Blue Moon

Blue Moon

Book - 2019
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""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."--Amazon.
Publisher: New York, New York : Delacorte Press, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780399593543
Characteristics: 356 pages ;,24 cm.

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Gypsy100
Dec 07, 2019

I enjoyed the book, but not his best. No depth just head banging. I actually got bored at some point which has never happened for me in any of the other Reacher novels. I have read them all and this was somewhat disappointing.

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gary25
Dec 07, 2019

I got into the Reacher series late and enjoyed them so much that I read the back catalogue as well. This one is a real disappointment and the worst in the series by far. He just mailed this one in.

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harrybosch
Dec 04, 2019

This is one of Child's poorest efforts in the Jack Reacher series. Way, way too much mindless brutality and gratuitious violence even for Reacher. Halfway through I had lost track of the body count. This was not the JR we all know. I think Child has had this ghost written , or else he is getting bored. The dragged-out ending was almost preposterous. Time for Child to get back to the real JR, or give it up. Maybe he will have him settle down, marry one of these gals he keeps meeting and getting into bed with, and have five kids ! Hahhh !

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gloryb
Dec 03, 2019

This novel could be read as a stand alone. Perhaps this is a guy book as I got tired of reading about the punches to the enemies' head by the right, then the left fist before he gives two or three taps to the head with the resulting bloody mess on the wall/ceiling/floor or twists the tie as a choke hold and then stuffs some of the bodies in a car trunk. Too much violence, not just sprinkled, but permeated throughout. Couldn't figure out why Amy is hanging around during all the action - another guy thing? It's Jack Reacher against two rival gangs in a town each involved in the protection racket and money lending with outlandish interest rates. Reacher is on a mission to help an elderly couple who have been borrowing money from these loan sharks in order to get medical treatment for their daughter. One could almost make a comparison between these gangs and the doctors in a cancer hospital where medical help is denied those who can't pay for their expensive services up front. The best line in the book is at the end - it's about fake news.

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rickrow_0
Nov 26, 2019

Lee Child must be sick and tired of Reacher and need the money to write this drivel. And I've enjoyed many of his earlier Reacher novels. Had to force myself to read to the end, and not sure why I bothered.

Dreadful plot, endless gratuitous slaughter, boring for about the first three-quarters of the book. Jack's love interest is a sociopath also and relishes all the killing he does as well.

The old people whose daughter is being treated for cancer (and we never meet the daughter) are not very sympathetic characters. Why is Jack and several other "good" people fighting on their behalf? Ask Lee Child.

Perhaps the only realistic thing about the book is the implied put-down of our medical system. Child makes it clear that the cancer patient would be kicked out of hospital to die on the street if her parents don't keep coughing up obscene amounts of money at short notice. In other words, America is about as sick as Jack Reacher, especially when you also notice that the backdrop to the story is a largish American city that is totally corrupted by two rival foreign gangs, one of which is Ukrainian. Is Child expressing a political leaning here?

Lee, please kill Jack off in the next book. It would be a mercy killing.

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USAF1969
Nov 21, 2019

Hard to compare this one with other Reacher books, because I like them all. This one was good because he finds himself up against two competing "mafia" gangs who share control of a city, while shaking down citizens on their own turf through high-interest loan schemes. It is way more violent that Child's usual Reacher fare, but I can get by that because gang warfare is inherently brutal. That said, Reacher finds himself getting sucked in this whose scene because he helps an old man avoid getting his cash stolen by a punk. One thing I really liked are the scenes where Reacher and some people he recruits along the way have a dialogue to try and guess exactly what the bad guys are doing at particular moments, what their strengths are, and the best approaches to shutting them down. First time I can recall where Reacher forms a team around himself and engages in this kind of dialogue. Really well done.

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PJD
Nov 14, 2019

I've always enjoyed Lee Child's books but this one was just too much, like reading about a slaughter house.

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brangwinn
Nov 13, 2019

If you are a Jack Reacher fan, you enjoy this story. Reacher befriends an older couple forced to borrow from the mob to pay for their daughter’s cancer treatment. Lots of thrown punches and gun battles. (Net Galley Review Copy)

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NedSu
Nov 11, 2019

This is a Reacher novel. Lee Child created this genre an is still the master at it. Plot driven, short sentences and luck are the hallmark of Reacher. Once in Blue Moon he lets his lizard brain dominate. I enjoyed his repetitive sentences, retold ironically or sardonically with each uttering. Reacher reacts or acts in logical system; you can almost see the angles and geometry involved in his actions. The only thing that was a little hard to swallow was the wrong deductions of the rival gangs. It was nice to have competent backup in a former Marine a retired Armored officer and a plucky female help out as needed. And now on to the next adventure.

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farnal
Nov 11, 2019

Child phoned this one in. The anonymous setting is a bad device. Reacher is a violent caricature rather than the modern-day knight-errant we expect. (There isn't even the usual mention of his quirky lack of spare clothes and/or lifestyle.) Excessive and gratuitous violence committed by unrealistic characters leads to a contrived ending. Perhaps the series is winding down.

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