No Going Back (Jon & Lobo)
by Mark L. Van Name
Cover Artist: John Picacio
Review by Mel Jacob
Baen Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781476781334
Date: 26 January 2016 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
The saga of Jon Moore and Lobo continues as former experimental subject Jon seeks to protect children from abuse and find his lost sister, Jennie. Accompanied by his self-aware Predator-Assault Vehicle, Lobo, Jon takes on all comers at times to the detriment of both.
Alerted by the plea of mother of a missing boy to find her son, Jon soon discovers a ring of rich perverts trafficking in young children. Determines to stop a planned auction of ten young children, he bluffs his way in place of another worker. With Lobo’s help, he is able to break up the auction and rescue the children, but is forced to hide from the enmity of the wealthy sponsor.
A message from a former lover begging for a meeting reaches Jon. The action then flashes back to their affair and his eventually disappearance. Lobo tries to discourage him, but to no avail. After an elaborate masquerade, he finally meets with the dying woman. She is determined to learn the secret of never aging.
After Jon manages to escape from her with Lobo’s help, he now faces the combined forces of his former lover and the powerful pervert responsible for the child auction. The arrayed forces of the two most powerful families must be defeated if Jon and Lobo are to survive.
To gain access to the estate of a wealthy man Jon thinks might have knowledge of Jennie, Jon and Lobo join the entourage of a noted singer. Danger lies on every side.
Chapters alternate between hairbreadth escapes and individual introspections by Jon and Lobo. Saving Jon is Lobo’s prime mission made difficult by Jon's secretive nature. Both Jon and Lobo reflect on their partnership, the quest, and the past. Much of this novel is a rehash of previous books in the series, but brings a new romance and evidence of Jennie's survival.