Echo Burning (Jack Reacher #5)
"Smashingly suspenseful...Child builds tension to unbearable extremes." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
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 pred...more
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...more
The book is based on a character called Jack Reacher. It is classed as a thriller on the front of the book, but I think it is a little tame for that. Maybe an action mystery.
Jack comes across as a bit of a hard man. He is a former military police officer/investigator so justice is up there on his list. He doesn’t necessarily stick to the law, but is a bit of a Robin Hood, the bad get what they deserve. He seems to be drifting aro...more
Thumbing across the west Texas desert, Jack Reacher has nowhere to go. Cruising the same stretch of blacktop is Carmen Greer. But the lift comes with a hitch. She's got a wild story to tell--about her husband, her family secrets, and a hometown that's pure Gothic.Amazon.com Review
Jack Reacher is Spenser before Robert Parker domesticated his Boston PI--in fact, Reacher's even tougher than Hawk. He can inhale and exhale a few times and pump up his muscles so they make a bad character think twic
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...more
Overall, meh. I get it about a certain contrivance in everything that happens in Jack Reacher stories. But this book goes overboard. Characters act unbelievably, not in coincidences of story (acceptable) but in ways human beings don't act. Like Reacher's lawyer pal. Or the two wrangler-clowns. The cookie-cutter 'hit squad.' And oh man, the...more
Echo Burning is a first rate noir thriller with a Western tint to it. Sure, there's the usual improbabilities that the other Reacher books share. Like Reacher's uncanny abilities at deduction, not to me...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 ½ years and will be coming home in two days. Rea...more
While the reader does have great access to character motivation, Child generally only allows us...more
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...more
Reading this stuff makes me realise how 'feminine' my reading has been to date. How most of the literary worlds I've inhabited are made up of many colors, subtleties...more
After the book is over, if you really think a...more
The novel starts with Jack aimlessly traveling around Texas until he meets the beautiful Carmen Greer, an abused Mexican housewife married to a white southern boy, who trie...more
I am reading these in order every time i am away and I didnt really like the last one at all. I know they are silly kickabout books but the last one lacked credibility and didnt have a message.
This is a return to form. Reacher is on his own - helping a mexican lady whos husband is knocking her about and about to get out of jail.
This gives the author the chance to explore immigration i...more
I figured that Jack Reacher books were great and I thought I knew the formula or at least I spotted recurring elements:
JR is always in the wrong place at the wrong time, always accused of something he did not do, always gets physical with a woman, and the FBI is involved and not in a good way.
He fooled me with Echo Burning. He was at the rig...more