#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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.
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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.
A good page turner
Oh oh, hopefully just a one time miss
First Reacher book that I could not bring myself to finish. Most have me blazing through in a couple of days; however, this one was boring...nothing happened that kept me invested, that was suspenseful. Perhaps Mr Child felt the need to comment on the current political environment, which resulted in this book. Hopefully this is not the start of a downward slide.
Over the top
Have read all Reacher books. Loved each one. This one was different. Too much Mayhem, killing, absurdity. Maybe just too many bad guys to be killed by the end of the book.