Genre: Science Fiction/Adult Fiction/Mystery
I do enjoy a good book that makes me ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ and then laugh before worrying over the life of a character. Echoes definitely delivers.
The synopsis from Goodreads:
Twenty-three-year-old Adem Adamend has it rough. His name is ludicrous. His friends are few. And the only thing his “kid genius” status has gotten him at the Interdistrict Bureau of Intelligence is a boatload of extra work with no credit in sight.
Then hotshot lawyer Victor Manson is burned to death in his own back yard, and Adem finds himself using his unique skills to piece together the strangest crime he’s ever seen.
Strange because the only possible suspect Adem can pin the murder on…is a mythical beast. A dragon.
Before Adem can unravel the mystery of Manson’s death, the Bureau loses jurisdiction to the secretive EDPA, an organization that investigates weird and deadly events.
But Adem isn’t one for giving up, so he takes it upon himself to delve deeper into EDPA’s machinations, into the series of unfortunate events that led to Manson’s demise.
And what he finds may change the way he views the world — and himself — forever.
I wouldn’t call Knite’s characters lovable, but I would call them entertaining. The book reads quickly with witty dialog, action, and a mystery tantalizing enough for any Inception or Sci-Fi lover.
Murder by arson is difficult enough to solve, but arson by dragon?
The first scene is written with captivating detail as the reader stands witness to a millionaire nearly killed by dragon fire.
My first thought? Okay, I know this is set like 200 years in the future, but a dragon?!
It’s not normal, not normal at all.
But it’s the only solution Adem Adamend (yes, his name is supposed to be ridiculous) can picture.
How does a dragon end up killing a man in the middle of suburbia without another soul bearing witness? This question will catapult Adem into another world of government secrets, advanced science, and danger the likes of which he’s never experienced before.
Knite’s future is just futuristic enough. If you’re looking for flying cars, cyborg men, and aliens then keep watching Dr. Who. The focus of this novel is the mystery of the case. The future Washington D.C. is just a backdrop. Technology is advanced but, appropriately so, Adem discovers the most advanced tech is in the hands of the mysterious EDPA and the aggravatingly intriguing Dynara Chamberlain.
Our main character, Adem, is described as a genius. I would say he is more a socially separated intellectual obsessed with solving crimes. He follows logic and takes leaps to fill in the gaps. Where he can then come back to fill in logic when he later has evidence. I found that more often than not, the other characters were described as lesser and their talents hidden in order to make Adem appear brighter.
Jin, his best friend and side kick, is a computer security expert and you don’t get to see how awesome he is until half way through and even then Adem only focuses on him for a moment.
The only people ‘smarter’ than Adem are Dynara and the killer which aggravates him to no end.
One of the cool things that Adem does that I did enjoy was the way he imagined or reconstructed crime scenes in his head. It’s like a flashback, but the reader is aware that the scene is narrated by Adem. Once again, his leaps of logic fill in the gaps, but it’s not too much of a leap. This point of view also allowed the author to revel in the descriptions of the crimes, I believe, and I found the scenes to be some of the most interesting in the book.
I don’t generally enjoy mysteries, but I did enjoy the fantastical nature of the crimes. Trying to guess what will happen next was entertaining because Knite literally throws punches to Adem and the reader without holding back.
There is action galore and the ability, or inability, of our main character makes it all the more believable.
I gave this book three stars because I liked it and look forward to how Therin Knite will develop his characters, reveal the secretive bad guy, and surprise us all in the next book in the Echoes series! I would have liked a few more dynamic characters in the way of Jinn and Adem’s coworkers. If everyone didn’t just say ‘Adem’s a genius’ I would have had more of an inclination to believe that he was through his abilities.
I picked this book up for free from StoryCartel in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed myself, honestly!
Be sure to check out Echoes: here
And Check out Therin Knite: Here
Therin’s a fellow Blogger and gives great advice to authors aspiring to be self published. Therin’s also working on some great fiction that sounds fantastic.