The Deadliest Echo

The Deadliest Echo

by Reese Hogan


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The year is 1928, and American mercenary Echo Maebius is seized while fleeing Russia after the disappearance of Joseph Stalin. Just when things can't get any worse, Echo's doppelganger walks into the room, offering him a way out-but with a terrible catch. Now, broken, damaged, and alone, Echo must find out why his closest comrade Jez has disappeared from his life-and why the failure of their mission in Moscow is responsible.

Told in alternating chapters between Echo's past and present, The Deadliest Echo is a science fiction thriller about assassination, alternate paths, and the dangers of being a foreigner in a country newly raised from revolution. It is a powerful tale about the thin line between loneliness and friendship, and the intricate web of secrets that forces Echo to confront the one truth he most wants to escape...

Unless he can finish the mission he never completed in Moscow, the whole world will pay the price for his failure.

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ISBN-13: 9781499588071
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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The Deadliest Echo 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Micah33book More than 1 year ago
The Deadliest Echo was every bit as educational as it was exciting. A fast paced story, well conceptualized, capturing the essence of 1920’s Russia and the covert and devious ways of old Soviet society. The opening chapters are action-packed and full of suspense. So no dallying there. The plot is believable, Maebius is an interesting character we want to root for right from the start and Jez, the playful prankster, is a tight friend our protagonist so desperately needs. Maebius arrives like a ghost out of the cold and here’s where the plot twists unpredictably. We don’t know where he comes from or why he’s there. We sense that whatever it is will cause a few ripples and rip a sizeable hole in Russia’s future. But is he’s plucky enough to pull it off? What I like about Hogan’s writing is the crisp prose and snappy dialogue, not to mention vivid scenes that take you out of your living room into snow-packed forests and a glance at Red Square. Or worse, into a customs office and an interrogation that goes horribly wrong. At this point, the book gallops and doesn’t let go, although we do have the brief respite of the alternating chapters, cleverly weaved between past and present. Obstacles, deterrents, torture, and a main character confronting danger head on, always provides a hook for me. Hogan has captured every facet of a gripping story to produce a page-turner. Highly recommended. CMT Stibbe Author of Chasing Pharaohs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's a lot to like about this SF novel set in the Cold War -- spy-like action, quirky characters, and time travel. The SF elements are balanced nicely with the grounded realism of the setting. I look forward to more by this author.
grwight More than 1 year ago
I must preface this review with the following: rarely will I pick up a book containing any of the following premises- spies, historical fiction, alternate universes or anything written in the first person (whereas few can write it believably or successfully)...this book has totally changed that prejudice and has opened up a whole new world of reading possibilities....I must also warn you, this book is highly addictive and excruciatingly hard to put down...I read it over the course of three days, only putting it down out of necessity....painfully awaiting the next time I could pick it up again...The story takes place in 1928, the protagonist, Echo Maebius, has been captured trying to flee Russia after the disappearance of Stalin....after being brutally tortured and seemingly all chances of escape seem futile, enter Echo's doppleganger with a way out of this mess but with a terrible catch...has his closest friend, Jez been killed? Did he do it? Can he really believe in such a thing as alternate universes? Unless he cooperates and finishes his mission in Moscow, he may lose everything and everyone dear to him...and it is possible the whole fate of the world rests squarely on his find out the answers to these questions, you MUST put this book on your reading list....for a first time novelist, this author will completely blow you away with their effortless skill at storytelling. This novel can obliterate the skills of more established authors of the day...Hogan's gift for skillfully painting the the descriptive landscape of this story is breathtaking for a first timer...the characters are crisply laid out and you find yourself caring about the main characters, they are not just thrown in to tell a story...usually I find stories that flashback and forth in time to be annoying, hard to follow and confusing, but Hogan seems well versed in it's use, and winds it through the story with great ease and by the end you realize this use is crucial to the plot and ending, I found it's use very intriguing and hated the fact that it ended...the background and atmosphere is amazing, you feel like you are right there with the characters and they are vividly envisioned through the writer's gift of description, aptly applied, yet not overdone...this would make an amazing movie.....a fantastic story written by a great new author....this is one writer you must keep on your watch-list, I cannot wait for their next novel...this one was a triumph!!! A++++
dok5 More than 1 year ago
A good fast paced thriller from a new talent that should not be missed. I can't wait for the next Reese Hogan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This fast paced action thriller is hard to put down, a real page turner.  The author keeps you guessing about what is coming next and in the end leaves you wondering how different the world might be now had a few changes been made.  The writing style is crisp and filled with great imagery.  You feel transported to 1920's Russia.  A great tale with interesting twists and turns.  Recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Deadliest Echo is a fun intense thriller set in late 1920's Europe. This novel follows a mercenary's mission to assassinate one of history's most powerful men and his journey to save himself and the lives of his comrades. This book kept me guessing from cover to cover. I also loved the historical setting, it felt fresh and new. A time period I don't feel is over used in novels. A good read and a fantastic debut novel from a fresh author.