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Echo Burning (Jack Reacher #5)

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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  32,211 ratings  ·  1,477 reviews
Jack Reacher returns in Lee Child's new "rip-roaring thriller" ("Denver Rocky Mountain News"). This time, he's a hitchhiker picked up by a troubled beauty. And what happens between them has everybody talking.
"Smashingly suspenseful...Child builds tension to unbearable extremes." ("Kirkus Reviews," starred review)
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 30th 2002 by Jove (first published January 1st 2001)
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David
In "Killing Floor" (which I thoroughly enjoyed), Lee Child introduced an electric main character named Jack Reacher. He is ex-military and wanders from place to place. He is smart and a violent badass to anyone who messes with him or those he cares about. In Reacher, Child has created a character who can interact with anyone, go anywhere and do anything.

So who does Reacher interact with in this book? A Hispanic woman named Carmen. She picks up Reacher as a hitchhiker and tells him a sad story a
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Ralph McEwen
Another good story by Mr. Child. 5,388 ratings, 356 reviews, 3.90 stars probably says it all. I did like Micheal Busby’s review which I have linked below.
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...




Michael
Lee Child has many qualities of a great author. His characters do things. His characters talk. His characters act in reasonable ways. Child lets the reader into Reacher's head. We get to see the decisions he makes. We understand why those decisions are made. One would think this would make for a very predictable story, predictable events, predictable dialog, and thus a boring story. Nope. Far from it.

While the reader does have great access to character motivation, Child generally only allows us
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Wesley
We'll I won't complain to bad because up until now all the Jack Reacher books have been just completely awesome. This one is no different in it's own way. This was a decent story but predictable, even 75% through I nailed it out. It wasn't like things were sooo interesting prior to that though. That being said this book still gets 4 stars. It was still a solid book, no doubt and should be read in the series. I will keep it simple, if this is the least I will like a Jack Reacher novel then that's ...more
Malcolm
[Author: Lee Child|5091] brings us a bit of a TexMex western this time -- dropping Reacher into a distant and underpopulated border county of Texas, so strap on your spurs, gang -- Reacher's a cowboy.

As usual, the story is effective enough, but frankly, I'm feeling that Child doesn't do enough "credibility" checking on his stories, and relies upon the fact that we're completely committed to Reacher, so we won't notice that all the other characters immediately trust him as well.

Without giving spo
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Erica
I read a review for this recently where the reader was disappointed that there wasn't very much action in this book. While listening to this one I kept thinking about that review and in this book, much of the so-called action is analytical and subtle. I sort of had it easier than most that i had previously listened to this book so I knew ahead of time, things that would happen-although not in high detail. By the end of the book the reader is able to realize how Reacher came to the conclusions th ...more
Casey Ols
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz oops I must of fell asleep with my hand on the keys. This book was so boring that I can't keep my eyes open. Lee Child is one of my favorite authors and I enjoy all of the Reacher novels but this one sucked. I couldn't wait for this one to end so I could move on with my life. The beginning and the half way through it had a good story line and I was really looking forward to something good happening, back nothing ever came. The end was very predictable and boring. I think t ...more
Keri
Let me start out by saying I love Jack Reacher, but this is the weakest of all Lee's books, IMO. It was the usual, Jack going to go out of his way to help someone and I didn't have issues with that. What completely pulled me out of the story was the research that wasn't done for the story. The way law enforcement works in Texas should have been better researched as well as Mapquest could have been used in order to gain distances between El Paso and Ft. Worth and therefore given truer timing info ...more
Freda Malone
Lee Child has once again given a book so many twists and turns, I couldn't put it down until ALL the clues were present. Well, even the best clue wasn't revealed until the last 50 or so pages!

A woman pick up Reacher when he is escaping out a bathroom window. Oh good grief. I'm picturing my hero running away from the cops. The woman is desperate. Needs Reacher's help to kill her husband. Whoa, even I was yelling "Reacher, don't do it! Something is OFF about this woman and her story". What baffle
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Gem
My Thoughts: I know what to expect when I pick up a Reacher novel - action, girls and plenty of cheese. The previous four books in this series that I read had everything going for them, but 'Echo Burning' didn't really hit the mark with anything in the way that I expected it to.

The first few scenes in the book were great. Plenty of action and it set the story up well - but after this everything went downhill. Reacher believes a complete stranger based entirely on his gut instinct and then most o
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Jerry
Reacher metes out justice for abused Latina in great plot!

As usual, ex-MP, now civilian, Jack Reacher is drifting about the country when he's picked up by Carmen Greer, a Latina from a wealthy Mexican-American family who marries Sloop Greer, an oil-rich Texan with a horribly racist family. Their little girl, Ellie, herself a brave smart soul, is the slim tie that binds, but almost immediately Carmen winds up being a punching bag for Sloop. After nearly seven years of injuries, several serious en
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Jane Stewart
Very enjoyable tough guy story. I wanted to keep reading. It’s fun. You need to suspend disbelief a little.

STORY BRIEF:
Carmen is of Mexican heritage. Her husband Sloop is white. They live with his mother and brother on a remote Texas ranch. The mother and brother despise her because she is Hispanic. Her husband frequently beats her. They have a six-year-old daughter Ellie. Carmen has no money or family she can turn to. Sloop has been in jail for 1 years and will be coming home in two days. Reac
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Christy
Jack Reacher travels the country with the clothes on his back and a folding toothbrush in his pocket. Hitchhiking through Texas, he’s picked up by Carmen Greer, a beautiful Hispanic woman. Although Carmen’s husband Sloop Greer is from a rich family, she only has $1.00 in her purse. Her husband’s in prison and Carmen hopes he stays there but Sloop’s worked out a deal with the federal authorities and is expected home. Carmen’s been cruising the streets, looking for someone she can talk into murder ...more
Bev
Look. We get it. It's Texas. It's desolate. It's hot. And Reacher doesn't say much. This is a gripping story, but oh do those now famous descriptive passages of Child's draw this out for-EV-er! And if you took out the sentence "Reacher said nothing" you could shorten it by at least a chapter.

That said, I enjoyed this book. Reacher runs afoul of a local police officer and needs to get outta town quick and while hitchhiking is picked up by Carmen Greer, who has more than doing a good turn for a gu
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Kathy Davie
Fifth in the Jack Reacher suspense series revolving around an ex-military policeman wandering the country and getting into a bushel of trouble.


My Take
I hated this one! That bitch Carmen and her approach with Reacher. It's just wrong! Stupid twit! What is so important that she has to stick around? She's okay with offering her body, with asking someone to kill for her, but she's not okay with having a clean conscience and going on the run? Even to protect herself and her child? The way she keeps p
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Harry
I'm going to add the same review for all of the Reacher series, so if you've read this one, you've read 'em all. If you feel a certain affinity for the lone hero, a man of principle, of unwavering knowledge and assent as to his own actions, than Jack Reacher's your kinda guy.

Lee Child has created an unforgettable and unique character in his creation of Jack Reacher. Jack seems to implicitly understand that he is a unique animal/human running around on this planet and that in spite of social con
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Lewis Weinstein
Lee Child is the best at what he does. And, if you're ever in trouble, and Jack Reacher comes along offering to help, don't say no.

In this story, Child skillfully introduces the pieces but doesn't tie them together for a long, delightfully suspenseful time. There is lots of action, and a 6 year old girl who pulls at your heartstrings.

Is it all plausible? Of course not. But it is a great read.
H
While interesting in parts, this book felt flat to me. The question of whether Carmen was telling the truth or not intrigued me, but in the end I found her and all the other characters unlikable, and not in an interesting way. I enjoyed seeing Jack be a noble humanitarian (the scene where he retrieves $20,000 is especially satisfying) but I found it unconvincing that he kept sticking around with Carmen, despite her shaky stories. The shoot-out at the end was exciting, but Jack's long monologous ...more
Brandon Collinsworth
Dec 13, 2008 Brandon Collinsworth rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: awesome-action
Great this one was as much fun to read as Die Trying and it had a better story and tighter plot. This one has been the hardest to put down of the series so far. It starts off a tad confusing, but you don't have to stick with it long to become hooked. Most of the twists Lee Child put there I didn't see coming and that is always fun. This one is another that at times seems more like a cookie cutter crime fiction book, it isn't though. Awesome action sequences, a great plot, and the best characters ...more
Dlora
One of the best Reacher novels I've read so far. Reacher is sucked in by a damsel in distress--an Hispanic woman who has been beaten by her husband and sneered at by the dominant white community for years but who refuses to run away making her daughter and herself "illegals." She's hoping Reacher can help her with a different solution before her husband gets out of jail for tax evasion and the beatings begin again. Ellie, the six-and-a-half year old daughter, is a wonderful, appealing character. ...more
Terri Lynn
I just can't make myself like this at all. Jack Reacher is in Texas after breaking up with Jodie in New York, back to living like a bum in cheap motels, carrying only a toothbrush and cash (but no ID), walking and hitchhiking everywhere, and throwing away clothes rather than wash them.

He's also still finding trouble. Right away he's in a bar staring at a redneck cop who is wolfing down bbq chicken wings and letting the greasy sauce roll down onto his shirt. Naturally he stopped to glance at suc
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Bob Price
Echo Burning is the fifth Jack Reacher novel and by now the character has been pretty much established.

Which means, that you expect all the coincidences that are going to happen, and it also means that you don't expect a great deal of character development.

We know what we are getting with Mr. Reacher...an unemployed James Bond who will save the day, although not before he gets involved in a huge complicated plot that only he can figure out. After he solves the problem, he will fade into the nig
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James
Jul 08, 2012 James rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Jack Reacher
Another book in the Jack Reacher series from Lee Child - this is book number 5. As with any long-running series there are both stronger and weaker books, and in parts it can get predictable. I liked it a lot more than some reviewers have - David Kiell's review suggests that the book is nothing more than a continual repeat of the question "Is Carmen lying or telling the truth?". The pacing is certainly slower. I think Child has attempted to remove some of the action and try and replace it with mo ...more
Johnny Williams
By far my favorite of the Jack Reacher series to date. I suppose part is due to after plowing through four of the series, we are attached to Jack and some of the auxiliary characters... We know Jack and have a feeling of his loneliness, his dark side and his skill. But also we can feel the comfort the author has with hi too.

Jack finds himself in Texas out of place and uncomfortable with the culture and their status quo. His self imposed need for selfish loneliness and detachment latches on yet a
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David
Jack Reacher is always in the wrong place at the wrong time. While that is a bit unbelieveable - the rest of this novel is slamming!!! Reacher hitches a ride in Texas with a lady who claims her husband is beating her.. She eventually asks Reacher to kill her husband who is coming home from prison to start up in a couple of days. Reacher offers her a different type of help, but soon is embroiled in a murder mystery full of those wonderful Lee Child twists and turns leading up to an action-packed ...more
Chris King
Excellent. I had an idea in my mind how the book would play out, then halfway through it changes completely, for the better. Nice mixture of realism and pure fantastic stuff.
J.D.
The first four Jack Reacher books were solid, fast paced thrillers whose only flaw was that they sometimes relied on improbable coincidences or over the top gimmicks. But here Lee Child really hits his stride and lets the story develop from the characters, particularly the character of Jack Reacher, who's such an archetypal "bad-ass with heart" that the rest of us in the thriller game fight a constant battle with despair because we wonder if we'll ever come up with such a perfect character. And ...more
Carol
Hot, sweltering Texas, with tempers to match. Rating this whodunit thriller is tough: First half, boring as watching stunted grass shrivel in the scorching West Texas sun ~worthy of one measly star~ Second half, the pace picks up slowly, then accelerates to page-flipping intrigue, as crap starts hitting all the overworked A/C units/fans ~ suddenly five star worthy!~ Four stars is a nice compromise. Glad I hung in there thru the dusty dullness... because Lee Child is a darned good author, and usu ...more
Josh
I still have my problems with Reacher, but I'm still reading. When Child hits a grove the prose can be hypnotizing. Sure the female characters are written horribly and with stereotypes abound, but it's fun to watch Child become a more confident writer. Out of the five Reachers I've read, this may be my favourite so far. The military hullabaloo is toned down and there are more than enough nods to Westerns and noir.

All the classic, adorably annoying "Reacher-isms" are here: Clumsy, repetitive sen
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Antonia
as ever a good read by mr child. the plot is as described by the blurb, obviously some screwing around with what's a lie, what's a truth and who dunnit? and in-between shooting and action and texas heat. and good and bad lawyers, good and bad people who are easy to spot and if bad, really bad. how nice.
again, as in probably most of the books i read / listened to so far featuring jack reacher, the action in the book covers maybe two days, i didn't really keep count, so it is kind of real time and
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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 pr ...more
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