#5 in the popular Jon and Lobo military science fiction series. A nanotech-enhanced soldier-of-fortune joins with his A.I.-equipped intelligence and weapons platform (spaceship-sized!) on a mission to acquire forbidden tech that leads Jon to a confrontation with his own shadowy origins on a deadly planet. A substantial portion of Van Name's profits from the Jon and Lobo saga are dedicated to Falling Whistles, a fund for the rehabilitation of child soldiers.
Jon and Lobo are back–and enemies on all sides are out to get them.
Haunted by memories of children he could not save, Jon Moore becomes so increasingly self-destructive that even his best friend, the hyper-intelligent Predator-Class Assault Vehicle, Lobo, is worried. So when Jon receives both a job offer and a message from a woman from his distant past, he and Lobo leap at the welcome diversions.
That the job is illegal is the least of their problems. They’re happy to retrieve stolen artifacts from Jon’s quarantined home world, and their fee is high even for a job so highly illegal.
The forces protecting their targets are formidable, and the assault team that’s chasing them is even more dangerous–but Jon and Lobo are used to that.
The scientist Jon and Lobo need for the mission has an agenda of her own, but they’ve faced that problem before.
This time, though, the knowledge that they and the others seek spells doom for Jon.
Racing from planet to planet, Jon and Lobo come at last to a world so inhospitable that its statues and monuments outnumber its living inhabitants. Desperate and out of options, they encounter their deadliest challenges yet and must make life-changing decisions from which there truly is
No Going Back
About Mark L. Van Name: “Just when I was thinking science fiction might be over, Mark Van Name proves that there are still smart, exciting, emotional sci-fi stories to be told.” –Orson Scott Card on Mark Van Name’s One Jump Ahead “He’s going to be the guy to beat in the race to the top of SFdom.” –John Ringo, best-selling creator of the “Posleen War” series
About the Jon and Lobo series: “[P] owered by breakneck pacing and military-nuanced action and adventure. . .Van Name's focus on character development. . . makes for a much more cerebral–and enriching–read.” –Publishers Weekly
“…an undeniable page-turner…highly entertaining.” –Publishers Weekly on Mark L. Van Name’s Slanted Jack
“Many twists and turns…outstanding action.” –Midwest Book Review on Mark L. Van Name’s One Jump Ahead
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
We have seen Jon become more obsessed about helping children through the series, and we have learned the story of his past (Children No More). We get a little more about his early life after leaving his home planet, but it is just the set-up to his meeting with a woman he ran away from more than a century earlier. That incident simply reinforced his well-founded feeling that anyone learning too much about him would want to put him back in a lab.
In this book, Lobo (through the plot device of messages for Jon in case of Lobo's demise) lets us know that he has figured out Jon's secrets. Well, given his speed and the amount of time and information Lobo has had, he should have. And we learn another of Lobo's secrets, which I expect will be more utilized in the future. It's a big secret, and something that could be exploited by our heroes in the future.
The book begins with a hastily planned rescue of kidnapped children, who are to be auctioned off to very rich...
I enjoyed this book as a part of the series. It is NOT what I consider a stand-alone novel. The plot points specific to this book were fun and padded out the real action nicely.
This book is more about bringing some old plot-lines to the surface and tying everything together to really focus the next books(s). Moving forward, Jon & Lobo will have a goal and a mission. They will also have some serious enemies. But do not be disheartened...Lobo also unveils a new trick or 3 that will have a huge impact going forward.
If you have been following the series, stay the course. If this book sounds interesting, but you have never read anything else in the series, start with an earlier book (Slanted Jack, Overthrowing Heaven, Children No More, etc). Worth it.
No Going Back Mark L. Van Name Baen, May 29 2012, $22.00 ISBN: 9781451638103
Jon the hybrid nano-machine-human obsesses when it comes to keeping children safe. He knows he is a compulsive psychotic over this as he is the result of horrid experiments as a child on Aggro over a century ago. His "partner" Lobo the sentient assault shuttle knows Jon is insane when it comes to kids, but though he grumbles about their suicide rescue missions, he feels the same way as he was created by gruesome experiments on children.
The pair learns of ten abducted kids being sold to the highest bidders. Though Lobo objects to the poorly rushed plan filled with perilous unnecessary risks; the pair intercedes rescuing the youngsters, but not before a very wealthy patron sees Jon's face. Jon knows he should execute this deviant, but does not while the pedophile vows vengeance.
Meanwhile Jon finds out his first love is dying. Over the grumbles of Lobo, he...
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