Blue Moon

Blue Moon

A Jack Reacher Novel

Book - 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"--
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399593543
0399593543
Branch Call Number: F Child
Characteristics: 356 pages ;,24 cm

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kilimil
Jan 18, 2020

The man has sold out to Hollywood and Tom Cruise with this last book after retiring and passing the mantle to his brother. This has to be his worst book ever...full of typical gore and mayhem of the movie biz...shame on you Lee...you can now go back to being James Grant.

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TechWriter1
Jan 11, 2020

It was a slog to get through this book. It just didn't hold my attention. Reacher was almost one dimensional in his quest to help a few people by piling up bodies as quickly as possible so he could check off another mission accomplished and get out of town. I don't plan to read another Reacher book until one pops up with rave reviews.

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Bookworm1562
Jan 09, 2020

I agree with other comments. This is not the same Jack Reacher. The violence is over the top, and Reacher is totally untouchable. I kept expecting a witty twist, but it never came. Uncompelling.

JCLHilaryS Jan 07, 2020

Not one of the better Reacher stories. Reacher's really getting up there in age, and in some ways it's reflected in the stories, and in others not so much. Reacher's familiarity with cell phones is so poor he can barely operate one, it seems. That's not surprising, given that he doesn't own one and frequently uses pay phones (where does one even find one nowadays?) But his ability to engage in highly physical warfare seems to be unaffected by age - at least in this story. The scope is unrealistic, as so many others have pointed out: defeating two separate organized crime syndicates in a couple of days with a motley selection of random strangers? Too much, even for Reacher. The addition of the techno storyline felt like a grasp to include recent events, and didn't feel all that natural. For those who love to read about Jack Reacher killing people as Booklist suggests - there's plenty there for you.

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wellmanka
Jan 07, 2020

I agree with other readers that this is easily the worst Jack Reacher book ever. It seems like someone else wrote it. The book is not true to Jack Reacher's character from all the other books and the writing is lazy and repetitive. Super disappointing. I noticed his next book is co-authored with someone else... I wonder if it will be better. I agree with the professional review that speculated the quality of books might improve if Lee Child didn't pump them out so quickly.

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GabeStorm
Jan 03, 2020

This is easily the worst Jack Reacher book. The setup is completely preposterous, basically like a Far Cry game that takes place in a small city. And the body count is through the roof. There's one scene at the end where he blows this guy away and I'm thinking "Huh? That guy wasn't all that bad." I kind of wonder if there was a ghost writer involved in this one because it's basically Reacher as psychopath. Oh, and lest I forget, he puts together a group of helpers - a waitress, two musicians, and a security guy - that are like a special ops team and don't even blink at all the violence, including when he cuts one guy's head off.

This book is really terrible. Don't read it.

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eschech
Jan 03, 2020

Too many bodies! And I didn't even care.. I've loved Jack Reacher in the past but this was too ugly for me!

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PMCV
Jan 02, 2020

Simply awful.

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patboud
Jan 01, 2020

Another silly book. Won't read his books again'

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mjbruner
Dec 31, 2019

I stopped counting when the body count was past 20.

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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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