Blue Moon

Blue Moon

A Jack Reacher Novel

eBook - 2019
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"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. 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."--provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Dell,, 2019
Description: 1 online resource
ISBN: 9780399593550
Additional Contributors: Child, Lee. Blue moon

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KenziesNina
Jan 21, 2021

This was not the Jack Reacher I know and love. The writing was very wordy and Jack rarely uses a gun!

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krimcris
Dec 20, 2020

My first Jack Reacher novel. Action and strategy prevail as Jack takes a very vulnerable older couple under wing. They owe the Albanians (or the Ukrainians?) big time, and Jack does not fail. But. The other menace in this novel is the medical consortium that works on a cash only basis, even when need is great and providers are obliged to go to loan sharks. So I expected clever Jack to address that issue, but alas. So many feats of marvelous timing and mental chess occur I was reminded of the old Doc Savage comics, where the multi talented hero could defeat all odds, no matter the circumstance. I listened to most of it on CD, and was riveted up the last part, where the insane amount of dead bodies piled up by Jack and his cohorts became unbelievable in reason and possibility. What of those families left behind to become welfare responsibility and the children left twisting in the wind? As a plot /action driven book it does not disappoint, but though the problems are resolved, the source and cause are not.

Kris PR

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turbopip
Dec 07, 2020

This is the book that ended my love affair with Lee Child and the Jack Reacher books. Reacher has become a crazed person, killing anyone he wants with impunity and these multitudinous killings seem to be the sole focus of the “plot”. The story line was so far fetched and the violence so overwhelmingly prevalent that I didn’t bother to finish the book. If I hadn’t been so aghast at all the shooting, I would have been too busy yawning to have managed to read as much of this drivel as I did.

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SAPL454
Nov 03, 2020

A well written novel with a gamut of action scenes!

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Bookworm1136
Nov 01, 2020

4 stars. I have to tell you how much I love Lee Child's Jack Reacher series. I thought this was a good escapist read, but a bit too cinematic to me, kind of read like one of those action movies where someone gets killed in a gruesome way every 5 minutes or so. That being said, I did enjoy the escapism. Jack gets off the bus in a new town and immediately meets an old man with a big problem. He owes a lot of money to gangster loan sharks. Reacher gets involved in helping the old man and his wife and becomes aware that the city is "owned" by two different mobs, one Albanian and one Ukrainian. Being Reacher, he can't stay on the sidelines and much mayhem ensues. A bit far fetched at times, I still enjoyed the read, a good escape during a pandemic.

I have to mention that I really didn't like the way Reacher's character seems to be changing for the worst with this book.

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vGoloschokin54
Aug 29, 2020

Not the best Reacher's story but not the worst either. A bit unrealistic for this country but would be very truthful for Ukraine and Russia (take my word for this), maybe Albania as well. So try to live for awhile outside of your back yard.

as others have said, this book is just bad and not worth reading. Reacher needs to be done I think.

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Morwen
Jul 30, 2020

This is a far-fetched book about Ukrainian and Albanian mobs, health insurance and hospital costs, computer startups and fake news. Adding Reacher only made it worse. Once he was a strong, terse loner, now he's a chatty remorseless killer with growing superpowers--a clock in his head (but his dogged integrity is gone), a photographic memory, instantaneous reaction time, and accelerated thought processes. He used to physically subdue an impressive number of assailants. Now he mostly shoots them with uncanny marksmanship--all the more remarkable because he doesn't own any guns and killing appears to be the only practice he gets.

Pitted against this paragon, the bad guys are ludicrous caricatures--pathetic, bumbling, and dumb. It is sad to see the evolution of Child's style from what years ago was riveting and spare to sloppy drivel.

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dickstangland
Jul 27, 2020

I usually don’t have to completely suspend any rational thinking reading a Jack Reacher story I Am A BIG fan but sorry Mr.Child this one would have to go into the what the hell were you thinking file HOPING this is just a one off

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dbarto
Jun 30, 2020

Terrible book, Jack Reacher used to,do everything with his fists and his bulk, now it’s wanton killing , chopping heads off,,,,,,just stupid and completely LAZY writing.....don’t waste your time...no wonder it was available

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jimg2000
Dec 24, 2019

Only a single quote in goodreads as of this morning; number of quotes posted in the site is an excellent gauge on the quality of the read in mho:
Blue Moon Quotes Showing 1-1 of 1
“No particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there.”
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The city looked small on a map of America. It was just a tiny polite dot, near a red threadlike road that ran across an otherwise empty half inch of paper. But up close and on the ground it had half a million people. It covered more than a hundred square miles.
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Reacher could practically see the gears spinning in the back of his head. Coming up cherries.
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He looked a little unsteady. His shoulders were slumped. He looked old and tired and worn out and beaten down. He had no enthusiasm. He looked like he was en route between two points of equally zero appeal.

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jimg2000
Dec 24, 2019

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.
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‘The kindness of strangers,’ Reacher said. ‘Makes the world go round. Some guy wrote a play about it.’ ‘Tennessee Williams,’ Shevick said. ‘A Streetcar Named Desire.’ ‘One of which we could use right now. Three blocks for a nickel would be a bargain.’

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jimg2000
Dec 24, 2019

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‘Where are you headed?’ ‘Someplace else. Often depends on the weather. I like to be warm. Saves buying a coat.’ The barman glared again, still from far away. ‘Let’s go,’ Reacher said. ‘A person could die of thirst in here.’
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He considered himself a modern man, born in the twentieth century, living in the twenty-first, but he also knew he had some kind of a wide-open portal in his head, a wormhole to humanity’s primitive past, where for millions of years every living thing could be a predator, or a rival, and therefore had to be assessed, and judged, instantly, and accurately. Who was the superior animal? Who would submit?

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jimg2000
Dec 24, 2019

‘You got a smart mouth.’ ‘I can only hope,’ Reacher said. ‘Sometimes I worry I’m just pedantic.’
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‘Tell me about the lawyers.’ ‘They’re working for free,’ Shevick said. ‘How good can they be?’ ‘Sounds like another country song.’
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The government fund is taxpayer money. The legislation is unpopular. Therefore the government will want the insurance fund to pay. The insurance fund is shareholder money. Bonuses depend on it. Therefore the insurance fund will bounce it back to the government, over and over again, as long as it takes.’

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jimg2000
Dec 24, 2019

A waitress came by. She fit the 1950s music. She was petite and gamine, maybe in her late twenties, neat and slender and dressed all in black, with short dark hair and lively eyes and a shy but contagious smile. She could have been in an old-time black and white movie, with jazz on the soundtrack. Probably someone’s sassy little sister. Dangerously advanced. Probably wanted to wear pants to the office.
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Reacher ordered two glasses of tap water, two double espressos, and two pepperoni pizzas. She asked, ‘Is someone joining you?’ ‘I’m worried about malnutrition,’ he said.
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Rule one, set in stone since he was a tiny kid, back when he first realized he could be either frightened or frightening, was to run towards danger, not away from it. Which right then gave him his pick of forward or backward.

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jimg2000
Dec 24, 2019

Her own story was shorter, because she was younger. Born in a suburb in Michigan, raised in a suburb in California, loved books and philosophy and theatre and music and dance and experiment and performance art. Came to town as an undergraduate student, and never left. A temporary gig waiting tables for a month turned into ten years. She was thirty-two. Older than she looked. She said she was happy.
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Organized crime’s traditional staples were usury, narcotics, prostitution, gambling, and protection rackets.
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‘Someone once told me that every day a woman should do something that scared her.’ ‘She could join the army.’

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jimg2000
Dec 24, 2019

Ukrainian girls were very beautiful. Many of them were tall and slender and very blonde. None of them had any chance of advancement at home. In the old country they had nothing ahead of them except a lifetime of mud and drudgery. No fine clothes, no high-rise apartments, no Mercedes-Benzes. They knew that. So they were happy to come to America. They understood the paperwork was complicated and the process expensive. They knew they would have to reimburse their helpers, for the upfront outlay, just as quickly as they could.
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‘Makes us look weak.’ ‘No,’ his guy said. ‘It makes us look like the grown-ups, playing the long game, with our eyes on the prize.’

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jimg2000
Dec 24, 2019

I would like you to drive up behind the Lincoln and nudge it in the back bumper at about walking pace.’ ‘Why?’ ‘The doors will unlock. For the first responders. The car will think it’s in a minor accident. There’s a little doo-dad in there somewhere. A safety mechanism.’ ‘So then you can open the doors from the outside.’
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On the one hand, omerta. Also Italian. A code of absolute silence. A code to live by, and to die for. On the other hand, they were currently in deep trouble. Personally and individually. In the real world, in the here and now. Dying for a code was all well and good in theory. In practice things were different. Right then number one on their to-do list was not honourable or glorious sacrifice, but living long enough to drive home afterwards.

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jimg2000
Dec 24, 2019

‘Are they dead?’ ‘We might need to give them another minute. Depends how fast they’re bleeding.’
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‘You killed two people.’ ‘I warned them. I told them not to. All my cards were on the table. It was more like assisted suicide. Think of it that way.’
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Six chances before the week is over, Reacher thought.
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‘I agree there will be an element of challenge.’ ‘More like impossible.’ ‘No such word.’
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The driver was a small woman with short dark hair. In her twenties or thirties, and dressed all in black. Her passenger was a huge guy, about twice her size. He was older, easily six-five and two-fifty, built like a brick outhouse, and dressed like a refugee.
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‘No one likes you. No one would piss on you if you were on fire.

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jimg2000
Dec 24, 2019

You’re a dead man,’ the guy said. ‘Not so far,’ Reacher said. ‘In fact right now you’re closer to that unhappy state than I am. Don’t you think?’
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A dogface, just like you.’ ‘Army?’ ‘Stands for, aren’t really Marines yet.’ ‘Like Marine stands for muscles are requested, intelligence not expected.’
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Last year a federal project ran a set of integrated numbers from all across the nation, and it turned out the two most law-abiding populations in America were the Ukrainian and Albanian communities right here in town. They don’t even get parking tickets. That suggests a very close relationship with all levels of law enforcement.’
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The best fights are the ones you don’t have. Even Marines understand that.’

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