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Echo Burning | [Lee Child]

Echo Burning

Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

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Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up. She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family.

Don't miss any of Jack Reacher's adventures.

©2004 Lee Child; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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    Amazon Customer 01-02-12
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    "Reacher, my escapist hero! a great time out"
    Where does Echo Burning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The reacher series always provides an easy interesting read. not earth shatteringly great but always entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    I prefer single protaganist stories, with values similar to my own. Reacher is a man of few words and deep thoughts. This particular story features several plot twists I found unexpected, but they greatly improved the story


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr Hill brings inflections and pacing that occasionally inspires an understanding of the characters I might have missed out on had I been reading this book


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Reacher, the man you need on YOUR side


    Any additional comments?

    I can heartilly recomend this story (or any Reacher novel) to those bibliophiles looking for a good escape from the daily grind

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 04-27-09
    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 04-27-09 Member Since 2013

    Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.

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    "A Super Hero"

    I picked this book up at the Audible sale a few weeks ago. My first Lee Child book. Lots of action, great story. I was sort of picturing Clint Eastwood the whole time as the Reacher character. It was a fun listen and kept me going, however, I found Reacher a bit unrealistic. Somewhere between mortal and comic book super hero. I would also like to know a bit more about Reacher's background other than he was a military cop. I think that would add substance to the book. Enjoyable listen though.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Daughtry Huntsville, Alabama 01-29-15
    Dr. Daughtry Huntsville, Alabama 01-29-15 Member Since 2013

    “Never To Suffer Would Never To Have Been Blessed" - Edgar Allan Poe

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    "I Said Nothing"

    Dick Hill IS Jack Reacher! Lee Child is the master of suspense with the innate ability to think like the reader only to employ an unanticipated spin.

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    David Fort Wayne, IN, United States 01-17-15
    David Fort Wayne, IN, United States 01-17-15 Member Since 2010

    I am a voice over artist with work in tv, film, radio and commercials all over the world.

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    "Drug on forever"

    Like the series so far, up to this book. This was a tough one to keep following... Just kind of stalled out until the last hour.

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    Eric 01-16-15
    Eric 01-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Home Run"

    Excellent. I found my new (for me that is) Lucas Davenport.👏👍. You know it's good when you take it with you in the house and listen to it while doing chores.

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    Marietta Whitehorse, YT, Canada 01-03-15
    Marietta Whitehorse, YT, Canada 01-03-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Jack Reacher and Dick Hill = superb"

    Jack Reacher is always meeting my expectations, and Dick Hill brings it to life. Another great book in my library.

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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 12-30-14
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 12-30-14 Member Since 2014

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    "One of My Favorites!!!"

    This is one of my favorite Lee Child Reacher novels. I think the storyline is good, but as usual with most of these Reacher novels there is a period, usually about mid-way through, of churning, that is, the story goes in a circle of hashing and rehashing which can be a good thing for a 14 hour novel. In this case, Reacher tries to determine if the woman is lying or telling the truth. He believes her but there seems to be evidence to the contrary.

    This novel involves domestic violence and racism. Is the woman being beaten or is she lying? Was the investigation into several murders of Mexicans illegally crossing the border swept under the rug?

    As with most mystery/suspense novels (my favorites), parts of what Reacher had deduced earlier on are not revealed until the end. I had two suspects in mind, one was innocent and the other was the villain.

    One reviewer said that Reacher is becoming a "clarvoyant superman". Is it clairvoyance or is it common sense based on experience. I understand the reviewer's sentiment but I like the way Reacher uses his years of "experience and training" in what seems to be a clairvoyant kind of way. If you like Reacher stories, then you understand how he operates and that you must "suspend your disbelief" to a great degree and just enjoy his antics...I enjoyed this story. I couldn't stop listening. . a really fun and enjoyable listen...

    Dick Hill is a really good narrator of the Reacher novels so much so that I will not listen to Reacher novels that are not narrated by Dick Hill... Recommend

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    Rickey Depriest 12-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Riveting"

    Great story with lots of twists and turns that keep you guessing. Another crime solved by the infamous Reacher.

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    P. Fidler 11-30-14
    P. Fidler 11-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Disappointed With ECHO BURNING"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I loved the first book in the Jack Reacher series (The Killing Floor), but in ECHO BURNING, the author advances a negative portrayal of white males in NW Texas. In this book the only white male who is not a racist and bigot, is Jack Reacher.


    Has Echo Burning turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love the genre. I have one more book in my library written by Lee Child, that I have not yet read; and I will listen to that one before I make a final judgment on Lee Child's books.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    Dick Hill is a wonderful narrator, and I will always seek out books that he narrates.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be returning the book for a full refund.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn 11-29-14
    Marilyn 11-29-14
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    "Fail for Reacher"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish Mr. Child had done his research. There were just too many glaring absurdities. Armadillos protected in Texas?! Driving 60 miles to the nearest grade school? 3 hired hands who do absolutely nothing and sleep in? Ranch owners that are all evil, lazy and sit on their hands? ONE truck on a ranch? I got tired of hearing how HOT it is in Texas in the summer.The people just didn't act or re-act like most country folk would.

    I cringed at the way the legal system was depicted. No police officer is going to leave a little kidnapped girl with a drifter overnight to await the return of her mother. Unbeliveable situations like this just ruined the book.

    The author is obviously a city boy who never bothered to visit a working Ranch. I have loved the Reacher series but you HAVE to have a little realit yand logic in the story! This book didn't show Reacher as being extra intelligent or tough, it just made everyone else in the book lazy idiots.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't think of one.


    Do you think Echo Burning needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes! I do love the charactor and Dick Hill does an amazing job. But I would hope the author would take a little more time to do his research and develope charactors in the next book.


    Any additional comments?

    Just trying to figure out why Mr. Child let them cast Tom Cruise as Reacher in the movie. Another bad decision.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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