Jack Reacher Series, Book 24
From the publisher:
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.
It is hard to fathom reading twenty-four books featuring the same character, and loving all of them. Yet that is the case here; maybe some are better than others, but all are really good and that says a lot. Jack Reacher has become an iconic character (despite the diminutive Tom Cruise portrayal in the films.) I can’t wait for the Amazon Prime series, but not sure when it will air. It was announced this summer and is being produced by the same companies that are behind Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series, which is excellent, so I’m hopeful.
One of the best things about this series is that each book can stand alone, so if you have resisted reading one, you can easily start now. You can always go back and read the rest, and I’m fairly confident you will want to. Reacher is a character that is larger than life. His logic is infallible. His morals and values are unshakeable. He is a modern-day hero, and we sure could use one, now more than ever.
This latest story revolves around an elderly couple with a very sick daughter. They are willing to do anything to help her, and that includes borrowing money from loan sharks. This small town where they live is divided into territories, one run by the Ukrainians, the other by the Albanians. Both are terrible, and that’s all Reacher needs to know before deciding to help them out. Of course, he meets an attractive woman and some others who can help. But it is Reacher who cleans up this town, killing so many bad guys that it doesn’t seem possible, yet somehow it is probable. Somehow we buy it.
Kudos to Lee Child for making me believe every page, and read every page, before putting this book down. Not a word is wasted. Another excellent addition to a truly remarkable series.
10/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch
BLUE MOON by Lee Child. Delacorte Press (October 29, 2019). ISBN 978-0399593543. 368p.
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