A beautiful, 4-star review was just posted on Amazon by Matt Kincaide for Echo. Thanks Matt!!!
“Kent Wayne’s Echo Volume 1: Approaching Shatter, was an enjoyable, gritty piece of military sci-fi. It certainly wasn’t what I was expecting, but that’s not a criticism. I was expecting blood and guts military action, maybe something with aliens bugs exploding left and right, but what I got was a deeply personal story of an elite soldier coming to a turning point in his life and his career, re-examining his own assumptions and values. Don’t get me wrong though, there’s still enough action to keep the pages turning.
Far in the future, Atriya is an elite soldier, part of the Crew, a specialized unit that uses advanced technology to transform themselves into super-soldiers in their fight against the Dissidents. He’s one of the best. And yet, something is missing. Guided by his friend and teacher, Verus, Atriya begins searching for a deeper meaning in all of it, and a deeper purpose in his life. When he makes a powerful enemy in an officer with political and religious connections, he’s forced to make a difficult choice that will change his life, no matter what he decides.
The sci-fi elements are well done. Kent Wayne has created a deep, coherent universe. The technology, the history and the cultures make sense, and the author’s military experience gives the material a hard, realistic edge. In fact, one of my only complaints might be that the author spends too much time describing the technology. The character elements are also excellent. Most of the story concentrates on Atriya, and I really felt invested in this character. I sympathised with him and cared about the outcome.
The story, as other reviewers point out, does end with a cliffhanger, which is a little frustrating. But that’s the point of a cliffhanger, isn’t it? You’re supposed to be frustrated, so you want to read the next book. And I certainly do.
Kent Wayne is a newer author, and the quality of his writing can be inconsistent at times, and a little heavy with narrative exposition. But none of that was a deal-breaker. The proofreading was nearly flawless, and the book was entirely readable and enjoyable. I look forward to the next book in the Echo series.”