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AS FEATURED ON RICHARD & JUDY'S 'KEEP READING AND CARRY ON'
'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.
'Everyone needs to kick some [butt] sometimes, even if it's just imaginary' JOJO MOYES
Although the Jack Reacher novels can be read in any order, Blue Moon is the 24th in the series.
And be sure not to miss Reacher's newest adventure, no.26, Better off Dead! ***OUT NOW***
Lee Child is the absolute master of the story of a lone stranger arriving in town to save the innocent, and this is one of the best of his series...as always, the violence is ferocious and fast-moving. Anyone feeling hard done by or facing insuperable odds will be comforted by this novel, which is also the best advertisement for the NHS I have ever seen. ― Literary Review
Forget Marvel - we all know Jack Reacher is the only avenger that matters...Child has found his mojo again. ― Sun
There's only one Jack Reacher. Accept no substitutes.
Jack Reacher, the 21st-century knight errant who over 23 books has proved himself the most reliable excellent basher of bad guys since [James]Bond...And good work, Lee Child. If you're at all partial to his revenge fantasies, this is one of the best for a while...your hands keep turning those pages, drawn in by storytelling that knows fancy words count for less than clarity and rhythm...It's nonsense. Yet it's compelling nonsense, a vicarious clearing away of life's obstacles via a hero who has no moral qualms, no physical or emotional vulnerability and no interest in what shampoo he uses. ― The Times --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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The guy with the goatee beard followed along about six paces behind, hanging back, staying slow, restraining himself. Which looked difficult. He was a rangy, long-legged individual, all hopped up with excitement and anticipation. He wanted to get right to it. But the terrain was wrong. Too flat and open. The sidewalks were wide. Up ahead was a four-way traffic light, with three cars waiting for a green. Three drivers, bored, gazing about. Maybe passengers. All potential witnesses. Better to wait.
The guy with the money stopped at the curb. Waiting to cross. Aiming dead ahead. Where there were older buildings, with narrower streets between. Wider than alleys, but shaded from the sun, and hemmed in by mean three- and four-story walls either side. Better terrain.
The light changed. The guy with the money trudged across the road, obediently, as if resigned. The guy with the goatee beard followed six paces behind. Reacher closed the gap on him a little. He sensed the moment coming. The kid wasn t going to wait forever. He wasn t going to let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Two blocks in would do it.
They walked on, single file, spaced apart, oblivious. The first block felt good up ahead and side to side, but behind them it still felt open, so the guy with the beard hung back, until the guy with the money was over the cross street and into the second block. Which looked properly secretive. It was shady at both ends. There were a couple of boarded-up establishments, and a closed-down diner, and a tax preparer with dusty windows.
Reacher guessed the kid would go for it, right there, and he guessed the launch would be prefaced by a nervous glance all around, including behind, so he stayed out of sight around the cross street s corner, one second, two, three, which he figured was long enough for all the glances a person could need. Then he stepped out and saw the kid with the beard already closing the gap ahead, hustling, eating up the six-pace distance with a long and eager stride. Reacher didn t like running, but on that occasion he had to.
He got there too late. The guy with the beard shoved the guy with the money, who went down forward with a heavy ragged thump, hands, knees, head, and the guy with the beard swooped down in a seamless dexterous glide, into the still-moving pocket, and out again with the envelope. Which was when Reacher arrived, at a clumsy run, six feet five of bone and muscle and 250 pounds of moving mass, against a lean kid just then coming up out of a crouch. Reacher slammed into him with a twist and a dip of the shoulder, and the guy flailed through the air like a crash test dummy, and landed in a long sliding tangle of limbs, half on the sidewalk, half in the gutter. He came to rest and lay still.
Reacher walked over and took the envelope from him. It wasn t sealed. They never were. He took a look. The wad was about three quarters of an inch thick. A hundred dollar bill on the top, and a hundred dollar bill on the bottom. He flicked through. A hundred dollar bill in every other possible location, too. Thousands and thousands of dollars. Could be fifteen. Could be twenty grand.
He glanced back. The old guy s head was up. He was gazing about, panic stricken. He had a cut on his face. From the fall. Or maybe his nose was bleeding. Reacher held up the envelope. The old guy stared at it. He tried to get up, but couldn --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B07P99P1BR
- Publisher : Transworld Digital (29 October 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 4097 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 377 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 901 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author could have had fun with this, Jack could have played off the two opposing factions. against one another with intention - and no one necessarily had to die. Problem was the author turned jack in to a battering ram of death, and even his wish to help the old couple come across as psychotic rather than defending the rights of the 'little guy'
also the waitress sleeping with Jack - her reasonings? this came off as a male author's fantasy rather than what would happen in real life.
Sorry Lee, not your best. Not nearly anywhere near it.
I will wait for your next one with bated breath. AND fingers crossed.
My personal rating system
1 Star Couldn't finish the book
2 Stars Didn't really like the book, but was interested enough in the story to finish (Skipping great chunks)
3 Stars The book was okay, finished it and will consider reading more from the author
4 Stars Really enjoyed the book, will check out others by this author
4 1/2 Stars Loved the book, will immediately check out others by author, if asked will recommend book
5 Stars LOVED the book, will immediately check out all others by author, will pre-emptively recommend book to ALL my book friends
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be checking out the authors other books looking for more of the same. I found the action and story to be better than the last couple of books, but tie implausibility factor went up, notwithstanding that I still thoroughly enjoyed the story.
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Publisher – Lee, your body count in you last book was around fifty, your readers were very unhappy, the plot was ponderous and dull, not enough gory killing and mayhem.
Lee – OK I’ll try harder in future, sorry, I was getting bored with the whole Reacher character.
Publisher to Lee after reading the first draft of “Blue Moon”
This is brilliant, the body count is extraordinary, who cares about the ridiculous storyline and the crazy thought process behind each action Reacher and his new buddies take, it doesn’t matter, bodies are all your readers want to hear about, most have brains the size of a pin heads anyway.
Lee – Thanks, I’m glad you like it, can I have the rest of my advance now?
Shorter paragraphs, More space between the top and bottom of the page.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book and read it pretty quickly but it just wasn't the same page-turner. I could easily guess what was coming and completing the sentence or paragraph on the next page before turning. The last few books have seemed almost automated. Like most of.James Patterson's . You get the impression that there is a computer somewhere and you load a few plots and ideas and the churned out results are then a best seller. And, yes I know that Reacher is fiction -physically based on Lee Child - but why isn't he aging? His lifestyle isn't the best for good health. His knees must be dodgy by now with all the walking this top end of middle-aged man does. Always in good health. Doesn't need glasses and with superb hearing. At least start adding in the things that happen as we get older.
I will order his next book as soon as it is available but will I have the same high expectations? I expect not.