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Blue Moon

(Jack Reacher #24)

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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.
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Kindle Edition, 377 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Transworld Digital
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Terence M
1.5Stars, rounded up to 2Stars - "It was OK".
Actually, the novel was barely OK

The character, “Jack Reacher”, who appears in "Blue Moon", is definitely not the same character as the “Jack Reacher” who appeared in “#5, Echo Burning”, “#11, Bad Luck and trouble”, “#20, Make Me”, or, in fact, in any of the other Reacher novels.

Jack Reacher in Blue Moon behaves like a murderous vigilante. I don’t think he has either killed directly, or been involved in so many killings, in any of the previous
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Paula
I’m a big fan of the Jack Reacher series and have read every book. Blue Moon takes Reacher to a town where the Albanians and Ukrainians are battling for turf. Reacher is helping out a senior couple who are involved with loan sharks from both gangs.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t get into this storyline. It just wasn’t for me. However, I will be looking forward to the next installment in the series!

I won Blue Moon from a Goodreads Giveaway!

2.5 out of 5 stars

Publication date - October 29, 2019

Joanne Harris
As you know, I'm a fan of Lee Child. This one's pure escapism: well-plotted; action-packed, adventurous. The plot is basically a reworking of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, and it was a lot of fun, but I sense this enormous franchise now starting to feel slightly creaky and tired. In previous books, there's distinctly more characterization, more plot, fewer guns. In this one, there are a lot more guns, but very rudimentary characterization, which may be what the films need, but which I rather miss in ...more
Tim
Jan 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I clicked "I'm finished," my thought was possibly with Lee Child. He seems to be a diminishing writer with diminishing stories and a diminished character with Reacher. I listened to this and Scott Brick adds nothing, save further aggravation. 0 of 10 stars
Phrynne
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I finished Blue Moon I sat for a while and tried to rationalise why I enjoy this series so much. After all there is an awful lot of minutely described violence, which I usually do not enjoy at all. And the idea that Reacher could actually perform and win even half of the heroic battles he takes part in is farcical. Yet I am still here after 24 books and still five starring them.

One reason of course is the author's style. I feel safe in his hands and even when all odds are stacked against
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Andrew Smith
Cards on the table, I’m a long term Reacher fan and I’ve read all of the books – but this one is a stinker, the worst book so far!

I didn’t much care for Night School (book #21) but I’ve enjoyed the last two, so I did have high hopes for this one. And it starts out quite well as Jack, in transit, spots a possible robbery and performs a good deed by halting it while it’s in progress. He ascertains that the old guy on the receiving end of the attempted theft is having a hard time of it and he
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Matt
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Turning to the latest Jack Reacher thriller, I was very eager to get my hands on it to see what Lee Child had concocted for his most versatile protagonist. The story opens in a nondescript American town that is run equally by Ukrainian and Albanian organized crime. There is a clear demarcation of territory and neither side can really admit to liking the other. Jack Reacher is on his way to said town, aboard the local Greyhound bus. He eyes a man on board who has quite a bit of cash and is at ...more
Brenda
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Typical Reacher, much more so than the last few books. Much violence in this one. Cold-blooded murder. Has Reacher ever said to a woman “Come with me” before?
Ruth
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
We readers have just lost one of our fictional but moral good guy heroes. The Reacher of past books--smart and tough with a very strong history of standing up for the innocent--disappears in this latest release. He does still save two people but how he goes about it is over the top and so unlikely as to be laughable. Maybe this was a movie script first?

I really hate to blast a book, especially one by a favored author, but this one is a 2-star at best, The book starts out like most Reacher novels
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Jean
I am a big fan of Jack Reacher. I have over the years primarily read this series on audiobooks. Dick Hill has narrated all the series until the last book when he retired. To me, Dick Hill was Jack Reacher. I am a fan of Scott Brick, the new narrator of the series, but I am having problems adjusting to Brick as Reacher. Oh well, I will adapt.

In this book Reacher takes on two gangs to help an elderly couple who have borrowed money from the gangs. The book is well written and the plot twists and
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Jennifer Wagner-Lutman
Worst Jack Reacher Novel Ever

I have read every Lee Child Novel. I wait every year for the next Jack Reacher to come out. I love these books. This was a colossal fail. The premise of a company not renewing health insurance and nobody knew is ludicrous...people have prescription’s, Doctors appointments, emergencies..etc. Not to mention the absolutely unbelievable characterization of the mobsters, hurts my head just thinking about the stupidity of it. Just a massive disappointment.. I want the
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Veronica ⭐️
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, crime
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Blue Moon reads as a standalone if, like me, you are new to the series.

When Reacher helps an elderly man after an attempted mugging he inadvertently gets caught up in the Albanian and Ukrainian turf wars in an unnamed American city.

Once Reacher becomes involved you know the odds move in your favour. But it’s not an easy road to recompense.

Reacher teams up with an unlikely bunch of civilians, Hogan an ex marine, Barton a musician, Vantresca an ex Army
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Dave
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Reacher was in the military for many years. Then he wasn't. And he didn't really belong anywhere. So he wanders the country, doing what he thinks is right and heaven help whoever gets in his way. This chapter of his story doesn't focus on his wanderings. It basically works as a full-steam ahead adventure even though not everything is always realistic. Here, he wanders off a greyhound bus, thinking an old guy with an envelope full of money is going to attract trouble and finds himself in the ...more
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It's horrifying that this book has a GR rating of 4.2. 2 stars is generous. Jack Reacher is riding on a bus, sees a crime developing, and saves an old man from being robbed of a substantial sum of money he needs to repay a loan shark for money used for cancer treatments for his daughter. Jack decides to help, and finds himself as the catalyst in a deadly turf war between rival gangs (Albanians and Ukranians.) The body count is extraordinary, between Jack dispensing justice and the rival gang's ...more
Laura
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I’ve always enjoyed the fast-paced, no holds barred nature of the Reacher series. But I’m starting to feel a bit tired of it. This novel seemed to rely even more on body counts and violence and less on any attempt at characterization and plot than past installments.
Pamela Small
Exposition:
1. PLOT: ABSURD. Ridiculously undeveloped backstory, motives, etc.

2. SETTING: ASININE/ Non-existent. “West-world” type of fake town. Supposedly in USA, but more like “a galaxy far far away”. The genre is not supposed to be sci-fi!

3. CHARACTERS: POORLY DEVELOPED./UNREALISTIC. Reacher is off- not true to his character. Girl- zero dimension; how does a waitress become a military-like commando overnight? And the non-marine musician also taking up arms? Every character is flat.

PACE:
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Sandy
3.5 stars rounded up

Tons of reviews for this one already. I'm a fan but this was not one of my favourites. Just had a problem accepting that 30-40 people can die violently in a small city with practically no police response. But I did enjoy the story of the elderly couple & the characters that made up Reacher's posse.
Linda
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As escapist vigilante fiction, this is a three star read. As a Jack Reacher tale, it rates much lower.

I’m a long-time fan of Jack Reacher, the smart, capable ex-military cop with a fairly steady moral compass. In this story, though, Reacher is more blood-thirsty commando than cop. While in previous books he readily used violence to achieve a goal, here he seems to revel in it with over-the-top bloodshed and mayhem. (view spoiler)
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Kathi Defranc
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reacher Shows A Different Side, Assisting An Old Couple ..

I Still love Jack Reacher!! Off a bus, his usual travel mode, following a young guy who seemed too interested in an envelope that an elder man carried in his pocket. This guy got off after the man, and Reacher, with his unique understanding of human nature, follows to stop the inevitable bad from happening! What follows is Reacher feeling for the elderly couple, dealing with thugs who are money-lenders in their neighborhood.
Jack is
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Truman32
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In his newest Jack Reacher thriller, Blue Moon, Lee Child has made the rather unusual decision to turn his much-loved hero to the underdog into the villain. It is now the scores of Ukrainian and Siberian gangsters that need a Jack Reacher type savior to protect them from the real Jack Reacher who is indiscriminately killing everyone he dislikes. Now, as the foul language I loudly use in front of children and grandmas as well as my extremely revolting choice of pornography (usually involving ...more
kartik narayanan
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blue Moon is not the best Jack Reacher story but it is certainly better than the previous instalment in the series - Past Tense.

While the body count is probably the highest in the series, I liked that Jack Reacher showed small amounts of vulnerability and that age is catching up with him. He is still Superman/James Bond/Jason Bourne rolled into one but this character arc is a bit more believable - as far as action thrillers go.

Other aspects of the book which made it a bit more palatable is the
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Gloria Arthur
Blue Moon by Lee Child

3.5
Action packed, fast paced and brutal

Jack Reacher is a loner, a drifter and an ex-military cop. He’s currently in a stirring situation travelling on an American Greyhound bus. He has his eyes on an old guy aged around seventy who has fallen asleep with a thick envelope, the type used to hold money, hanging precariously out of his pocket. A young guy with a thin goatee and greasy hair dead ahead on the bus is also taking an interest and watching the envelope.

The old guy
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Nick Brett
Nov 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Where do I start with possible the worst Reacher book of all them all?

Reacher ends up in a nameless city, saving someone from a mugging and then getting caught in the middle of two crime gangs, one Albanian and one Ukrainian. Author Lee Child tends to write short bits of dialogue and not bother filling in much, but here he doesn’t really bother to present any realistic scenario at all. The unnamed city seems to have no visible Law Enforcement or even citizens that are not, gangsters, Reacher’s
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Susan Johnson
3.5 stars

I am a huge Jack Reacher fan and was excited to get an early copy of the book. Sadly, I was disappointed. This was a more violent story without the character development I am used to. In this one Reacher gets involved in an Albanian-Ukrainian gang war in a middle sized unnamed American city.

He sees an elderly man on the Greyhound Bus with a noticeable money envelope and saves him from a mugging. This is what Reacher does best. He's a modern day Knight of the Round Table. He finds
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Ace
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
29 October Yayyyyy!!!!


Update 7 November
Since Tom has left the building Reacher seems bigger and now, with this release, he is also uglier, and meaner. This particular volume is more violent than usual, but still a quick and entertaining read. All of the elements of a standard Reacher novel are here, but there are some unlikely scenarios in this one and it seemed less convincing and possibly more geared towards a Hollywood blockbuster than a satisfying thriller read. I am watching Lee Child
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The Cats’ Mother
My 200th - and final - read, (and therefore review) of 2019 (and the decade!) leaves me with mixed feelings. It’s got all the classic Child plot elements - a formula that has worked for 23 books, so why would he change it? It’s a solid entertaining read but I was disturbed by just how bloodthirsty Reacher has become. I used to buy these on publication, and read them immediately, but now find myself happy to wait and borrow a copy. Not sure if it’s him or me?

Reacher impulsively gets off a bus in
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The Real Book Spy
After another stop in a small town in the middle of nowhere, Jack Reacher ones again finds himself surrounded by danger . . . and sets out to protect the innocent people caught up in a deadly turf war between rival gangs.

For Reacher, the trouble started on a Greyhound bus when he noticed an elderly man named Aaron Shevick carrying a thick envelop flush with cash. Realizing he’s an obvious target, Reacher stays close to the man, and eventually thwarts a mugging attempt before escorting Mr.
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Monnie
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the possible exception of a book detailing the battles of World War II, I think it would be hard to find one with a body count as high as this one. If blood and guts in just about every chapter is your thing, you'll love everything about it. Honestly, multiple murders, no matter how gruesome, usually don't bother me, but too many happen here that just don't seem to be justified even if the victims are really, really bad guys.

In this case, they're members of rival Albanian and Ukrainian
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Kevin
This is a read in one gulp thriller! I look forward to every Jack Reacher book and can’t wait to finish them. This one is a thrill a minute!
Long live Jack Reacher!
Bill Lynas
I cannot believe this is the 24th Jack Reacher novel I've read! So, here we go again....
When Reacher gets off a Greyhound bus in a new city you know you're going to be in for an adventure. This time around our drifter hero helps out an elderly couple with their finances. It's a typical Reacher thing to do, but the consequences only lead to trouble.
It's not only Jack Reacher who had problems. Sadly, so did I when I read Blue Moon. The pacing of the novel is a real let down. There's usually a
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Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a ...more

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