Echo Burning (Jack Reacher, No. 5) Hardcover – June 25, 2001
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Reacher's sympathetic, but he's not crazy. Nonetheless, he allows himself to be drawn into beautiful Carmen Greer's orbit, which ought to teach a guy not to hitchhike. Agreeing to protect her from the husband who's about to be released from jail and, according to Carmen, who's about to pay her back for tipping off the authorities to the tax fraud that landed him in prison, Reacher moves into the bunkhouse of the Echo, Texas, ranch that's owned by the bigoted, bitter, but powerful Greer family, which despises Carmen because she's Mexican and tolerates her only because she's Sloop Greer's wife and the mother of his child. The expected bloodshed ensues, but it's Sloop, not Carmen, who ends up with a bullet in his head. Reacher's convinced that Carmen acted in self-defense, even after other evidence comes to light that suggests there's more--and less--to her unhappy tale than even her own lawyer believes. This is the best Jack Reacher yet, smart, stylish, and convincing. If it's your first encounter with Child's work, be sure to check out his backlist--Running Blind, Tripwire, etc. --Jane Adams
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- Publisher : Putnam Adult; First Edition (June 25, 2001)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399147268
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399147265
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.28 x 1.3 x 9.32 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #410,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Through out the five books the author has Reacher comparing a present situation to his Army days. He has Reacher going to boot camp, crawling through the mud in basic training, toting a duffel bag around, and frequently sleeping in a dormitory. He indicates that Reacher knew that when you brought your duffel bag in to the dormitory, you just selected a bed and put the bag on it proclaiming that it was his. The problem with all of that is the Reacher was a ring knocker. No West Point graduate ever did any of the things. They entered the army as officers and officers don't sleep in barracks, go to boot camp or move your gear in a duffel bag. Every base has Officers Quarters for transients, that is a long way from being a barracks. If the single officer is assigned to a base he lives in officer country at the BOQ where he has a private room as a minimum. The author would have been better to have Reacher be an enlisted man, who did do all the things he talks about. Of course a married officer would have a house, usually on the base, which the army pays for. They can live off base and the army gives them a living allowance, an option many married officers take.
The reason for Reacher leaving the Army is also far fetched, to say the least. The Army did some downsizing after the Vietnam war, but no officer with a good record who wore the ring was ever let go. In fact the Army wanted to hold on those people badly. Reacher was supposed to be a very good officer, reaching the rank of Major early, so he would not, in any way, be pressured out of the Army.
The author has Reacher's father, who was some king of officer, moving himself and his family around frequently. It was indicated that they moved every few months, and with no warning. I don't know what kind of army Reacher's father was in, but it wasn't the US Army. To start with, it is typical for a tour of duty on any base to be for a period of about 4 years. If their job required going to a forward base, or installation for short period of times, like a month of so, they didn't take their family with them. The family stayed at the home base. The army would not pay for the movement of an officer and his entire household from base to base every few months. It just wouldn't make sense. The army officer corp, especially the West Point guys are like a big family. They look out for each other.
Now let's talk about Reacher as a person. In the first novel, the author describes him as 6 ft 5 in and weighing 220 pounds. He also indicates that he is not only tall, but he is big. Just a darn minute. Someone with those measurements would be described more accurately as Tall and Slim, if not down right skinny. In the each book the author puts weight on Reacher. By novel number 5 he weighs in at 250 pounds. That is more like it. But, even then he would not be described as Tall and Heavy. Look at some of the athletes that are that tall and their weight. Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots is 6 ft 6 in tall and weighs 265 pounds. Antonio Gates of the Chargers is 6 ft 4 in and weighs 255 pounds. I don't think you would call either one heavy. Reachers height and weight is consistent with a forward in professional basketball or a tight end in football. He would not be large in the sense of being described as Heavy.
The choice of a career with the military police for a West Point graduate is kind of strange. That certainly is not the way to put stars on your shoulders. I would bet, I didn't do any research, that you would not find a single ring knocker in the military police, unless it's on temporary assignment. It would be viewed as a dead end job for West Point graduate.
The book starts off with Reacher in a bar, he hits a guy he didn't know was a cop. Then, he wants to get out of dodge to not be holed up in a cell. That's a much more interesting premise than what the book is actually about.
This book was great to read. A compelling hero, a fun story and a sweet ending. There is not much else to expect from a Reacher book, but hey, I think is perfect.
Now I read a lot of reviews on Reacher books to get insights about the books prior to the purchase. Ultimately, if you are interested in an easy, entertaining read go for it. All of them. Echo Burning included.
What I liked about this one.
1. Great start. Some of Reacher books have a compelling start. Either a fight or a perfect initial scene. Echo Burning has it.
2. The basic Reacher. Old style, Reacher V1.0
3. Characters. Good, balanced.
4. Twisting plot. Maybe some get it faster or by the end of the book. But it is a good plot. Not interested in giving spoilers. So basically, you’ll have fun and will be hooked with the story.
5. Action scenes. Of course, not as much as I wanted, but enough to satisfy the reader. PERSUADER is my favorite best in this aspect.
6. Dialogues and catch phrases. Yes. Either actual quotes or invented they generated the usual grin.
Last but no least. I decided to review because I read a lot of poor and bad reviews on Reacher books. The average is 4 stars but there are a lot of 1 and 2 stars.
Respecting the opinion of my fellow readers I think that is not about comparing or making a ranking or detecting each mistake that Mr. Child and the book may have in terms of style, structure, facts and storytelling but I believe that if you are looking for a fun book, this could be one great catch. Go for a dive and enjoy.
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Don't get me wrong each one of the earlier four is a good escape reality read. They are all written in a flowing easy to read prose style. They all twist and turn into ultimate success for our hero. They all engage the reader in a nice involving story that never gets boring, although it has to be said the stories do require some flights of imagination to jump across the holes. But the holes are all excusable and if approached with an open mind can be strangely entertaining.
Book five tightens the story line up considerably, it makes more sense. I noticed this with book four 'The Visitor' and book four in my opinion saw the author come of age somewhat with his grip on the complete novel much more noticeable than the first three.
Book five 'Echo Burning' improves again. I feel it really does come closer to the perfect thriller.
I have book six on order and have become a Jack Reacher fan. There are quite some books to go in the series with the author still writing as well. If they all deliver like those I have read so far it will provide me with hours of pleasure.
Could it be that we all need a Jack Reacher in our lives?
I give four stars because it is a good book. Five stars is perfection and if book six improves again on book five I do believe I may be giving the five stars out.
The story line is typical for a Jack Reacher novel. There are good guys, bad guys, a petite bit of fluff that is in danger, dodgy local law enforcement and one or two violent scenes. Perfect read before one retires to bed and dreaming you are 6ft 5in and have a chest size the same a barrel of stout!
If you like Jack Reacher, buy the book and keep Lee Child in the life he has been accustomed to...
magnificently portrayed. You have real difficulty in putting any of his books down, rivetting, compelling, has to be in the top five best authors on the planet. A totally brilliant author whose attention to detail is second to none. You just cannot second guess his plots, sure, you might predict the outcome, but never the route the author takes. Every single book this guy writes is brilliant. He never, ever, produces poor tales. His writing is so compelling and addictive that if he wrote bus time tables, youd never get a seat on any bus!! A literary master craftsman of unparralled ability.