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Echo of War: A Briggs Tanner Novel [Kindle Edition]

Grant Blackwood
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The final installment in the trilogy from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author.

Dinaric Alps, Bosnian region of Austrian Hungarian Empire, 1918

After four Allied soldiers stumble across a biological weapon that could bring devastation to the world, they take a vow to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. Ever since, the deadly substance—code-named Kestrel—has been guarded by the descendants of those four brave men, each with the mission of keeping its existence a secret.

Chesapeake Bay, August 2003

The wife of former CIA director Jonathon Root has been kidnapped, and no one except Root himself knows who carried out the crime or why. His grandfather had been one of the soldiers responsible for stealing Kestrel, and now a group of Bosnian terrorists are trying to force Root to hand it over.

Enter agent Briggs Tanner. His mission: follow a trail through the Alps, to the heart of where it all began. At risk: Millions of lives lost, starting with his own.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2071 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Diversion Books (26 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KLC7WEO
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Echo of War 1 Jan. 2015
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Very good way of incorporating twists to the story. Mr Blackwood is an excellent story teller. Did not want to put my kindle down until I finished the book. I've read the trilogy of Briggs Tanner novels and enjoyed each one. Looking forward to more of the same.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 July 2014
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great book
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best thriller of 2003! 16 Sept. 2003
By Jon Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read Blackwood's first two books (The End of Enemies, The Wall of Night) and loved them, so I was happy to hear his third one had come out. Honestly, though, I was nervous when I started reading An Echo of War. Having watched some of my favorite thriller authors decline with each successive book, I didn't want to be disappointed. Well, I wasn't! On the contrary: Blackwood gets better with every book, and An Echo of War is no different.
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Dinaric Alps, Bosnian region of the Austrian Hungarian Empire, 1918. Four allied soldiers stumble across a biological weapon that could wreak devastation on the world - and take a vow to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. Ever since, the deadly substance, code-named Kestrel, has been guarded by the descendents of those four brave men - each with the mission of keeping its existence a secret.
Chesapeake Bay, August 2003. The wife of former CIA director Jonathon Root has been kidnapped - and no one except Root himself knows who carried out the crime or why. His grandfather had been one of the soldiers responsible for stealing Kestrel - and now a group of Bosnian terrorists are trying to force Root to hand it over.
Enter agent Briggs Tanner. His mission follow a trail through the alps, to the heart of where it all began - before millions of lives are lost.
A few reasons why I think Blackwood's An Echo of War is the best thriller I'll read this year: 1) Great plotting. Blackwood weaves a story like no one else, taking seemingly unrelated events and threads and winding them together in a exciting plot that makes the pages fly by. 2) Great hero. Briggs Tanner is my new favorite fiction hero. Resourceful and tenacious; sympathetic and human; larger-than-life and daring without being "superhuman". 3) Great characters. I loved the good guys, hated the bad guys. All the key players have a history and motivation all their own, so you feel like these a real people, doing real things that matter to them and the world.
I loved An Echo of War. It's a great suspense-thriller with heavy doses of espionage, intrigue, adventure, and mystery.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grant Blackwood Just keeps Getting Better! 16 April 2004
By Paul Gagne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The highest compliment I can pay Grant Blackwood is that I don't ordinarily read novels in this genre, but I can't put his books down. Simply put, this is a page-turner with a brain and a heart.
An Echo of War continues the adventures of Briggs Tanner, the dashing but gallant protagonist of his previous volumes, The End of Enemies and Wall of Night. Tanner is no cardboard cutout of a hero, but a three-dimensional man of his times whose courage, ingenuity and physical prowess are balanced with a sharp wit and consistent moral center. Tanner's compatriots and enemies are complex characters as well.
Blackwood's world is fully realized, leavening espionage, action and politics with humor, familial concerns, and the odd touch of romance. Most worthy of praise is the fact that he manages to provide enough detail about the necessary trappings of such matters as geography, weapons, and both military and quasi-military procedures to give the reader a clear understanding of what's hapeening without ever drowning the reader in minutae or appearing to simply be showing off (yes, I'm looking at you, Tom Clancy!).
There is more mystery and suspense here than in Blackwood's previous efforts, and An Echo of War really benefits. Blackwood deftly weaves the acts of diverse characters and seemingly unrelated events spread across time and earth into a swirling plot that packs twists and turns to the end but never veers into artifice or strained coincidence.
Great stuff, and I can't wait for the next one! Do yourself a favor -- make Grant Blackwood the new writer you discover this year.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ECHO OF WAR THUNDERS WITH SUSPENSE 12 Sept. 2003
By J. J Kamlani - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I finished his last one "The Wall of Night", and found it to be one of the best spy, suspense novels I've read in QUITE A WHILE.
Tom Clancy should read Blackwood's books to learn how to make a TECHNO-SPY THRILLER EXCITING!
An Echo of War starts out with an allied raid on a German bunker during World War One, when the soldiers find this biological weapon too dangerous to let anyone know about, let alone release. The plot thickens, as it races along to it's fantastic conclusion, at a pace that keeps you flipping through the pages, wondering what's going to happen next.
Blackwood continues getting better with each successive book!
I am proud to reccomend him to anyone who likes a book that really moves!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackwood delivers... 4 Aug. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
storytelling at its finest with a new Briggs Tanner adventure. Be swept along with a puzzling kidnapping, well-crafted plot twists and a soupcon of icy, mummified bodies. Grant Blackwood is on my list of must read authors. "An Echo of War" entertains with style.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as great as the first two books. 17 Oct. 2004
By Hen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I gave five stars on Blackwood's first two novels, because they were excellent. Great plot, great characters, great storyline. I was less than impressed with this book however. One of the reviewers stated that there was poor editing, which is true. Early in the book, Johnathan Root is described as a man in his early seventies that has been retired from the CIA since the eighties. Later in the book, Root is describing his involvement with Kestrel and says he found out about the virus "in 1978 when I was 30". Since this book takes place in 2003, that would make him 55, not early 70's, and a bit too young to be retired from the CIA for over 15 years. I saw a few other minor flaws in the book as well. This may seem like nit-picking, but when you're used to the quality of Blackwood's first two novels, it can be disappointing. All in all, the book could have been better researched and edited, but it was still a good read. Looking forward to the next one.
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