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Blue Moon by Lee Child
Narrator: Scott Brick
Series: Jack Reacher #24
Published by Penguin Audio on October 29, 2019
Length: 11 hours, 21 minutes
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“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.
I love this Jack Reacher series. In the earlier books, it seemed to matter more whether they were read in order because of his connections with other characters, and his own progression. Lately, it hasn’t seemed as important with some books going back in time, even to when he was in the army. I have read them all, including most of the novellas except 20 and 22 (which was the same when I read #23). I really have to go read them!
The time frame here is not clear to me; he is obviously out of the army awhile. Reacher notices an odd situation or someone in trouble. He is kind of like that old Equalizer tv show. There is plenty of action and intelligent deduction by Reacher which is always enjoyable. I’m not sure it is always realistic when he doesn’t have more trouble for his actions, but he is all kinds of fun! I love the feel of how smart he is to figure out things.
In Blue Moon, Reacher is up against two groups of thugs who are brutally greedy and unfair to everyone who is not themselves, even within their own organization. While the bad guys are plenty bad, there is some gray in some of the people, especially those businesses being forced to pay protection and the workers like the waitress.
The books have a similar style and flow. They are familiar and comfortable and loved. I enjoy the action and the mystery of figuring out how it will happen. I admire Reacher’s strength, intelligence and compassion, but he does make his own rules.
I used to read this series because I didn’t enjoy the narrator. For me, the other narrator sounded too old and was a bit hard to understand. I’m so happy to have Scott Brick narrating. I thought the voices were appropriate and well performed. He captured Reacher’s personality in his tone and manner of speech very well. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.
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