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Blue Moon 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 distinctlycharacterization,plot, fewer guns In this one, there are a lotguns, but very rudimentary characterization, which may be what the films need, but which I rather miss in pri 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 distinctlycharacterization,plot, fewer guns In this one, there are a lotguns, but very rudimentary characterization, which may be what the films need, but which I rather miss in print The love interest, Abby, is such a generic character that if the author hadn t kept describing her gamine, dressed in black, inexplicably good with a gun, refreshingly undemanding in bed I would have forgotten she was there at all The elderly couple he s helping are barely characterized at all Maybe I m just tired right now, and this wasn t the book I needed Maybe on another day I ll re read it, and it will hit the spot perfectly On the other hand, all good things come to an end, and I can sense Reacher starting to age I think that if some of that weariness could transfer to the character s behaviour and interactions, I might enjoy the journeyAs it is, though, I feel that I m stuck in a loop, going over the same old ground, with someone who does this very well, but who doesn t really want to be there 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 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 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 starsPublication date October 29, 2019 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 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 decid 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 decides to hang around to see if he can help out It s a typical Reacher set up, an un named city, which could be anywhere in America, and somebody requiring a helping hand So far so good.Quickly thereafter we find out that the problems being experienced are financial in nature and brought about by the illness of a daughter The medical bills are stacking up and it seems that the medical insurance cover, funded by her employer, isn t going to pay up So a money lender is involved Organised crime is providing the loan, courtesy of one of two gangs in this city One gang is made up of Albanians and the other is comprised of a group of Ukrainians They tolerate each other, but that s about to change There really isn t a lotto say about the plot other than what happens from this point on is so far fetched as to be laughable I think someone must have moaned to Lee Child that Reacher hasn t beaten up enough people in his recent books because here he goes way over the top So, strike one the plot is ludicrous.The next thing that got to me, and it s something that s been nagging at me for a while about this series, is that the style is just so fixed and repetitive The sentences are short and blunt Reacher said nothing and then others said nothing , the geography is limited to a few set piece venues that are typically visited a number of times each, Reacher operates with seemingly no interference from outside bodies, there s a mystery of sorts that will only be cleared up at the very end, and so on I know this series is successful because readers like what the author does, but isn t it time to change things up a bit, to introduce a surprise or two to keep it fresh Strike two I m now fed up with the sameness of these books.I did hang in to the end of this tale, but only just I was getting bored after a few chapters and was pretty much numb by half way But I hung on in there, for reasons I m struggling to pinpoint Maybe I thought the author would redeem himself with a twist or a stellar finish He didn t that s it then, strike three dull, dull, dull.I m not sure I ll be back though I have a feeling I ve said that before Because I finished the book I ve disqualified myself according to my own scoring system from awarding it only one star, so two it is, though it hardly deserves it Q This is a random universe Once in a blue moon things turn out just right Like now c Q I can t always win One day I m going to lose I know that But not today I know that, too c Q No such thing as impossible Merely a failure of planning c Jack Reacher doing his damndest to find trouble As usual A lot of grotesque happening throughout this volume Basically he goes on a murdering spree, all the way going on about how this is all assisted suicide of gangsters Just for the he Q This is a random universe Once in a blue moon things turn out just right Like now c Q I can t always win One day I m going to lose I know that But not today I know that, too c Q No such thing as impossible Merely a failure of planning c Jack Reacher doing his damndest to find trouble As usual A lot of grotesque happening throughout this volume Basically he goes on a murdering spree, all the way going on about how this is all assisted suicide of gangsters Just for the hell of it, they slapped Kiev and Moscow on all of it It explained nicely why JR felt it as all right to leave heaps of bodies around After all, foreigners aren t real people right I m sure public loves all the oversimplificationa and grand hacking plans that don t make any kind of sense Anyway, it was a fun ride, even if a brainless one.Some fun stuff about Jack Reacher s head which is t just big but also apparently comes equipped with all kinds of nifty gimmicks Q The clock in Reacher s head hit twelve noon exactly Reacher woke up in the gray gloom of night, with the clock in his head showing ten minutes to four The clock in Reacher s head showed ten past four in the morning c Just imagine that head Q 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 c No, it comes equipped not only with a clock but with a portal, wide open one Q The ancient part of Reacher s brain took in all the subliminal information, and it flashed an amber warning c And is that inbuilt warning lights Q We re standing by a queen bed Most women would be edging out the door by now c Now, Reacher must have had some interesting experience.Q I ll call her Why would she talk to you I have a nicer personality People talk to me all the time Sometimes I can t stop them c JR explanes his approach to business in this one Q I m sure you have things to do Generally I avoid having things to do Clearly a reaction against literal regimentation earlier in my life The result is I have no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there I m happy to take a one mile detour c Some fun quotes Q Reacher had seen all kinds of cities, all across America, east, west, north, south, all kinds of sizes and ages and current conditions He knew their rhythms and their grammars He knew the history baked into their bricks The block he was on was one of a hundred thousand just like it east of the Mississippi Back offices for dry goods wholesalers, some specialist retail, some light manufacturing, some lawyers and shipping agents and land agents and travel agents Maybe some tenement accommodations in the rear courtyards All peaking in terms of hustle and bustle in the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth Now crumbled and corroded and hollowed out by time Hence the boarded up establishments and the closed down diner But some places held out longer than others Some places held out longest of all Some habits and appetites were stubborn c Q He figured what Fisnik needed was a punch in the throat, not contractual respect c Q Once again he went in first For the same reason An unknown guy coming in immediately before a target was ten times less subconsciously connected than an unknown guy coming in immediately after Human nature Mostly bullshit, but sometimes it rang a bell c Q Not a colossal challenge Somewhere between major and minor c Q It s a free country If you want your stuff, you should have it And if they need a message, they should get one c Q They might have guns For a limited period only After which I would have them c Q They ll send a couple of guys Like you two Now I m really scared c Q Because he wanted them back on track Because answering questions eventually became a habit Start with the easy ones, and work up to the hard ones A basic interrogation technique c Q You killed two people I warned them I told them not to All my cards were on the table It waslike assisted suicide Think of it that way c Q I was advised I would enjoy creating patterns I alone controlled I was advised I would find it helpful, since I could already play a bit anyway Also I was advised it would get rid of aggression c Q By definition there must be a dozen better plans than what the navy would come up with c Q More than one way not to get eaten c Q Easy to say, with a gun in my face Reacher shook his head in the gloom Easy to say anytime, he said c Q Reacher s gaze, which was steady, and calm, and slightly amused, but also undeniably predatory, and even a little unhinged c Q You think you re a smart guy No, but I m hoping you are c Q 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 c Q Suppose what you learn is that it s hopeless Not an acceptable outcome Can only be a failure of planning c Q They ll be plunged into an existential crisis Do they want Aaron Shevick the name, or Aaron Shevick the physical human being who borrowed their money and is apparently covertly stirring them up What, after all, is the nature of identity It s a question they ll have to wrestle with Are you a West Pointer How could you tell The level of bullshit c Q The best fights are the ones you don t have Even Marines understand that c Q You want to move out of state I would prefer you to c Q The man and the woman you were harboring We weren t harboring diddly squat c Q I don t see how his welfare suddenly becomes my responsibility, just because he chose to attack my welfare first I m not clear how that works exactly They started it They can t expect me to provide a health plan c Q We should be magnanimous in victory Someone said that Full disclosure, Reacher said I told you before I m a certain kind of person Is the guy in the trunk still breathing I don t know, Abby said But there s a possibility Yes, there s a possibility That s me being magnanimous in victory Normally I kill them, kill their families, and piss on their ancestors graves c Q You re taking food to an old couple in the middle of the night That s a different word than magnanimous Still a nice gesture Because one day I could be them But I ll never be the guy in the trunk c Q People pay money for this kind of thing Where they get spattered with paint, not bullets So this isauthentic They would payc Q Are you Shevick No, Reacher said You re confused about that You re confused about a lot of things c Q Organized crime isbureaucratic than the post office c Q You must be confusing me with someone who gives a shit c Q Are you married No, Reacher said Don t you want to be The decision is only fifty percent mine, he said I guess that would explain it c Q No such thing as impossible Merely a failure of planning c Q Massed targets are alwaysefficient than running after lone fugitives individually That would take days, in a place like this We would be chasing around all over town Best avoided, surely We re in a hurry here We should let them do some of the work for us You re nuts, you know that Says the guy prepared to drive in a straight line at twenty five miles an hour toward nuclear tipped antitank artillery c Q Mind me asking, is this some kind of moral crusade What part of our process so far strikes you as moral c Once again mangled Ukrainian names Q Her name was Anna Ulyana Dorozhkin c I totally should take off stars for this 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 R 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 Reacher I know for sure that it will all come out well in the end The violence is so excessive it is impossible to take seriously It becomes like watching a Superhero movie where bad people die all over the place but the heroes never do I like Jack Reacher too He always helps people in trouble and all the disasters he becomes involved in are for others not himself I always smile too at his way of life an eternal nomad who travels with a toothbrush and a passport and the clothes on his back Oh yes he has a bank card as well of course to fund his changes of clothes and motel charges.Blue Moon is an easy read, full of excitement, suspense and likeable characters I enjoyed it very much 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 ris 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 risk of being a mugging victim After they disembark, Reacher saves Aaron Shevick from just that fate and befriends him Shevick is secretive, but eventually admits that the money is to pay off a loan that the Albanians have given him When no one shows up, Reacher counsels his new friend to stay calm, though neither of them realize that the Ukrainians have taken over the loan business and are in an open war with the Albanian mob When Reacher learns why the Shevicks are forced to receive such lucrative amounts of money, he takes it upon himself to settle things once and for all However, while the Ukrainians and Albanians are off killing one another, he paints a shiny new target on himself and the Shevicks With the help of a young lady who knows the organized crime goings on and some military vets, Reacher engages in his own war to rid the town of these strangling influences Wherever Reacher is around, the blood will flow and this may be a river rather than a trickle Another winner from Lee Child in this stellar series that has not lost momentum Recommended to all Jack Reacher fans, as well as those who love their thrillers told with unique plot lines.While some seem to bemoan the length of the Reacher series, I have come to love all the twists and turns that Lee Child is able to use, particularly in the modern novels Just when I think that Reacher has done it all, we find a new situation for him to conquer While there is little room for any backstory in this piece, Reacher remains the rugged and highly interesting man that many series fans have come to expect Arriving as trouble is laid at his feet, Reacher never shies away, but also does not initially invite it If there be a damsel in need of taking to bed, Reacher will somehow find a way to do it, but is sure to treat her with respect and bring her in on the plant to solve whatever issue seems to be taking place Reacher uses his brain as much as brawn and lets no one intimidate him Even here, with two crime families seeking his head on a post, he is ready to tackle whatever comes before him Others are just as exciting to find within the narrative, from the down and out Shevicks to the ruthless mob bosses who ask questions after shanking those who cross them Child has done well to ramp up the excitement and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat as things come to pass The story is strong and uses some tried and tested Reacher techniques of always moving ahead, while trying to get to know the surroundings I could not help but notice the mix of seriousness and humour, which always makes these novels a littleenjoyable I cannot wait to see what is to come, be itshort pieces or full novels, depending on how things turn out for dear Jack Kudos, Mr Child, for another winner Your fans will likely praise this as another success, which I wholeheartedly do Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge 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 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 but quickly turns to unrealistic bloodbath vigilantism Yes, Reacher is helping a family but this time he pulls in four other people, three of whom are civilians with no training, all fighting and killing gangsters On top of that, the book is packed with overwritten filler paragraphs I appreciate being given a pre pub reader s version but if this were my very first book by this author, I wouldn t have finished it and I certainly wouldn t go looking for other books of his Sorry, y all This one is an unbelievable dog Typical Reacher, muchso than the last few books Much violence in this one Cold blooded murder Has Reacher ever said to a woman Come with me before


About the Author: Lee Child

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 presentation director during British TV s golden age During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.Killing Floor was an immediate success and launched the series which has grown in sales and impact with every new installment The first Jack Reacher movie, based on the novel One Shot and starring Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike, was released in December 2012.Lee has three homes an apartment in Manhattan, a country house in the south of France, and whatever airplane cabin he happens to be in while traveling between the two In the US he drives a supercharged Jaguar, which was built in Jaguar s Browns Lane plant, thirty yards from the hospital in which he was born.Lee spends his spare time reading, listening to music, and watching the Yankees, Aston Villa, or Marseilles soccer He is married with a grown up daughter He is tall and slim, despite an appalling diet and a refusal to exercise.


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