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Paperback Echo Burning Book

ISBN: 0515143820

ISBN13: 9780515143829

Echo Burning

(Part of the Jack Reacher (#5) Series and Jack Reacher Chronological Order (#8) Series)

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Jack Reacher finds trouble in Texas in the fifth novel in Lee Child's New York Times bestselling series. Thumbing across the scorched Texas desert, Jack Reacher has nowhere to go and all the time in the world to get there. Cruising the same stretch of two-lane blacktop is Carmen Greer. For Reacher, the lift comes with a hitch. Carmen's got a wild story to tell--all about her husband, her family secrets, and a hometown that's purely gothic. She's also...

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6 ratings

Could NOT put it down

Am working my way through the Reacher collection and must say that this one is a spellbinder. Guaranteed to keep you up til the early morning.

Child at his best

This one starts slowly, leading up to a firecracker of an ending, typical of Lee Child novels. Jack Reacher, the ex army police officer turned freelance lawman who never hesitates to stick his nose into private business, takes his lively act to Texas, embroiling himself in what starts as a messy domestic dispute before turning far more ominous. The rugged former army cop comes to the aid of a damsil in distress, who picks him up on the side of the road one morning outside Lubbock, then asks him to kill her abusive husband. She is beautiful but is worried her husband is getting out of prison in a few days, and Carmen fears he will start beating her again. Reacher declines, but agrees to protect Carmen, hiring on as a cowhand at the couple's remote ranch in Echo County, Tex., far outside Pecos. Within hours of Sloop's return from prison, where he was serving time for tax evasion, violence strikes. But the victim isn't Carmen; it's Sloop. He's found shot dead, and Carmen is arrested. End of story? Hardly. Most wandering heroes would move on at this point, but not Reacher. He begins taking a hard look at both Carmen and Sloop's past, as well as local history. What he finds ugly secrets, human suffering, political evil is repulsive to a man who's been around as many blocks as Reacher. Child (Running Blind; Tripwire) has developed a fine franchise with Reacher, who comes from the Robin Hood mold, but has enough personal quirks and moments of unusual insight to separate him from the pack. Set in a literally and figuratively smoldering landscape, this is a clean, infectious story that taps deeply into two troubling human emotions the psychology of abuse and the desire for retribution.

Lee Child is a genius

Echo Burning is a great read. It is plausible and has many twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing. I couldn't figure out the outcome no matter how hard I tried. Another phenomenal book in the Reacher series.

A well written story/mystery

This is the 6th book of Lee Child's that I have read - and I have yet to be disappointed. He writes well, weaves a good, solid story with rich characters and environments. Fortunately, he avoids the pitfalls of other adventure novelists who are so caught up in their desire to show their knowledge - they tack on an extra 100 pages of 'dressing' that really doesn't impact the story. Also - while there's plenty of action - it's realistic, not fantastic. While Jack Reacher may be slightly larger than life - he's also human, broodingly so at times - but intelligent. In this story - Jack is again cruising the country when he is brought into a conflict in Texas with a woman, an unusual family and a town that feels very real and familiar. While he initially tries to avoid being brought into the woman's drama - his curiosity and empathy outweigh his caution - and he is dragged into a serpentine situation, watching over a family, a little girl and dealing with very protective 'friends'. Suspected wife abuse, an investigative reporter and the politics of Texas are all brought in - mixed with a little intrigue of a third party who takes an interest in Jack and his activities. I won't detail any more than that - as I encourage the reader to dig in. Like all of his books I've read - this one starts quickly, moves along steadily and keeps you interested from the beginning to the end - throwing a few surprises in along the way. Pick this one up - you won't regret it!

Are there any bad ones in this series? I don't think so...

Boy, I sure like the Jack Reacher series. The latest one I read in my trek to get up-to-date is Echo Burning by Lee Child. And as with all the rest, it's another great installment. Reacher is doing what he's always doing at the start of his books... wandering the country with no place to be and no agenda in mind. He's in Texas, minding his own business, when he's picked up by Carmen Greer, a stunning woman who looks like she has it pretty easy. But the story she tells is far different. She's locked in an abusive marriage, she is hated by her in-laws for being Hispanic, and she has virtually nothing of her own (regardless of the millions her husband has as part of the family fortune). Her only bright spot is her daughter, but it's also the reason she can't up and walk away. Her husband is serving time for tax evasion, and it's been the best part of her marriage. But he's getting out early, and she's looking for someone who will "do away" with her problem. That latest someone is Reacher. While he's killed as part of his former life as a military MP, he can't do a cold-blooded murder. But the more he learns, the deeper he gets drawn into the conflict. What complicates the issue is that her story appears to be built on one lie after another, and Jack has to separate reality from fantasy. When the husband gets home from prison and is shot in the bedroom within hours of arriving, Carmen is arrested for murder. Jack should just walk away, but there's that small part of him that still believes her, and he can't leave until he is convinced of the truth... This is another solid job of writing and story-telling by Child. The lines between truth and fiction, while starting out with sharp edges, becomes increasingly blurred until there is no line. The "victim" story becomes harder and harder to swallow, and the "bad guy" story appears to be diametrically opposite to what the victim painted. While I expected plot twists, I really had no way to tell where Child would end up with this one. As such, I probably ended up committing some social family faux pas while I snuck off to keep reading and discover the outcome. It was that good...

Clint, Bruce, and Mel are comparative sissies.

Each generation, I suppose, has its favorite fictional Tough Guys. For my parents, it may have been Bogart and The Duke. For me, they've been Clint, Bruce, and Mel on the Big Screen, and the literary British spy Quiller. However, in the past couple of years, Jack Reacher has arrived on the killing fields. And he's perhaps tougher, certainly smarter, than any who've gone before. A former Army major assigned to the Military Police, Jack has been aimlessly roaming the United States through several novels, and attracting big trouble in each one. In ECHO BURNING, he's hitchhiked into sunburnt West Texas where he's given a ride by Carmen Greer, who's cruising the highways on the lookout for a Tough Guy. Carmen lives with her young daughter, Ellie, on an arid ranch with her hateful brother-in-law and mother-in-law while her husband, Sloop, serves time in a federal pen for tax evasion. According to the story Carmen spins, her spouse had been viciously beating her for years. Since Sloop is due to be released in forty-eight hours, Carmen expects the beatings to begin anew, especially since she was the one that ratted on Sloop to the IRS. Will Reacher kill him for her? No? Well, will he at least teach her how to shoot the dainty pistol she's purchased? (In the meantime, what's with that team of three professional assassins circling the ranch unbeknownst to all? Jack may discover his hands full.)All those other Tough Guys I mentioned are smart, but not so much that they don't sporadically get beaten up and kicked silly by the Bad Guys. But not Reacher - nobody gets the drop on him. When the reader sees a violent confrontation looming, he almost feels sorry for the villains for the World of Hurt in which they'll soon find themselves. By his own admission, Jack's a hard man who likes cockroaches better than the men (and women) he's sometimes forced to exterminate.Reacher is endlessly fascinating. Having gone from one Army post to another, first as an Army brat and then on his own as an MP officer, he's never known a permanent home. So, now he chooses to live as a near-vagrant, shunning commitment to material things and the occasional interesting woman. He travels only with testosterone and a toothbrush, buying cheap clothes to wear and discard as he goes. He's educated, intelligent and gentlemanly, but excruciatingly asocial (as opposed to antisocial, which he's not) and heroically ignorant about how a "normal" life - wife, house, mortgage, kids, dog, 9 to 5, and Lexus - is lived. This is a man whom all you single ladies out there would love the chance to improve. (Don't cave, Jack! Be a role model for the rest of us New Age men pining to be free!)Hey, all you other Tough Guys of lore and legend, move aside and make room for a Real Man.
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