DOC [The Echo historical romance clean] AUTHOR James Smythe

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READ ´ The Echo James Smythe ↠ 1 READ Twenty years following the disappearance of the infamous Ishiguro – the first manned spacecraft to travel deeper into space than ever before – humanity are setting their sights on the heavens once Under the direction of two of the most brilliant minds science has ever seen – that of identical twin br. My but this is a challenging book to review First though let me say this if you liked The Explorer then you should definitely like The Echo which takes the formula from the first book and refines it in every aspect resulting in a book that is much polished emotional and insightful than its predecessor Smythe s writing style is one that focuses on thoughts than on actions His narration jumps around from the immediate plot to flashbacks played out in character s heads to inner character monologues about the meaning of life The pace of his books is slow or if you prefer thoughtful However the plot is not the point of the book the book is a character study that just happens to be set in space and a very good one at that It s too bad that the pace might put off some readers who need super fast action in every breath This is not a uick read despite the book only being 300 pages You ll need time to read and chew on every chapterSmythe gives Mira the protagonist feelings of intense inferiority and intense jealousy that should resonate well with anyone who s ever found themselves in another s footprints and shadow But what makes Smythe s character so intriguing is how slowly his thoughts and feelings are revealed In fact Mira spends much of the first half of the novel trying to convince the reader and himself that he s not jealous and in many ways superior to his ever present twin brother Mira presents himself as very detached and clinical From a plot standpoint this is probably a really good thing because the experiences of the book emotionally shatter other weaker characters very uickly and the narration would have become tedious if Mira had done likewise Instead his scientific approach to the events of the book allows his inevitable decay to come slowly adding weight depth and much sadness I am impressed that Smythe was able to create a character who at the start of the novel is so cold and unlikable but by the end of the novel is sympathetic and tragic In an article written for Entertainment Weekly Stephen King famously said that Nightmares exist outside of logic and there s little fun to be had in explanations This sentiment perfectly encapsulates Smythe s approach to the plot of this novel There are many uestions left unanswered and I m not really sure I want any answers to them There s fun in mystery and science has a tendency to ruin the mystery with logic and explanations Stupid science Like I said before this book is a character study The fact that Mira is on an expedition to explore a space anomaly that ended the last voyage is merely a vehicle to add isolation suspense and horror to Mira s journey of self discovery The little bits of plot that do make it into the book are excellent and all kinds of mind bendy The images of the last thirty pages or so are particularly good and will stick with me a very long time I was worried about this little uartet of books after reading The Explorer But now after reading The Echo I am eagerly waiting book number three Well done Mr Smythe On a side note I actually think that this book would make a great companiondiscussion book to Hugh Howey s Sand Omnibus Both books deal with isolation family and self worth Both books are set in a very very hostile environment And while one book starts bleak and ends with hope the other starts with hope and ends with none The books are of similar length and I could see some really nerdy book club one that I would happily join dissecting the crap out of these two excellent novels uinze dias jumps around from the immediate plot to flashbacks played out in character s heads to inner character monologues about the meaning of life The pace of his books is slow or if you prefer thoughtful However the plot is not the point of the book the book is a character study that Cheating for the Chicken Man just happens to be set in space and a very good one at that It s too bad that the pace might put off some readers who need super fast action in every breath This is not a uick read despite the book only being 300 pages You ll need time to read and chew on every chapterSmythe gives Mira the protagonist feelings of intense inferiority and intense The Last Runaway jealousy that should resonate well with anyone who s ever found themselves in another s footprints and shadow But what makes Smythe s character so intriguing is how slowly his thoughts and feelings are revealed In fact Mira spends much of the first half of the novel trying to convince the reader and himself that he s not On Tidy Endings jealous and in many ways superior to his ever present twin brother Mira presents himself as very detached and clinical From a plot standpoint this is probably a really good thing because the experiences of the book emotionally shatter other weaker characters very uickly and the narration would have become tedious if Mira had done likewise Instead his scientific approach to the events of the book allows his inevitable decay to come slowly adding weight depth and much sadness I am impressed that Smythe was able to create a character who at the start of the novel is so cold and unlikable but by the end of the novel is sympathetic and tragic In an article written for Entertainment Weekly Stephen King famously said that Nightmares exist outside of logic and there s little fun to be had in explanations This sentiment perfectly encapsulates Smythe s approach to the plot of this novel There are many uestions left unanswered and I m not really sure I want any answers to them There s fun in mystery and science has a tendency to ruin the mystery with logic and explanations Stupid science Like I said before this book is a character study The fact that Mira is on an expedition to explore a space anomaly that ended the last voyage is merely a vehicle to add isolation suspense and horror to Mira s Flat World Navigation journey of self discovery The little bits of plot that do make it into the book are excellent and all kinds of mind bendy The images of the last thirty pages or so are particularly good and will stick with me a very long time I was worried about this little uartet of books after reading The Explorer But now after reading The Echo I am eagerly waiting book number three Well done Mr Smythe On a side note I actually think that this book would make a great companiondiscussion book to Hugh Howey s Sand Omnibus Both books deal with isolation family and self worth Both books are set in a very very hostile environment And while one book starts bleak and ends with hope the other starts with hope and ends with none The books are of similar length and I could see some really nerdy book club one that I would happily A House of My Own Stories from My Life join dissecting the crap out of these two excellent novels

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The Echo

READ ´ The Echo James Smythe ↠ 1 READ Others Tomas and Mirakel Hyvönen – this space craft has a bold mission to study what is being called ‘the anomaly’ – a vast blackness of space into which the Ishiguro disappeared Between them Tomas on the ground guiding the mission from the command centre and Mira on the ship with the rest of the. Here s an excerpt of my review of The Echo at SF SignalFollowing in the footsteps of the phenomenal first book The Explorer The Echo rewards fans with answers to the anomaly located deep in outer space but then adds danger as the anomaly s strengths and mystery increase More than that though the story of its main character Mira is touching succinct and a perfect fit for a reader toe to toe in the battle between ambition and failureThe Explorer already uncovered a mind bending characteristic of the anomaly The Echo successfully doubles the mystery while still leaving plenty to discover in the remaining planned two books This is is the kind of science fiction horror that I crave I don t get this blend of science fiction mystery horror and emotion anywhere else

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READ ´ The Echo James Smythe ↠ 1 READ Hand picked crew are leaving nothing to chanceBut soon these two scientists are to learn that there are some things in space beyond our understanding As the anomaly begins to test the limits of Mira’s comprehension – and his sanity – will Tomas be able to save his brother from being lost in space too. I absolutely loved The Explorer and though this book isn t directly a seuel it follows the events of The Explorer but can be read stand alone I highly recommend checking out the first book if you haven t yet The Echo is similar in style to its predecessor dark atmospheric paced and tense However the voice of the main character in The Echo Mira a Swedish scientist is distinct and very different from the first book whose main character was a journalist Mira has a twin Tomas with whom he has competed and collaborated with his entire life yet Mira is the one who goes into space while Tomas stays at mission control on Earth and has remote access to everything on the ship There is a perceived power struggle and we can never be sure when Mira is being paranoid or when Tomas is actually exerting too much control Since we re only in Mira s head we are awash with his emotions and self doubt and the internal struggles of this character are inexorably linked with the flow of the storyThough The Echo is sci fi it is not a fun raucous romp through space It s a deep dive into the psyche of the main character and even the side characters Sure there s escapism they re flying a spaceship into the depths of the solar system to investigate an unexplained anomaly But this is not a floor you with action kind of book It s measured and intense In a world where the flashiest science fiction is becoming increasingly mainstream particularly in the movie industry this kind of novel is refreshing even if it is so dark Smythe clearly values depth of character over plot though don t get me wrong because the plot definitely does not come up short I can only imagine the kinds of diagrams it would take to design such a twisting overlapping plot such as this or that of The Explorer as well So if you love time jumping plots then sure go for it Or if you re like me and dare to read both genre fiction as well as that one L word coughliteraturecough give Smythe a try and you won t be disappointed I Love You Almost Always journalist Mira has a twin Tomas with whom he has competed and collaborated with his entire life yet Mira is the one who goes into space while Tomas stays at mission control on Earth and has remote access to everything on the ship There is a perceived power struggle and we can never be sure when Mira is being paranoid or when Tomas is actually exerting too much control Since we re only in Mira s head we are awash with his emotions and self doubt and the internal struggles of this character are inexorably linked with the flow of the storyThough The Echo is sci fi it is not a fun raucous romp through space It s a deep dive into the psyche of the main character and even the side characters Sure there s escapism they re flying a spaceship into the depths of the solar system to investigate an unexplained anomaly But this is not a floor you with action kind of book It s measured and intense In a world where the flashiest science fiction is becoming increasingly mainstream particularly in the movie industry this kind of novel is refreshing even if it is so dark Smythe clearly values depth of character over plot though don t get me wrong because the plot definitely does not come up short I can only imagine the kinds of diagrams it would take to design such a twisting overlapping plot such as this or that of The Explorer as well So if you love time Gloom Town jumping plots then sure go for it Or if you re like me and dare to read both genre fiction as well as that one L word coughliteraturecough give Smythe a try and you won t be disappointed

  • Hardcover
  • 320
  • The Echo
  • James Smythe
  • English
  • 09 September 2018
  • 9780007456796