.3 speed as even the great Jonathan Davis needed some help on this read. See Sandra Browns Mean Streak for a great book featuring all the talents of Mr Davis. Sci-fi is his main genre.
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Great start to a new series...

I have to agree with a lot of other readers who couldn't turn the pages fastest enough. I mean, Jack was all about doing everything by the book, since he was a cop. But after the deaths of his son five years, which he never really got over, then the death of his wife, only to find out she was murdered and hadn't committed suicide I could certainly understand how and why he went off the deep end and killed two of the people involved in his wife's death.

Absolutely no romance and the F-bomb was used 166 times.

As for the narration: Jonathan Davis was fabulous! He laughed when he was supposed to, whispered, yelled, cried, everything that was called for.

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What a waste of time.

Story and characters are so one dimensional. Just a waste of time and this author really hates Manhattan and makes sure we know it.

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Good narrator slooowww story line

I chose this book as it seemed that it would be an action packed book. I drive for a living so books that keep me engaged and awake are my go to... That is not the case with “No Way Back”. The narrator is very good and the story line is actually decent. The superfluous amount of “self thought” makes the book slow down considerably. Following the storyline, some reflective thoughts are needed for frame of mind, but there is sooo much I couldn’t finish the book.

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Best book I have listened to

Right from the start this book gets to the story. It didn’t take chapters to introduce characters yet the way it was written you became familiar with each person. It started out tense and all the way through.

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  • Pete Knight
  • 03-04-22

Disappointing

The story was far too slow to begin with. It finally picked-up about half way through, but then became disjointed and the storyline became unrealistic.
It then ended abruptly, also in an unrealistic way.

Another author off of my list I’m afraid.

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  • Fred Weimer
  • 01-15-22

We have a new NYPD Detective Jack McNeal

I have enjoyed the authors John Reznick books, great action and stories. This book has serious character development, an intriguing complex storyline and of course action. I will still read and enjoy the John Reznick stories. But I'm impatiently awaiting the next Jack McNeal book. This book rates up there with Robert Crais and Lee Child.