'This is one of his best' - The Times
Jack Reacher is back in a brand new white-knuckle read from Lee Child.
It's a random universe, but once in a blue moon things turn out just right.
In a nameless city, two rival criminal gangs are competing for control. But they hadn’t counted on Jack Reacher arriving on their patch.
Reacher is trained to notice things.
He’s on a Greyhound bus, watching an elderly man sleeping in his seat, with a fat envelope of cash hanging out of his pocket. Another passenger is watching too ... hoping to get rich quick.
As the mugger makes his move, Reacher steps in.
The old man is grateful, yet he turns down Reacher’s offer to help him home. He’s vulnerable, scared, and clearly in big, big trouble.
What hold could the gangs have on the old guy? Will Reacher be in time to stop bad things happening?
The odds are better with Reacher involved. That's for damn sure.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Ever wonder who’s riding the bus with you? In Jack Reacher’s world, you best believe it’s going to be someone dangerous. In Lee Child’s 24th Reacher thriller, our not-to-be-trifled-with hero is taking a Greyhound trip. While trying to help an elderly couple, he gets drawn into a violent Albanian-Ukrainian gang war. Child’s writing is as vivid as ever and his protagonist’s reality remains dark and gloomy. What makes us root for Reacher is his unwavering commitment to protecting the innocent. A taut, fast-paced thriller where the action never stops, Blue Moon introduces us to real, lived-in characters in the midst of all the chaos and violence. Reading this on your commute will make the time fly by—just keep one eye on the passengers in the seats around you.
At the start of bestseller Child's riveting 24th Jack Reacher novel (after 2018's Past Tense), peripatetic vigilante Reacher rescues an elderly man carrying an envelope full of cash, Aaron Shevick, from a would-be mugger in an unnamed American city. Reacher escorts the shaken Shevick home, where he meets the man's wife and soon learns the couple are deeply indebted to loan sharks because of huge medical bills. Shevick is supposed to deliver the cash to an Albanian crook named Fisnik in a bar later that day, but when Fisnik doesn't show, Reacher ends up impersonating Shevick at the rescheduled meeting with Fisnik's replacement, a Ukrainian thug, who's never met Shevick. A turf war has just begun between the city's rival Ukrainian and Albanian gangs, and Reacher lands in the thick of it in his efforts to help the Shevicks. Reacher applies his keen analytical skills to numerous violent confrontations with bad guys who aren't as smart as he is. Readers will cheer as Reacher and his allies, a resourceful waitress and two fellow ex-military guys he hooks up with, take the fight straight to the top of the criminal command chain. Child is at the top of his game in this nail-biter.
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Oh My God. Every time I finish one of these I want a cigarette. And I don’t smoke. Julie Newport
Missing the Sparkle
This is the most formulaic and least entertaining of the Reacher stories to date. Still a good yarn, but definitely not a great one. It lacks the depth, pace, and realism of earlier in the series. The additional characters are as two dimensional as Jonah in the last two Tomb Raider games - a mere mechanical convenience to try to alleviate the persistent feeling of lack of context.
Where are the evocative descriptions of past books? The humour and the power to make you feel that you are right there? Is this the product of a ghost writer?
I have read every Reacher since the start. I have previously ordered them in advance. From now on, I’m going to look at samples of the next one to decide whether or not to end my collection with this last offering.
Timely release given the antics on Capitol Hill
As usual, Lee Child has produced another version of Jack Reacher weaving his magic with another ingenious plot of intrigue and plot twists. As a bonus, a very contemporary back story involving overseas interests and bad guys.