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Blue Moon: A Jack Reacher Novel Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2020
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“Jack Reacher is today’s James Bond, a thriller hero we can’t get enough of.”—Ken Follett
“This is a random universe,” Reacher says. “Once in a blue moon things turn out just right.”
This isn’t one of those times.
Reacher is on a Greyhound bus, minding his own business, with no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there. Then he steps off the bus to help an old man who is obviously just a victim waiting to happen. But you know what they say about good deeds. Now Reacher wants to make it right.
An elderly couple have made a few well-meaning mistakes, and now they owe big money to some very bad people. One brazen move leads to another, and suddenly Reacher finds himself a wanted man in the middle of a brutal turf war between rival Ukrainian and Albanian gangs.
Reacher has to stay one step ahead of the loan sharks, the thugs, and the assassins. He teams up with a fed-up waitress who knows a little more than she’s letting on, and sets out to take down the powerful and make the greedy pay. It’s a long shot. The odds are against him. But Reacher believes in a certain kind of justice . . . the kind that comes along once in a blue moon.
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“Child is at the top of his game in this nail-biter.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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- Publisher : Dell (April 28, 2020)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 039959356X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399593567
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.14 x 1.14 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was slightly hesitant, because the last two Reacher novels were not very good – at least not by Lee Child’s standards. The parts of Reacher that resonated most with readers had been missing. The last two novels felt like they had been phoned in. I was worried that maybe Jack Reacher had hit the end of the road…
I had nothing to worry about it – Reacher is back! All of the character traits that made Jack Reacher a great protagonist are back in style. He calculates the physics of a thrown punch. He helps the downtrodden and beats up the bad guys. He prefers sitting in the back seat of cars because he’s so big and doesn’t like to drive!
Without spilling too much detail, Reacher befriends the Shevicks, an elderly couple who is down on their luck. They’re in a jam with the worst kind of mobsters and Reacher jumps in with both feet to help them out. In the end, he takes on multiple gangs, wins every fight and gets the girl…
Yes, Lee Child has a formula – and it’s a simple one. Make the bad guys bad, the victims sad and put Reacher into the mix. This time he gets a little help from some other bit players, but it’s mostly Reacher’s game. The plots are not complicated and there are holes in the story lots of “What-ifs” if you want to dig deep, but it’s great summer reading and all the pieces of the puzzle don’t need to be perfect for the tale to be told.
I ended up reading most of the book in one evening; the rest the next morning – a very satisfying read.
For fans of Lee Child and Jack Reacher, you will enjoy this book!
I have read that Child is developing a tv series which will be an
amalgam of previous Reacher novels. That may be the best future for his character because this novel suggests that after twenty-five novels, Child has exhausted the soil for developing future plots.
For Reacher fans, don't waste your money.
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Publisher – Lee, your body count in you last book was around fifty, your readers were very unhappy, the plot was ponderous and dull, not enough gory killing and mayhem.
Lee – OK I’ll try harder in future, sorry, I was getting bored with the whole Reacher character.
Publisher to Lee after reading the first draft of “Blue Moon”
This is brilliant, the body count is extraordinary, who cares about the ridiculous storyline and the crazy thought process behind each action Reacher and his new buddies take, it doesn’t matter, bodies are all your readers want to hear about, most have brains the size of a pin heads anyway.
Lee – Thanks, I’m glad you like it, can I have the rest of my advance now?
Shorter paragraphs, More space between the top and bottom of the page.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book and read it pretty quickly but it just wasn't the same page-turner. I could easily guess what was coming and completing the sentence or paragraph on the next page before turning. The last few books have seemed almost automated. Like most of.James Patterson's . You get the impression that there is a computer somewhere and you load a few plots and ideas and the churned out results are then a best seller. And, yes I know that Reacher is fiction -physically based on Lee Child - but why isn't he aging? His lifestyle isn't the best for good health. His knees must be dodgy by now with all the walking this top end of middle-aged man does. Always in good health. Doesn't need glasses and with superb hearing. At least start adding in the things that happen as we get older.
I will order his next book as soon as it is available but will I have the same high expectations? I expect not.