Echo Burning - Lee Child

Echo Burning

By Lee Child

  • Release Date: 2001-06-25
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 3,131 Ratings


Jack Reacher finds trouble in Texas in the fifth novel in Lee Child’s #1 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 got a plan. Reacher’s part of it. And before the sun sets, this ride could cost them both their lives.


  • Echo burning

    By wwc55
    Only gave me 47 pages of the book to read. Bought the whole book not 47 pages

    By Nike Athlete
    Don’t waste your time. Texas is NOT THIS HOT! Every other page is Heat and Humidity. Nope. Not true. Could not stand the book and about stopped.
  • Echo burning

    By Rudolph9
    Another great one in the series. Lots of twists and turns. Highly recommended.
  • Poorly researched rubbish

    By RRB78
    Lazy effort for an otherwise solid author. Clearly has never visited Texas and certainly not West Texas. Child relies on 50 year old tropes of rugged Texas and small town racism. Blah, blah, blah…what a clunker for the Reacher franchise.
  • West Texas weather

    By Lec124
    Good story except I don’t believe west Texas desert stays hot all night long!
  • Echo Burning

    By N42141
    Not very good. Rather disappointing. Only thing that made this a page turner was my rush to be done with it.
  • Not my favorite Jack Reacher book . .

    By frenchy0674
    The plot seemed somewhat dull at first, but it never seemed to pick up speed. The entire book seemed to drag on forever, repeating itself. Many times I thought of just quitting it. The ending was too nice, and bundled up quickly, seemingly out of nowhere, everything fell into place . . when there was nothing there to begin with. Save your money.
  • What did Texas do to Lee Child?

    By favorite author new genre
    Spoiler Alert I am grateful that there was a Reacher book where he actually didn’t sleep with a woman he just met. Does it bother anyone else that he doesn’t seem to wear deodorant? I’m glad he at least has a toothbrush, but I can’t imagine how bad he must smell with all that intense action and no deodorant. I’m not sure why I begin a new Reacher book as soon as I finish each one. The first few I read were all really good, but it seems like every other one I read now is disappointing. This storyline was highly implausible, so that made it hard stick with to the end. Mr. Child’s opinion of Christian conservative Texans like me is painfully obvious. I think it is probably an opinion quietly shared by many authors, but Mr. Child spells it out loud and clear for you. Thankfully, his opinion of Texas and Texans is far removed from the reality I inhabit. It is quite tiresome the way that liberal individuals accuse conservatives of being racist. Liberals are the ones who seem dogmatic about continually pointing out and stirring up the differences in races and projecting opinions on different groups. As a Christian, conservative, Southerner, I know that God created every single one of us, and no one person is better than anyone else. Now, off to start the next Reacher in line, fingers crossed it’s a good one...
  • Stereotypes abound

    By Cantste3
    As with most of the Reacher books I feel that it is just a guilty pleasure. The book, like all of them needs better research. The book relies on racial and regional stereotypes and not a little racist insinuation. He paints white Texans as backwards, hillbillies.
  • My least favorite Reacher novel

    By BEHut
    I enjoy the Jack Reacher series and try to overlook most of the flaws due to the interesting characters and storylines. I had to force myself to get to the end of this one. Not sure if Lee Child had a deadline to meet and few ideas at the time, but this is a must-pass book in the series. Terrible depiction of Texas. The storyline is so implausible it I don’t think it would have been published without Child’s name attached to it.