#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.
A blue moon is an additional full moon that appears in a subdivision of a year: either the third of four full moons in a season, or a second full moon in a month of the common calendar. The phrase in modern usage has nothing to do with the actual color of the Moon, although a visually blue Moon (the Moon appearing with a bluish tinge) may occur under certain atmospheric conditions – for instance, if volcanic eruptions or fires release particles in the atmosphere of just the right size to preferentially scatter red light...
Although full of “Reacherisms” like violence, weapons and all sorts of movement, there was something missing from Blue Moon that other Reacher books had. Maybe it was the characters - or not. Can’t put a finger on it as it was over before I knew it. 35
Not one of his best. 25
His earlier plots had some believability. Not in this one. Seems like a made for Tom cruise movie. I may have overrated it with 2 stars. 25
Same formula, same fantastic read. I’ve read them all and this one keeps the road trip alive. I read some bad reviews store buying and those were wrong in my opinion. A great week of reading for me while traveling...pure pleasure. Thank you Mr. Child. 55
I have devoured all of Lee Child’s books and have never been disappointed until this one. It seemed to drag on forever . . driving around the same street corners over and over . . too many killings like never before . . and the repetitive characters . . I had to make myself finish it. This book read like Lee Child was in a hurry to get it to the publisher for a deadline. Reacher didn’t seem like himself, killing almost everyone. Boring, without plot development in terms of the original plot to recover money lost to a tech guy. Should have stuck to the original plot. I also wonder why Reacher didn’t verify that the daughter was really sick. It’d have been a better story if Reacher had investigated who was taking the money for the daughter’s medical treatment. 15
The very first Reacher book I won’t finish and I’ve read them all. They were all good to great until this one. It’s truly awful. I can’t believe Lee Child wrote it. Next. 15
I have read the entire series and they used to be good/great. I expect a “story” and am willing to allow for semi-unbelievable. But this book is horrendous. It is as if the author took a formula for beginning, middle and end and then forced a crappy story into it. Really. Do not spend money on this book. 15
Time for child to put his pen down. A terrible story. His best books are with the fewest violent encounters. This was replete with constant unbelievable fights. No character development. Boring. Usually I plow thru his books. This took weeks. If this were his first book I never would have bought another. 15
Having read all of the Reacher series, comparatively, Childs work here is weak. Some bodies, ok. Good against bad, ok. Same ending, ok. But bodies everywhere? In numbers in the 20 + ? Really too far out. 35
Not impressed by this dark, brooding Reacher. Still worth the read, but where is the famous Reacher wit? 35