Echo Burning CD Audio CD – Feb 18 2010
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Language:Chinese.Paperback. Pub: 2010 Publisher: Audiobooks Jack Reacher u six foot five and dangerous.Adrift in the hellish heat of Texas.Moving like a shark in The water.Looking for a Lift through the vast empty landscape. A Cadillac stops . A ride. but with a hitch.A pretty young woman. alone.Her husband's in jail.When he comes out. he's going to kill her. Her family's hostile. she can't trust the cops. and lawyers won't help . Reacher is her last option.Will this be the first time he says no - to a lady in distress
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This was a rather slow and disappointing story.
Carmen Greer had married into an old monied Texas family with a sprawling ranch outside of Pecos in oppressively hot and dusty Echo county. She had married Sloop, the eldest son, after becoming pregnant. The spousal abuse started soon after. Unfortunately due to the racism of the Greer family against "beaners" or Mexicans and the lax laws in that part of the state, Carmen's cries went unheeded.
Reacher initially refused his assistance especially after he was asked to kill Sloop Greer. His posture however softened after meeting Carmen's vivacious six year old flaxen haired daughter Ellie. Reacher posing as a ranch hand looking for work at the Greer's Red House Ranch, instantaneously sized up the situation.
Unknown to Reacher was that the family was concurrently being surveyed and stalked by two groups of three individuals with unknown motives.
As Reacher became more deeply involved in this passion play he became aware that there was a plethora of secrets and lies surrounding the inhabitants of Echo county.
Lee Child, while intriguing me with the exploits of his hero Reacher, never convinces me that Reacher was influenced enough to actually give a darn about Carmen Greer's dilemma. I however will march forward to the next novel in the series.
The story itself is not bad, but it takes Reacher from being a street smart, tough guy to a naïve adolescent, to the hard-nosed almost psychic investigator whenever the circumstances dictate. Reacher is once again hitchhiking around before being picked up by a beautiful woman who has tales of cruelty, deprivation, and scorn. She convinces Reacher to accompany her, to the middle of nowhere, to protect her from her rich, about to be released from prison, abusive husband. The story also includes the obligatory instances of extreme racism throughout the South, the typical power hungry politicians, and the ideal Harvard graduate lesbian atoning for her wealth by toiling in a legal mission for the indigent immigrants. Sound a little tired and over-done? It is.
In Echo Burning Lee Child doesn't put much research what he writes and should be able to claim some knowledge about, but you'll find the book has more than a few instances of erroneous 'facts'. The story is based on Jack Reacher, a former military policeman, but Mr. Child only has the vaguest notion of what the military life is like. He continually refers to Reacher's past experiences, which could not have happened in the U.S. military, ever, unless you gained everything you know about the army from watching TV. Another example would be that Jack Reacher is purported to be a master at firearms, yet he only has the shallowest knowledge of them and their capabilities. Some of what he states is not only wrong, but is foolishly dangerous if ever done. Oh, and the U.S.Read more ›
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I've read most of the books in the series but I missed a couple along the way including this one. It's another solid story. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Don Gillis
A good solid Reacher story, with clues for the reader. Perfect for a long flight to and from a sunny holiday.Published 9 months ago by BigJohnBrit