Blue Moon by Lee Child: Your Preview Verdict

Blue Moon by Lee Child: Your Preview Verdict

Jack Reacher is known by almost everyone! We loved having the chance to bring the newest book by Lee Child Blue Moon to our Preview readers.

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This is the first Jack Reacher book that I have read and think that anyone will be able to pick up any book in the series and read them in any order without getting too confused about who Jack is and what he does. I like how the author does not spend endless pages covering Jack’s history and past events. He only covers what the reader needs to know without going into too much detail when meeting Jack but just enough to know who he is and what he is about. The book provides an interesting insight into organized crimes and the rival gangs and the lengths they go to keep a level playing field. Jack does a good deed that sets off a serious of events that causes someone to blame someone else ***redacted due to potential spoilers***. I recommend this book as a good starter to get to know about Jack Reacher’s world. Although I did imagine Jack to be more of a Liam Neeson than Tom Cruise. – Sandra, NSW, 5 stars

Thank you for the opportunity to read and review Blue Moon, by Lee Child. I am embarrassed to admit that I had never read a novel by Lee Child before, however I am now keen to devour many more and to learn more about Jack Reacher, the central character of Blue Moon. In a city at the mercy of rival Ukrainian and Albanian crime gangs, Reacher fights to protect an elderly man and his family. Reading this novel, it is evident that it was written by a master of the crime genre, a genre that I enjoy. Child’s writing style expertly builds suspense and not a single word is wasted. Not only could I visualise every scene perfectly, but I felt as though I were living Reacher’s experiences. I empathised deeply with the plight of the elderly couple and warmed immediately to the character of Abby, a waitress who becomes central to the action. Blue Moon is an absolute “must read” and I don’t have to think twice in awarding it five stars. It was a privilege to receive an advance copy of this novel. – Alison, QLD, 5 stars

I have never had the pleasure of reading a Lee Child novel before. I have certainly been missing out. Blue Moon is a page turner. Having never read the Jack Reacher series before I thought it would be difficult to follow. It wasn’t. It had me on the edge of my seat and could not put it down. Very enjoyable – Aleisha, QLD, 5 stars

The thing I love most about Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series is that you can pick anyone up in any order and still manage to read it as if it was a stand-alone book and Blue Moon is no exception. Jack Reacher is traveling on a greyhound bus when he finds himself coming to the aid of an older man, Aaron Shevick, about to be mugged. This Good Samaritan act opens up a can of worms for both Reacher and Shevick as they find themselves in the middle of a rival gang war. The Ukrainian and Albanian gangs are competing over control of the city and Reacher finds himself in a giant game of can and mouse. Blue Moon is fast-paced and packed with violence and although at times I found myself questioning if Reacher is a “good guy” with all the violence that he seems to surround himself in I can’t get passed how he willingly risks life to help strangers in need. If you are new to Jack Reacher don’t be alarmed by how many books are in the series. I highly recommend you do yourself a favor and pick one up to read. Compelling, entertaining and highly enjoyable. 5 stars. – Hannah, NT, 5 stars

Jack Reacher, ex-MP, part time badass, full time nomad, decides to get off his bus a few stops early, and thwart a crime against an elderly man, his good deed done. However, this action sets off a series of events that turn out very badly for the towns rival organized crime syndicates. He meets Aaron Shevick and learns of his desperate bid for his daughter’s medical care, which has somehow entangled him in the middle of a gang-war. Unsurprisingly, for anyone familiar with Lee Childs Jack Reacher, he takes it upon himself to right any of the wrongs he stumbles across, which seem to be numerous and often. This is fantastic for readers like me, who wait patiently each year for the next story of our hero, dishing out justice as he sees fit. There’s nothing that can make me turn pages faster, then a fight scene involving Reacher taking on obscene numbers of bad guys and stopping all with perfectly timed elbows and face crushing knees. Blue Moon is a return to the classic Jack Reacher tale, a small town, a personal problem, a simple solution. Its more then once in a Blue Moon, that Child delivers an enthralling story, his work, consistently good, keeps readers returning each year, ready to consume the next one. – Shontel, NSW, 5 stars

Lee Child has delivered a new classic Jack Reacher adventure with ‘Blue Moon’. – Michelle, QLD, 5 stars

My TBR has just significantly increased with all of the Jack Reacher titles now added… loved Blue Moon! There were many characters but each seemed to serve their purpose. The plot was a steady build-up but with plenty of action and a bit a gross imagery. I could easily imagine this title being adapted into a movie. – Emma, VIC, 5 stars

Lee Child has again surpassed himself with his latest in the Jack Reacher series, “Blue Moon”. We find Jack continuing his itinerant trek around America, arriving in yet another anonymous city, and soon finding himself entwined in the lives of people he encounters. As Jack gets off yet another Greyhound bus in yet another U.S. city, he quickly observes something he perceives not to be right, and soon gets involved with an elderly couple who are needing help as they battle financial hardships which are exacerbated by the events which arise due to a turf war between the city’s two warring factions, the Ukrainians and the Albanians. Jack quickly outsmarts the bad guys and we delight in his genius as he ensures that right yet again overcomes wrong. “Blue Moon” is a great read, it will keep you up past your bedtime as you think “just one more chapter”. Can’t wait to see what comes next in the series, but it will be hard to top “Blue Moon”. – Jane, NSW, 5 stars

Always love a new Jack Reacher book and this is no exception. Lee Child has a way of taking readers on Jack’s latest exploits that I just adore. I love getting travelling along with Jack on his adventures!! Thanks to Better Reading for a preview copy of this book for an honest review. – Donna, VIC, 5 stars

This is my first Lee Child book and I absolutely LOVED it! I was captured by the characters, the plot and the thrill. Good luck trying to put this one down after starting it. From start to finish this book will have you sweating with anticipation of whats to come. Lee Child does a great job of putting realistic characters in believable situations that will have you on the edge of your seat I guess you could say. Blue Moon will appeal to James Patterson readers. – Sophie, NSW, 5 stars

This was my first Jack Reacher book. I thought they weren’t for females. I loved it! Will be looking to read more of Lee Child’s books. Great storyline. How following an old man off a bus could lead to such an interesting story unraveling! – Kay, QLD, 5 stars

This is a kind of modern fairytale; the hero who rides in from parts unknown, rescues the innocent, seduces the fair damsel, and then rides off into the sunset. This structure works better than you might think, giving you a kind of hope that if you’re ever in trouble, Jack Reacher might come to town. This is an outstanding thriller. I have no doubt fans will be satisfied by it, and if, like me, you’re discovering Jack Reacher for the first time, you’re quite likely to find yourself hooked on the series. You don’t need to have read any previous novels to enjoy this one. The characterisation is excellent. Reacher is surrounded by entirely believable and distinct characters. Their actions and decisions are all believable. We understand how they got into this mess and why they accept the rather extreme help Reacher offers. Interestingly, although a lot of people wind up hurt or dead, this doesn’t immediately feel like a violent novel. The violence is described in an almost clinical way, and Child doesn’t linger over the injuries and deaths. It makes you flinch, but somehow it’s not gruesome. It’s a great reading experience if you like thrillers. – Lorraine, ACT, 5 stars

Lee Child’s latest adventure of Jack Reacher is utterly unputdownable! From the moment Reacher decides to intervene in a simple street mugging until the high paced conclusion we are swept along in the tail wind of this fast-paced thriller. Set in a small town in the USA, the local crime lords are embroiled in a gang rivalry tit for tat with Reacher hovering on the edges. The reader is caught up into the machinations of a big game picture whilst following the story of an ordinary couple driven to desperate measures. Reacher operates outside the law to try and deliver street justice to the victims and ensure the perpetrators pay the full price. A thrilling ride for the reader with enough twists and turns to keep you turning those pages as quickly as you can. Blue Moon is highly recommended for readers of Jack Reacher stories, or for those who love an exciting thriller. – Chris, QLD, 5 stars

LOVED this read. Drew you in and kept you turning pages until the end and still i want more. – Sally, VIC, 5 stars

Another page turning ripper by Lee Child! As usual I couldn’t put this book down. The new Jack Reacher adventure does not disappoint. Edgy and somehow also touching, we get to see more of the softer side of Reacher but in a storey totally packed with action. I hope this one makes it to the big screen – Rachel, QLD, 5 stars

I have read a few of the early Jack Reacher books but due to the fact that they are mostly stand-alone stories I was excited to read the latest in the series. I had a great time reading this book – the think that I liked the most was that unlike other action/thrillers where the hero always does the “right” thing Reacher does whatever it takes to get the job done once he picks a side. This makes for an exciting read as you’re never sure whether he will let someone go or tie up the loose ends in order to ensure the safety of his friends. Some parts could be a little far-fetched (a disparate group of misfits coming together to help out an old couple and doing ANYTHING to achieve their aims) – but I loved this about the book. It’s pure escapist fantasy but I was hooked from the start – especially with Reacher’s ruthlessness, thought processes and tactics knowledge. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s on the top level of thrillers in my opinion. I’m now increasing my Lee Child collection as a result of this!!! Highly recommended. – Sean, ACT, 5 stars

This was my first encounter with ‘Jack Reacher’, Lee Child’s main character. And I totally loved this installment!! I thought the characters were believable and relatable, the plot was possibly a little extreme (for a one man show) but very enjoyable none the less. I was hooked from the beginning. Very much a page turner for me!! Happy to say, this won’t be my last ‘Reacher’ novel. – Rebecca, TAS, 5 stars

Throughly enjoyed this new Jack Reacher adventure, Jack helps an elderly couple and in the process takes on Ukrainians and Albanians who are rival gangs this book is fast paced till the end and a great read – Gavin, NSW, 5 stars

Fans of Jack Reacher are going to love this book from the start to the finish action packed, Reacher takes on not 1 but 2 highly dangerous rival gangs in his quest to help an elderly couple ( no spoilers ) Lee Child has certainly written a best seller of a book. – Deborah, NSW, 5 stars


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          Publisher details

          Blue Moon
          Lee Child
          Crime Fiction
          29 October, 2019


          Reacher sits in the back of a Greyhound bus watching an old man asleep in his seat, a fat envelope of money about to slip from his pocket. Reacher's also watching a guy who would like to get his hands on that money. Ain't gonna happen. The old man is grateful and thanks Reacher but turns down Reacher's offer to help him home. Huh? He's vulnerable, frightened, and clearly in big trouble.Coincidentally (or is it? - it's a Reacher novel, after all), this city has a gang problem. The Albanians vs. Ukrainians. Is that why the man is so scared? Will Reacher sit back and let bad things happen? Or can he twist the situation to everyone's benefit?"This is a random universe," he says. "Once in a blue moon things turn out just right."
          Lee Child
          About the author

          Lee Child

          Lee Child is one of the world’s leading thriller writers. He was born in Coventry, raised in Birmingham, and now lives in New York. It is said one of his novels featuring his hero Jack Reacher is sold somewhere in the world every nine seconds. His books consistently achieve the number-one slot on bestseller lists around the world and have sold over one hundred million copies. Lee is the recipient of many awards, most recently Author of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards. He was appointed CBE in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours.

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