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Echo Burning (Jack Reacher #5)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  44,327 Ratings  ·  1,922 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 June 25th 2001)
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Jun 14, 2011 David rated it did not like it
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
Sep 16, 2016 Alp rated it it was amazing

A real page turner!

Echo Burning is the fifth installment in Jack Reacher series and it keeps getting better and better. The plot was intense, exciting, and thrilling, exactly as I expected. Despite the fact that the story moved at a very fast pace, I still felt like I couldn't turn the pages quick enough because I was dying to know who was behind these murders.

Jack Reacher never ceases to amaze me with his cleverness and confidence, which are certain qualities I admire in men. In this book, (vie
Aug 01, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
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
Ralph McEwen
Nov 10, 2011 Ralph McEwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Oct 19, 2016 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller

With a newborn child just arrived and your nights reading time ruined, what book will see you through those 5 minute windows you get when you're not drooling in a sleep coma, cleaning up baby shit or vomit. A Jack Reacher novel is what!

The plot is simplistic and far fetched which is what you would expect for this type of novel, where it lacks compared to previous novels in the series though is the action. There are little bits of action dotted around but it definitely takes a back seat. One
Nov 15, 2011 Wesley rated it liked it
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
May 18, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: my Reacher ratings are on a different scale from all other ratings I allocate. They range from 3 stars to 5, in the context of the Reacher universe. This one, a 4-star Reacher novel is not as good as a 5-star Reacher novel, better than the rare 3-stars which are lame for Child, and pretty good for his universe of competitors. Because I can.
Oct 07, 2013 Malcolm rated it liked it
[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
Casey Ols
Dec 18, 2009 Casey Ols rated it it was ok
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
Jun 24, 2016 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another really fun Reacher book. This one had a very personally relatable setting in that it’s in hot as fuck Texas. Now we don’t have much humidity here in Arizona, but I definitely know hot as fuck (it was 115F the other day.) Good pacing, good mysteries, and some of the most intense action sequences I’ve seen from Child yet, especially the climactic confrontation. (view spoiler) ...more
Nov 20, 2015 Keri rated it it was ok
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
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
Jane Stewart
Very enjoyable tough guy story. I wanted to keep reading. It’s fun. You need to suspend disbelief a little.

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
Mar 31, 2009 rogue rated it liked it
Shelves: and-a-half-star
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
Kathy Davie
Aug 10, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
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
The Jack Reacher novels are guilty pleasure reads for me, due to my complex relationship with Lee Child.

On the one hand, I love his work. The Jack Reacher novels are so fun. He is a wonderful character. The stories always pull you in. There is enjoyment to be had. On the other hand, I hate his story telling. The repetition throughout the stories annoys me. A lack of real style bugs me. Ergo, we have a complex relationship. I love to hate him – or is it I hate to love him? Either way, I continue
Jul 06, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it
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
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
May 02, 2009 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Freda Malone
Mar 16, 2015 Freda Malone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Aug 20, 2012 Bev rated it really liked it
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
Lewis Weinstein
Feb 24, 2015 Lewis Weinstein rated it it was amazing
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.
Reindert Van Zwaal
Such a good read! All the time you have no idea what is going on until the last 150-200 pages. Quite a mystery which is written so well that you want to keep reading. The plot changes quite often and mostly unexpected. You can almost feel the characters feeling and the tension between them. Also some psychological family thing woven through.
Sep 17, 2015 Gary rated it really liked it
Only 4 stars for this one not one of my favs at all
Jan 10, 2016 Gem rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 02, 2012 Harry rated it it was amazing
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
Johnny Williams
Sep 26, 2012 Johnny Williams rated it really liked it
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
Oct 19, 2010 J.D. rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 24, 2011 Dlora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bob Price
Jul 09, 2013 Bob Price rated it liked it
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. 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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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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