#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the next highly anticipated installment of Lee Child’s acclaimed suspense series, Jack Reacher comes to the aid of an elderly couple . . . and confronts his most dangerous opponents yet.
“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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Lee Child’s 24th Jack Reacher novel is a thrilling adventure that wastes little time getting to the action. While on a Greyhound bus trip, the army-vet-turned-vigilante stumbles into a turf war between Albanian and Ukrainian gangs after trying to help out an elderly couple. Veteran audiobook performer Scott Brick narrates his second Reacher novel—after longtime narrator Dick Hill’s retirement—and he brings a steady voice to all the violence, double crosses, and broken alliances. We were enthralled as much by the carefully drawn characters as we were by the unrelenting, visceral thrills, and the tense setup reminded us of the classic spaghetti Westerns. Blue Moon is better than a to-go cup of coffee for perking up your morning commute.
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While THe storyline was interesting, I found it too much of an exaggeration that one guy could take on an entire organized crime group from two countries and come out alive and without a scratch. I realize it’s fiction, but a little bit too much.
I’ve read all the Reacher books and this was by far the most difficult to finish. The storyline was so weak and writing so wordy, I skipped over several pages at a time and never missed anything meaningful to the plot. If I had not been sitting in the sun with a drink in my hand, I would not have wasted my time.
Pretty good but predictable
Jack Reacher has been at it a long time now, so he’s been there: done that. When he lands in the middle of a loan-shark, protection rackets, Internet manipulation scheme, he looks like he is home.
However, the progress of the story felt a little to controlled by him. The antagonists all did exactly like he predicted. It did’t make Reacher seem brilliant, though. Instead it made the story seem contrived. While the climax had a novel solution, the journey there was only “ok.”
This one isn’t as “seat of the pants” action-packed as some of the earlier Jack Reacher adventures. It’s still a good story with a timely plot line and I didn’t dislike it.