One would never expect such suspenseful action to take place in “no where,” Texas but Lee Child writes another enjoyable read set in the heart of no -where Texas.
Hitching rides is an unbelievable mode of transport. In temperatures of over 100°, 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 Carmen‘s remote ranch in Echo County there is plenty of it: lies and prejudice, hatred and murder. Richer 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?
A reader can count on a good read from Lee Child without fail. Echo Burning delivers what is expected.
The story behind and develops as many reader would expect. Reacher is picked up a he hitchhikes in the Texas Sahara. His rise is an attractive woman with an incredible story of abuse and cruelty. Reacher can’t resist taking on the role as Knight to the rescue.
As the story unfolds, the integrity and veracity of his chauffeur begin to have believability problems. Her story has many holes and all the authorities and professionals involved seem to have justifiable scepticism, except Reacher. He cannot shake the nagging feed fling there is truth behind her questionable claims,
Reacher is proven right when a conspiracy and corruption are discovered. A shootout in the Texas dessert is suspenseful. More shooting and killing and then the need to save the life of a very young girl takes the story in an hard to believe way.
Reacher uses all his skills, those learned in the military, those honed in his investigative work, and those which are sitting deep down in his psyche, hunches, guesses, and but feeling. A treasure trove of successfull weaponry in his arsenal.
The last word
Exciting and entertaining, Child delivers. The best part is the very simple clue that can help Reacher unravel answers more quickly. Reacher missed it. Many readers will too. Read the book and see if you can solve the clue offered by Child. HINT: it is a logical play on words
A good read.