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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 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 last thing he’s worried about is exactly who picks him up. He never expected it to be somebody like Carmen. She’s alone, driving a Cadillac. She’s beautiful, young and rich. She has a little girl who is being watched by unseen observers. And a husband who is in jail. Who will beat her senseless when he comes out. If he doesn’t kill her first. Reacher is no stranger to trouble. And at Carmen’s remote ranch in Echo County there is plenty of it: lies and prejudice, hatred and murder. Reacher can never resist a lady in distress. Her family is hostile. The cops can’t be trusted. The lawyers won’t help. If Reacher can’t set things straight, who can?


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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 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 last thing he’s worried about is exactly who picks him up. He never expected it to be somebody like Carmen. She’s alone, driving a Cadillac. She’s beautiful, young and rich. She has a little girl who is being watched by unseen observers. And a husband who is in jail. Who will beat her senseless when he comes out. If he doesn’t kill her first. Reacher is no stranger to trouble. And at Carmen’s remote ranch in Echo County there is plenty of it: lies and prejudice, hatred and murder. Reacher can never resist a lady in distress. Her family is hostile. The cops can’t be trusted. The lawyers won’t help. If Reacher can’t set things straight, who can?

30 review for Echo Burning

  1. 5 out of 5

    David

    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 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 about her life. Reacher thinks that she is lying. Maybe she is. Maybe she isn't. This gets the book off to an intriguing start. Unfortunately, all anyone in this book seems to do is to debate whether Carmen is telling the truth. Yes, she is. No, she is not. If she had an interesting story, that would be one thing. But her story, while sad, is not interesting at all. At the 90% mark, people are *still* arguing about this. It is incredibly boring. Who are the villans who mess with Reacher? Texans, who (and this is shocking) are rednecks! They are so one-dimensional, they are not worth writing about. They do very predictable redneck things, are racists, shoot rifles, and like everyone else in the book, debate about whether Carmen is telling the truth. Maybe she is. Maybe she isn't. What does Reacher, the super-smart, ultraviolent action hero do throughout the book? He eats ice cream. He learns how to saddle a horse. He buys clothes. I half-expected Lee Child to have him spend a day in the library reading. Oh, and he wonders if Carmen is telling the truth. Maybe she is. Maybe she isn't. There are only a couple of action scenes. In "Echo Burning", Child seems to have had the idea of writing a thriller with almost no action. Call me picky, but that is a really bad idea. It's like a James Bond movie where Bond spends the movie doing some window shopping, and oh, debating about whether the main character is lying. Maybe she is. Maybe she isn't. Was Carmen actually lying? Maybe she was, maybe she wasn't. By the end of the book I didn't care. I just wanted the talking to end!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    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 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 in Southern elitist racism. HELLS BELLS this is good fun! Reacher is TNT, a big hulking hero who is not one with whom to mess. While his opponents are all about DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP our man is THUNDERSTRUCK when a TEXAS FLOOD (SRV cover) gets everyone wet and makes things more than a little interesting. Child stays in the shallow end of the pool and keeps the action rolling and is a LIVE WIRE when it comes to spinning some Holmesesque outlandish connections. But Hey! It’s Reacher, he was an Army MP and knows how to figure things out. ;) The Jack continues to be a fun read and Child knows that MONEY TALKS.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alp

    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 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 this book, (view spoiler)[he had to investigate the death of two men in an attempt to save the woman from serving a life sentence for a murder she didn’t commit, and he had to find this woman’s daughter before time ran out (hide spoiler)] . On the whole, this was a captivating suspense-thriller with complex characters, brilliant plot twists, and riveting action scenes. I really enjoyed this book from start to end. Can’t stop, won’t stop. Off to the next one!

  4. 5 out of 5

    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. ack 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 with 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. ack 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 with a driver of Mexican heritage named Carmen Greer. She says that the only reason she stopped, however, is because she has a problem: Her tax-evading husband, Sloop, is coming out of prison soon, and he will inevitably continue beating her as he did so many times before, especially because he knows she was the one who informed on him. Carmen has been diligently searching for candidates to kill him, and she thinks Reacher's military background may qualify him for the job. ... تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و ششم ماه ژوئن سال 2016 میلادی عنوان: اکو در آتش - کتاب 05 - از سری جک ریچر؛ نویسنده: لی چایلد؛ مترجم: محمد عباس آبادی؛ تهران، تندیس، 1394؛ در 543 ص؛ شابک: 9786001821509؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی - سده 21 م در پنجمین کتاب از سری کتاب‌­های «جک ریچر»، که نخستین بار، در سال 2001 میلادی، منتشر شد، «ریچر» اینبار، در گرمای آتشین «تگزاس»، درگیر رخدادهای هراس انگیز دیگر می‌­شود. «ریچر» در حالی­که، همچو همیشه، با پای پیاده در جاده‌ ­ها سرگردان است، در یکی از جاده ­‌های سوزان «تگزاس»، با زنی به نام: «کارمن گریر»، برخورد می‌­کند، و آن زن برای پیشبرد نقشه­‌ ی رهایی خویش، از دست شوهر خویش، که همیشه او را مورد آزار قرار می‌دهد، «ریچر» را، با وجود پایداری­‌ها، و انکار­‌های نخستینش وادار میکند، و به مزرعه ­‌ای دور­افتاده، در بخش: «اکو»، می‌­کشاند. «ریچر» با دردسر، بیگانه نیست؛ و در مزرعه ­‌ی «کارمن» در «اکو»، دردسرهای بسیاری نهفته است، دردسرهایی همچون: دروغ، اندوه، بیزاری و کشتن. اما «ریچر»، هیچگاه ن­توانسته، در برابر زنِی درمانده، پایداری کند. خانواده ­‌ی «کارمن» ناسازگارند، به پلیس‌­ها هم نمیتوان تکیه کرد، و از وکلا نیز، کاری برنمی­‌آید. اگر «ریچر» نتواند زندگی او را سر و سامان دهد، پس چه کسی می­‌تواند؟ و ...؛ ا. شربیانی

  5. 5 out of 5

    John Culuris

    “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 “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-writing process seriously, and mercilessly kills anything that doesn’t contribute to the story. Or Lawrence Block, a pantser in regards to the majority of his work, who for most of his long career was able to think so far ahead that there was no need for filler; only in recent years, as he has slowed down (he was once able to produce twenty pages a day), has the meandering become noticeable. But the most obvious contrast between pantser and plotter can be found in the work of a single author: Robert B. Parker. Initially a plotter, when asked to finish Raymond Chandler’s Poodle Springs, he decided that since Chandler didn’t plot, neither would he. He adapted the style to his own work from that point. I believe it is the main reason longtime fans feel his later novels are inferior, for the most part, to the first fifteen or so that began his career. I’m not necessarily criticizing pantsers. Some are among my favorites. The aforementioned Block, for example; and John Sandford and Ed McBain to varying degrees work(ed) this way. Long before I became aware that Lee Child had publicly discussed the subject, I had no doubt that he was a pantser. Now, if I choose to be honest, I never could have drawn that conclusion from his debut novel alone. But after four books, I came to the fifth, Echo Burning, expecting filler. That’s exactly what I got. Child’s nomadic hero, hitchhiking away from a problematic situation, is picked up by Carmen Greer, a woman of obvious Spanish decent who is in desperately need of someone like Jack Reacher. Trapped in a small Texas town where Mexicans are treated secondarily at best, she has no money, no friends, and is stranded with her husband’s considerably rich family as he serves a tax evasion jail term. She is unwilling to run because her husband would never renounce custody of their six-year-old daughter, the only joy in her life. He is about to receive an early release, which would compound her misery by adding domestic abuse to the mix. She relays all this to Reacher over the 300-mile trip home. And due to other circumstances, she has to tell it again. One hundred pages later they enter Echo, Texas. I think even Child was aware that he was treading water with his setup because along the way some moron picks a fight with the hulking Reacher, and Child also intermittently cuts away to a small team of assassins as they travel to Texas and isolate and kill their target. These killers are the most interesting thing in the first quarter of the novel. And so, the obvious question: If Child is wasting so much time and space, why haven’t I learned my lesson and moved on; why even open the book? The same thing that has kept me around this long. Digression and inertia are the price of admission. Once we get into the meat of the story, Child is the best there is. That begins upon reaching Echo. We meet the little girl. And then the in-laws, a brother and the mother, the latter of whom rules the family with an iron hand. And the two ranch hands who eventually accost Reacher, and this time it’s an altercation that actually makes sense. They are experience rodeo riders, rural tough guys who do not scare, and they’ve done this before--and they arrange for the confrontation to take place where they have plenty of likeminded friends. Of course, if they really knew Reacher they’d know all these perceived advantages would not matter. As Reacher gets drawn into the drama in his efforts to protect Carmen, a murder takes place, and a kidnapping as well as a frame-up, and in the course of untangling these events, we learn more about the assassins and how their victim relates to Carmen’s plight. Once Reacher’s presence forces countermoves by the villain behind everything, even minor hiccups, like the first clue to his identity being fairly obvious, cannot derail the momentum. Child has learned that if you can’t properly disguise your clue, just give it to the readers and if they figure it out, so be it. The reveal of his identity was never the point, has little to do with what led up to it, and has no effect on the finale. The finale, and most that preceded it once tackling the problem proper, is what makes the book successful. If the first one hundred pages feel like a slow crawl, then the following 450 or so make it feel as if you can’t read fast enough. A fair trade.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    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 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 to see a single side, a single dimension. We see from Reacher's perspective. We uncover details as Reacher uncovers details. And, just when you think you have something figured out, Child reigns you back in, and forces you to re-engage your mind by tossing in a curve. Not inventing out of thin air, mind you. No, Reacher often misses clues, subtleties that lead him down one path, and we with him. Then, in light of new evidence we are forced to reconsider our evidence. In Echo Burning, Reacher is given a ride, hitchhiking as he often does. The driver is young, pretty Hispanic woman. Desperate, Carmen's husband, Sloop, is soon to be released from prison and she fears his return will end in her death. See, she put him in prison; her IRS testimony led to his arrest and conviction. And, his history of spousal abuse has her convinced that her life will end once he returns to the family ranch. Her six-year old daughter will lose her mommy, and she will lose her life, unless Reacher can prevent Sloop from exacting his revenge. As with every Child novel I've read, and I'm almost done with all of them, nothing is as it appears. Why? Because everyone lies.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    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 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 no one anywhere would be the wiser) he makes the decision to move on and see "another" part of the country. He's picked up by...are you ready...an interesting woman. She says she was looking for someone "like him". That of course referred to Reacher's appearance, a giant, homeless, bad-ass (again please pardon my use of the vernacular). I will say this also. The book does a good job of flipping the plot back and forth. The Reacher books aren't primarily mysteries or known for setting clues for readers to follow but he does do that here. Actually a surprisingly good read...my opinion of course. Enjoy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    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 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 has given me about 20 Jack Reacher books, that when I do continue, it will re-kindle (no pun intended) my love affair with Jack !!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ralph McEwen

    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. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

  10. 4 out of 5

    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 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 such a disgusting sight only to have the cop, let's call him Bubba, take offense and start this macho posturing ("You lookin' at me, boy?") that led to him poking Jack's clean shirt with his greasy finger till Jack snatches it after 4 polite warnings and breaks it. Later the next morning at the cheap flea-bitten motel, he sees 4 big bubba cops go into office and he leaves through the back window, looking for a ride as a hitchhiker. To his amazement, within 3 minutes an Hispanic woman picks him up. If he had known then what he knew later, he would have gone with the cops to get beaten up. This book is boring. It is Jack Reacher on tranquilizers. Jack on Prozac. I really wanted to get in the car myself and drive that Hispanic idiot into the desert, kill her, and leave her for the buzzards but I digress. There is also a trio of killers running around- 2 men and a woman- who all travel separately until converging at some point. Even they couldn't salvage this. Even the cover is ugly. Garish sickly yellow color. I never did like Texas and don't like Reacher in Texas. I'll go on and try book #6.

  11. 4 out of 5

    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 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 that he could have shorten it up and at the same time twisted it around a little. Not one of his better books. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    6/10 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 6/10 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 thing that did annoy throughout was the constant debating whether the main female character was a liar or not. A constant back and forth pretty much throughout the novel didn't make for a very interesting read. Whilst not the best in the series (by a long shot) it was pretty much the ideal read for me at the time, I could pick it up and read 5 minutes and drop it at a moments notice and not feel robbed.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Keri

    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 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 information. Being a Texan and from Texas it mattered to me. I have read all of Lee's other books and enjoyed them tremendously, just not this one. Looking forward to reading 61 Hours.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Malcolm

    [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 [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 spoilers, I'll give a basic example of what happens often ... Reacher meets a new character, talks to her for about 10 minutes, describes a situation, and then she gives him the keys to her car so he can drive off to keep the plot moving forward. Really? In another setting, he calls a random cop, describes himself as an attorney, and then tells them where some key evidence is ... they just roll with it, never wondering if he was involved ... just a big "whatever" ... in another moment, a woman he just met leaves him with her kid... this 6' 5" drifter -- hey, watch my kid, ok? It doesn't detract from the storyline, and if you're reading on a beach or something, you won't care ... this isn't literature, after all ... it's storytelling for entertainment ... but I tend to like my thrillers to be plausible ... thus far, Child has consistently included implausible coincidences and behavior in every book. So if you're reading his books, don't look too closely, it's beautiful as long as it's left blurry.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    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)[The shootout on the “clock” mesa was pure fucking awesome. I did like that Child kinda played with gender roles by 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)[The shootout on the “clock” mesa was pure fucking awesome. I did like that Child kinda played with gender roles by having the big tough guy getting taken out early and easy while the smaller woman proved to be the biggest, meanest and smartest threat. (hide spoiler)]

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    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 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 Australian Out Back. But I digress. Add the brooding presence of Jack Reacher and the arid landscape soon becomes a lot more animated. Part of the books premise is about how down trodden the Hispanic populous is. A white, powerful, family with more than a few skeletons in the cupboard. One of their own has married an Hispanic woman. The wife is not embraced by the family who go out of their way to make life as uncomfortable for her as possible. The husband ends up shot to death and the finger of suspicion points at Carmen, the Hispanic wife. Unfortunately, for the family, Carmen, has convinced Jack to help out. Jack has no problem helping a lady in distress. The plot is well structured, fast paced and will keep you guessing for most of the book. My only criticism is the last 50 pages. There is a lot of quantum leaping by Jack who seems to guess exactly what's going on with no real evidence to back it up. That's why I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars. Happy to recommend this book as a exciting read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    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 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 that he did. True there is not a ton of fighting- hardly any in fact- but that's okay, because Reacher is VERY smart, and that in itself I find very interesting.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Abram

    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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    miteypen

    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 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 of sweat and rain. Reacher gets roped into helping a woman he’s not sure is telling the truth. Carmen Greer claims her husband has been beating her up for years and that she has no money for a divorce and no place to go. What she does have is a six-year-old daughter she can’t leave behind but whom her husband’s rich family is holding on to to keep Carmen in line. As in most Jack Reacher novels, this one is graphic when it needs to be and infinitely threatening to Reacher and to the people he has cast his lot with. It always seems like the situation is hopeless but Reacher comes through in the end through determination, smarts and righteous anger. This book stands out for all the characters Child has created. They seem as real as the Texas heat and each is unique, from Carmen and her daughter to the unnamed contract killers. This is the fifth book in the series and shows that Child was a master writer even early on. I consider it to be one of the best.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    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 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 murdering her husband because he physically abused her before he went to prison and she’s afraid he’ll kill her once free. Reacher agrees to go with Carmen to Sloop’s ranch to protect her but tells her he will not commit murder. Just hours after Sloop’s home, he’s found in his bedroom, shot to death by Carmen’s gun. Carmen’s arrested and Reacher teams up with a lawyer from the legal mission to find out who really shot Sloop Greer. Reacher is one of the best characters written today; a strong man who is comfortable with himself and his own personal scruples. He’s a cultured man with intelligence who lives a nomadic, asocial lifestyle and can be brutal without remorse if he feels it’s deserved. In Echo Burning, there are plots and subplots which Child ties together nicely, providing a boatload of suspense along the way.

  22. 4 out of 5

    rogue

    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 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 explanation afterwards felt forced. After finishing this book, I wasn't jonesing to get my hands on the next Jack Reacher, but I'll get there in due time.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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 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 pushing Reacher. Why can't she see how wrong this is? She keeps pushing about the beating she'll have to suffer, wanting Reacher to take care of her problem for her. Bitch. I'd like to slug her myself. Take care of your own damn problem. Collect the hospital records. Track the crap they dish out. Gather up some legal ammo of your own! What is it with people? This story is all about racism. About having and keeping. Especially keeping success or a chance of a decent life from others in almost any way you can describe it. WHAT kind of grandmother is Rusty? Calls her granddaughter "it"? Gets rid of her as soon as possible? Jack took too much at face value. he should have been checking "facts" from both sides. It's only that deductive, mathematical mind of his that figures it out. Ugh, that Red House just sounds NASTY. I gotta wonder if the color and its overall covering isn't a metaphor for something. I mean, who does that?? Interesting tricks the assassins use to erase their trail and set their traps. Only, none of them know what they're taking on with Reacher and he certainly has his fun poking away. I did love how Reacher backed good ol' Bobby down. Jerk. No good on his own when he doesn't have his ranch hands backing him up...snicker… I loved Ellie! A birght little girl who seized her chance. Oh man, poor Reacher. Carmen's telling the family he knows all about horse and blacksmithing. All Reacher's thinking is that he knows blacksmithing needs an anvil and does something with horseshoes and they smell terrible. I just loved who taught Reacher how to saddle a horse! Tight and detailed analysis of the gunshots that killed the victim. Ooh, Child just leads us by the nose, playing on our expectations. Laying false trails. It's almost scary how easily Reacher slips inside the criminals' heads. Child did a good job of confusing me every which way and I am so looking forward to Reacher's next adventure, Without Fail . The Story On the run from a bullying cop, Reacher hops in the first car to offer a ride. And what a ride it turns out to be. Seems the classy little lady needs a shooter for the husband being released from prison. She thought she had more time. Another year. Instead, she has less than a month and she's been interviewing drifters all over Texas. Reacher. Well, he seems perfect.
 Even with her sob story, Reacher won't do it. He'll come to the ranch. He'll protect her, but he won't kill. Until that decision is taken out of his hands. The Characters Jack Reacher is six-foot-five and two hundred and fifty pounds of muscle. Vigilant. A product of a lifetime spent on military bases, thirteen years of it as a military policeman. To say he has an excellent sense of his surroundings and the human mind is to underplay his abilities. Reacher is on the road again after Jodie left him. She needs a home and normalcy. Everything Reacher is not. Three assassins who have worked long and well together, the woman in charge. Good instincts. Carmen Greer is an abused wife who refuses to leave. She loves her six-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Mary Ellen, and she has plans for Reacher. Sloop Greer, her husband, is the oldest son of a old Echo County family. One that is wealthy enough to be comfortable. Sloop was wonderful before marriage when the family sent him his allowance. Moving home when that allowance was cut off. The moving back was fine, but not with a beaner wife. Bobby is the younger brother and despises Carmen...right along with their bitch of a mother, Rusty. Bobby's hatred certainly doesn't slow him down when it comes to sexual blackmail. Al Eugene is one of Sloop Greer's two best friends as well as his lawyer. He's working on a deal to get him out of jail faster. Hack Walker is the district attorney running for judge. He's the other of Sloop's best friends; a very convincing good guy. Alice Amanda Aaron is an East Coast, gay, Jewish, vegan woman fulfilling her own five-year plan to put in her time as a lawyer helping the poor. When Reacher hires her, Carmen's case is so far down the line that Reacher makes a deal to collect that judgment Lyndon Brewer, a wealthy white man, is refusing to pay. Brewer's maid (and I) certainly enjoyed it! The Cover and Title The cover is gleaming in its golden yellowness. A band of fading metallic orange supports a deeper golden ring framing a golden farmhouse surrounded by trees. But it's only golden until you read the story. The title is a metaphor as it's not the town of Echo Burning, but the memories of living there.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    Very enjoyable tough guy story. I wanted to keep reading. It’s fun. You need to suspend disbelief a little. STORY BRIEF: 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 Very enjoyable tough guy story. I wanted to keep reading. It’s fun. You need to suspend disbelief a little. STORY BRIEF: 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. Reacher is hitchhiking and meets Carmen when she gives him a ride. She tells Reacher of the abuse and asks him to help her. She wants him to kill her husband, but Reacher refuses, saying he is not an assassin. But, he decides to help her in other ways. She gets him hired as a ranch hand. FRUSTRATIONS WITH THE FEMALE: The damsel in distress Carmen is such a “wimp.” She is being physically abused by her husband, but she won’t run away. Reacher makes many suggestions, but for each one she says “I can’t” or “I won’t.” I found her illogical, unreasonable, and unwilling to help herself. Reacher suggests she see an attorney. She says she can’t because she has no money. He suggests a pro bono attorney. She says there’s too long of a wait. (It’s been more than 6 years that she could have been doing this, especially since her husband has been away for 1 ½ years.) Reacher tells her to run away to another city and get a job. She says she has to look after her daughter. He says there are shelters and places that can help with that. Then she says she doesn’t want to live her life as a fugitive hiding from her husband. She also says if she took their daughter out of Texas she could be arrested for kidnapping. Reacher says flee to Austin or another big Texas city. She says she hates living in Texas and refuses to live there anymore. Every single recommendation by Reacher was met by no. But, this makes a good setting for Reacher to come to the rescue. However, for much of the book, there is a question of whether Carmen is telling the truth. BACK TO THE STORY – REVIEWER’S OPINION: The best parts are the handful of incidents where Reacher hurts bad guys. I loved the way Reacher threatened Sloop, the wife beating husband. I had wondered what Reacher would say to him. That was good. I think that would scare any abuser. I was surprised and impressed with how Reacher obtained a car for one of his visits to a bad guy. I was a little annoyed with Reacher in one scene. His helper was supposed to shoot once in the air. She asked Reacher when she should do it. He said “you’ll know.” Then when he needed her to do it, she didn’t, because she didn’t know when. She figured it out and did it a little later than he wanted, but I was shaking my head saying why didn’t he answer her earlier question and describe “when” he wanted her to do it? Was this that macho thing about guys expecting girls to read their minds? (I’ve run into this a few times in my own life.) Did the author want Reacher this way? Too macho to explain things? I don’t know. I loved hearing Reacher’s tough guy threats to bad guys. But I was unhappy that the author did not show Reacher’s conversation with the short dark guy when they were in the bathroom for half an hour. I imagine the author was having writer’s block. I wish he would have taken the time or found the inspiration to show that conversation. THE SERIES: This is book 5 in the Jack Reacher series. I gave 4 or more stars to all of the first 5 books except for Running Blind, gave that one 2 ½. NARRATOR: The narrator Dick Hill was very good. DATA: Unabridged audiobook reading time: 13 hrs and 52 mins. Swearing language: I don’t recall any. Sexual content: none. Setting: current day Texas. Book copyright: 2001. Genre: mystery suspense thriller. Ending: Good and satisfying.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan

    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 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 on with the Jack Reacher stories because I want to see where they head… yet at the same time, they are not books I can sit and mass read. I need to take breaks between my Lee Child books. I will read a couple, and then I will take a gap. During this time, I will read stories filled with lyrical prose, causing my fangirl of a brain to explode at the beauty, before I return for the action of Jack Reacher. All in all, my mixed feelings towards this book are to be expected. I’ll start with my biggest annoyance: the repetition. The book could have been cut in half had we not been reminded every two sentences of the heat. Okay, we get it: Texas is hot. We also understand that a storm is brewing. We know the heat is hard to deal with. We know the temperatures are leaving people sweaty and feeling lethargic. We do not need to be reminded multiple times within a single page. A reminder a couple of chapters on would have been okay… but not a couple of sentences on. It grew to annoy me. I wanted to keep a tally, yet I feared I would reach such a high number that my brain would explode from the mathematics involved. Honestly, we get it already! There was quite a bit of repetition with other things as well, although nothing was as bad as the constant reminder of the heat. I also lost count of how many times I read ‘Reacher said nothing’. It wouldn’t have been as bad if the phasing had differed… alas, it was the same sentence every time. Someone asked a question – Reacher said nothing. Someone made an observation – Reacher said nothing. He entered a room full of people – Reacher said nothing. For quite a lot of the book, Reacher said nothing. Oh, I understand it is all part of his character. I have no issue with this. I simply grew tired of reading how Reacher did nothing. I like it when Reacher does things! Don’t worry, though, he does do some things later in the book. Whilst it is a slow builder – a very slow builder, in fact – the action does come later in the book. I would have been happier if the action to build up ratio had been evened out a bit more, but it was worth the wait. As with the prior Jack Reacher books, everything is brought together nicely. Throughout you’re wondering how the different aspects of the story are connected, only for them to be explained at the most perfect of moments. Some things were a bit on the obvious side, yet this did not lessen the enjoyment. As a whole, it was not my favourite Jack Reacher novel but overall it was an enjoyable read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    ~☆~Autumn♥♥

    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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Steven R. McEvoy

    In the last 23 weeks I have read and reviewed 25 Reacher stories. It started on a whim by picking up the current release because the description caught my attention when I was looking at it for my father. Not since reading that first one, Past Tense, have I enjoyed a Reacher novel as much as this one. And being honest, this is one of the few where I prefer the US covers over the UK editions, which is a rarity. Also because this is one of the earliest Reacher novels there are now about a dozen di In the last 23 weeks I have read and reviewed 25 Reacher stories. It started on a whim by picking up the current release because the description caught my attention when I was looking at it for my father. Not since reading that first one, Past Tense, have I enjoyed a Reacher novel as much as this one. And being honest, this is one of the few where I prefer the US covers over the UK editions, which is a rarity. Also because this is one of the earliest Reacher novels there are now about a dozen different covers for this book in English alone, across various formats and editions. This story is in many ways different than most of the Reacher stories. First, he is offered sex and turns it down, in part I believe because the woman was married. Second, he is attracted to a young lawyer, and finds out she is gay. And in part because Reacher spends a lot of this time trying to figure out the puzzle, that soon becomes a series of overlapping problems. But it all begins with Reacher avoiding a rock and hard place situation. He broke the nose of a guy in a bar who challenged him. The next morning, he discovers the guys was cop and him and some other officers are looking for him. So, Reacher hops in the first car that will stop for him. And thus, Carmen Greer enters his life. And soon she is asking him to kill her husband who is getting out of jail in a few days. But Reacher will not kill in cold blood. Be he finds that he believes Carmen about thus spousal abuse. She he decides to stick around. The story is set in Texas and Carmen is of Latino descent. Her Husband and family are white and appear to have been in Texas as long as Whites have. The racial slur Beano is used often. And the story portrays some of the discrepancy in the application of the law between whites and non-whites. One of the subplots had to deal with the Border Patrol supposedly having killed between 25-33 people about 12 years before these events. A dead man, an accused wife, blackmail, the IRS, and trust being broken. There is a lot of action packed into this tightly written story. In my opinion one of the best of the Reacher stories! Read the review on my blog Book Reviews and More and reviews of other books by Lee Child.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Freda Malone

    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 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 baffles me is what the heck was Reacher thinking when Carmen lost all credibility toward 2/3 of the book, and STILL believed her. What was it! I did have a sneaky hunch about the border control. It had to fit in there somewhere, I just didn't know how. It is a terrible feeling when a woman says "my husband beats me" and then no one believes her. All is lost and you're stuck in a gruesome situation with no end in site. I know that feeling! Carmen takes Reacher home to be hired as a ranch hand, oh boy. I had to laugh. Reacher?!? I ranch hand, no experience with horses what so ever. Okay dude, how are you going to pull it off? I got my answer right away, a little girl who is smart as a whip and very helpful. I saw a different side of Reacher in this book. A child! I'm glad Reacher stuck around. Enough said.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    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 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 guy in mind--she wants Reacher to kill her abusive husband, because she can't do it herself.  Well, of course it turns out to be much more complicated than that, but it's Jack Reacher to the rescue all the way.  With Tom Cruise now being chosen as the movie Reacher, I think that this is one they'd better not try to bring to the screen...Cruise's short stature would definitely not work for this plot! I will add that this was an audio book, read by Dick Hill, whom I usually like, but his tone of voice for attorney Alice (whose last name I forget) made her sound like such a whining wimp that I suspect it would have been quite a different story if I had actually READ the book instead of listened to it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    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.

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