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Echo Burning (Jack Reacher #5)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  52,333 Ratings  ·  2,261 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
Kindle Edition, 438 pages
Published June 25th 2011 by Jove (first published June 25th 2001)
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Apr 16, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, thriller
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.

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
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
Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it
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
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
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.
[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
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
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
nešto lošiji Reacher od prethodnih no svejedno progutan u rekordnom roku što i je ono bitno.

ogromni, slabo naseljeni Teksas kao pozornica uzrokom je malog broja likova i statičnosti u romanu pa zato i sitnija ocjena

jaka trojka i preporuka

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 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Sandra Bašić
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Iako unaprijed znam da ove knjige imaju sretan kraj, nikad mi ne nedostaje napetosti. Uvijek mi je gušt posegnuti za njima a Jack Reacher je jedan zabavan lik, poput Jamesa Bonda.
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
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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 23, 2012 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
Jerry B
Jul 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 06, 2015 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
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 f
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.
Bill Ward
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this over one weekend and it was enjoyable but not as good as the first of his books. The first half was exciting and gripping but I found my interest waning a little towards the end of the book. I think this is mainly because of the main female character who I found irritating. The setting is excellent and atmospheric, very impressive for an English author writing about the USA. Reacher is a great hero and I am sure I shall go on to read many more in the series.
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.
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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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