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Echo takes the reader on a poignant journey into deep space
on 12 February 2014
There are some rather good reviews of this novel, a novel dare I say that is a rather sophisticated piece of Science Fiction. While some reviewers have said you can read this as a stand-alone production, I have yet to read `The Explorer (2013)'. So I do feel a tad disadvantaged here. Here then are my best efforts. As others have commented there are some poignant links with this work and Solaris (and I do not mean the American re-make). For me the author James Smythe writing is daring in nature, as his reworks old concepts and reinvents them to his needs. This is a well-crafted and intelligent work, which draws in the reader, and in doing so he gets the reader to `gel' with the characters. The Echo takes the bibliophile on a poignant journey into deepness of space, as the narrative moves on the atmosphere makes for a rather claustrophobic feel to the whole venture. There is clear inter-weaving of the main protagonists' identical twin brothers, for they are the most brilliant minds in science. It is under their guidance and their supervision that the whole undertaking has got under way, and it is in their narrative the reader is channelled, while one of the brothers remains on Earth as ground control, the other leads the mission into deep space. For theirs is the second expedition to this far distant anomaly, as the first mission ended in the disappearance of the spaceship Ishiguro with all crew members. The twins and the new expedition members are determined not befall the same fate.
Unfortunately things seem to go awry with the mission and there is sense of foreboding, which then has a catalytic effect that gives rise to the creepiness of the whole event, the twins are tested by their respective rolls, as they are played out in the book.