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Brandpunt (original 2001; edition 2010)

by Lee Child, Bob Snoijink

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Title:Brandpunt
Authors:Lee Child
Other authors:Bob Snoijink
Info:Amsterdam Luitingh 2010
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Echo Burning by Lee Child (2001)

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I couldn't help myself. I had to give it five stars. What a great story! Reacher is at his best, providing aid to a woman in distress. Much unfolds, from an abusive marriage to the killing of mexicans crossing the border illegally. He solves it all and tackles his enemies head on. Great stuff Mr Lee. ( )
  nilbett | Jul 17, 2014 |
Love Jack Reacher.
Another tense thriller, this time deep in the heart of Texas, where it was hot, hot, hot and Reacher with the help of a gay lawyer does his utmost to clear an abused wife and mother of shooting her husband. ( )
  gogglemiss | Mar 13, 2014 |
Jack Reacher while hitching a ride in Texas gets picked up by a woman who begs him to kill her abusive husband who is about to be released from prison. She manages to convence him on how horrible her life is as a hispanic woman living in a very begotted town and especially living with her husband's family. Lots of plot twists as Jack investigates and sifts through the lies and evidence to get to the truth. ( )
  Kathy89 | Feb 26, 2014 |
This is the fifth of Lee Child’s eighteen (so far) Jack Reacher novels. [Jack Reacher is a former military cop, now a pro re nata vigilante.] It is about the eighth I have read, and thus far it is my favorite. The story takes place in southwest Texas, Cormac McCarthy country. Although I would not put Child in McCarthy’s class as a writer, he is still pretty darn good.

Echo Burning is less predictable than the other Reacher novels I have read. Sure, in the end Reacher either kills or causes the arrest of all the bad guys (this not a spoiler to anyone who has read more than one of these), but the plot is complicated and the real villain is well-disguised. It even features an Agatha Christie-like final confrontation between Reacher and the chief schemer-bad-guy in which their conversation is used to tie up the many loose ends Child has left us.

Evaluation: As usual with any Jack Reacher book, the writing is crisp, the action is tense, and the reader is given a detailed description of the performance characteristics of a bewildering collection of hand guns and rifles.

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  nbmars | Jan 29, 2014 |
SUMMARY: Thumbing across the west Texas desert, Jack Reacher has nowhere to go. Cruising the same stretch of blacktop is Carmen Greer. But the lift comes with a hitch. She's got a wild story to tell--about her husband, her family secrets, and a hometown that's pure Gothic.
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0515143820, Mass Market Paperback)

Jack Reacher is Spenser before Robert Parker domesticated his Boston PI--in fact, Reacher's even tougher than Hawk. He can inhale and exhale a few times and pump up his muscles so they make a bad character think twice about tangling with him. And he's spent enough time on the right side of the law to know how to operate in the gray zone if that's what it takes to save the fair maiden, punish the bad guys, and right any other wrongs he happens to encounter in the course of his wanderings. Echo Burning is vintage Lee Child, a smartly paced, intricately plotted, and masterfully characterized thriller starring Reacher, the ex-military cop who's so concerned about commitment to anything--a woman, possessions, a permanent address--that he only owns the clothes on his back. But he's the kind of justice-seeking guy you'd want on your side, especially if you were an abused wife trapped in a marriage you can't get out of until, and unless, somebody bumps off your old man.

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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Jack Reacher, the vagabond freelance lawman who never hesitates to stick his nose into private business, takes his lively act to Texas, embroiling himself in what starts as a messy domestic dispute before turning far more ominous. The rugged former army cop comes to the aid of Carmen Greer, who picks him up on the side of the road one morning outside Lubbock, then asks him to kill her abusive husband. Sloop Greer is getting out of prison in a few days, and Carmen fears he will start beating her again. Reacher declines, but agrees to protect Carmen, hiring on as a cowhand at the couple's remote ranch in Echo County, Tex., far outside Pecos. Within hours of Sloop's return from prison, where he was serving time for tax evasion, violence strikes. But the victim isn't Carmen; it's Sloop. He's found shot dead, and Carmen is arrested. End of story? Hardly. Most wandering heroes would move on at this point, but not Reacher. He begins taking a hard look at both Carmen and Sloop's past, as well as local history. What he finds ugly secrets, human suffering, political evil is repulsive to a man who's been around as many blocks as Reacher. -- from Publishers weekly.… (more)

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