Monday, March 30, 2015

Book Review: The Chronicles of Epherium: Echoes by T.D. Wilson

The Epherium Chronicles: Echoes
by T.D. Wilson
Publisher:  Carina Press
Published: Mar. 30, 2015

Amazon Synopsis:

Book three of The Epherium Chronicles

The battle for Cygni colony may be over, but for Captain James Hood and the crew of the EDF Armstrong, the battle for humanity's future has just begun. Hood's defense of the remote outpost against the Cilik'ti aliens was magnificent, but without the timely help of an unlikely ally—a splinter tribe of humanity's bitter enemies—the colony would have been lost and the Armstrongdestroyed.

An uneasy peace has prevailed ever since. But as the humans prepare for a crucial meeting, a desperately needed Earth supply convoy is attacked under mysterious circumstances, with the lead escort cruiser's captain disappearing even more mysteriously.

The fate of all of Earth's new colonies hangs in the balance, and Hood is charged with protecting them against growing threats from all sides. When rebellion and unrest challenge the very leadership of the Earth Defense Forces, Hood may need to go it alone…and make the ultimate sacrifice.

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 My Thoughts:

Mysteries and more mysteries. There are mysteries everywhere in The Epherium Chronicles: Echoes. Just as the war between the Cilik'ti seems to be resolved and Captain Hood is going to meet with them and their council, they mysteriously break away and then tell the colonists that there will be no council. And then again the humans are under attack by a Cilik'ti faction, though not the one that their friend Kree comes from.

Maya Greywalker's brother and his squadron of fighters arrive to assist the colony in their defences but somehow he ends up MIA and presumed dead. Given his enhanced genetic ability like Maya's, that in itself is strange. So is the way his squadron fights in formation. It's nothing like anyone aboard the Armstrong has ever seen.

There are so many twists and turns and so many things going on at the colony on Cygni as well as at Tau Ceti and in space above the planets you will have to pay attention to keep up. The book moves at a fast pace and will stretch your imagination.

Part fantasy, part science fiction, with a bit of a romance thrown in, The Epherium Chronicles: Echoes is the new Star Trek-type space saga. Strongly defined characters, well developed and personable, they are people we can relate to and care about. Echoes is the third book in the series and we have grown to know and love these characters over the past two books.

I enjoyed the creativity and the action in all the different locations where things were happening in the story. I do have to admit though that sometimes I got a bit lost between all the characters and where they were. There are a lot of characters in this book in several locations and if you're not careful, you can get lost.

I thought the wildlife on Tau Ceti was excellent. I hate spiders also, but I liked the spider in the cave with the rock-like egg.

I would recommend The Epherium Chronicles: Echoes to anyone who enjoys science fiction or fantasy books. This series is simply one of the best that I have read. I gave it 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

T.D. Wilson was born in 1968 in Troy, Ohio and has been an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy from a very young age. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and has supported the systems and networks in several of the largest Supercomputing data centers in the world. His early thirst for adventure in reading began as he explored many of the great stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As his reading scope expanded, Mr. Wilson was fascinated by strange new worlds from the magical of Middle Earth and Narnia to the far reaches of space in Star Trek and Babylon 5. As a science fiction author, he strives to integrate a realistic flavor to his worlds by providing his readers a feel for the real science in science fiction. A topic he loves to discuss with his friends and readers. Mr. Wilson still lives in Ohio with his wife and their two sons.

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