Thank You Richard Piland!!! The magnanimous and awesome Richard read Echo 3 in the span of two days and left this INCREDIBLE review on Amazon! Thank You! 🙂 🙂 🙂
And let me quickly apologize for the mistakes (I’ve no copy editors and my beta reader was gone from this book, if that serves as an excuse). Due to the amount of moving parts in #3, I was picking things out down to the wire. I had to throw in something about Atriya’s hair midway through the book—no spoilers but he does something with it and then later a bullet “furrows” it and I’m like did he just stop messing with it or what. I also had Verus talking smack about Frank Sinatra to Gantry…until I did some digging and couldn’t verify whether old blue eyes was malicious to Sammy or he was a staunch friend. The only verifiable nugget I could come up with was that he was just a crazy artist. Ike wasn’t malicious either (personally, I loved his speech about the military industrial complex) but he fit the whole thing about misinterpretation and the fifties blah blah blah. The mistakes are still out there: Where are the micro-missiles on the Exo that I mentioned in the first book? What does Apex’s voice sound like? And the big one: Did I reveal enough of the structure of magic to make it understandable yet not bog down the pace? Sorry about all that—at least I can address the magic stuff in the next book, although it will slow things down, as exposition always does. Indeed, I’ve written 28k words without things blowing up; it’s just kind of a slow roll into Atriya’s new education at…as I said before: No Spoilers, haha! Once again: Thank You Richard!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Here it is: “Kent Wayne, you have truly amazed me with this latest installment to your Echo series. From the introduction of Verus as a main character and the true power that was only hinted at in the previous two volumes makes this book a true powerhouse.
I must admit, this book made me think, a lot. The philosophies introduced and discussed, and the subtle cores shown throughout, is definitely a mind-boggling experience. Though less about action, this book still holds up in that department just as strong as the full frontal assaults of the previous entries. The world has been developed beautifully, and really has the writer side of me inspired to attempt the greatness shown in these novels.
Now onto the true review.
The book flows very well. It’s a strong title on its own, giving an introductory course in the events of the previous two volumes. Someone could start here and know the back story within only a few pages.
As stated previously, the book has two main characters. The transitions are smooth between the two perspectives, which are unique between them. Atriya and Verus are very much alive in this novel, which is greatly enjoyable.
The story is strong, and instead of being events of only a few days, it gives a true sense of time and distance with the travelling without it getting dull. There was not a single time that I put the book down because I wanted to.
Aside from a couple minor mistakes, the book is very well written. I have enjoyed it throughly and will look forward to yet another addition to this great saga!”