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Echo Burning

(Jack Reacher #5)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  77,327 ratings  ·  3,054 reviews
Hitching rides is an unreliable mode of transport. In temperatures of over a hundred degrees, you’re lucky if a driver will open the door of his air-conditioned car long enough to let you slide in. That’s Jack Reacher’s conclusion. He’s adrift in the fearsome heat of a Texas summer, and he needs to keep moving through the wide open vastness, like a shark in the water. The ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 28th 2002 by Jove (first published June 25th 2001)
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Apr 16, 2011 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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Echo Burning‎ (Jack Reacher #5), Lee Child

Echo Burning is the fifth novel in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was published in 2001. It is written in the third person.

Jack Reacher breaks a bully's nose and finger after being repeatedly provoked in a Texas saloon, so when the bully turns out to be a local cop and shows up with three of his colleagues the following day to arrest him, Reacher decides it's time to move on.

He chooses hitchhiking as the fastest escape and hooks up wi
James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
After he accidentally beats up a cop in a small west Texas town, Jack Reacher need to get out of town in a hurry. (Of course, he didn't accidentally beat up the cop; he did it on purpose. But when the guy picked a fight with Reacher, Jack didn't know he was a cop.) Happily, only a few minutes after sticking out his thumb, Reacher is picked up by an attractive Hispanic woman named Carmen Greer in an air-conditioned Cadillac.

Poor Mrs. Greer has a problem. (Wouldn't you just know it?) She tells Jac
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books are to the action thriller genre as AC/DC is to rock music: a revved up, entertaining, if not altogether original or thoughtful collection of INYERFACE! vignettes and tied together with a BACK IN BLACK street cred.

Reacher takes the HIGHWAY TO HELL for his next adventure as he travels to far south Texas near the Mexican border. Getting into trouble literally out of the blue, Reacher finds himself caught up in domestic abuse / kidnapping / murder mystery with roots i
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A real page-turner!

Echo Burning is the fifth installment in Jack Reacher series and the series itself 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
John Culuris
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Pantser” was--and may well still be--a term used in the publishing industry to describe authors who do not plot, who “write by the seat of their pants.” And while you can’t always tell if a particular writer is a pantser, there are certain books and series where there is absolutely no doubt that the authors write as they go. The most common identifying trait is filler, sometimes obvious filler. The reason pantsers are not always recognizable are writers like Stephen King, who comes to the re-wr ...more
Aug 01, 2011 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
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, what I would do for a real life Jack Reacher, I love this series so much. Easily another 5 star's in the life of Jack no middle name Reacher of no fixed abode. ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, action
One of the better Reacher books. I have given 3 positive reviews in a row here...pretty good.

This book has what I'd call an "interesting" opening... If you've read many of my reviews you know I use that word, frequently. It says so much.

Reacher upon smacking someone (else) in the nose makes the disturbing discovery that he seems to have damaged the person of the local constabulary. Realizing that discretion is the better part of valor (and that he could possibly disappear into a local jail and n
Now I suppose the question is, after 5 novels am I already falling out of love with Jack Reacher (now don't get me wrong he's not really my type 😳 , but I have enjoyed his larger than life (literally) character). Well hopefully the answer is no. I did enjoy this book and would give it 3.5 stars if I could, but I cannot round it up to 4, its not as good as episodes 1 to 4, so 3 stars it has to be, sorry Jack.
Maybe it is time for another "Jack free" break. I am hoping, given that a mate of mine ha
Ralph McEwen
Jun 12, 2011 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.

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
Casey Ols
Dec 11, 2009 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
Apr 27, 2016 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 12, 2016 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
May 19, 2009 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
Mar 16, 2013 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
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Number 5 in the Reacher series.
I am slowly working my way through the Reacher series and this is, in my opinion, is the best so far.

This book takes place in Texas. Now, I've never been to Texas but Lee Child has managed to paint such a real canvas of the State with the power of his words it's hard to believe you've never been there. The oppressive heat ( 110 in the shade), the parched arid landscape, the endless miles of nothing. as I write this it has just come to me that this could be the Aust
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
Jun 24, 2016 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
Patrick Read
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Remind me to avoid Echo, TX and even Pecos for that matter. If there is a shred of reality within the text of this novel, I would recommend to stay away and/or pack up and GTF out of there ASAP. This author has a keen ability to keep us guessing from page 1 forward. I thought several times I was on the right track only to sidetracked into the next chapter.
Love the Reacher series, simply outstanding and starting another today.
May 02, 2009 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
Mar 26, 2009 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
Lewis Weinstein
Feb 20, 2015 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.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
My Rating: 4.1/5

Just like all the other novels, this one is great too. The phasing of the story is better than Tripwire and the characters are interesting enough. The book is good edge of the seat type of a one. But you can easily find out the bad guy and the final twists yourself. It's really predictable but who cares?
the story is good and it's a fine novel. I will read the next one. Than you.
Kathy Davie
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
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Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
It all began with an extended thumb. Hitchhiking on the side of the road in Texas, Reacher comes across a young woman with a major story to tell. Having left his life behind, he's happy to let her take centre stage. She recounts her story of an abusive husband who must be stopped and the dire situation she finds herself, a Mexican woman with a mixed-race child. As he learns some of the terrors inflicted upon her, Reacher soon realises the second-class citizenship Hispanics enjoy in west Texas, n ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Turns out there IS a Jack Reacher book I haven’t read! And what a good one. I was hooked from the beginning by what seemed to be three sinister storylines; I couldn’t wait to see how Child was going to bring them together. He gives you just enough information to keep you captivated and you’re never disappointed by each turn of the plot. Also, he’s a master at creating atmosphere. This book is set during a blistering heat wave in Texas punctuated by a ferocious thunderstorm and I felt every drop ...more
~☆~Autumn♥♥☔ Wells
This is his best book so far! I enjoyed it so much. He made me feel the nightmare heat of Texas and I also enjoyed the rain. Lee Child can write about rain storms better than anyone and I love rain. It helped that I have visited Fort Stockton. I will read this one again in a few years.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
D+. So problems just seem to find Jack Reacher but that’s OK because he’s 6’5”, 250 lbs, a great fighter, etc . . and unfortunately for readers, Vizzini smart. In fact he’s just sooo Vizzini smart no bad guy can foil him and only the “best con artist in the world” could deceive him and “what are the odds that they’re the best in the world.” A good killer would think I’d do X, so I’ll do Y but a REALLY good killer would know that I know not to do X but do Y so I’ll do X anyway and beat him. But a ...more
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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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