No Going Back – Back in shape

No Going BackNo Going Back (Jon & Lobo, #5) by Mark L. van Name
My rating: 6 out of 10 stars

Haunted by memories of children he could not save, Jon Moore is so increasingly self-destructive that even his best friend, the hyper-intelligent Predator-Class Assault Vehicle, Lobo, is worried. When Jon risks meeting a woman from his distant past and undertakes a high-stakes mission, Lobo fears this will be their last.

I wasn’t really thrilled with the previous book, Children No More, in the series so I was quite happy that this one brings the series back in shape. Although it’s still a lot about children in the book it’s not really the main focus of the story. Instead we’re back to Jon doing some good old infiltration work. Of course there’s a girlie in it as well which brings the usual complications for Jon.

There are still a lot of flashbacks in the book and I’m not really a great fan of loads of flashbacks but it’s a minor complaint. What I do like very much though is that Jon and Lobo finally have that long overdue talk where Jon finally reveals his nano-machines to Lobo (who actually had deduced most of it anyway) and Lobo in turn reveals some quite interesting secrets about himself.

All of this bodes well for the next book in the series. Well, that is if the author decides to write one and to make use of this of course but I certainly hope that we finally get to see more of both Jon’s nano-machines as well Lobo’s various capacities put to god use.

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