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Brandpunt (original 2001; edition 2010)

by Lee Child, Bob Snoijink

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

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  Amanda105 | Sep 5, 2016 |
Just how did Jack Reacher escape my notice until now? This is my first encounter with Child and I'm hooked. His characters are well drawn, the plot filled with suspense. American authors who write mysteries set in England often do not get it quite right, so I was interested in this English author setting his mystery in the U.S. In my opinion he hit the spot and produced a page-turner that kept me up most of the night. Great stuff! ( )
  VivienneR | Aug 31, 2016 |
Review: Echo Burning by Lee Child.

Lee Child’s is a great storyteller, and never fails to keep the reader interested. He created a story that was unpredictable, a great plot, well developed characters and his description of the Texas environment gave rich dialogue for the characters and Jack Reacher. The story was fast pace, suspenseful and intriguing. Before the reader finishes the book there are surprises, mystery, and interesting characters behavior towards who is telling the truth, so you keep turning the pages to find out more about what Jack Reacher discovers on his travels through Texas.

Jack is smart and proves to solve the most enigmatic investigation. He never fails to crunch a few bones, snapping a few necks, or dispensing his own brand of vigilance to deserving bad guys and their helpers. Lee Child’s even weaves some interesting thoughts about discrimination into the story.

The story begins with Jack Reacher hitchhiking in west Texas. He gets picked up by a woman named Carmen, who is of Mexican heritage and married to a guy who is abusive, but at this time he is in prison getting ready to be released in a few days. While Jack is riding with her she acts nervous and explains the whole deal about her husband and how scared she is because he is coming home knowing she is the one who turned him in. Carmen and her husband, Sloop has a young daughter together named Ellie and they all live together with his mother and brother who are very racist against her. During the conversation Carmen left nothing untold about her life as his wife and his family. Jack’s interest intensifies and he and Carmen come to an agreement that he would go back to the ranch with her and gets hired as a ranch hand to interrupt the allegations she has told him. As the story goes on Lee Child embeds a lot of misconception throughout the story so the reader doesn’t know who to believe and Jack Reacher is also wondering who is telling the truth….Is Carmen’s husband and family treating her unjustly or is Carmen looking for a way out……?

There’s plenty of adventure, events, crime, good guy vs. bad guy scenario’s to enhance the story throughout….A common thread for Jack Reacher……
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
The first fifty pages of this book tell a classic Jack Reacher tale, action violence, and good natured kindness all with in the first pages. The suspense in this book is built up to an almost unbearable measure filled with danger, mystery, and action. ( )
  DWalton16 | Apr 21, 2016 |
Not Child's best, not his worst. Like many of his novels, I feel like some trimming would have made this a much tighter, fast-paced story.

Here, Reacher is back on the move, this time in Texas. Within moments of hitchhiking, he is picked up by a beautiful woman, Carmen, with a worrisome story. Her abusive husband, Sloop, will be getting out of jail soon and she's looking for a big strong man to kill him. Reacher says he won't do that, but is willing to be hired on as a farmhand to make sure the beatings don't happen again.

But is Carmen telling the truth?

"Echo Burning" has lots of twists and turns, with several characters who aren't what they seem. But again, the book tends to drag a bit here and there as we wait for the action to commence. At times, I felt like the book should be titled "Echo Slowly Burning." ( )
  Jarratt | Feb 14, 2016 |
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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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