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Echoes of the Past (Demon Squad Book 4) Kindle Edition
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This time the poor sap has aliens to deal with, plus a little home truth.
Whilst in the finding of the Truth, Frank has his fair share of dead ends, fist fights, magical bursts, town destruction and heart ache. Not all is as it seems me thinks!
Some main characters die in this book, brave of the author, but what brilliant endings.
I have hastily bought book no.5 as Echoes of the Past ended on such a cliffhanger I nearly fell off my chair.
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Echoes Of The Past begins a bit after the events of "At The Gates" and past readers will know how it ended, so the reader is immediately clued into what is happening and the most primal of mysteries about this series is given a resounding answer, namely what happened that lead God and Lucifer to have a sit-down and then disappear to unknown places. Readers clamoring for an answer will get the desired explanation and then we get to see Frank as he returns to his home however another nasty surprise awaits him and this time it's the government. And that's just the beginnings of his troubles as remnants of the war to topple heaven make their way towards Frank as do alien entities that have previous connections to his lineage. This book basically deals with a lot of revelations and answers for Frank and the reader and finally the author manages to end the book with a cliffhanger that manages to upend the one featured in Resurrection. This book will leave you utterly hanging and clamoring for book V.
To begin with, in regards to the previous three books, Echoes of the Past is a vastly different book. It is more introspective and deals with a lot of revelations, secrets and intricacies of this universe. For a reader invested in these books, this is the payoff however be warned that this is not the penultimate book of the series and so akin to LOST, these answers while satisfying will lead to more questions gleaned from those very answers. Thematically this book is about identity and the quest to find it. Frank has always wondered about his past and recent events occurring the past books have escalated that need. In this book he finally gets an avenue to explore those needs however the answers he finds might not be the ones he thought they would be. If you didn't emphathize with Frank before, you'll definitely do so after reading this one.
This book also has more than its share of plot twists, I would go so far as to say that this one is the most twisted of all the Demon Squad books. While previous books did have the twists, none of them were so caustic as these to Frank. After all the recent deaths in the previous two books, the author does continue the trend not in number but in terms of important personage. I was very much surprised by the turns of the plot as the author constantly kept on switching tracks and thereby made the ending that much more unpredictable. Characterization-wise this book is the most accomplished of all however it focuses solely on Frank. With these books Frank has always been the sole narrator, but with the last two books, the focus was widened on the side character cast however with this one the scope is again narrowed down to Frank. This kind of narrative while having its plus points also makes it a problem if the reader doesn't connect with the story. However with Frank, the reader is always left stunned with the amount and importance of information revealed and this just makes the next book that much more enticing especially when Frank reunites with those that have wronged him.
The only things that went against the enjoyment factor was that the book ends on a massive cliffhanger and combined with the expectation of things to come, that makes the wait for the next book hard. The second point would be that the book also has revelations that gives answers but further creates questions that will leave the readers perplexed. But both these issues are minor ones and wouldn't affect the overall reading experience.
CONCLUSION: Tim Marquitz takes a new direction with the fourth book that showcases improvement on all authorial fronts. This is another great entry in the Demon Squad series, if you haven't started it yet then you should definitely do so. This is one of those series that has almost been under most readers radar. Tim Marquitz continues his excellent run and makes this book another standout volume.
-Good plot progression in ways that will keep my interest.
-Frank is deepening as a character consistent with the progression of the plot.
-Frank is deepening as a character consistent with the progression of the plot. It is hard to delve into Frank's psyche and internal responses to developments without slowing the story. Strangely, I know this is good for the story but I thought it was TMI.
-The fights became repetitive. I found myself skimming through the fights to get to the other side - not my usual m.o.
-The interactions between Frank and the other characters did not seem as crisp as it had been in previous books.
-Everything seemed to drag (unfortunately, the author has set a very high bar for the pace he has set in these books...)
I just did something I hadn't done before with this series, I downloaded a sample from the next book, "Beyond the veil." Although it is getting good reviews I need to see if my issues were unique to Echo or this will continue.
I really want to finish the series as I am invested in the characters and have overall enjoyed the books.
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