District of Columbia
United Republic of Earth
Twenty-three-year-old Adem Adamend has it rough. His name is ludicrous. His friends are few. And the only thing his “kid genius” status has gotten him at the Interdistrict Bureau of Intelligence is a boatload of extra work with no credit in sight.
Then hotshot lawyer Victor Manson is burned to death in his own back yard, and Adem finds himself using his unique skills to piece together the strangest crime he’s ever seen. Strange because the only possible suspect Adem can pin the murder on…is a mythical beast. A dragon.
Before Adem can unravel the mystery of Manson’s death, the Bureau loses jurisdiction to the secretive EDPA, an organization that investigates weird and deadly events. But Adem isn’t one for giving up, so he takes it upon himself to delve deeper into EDPA’s machinations, into the series of unfortunate events that led to Manson’s demise.
And what he finds may change the way he views the world — and himself — forever.
What do you do when a killer can hide behind his dreams?
What do you do when a murder weapon ceases to exist?
And how do you stop a villain who can conjure up nightmares and burn you from the Earth in the blink of an eye?
Adem Adamend is about to find out. – Goodreads.com
I’ve read a lot of indie books and I’ve got to say, from the cover all the way through to the end, this book rates in the top 1% with its eye-catching cover and polished, error-free writing. And the writing itself was engaging, flowing, and descriptive, providing my unimaginative brain with some amazing imagery.
Adem Adamend’s sense of humor had me chuckling several times, even during some of the intense action sequences. He’s a very likeable character I enjoyed spending time with and his talent of reading people and the way he solved crimes was unique.
The dream sequences immediately brought Inception (a completely amazing movie) to mind and allowed the author creative leeway in adding some uncommon details to the mystery (dragons!). Although I’m a sci-fi fan, I don’t usually enjoy books that portray a completely unfamiliar world, so I appreciated that the world-building in Echoes wasn’t such a foreign concept.
For me, personally, I would have liked to know more of Adem’s backstory – how he got where he was, when he discovered his special abilities, more about his mother, etc. As this is the first book in a series, maybe more of this will be revealed in the future.
Overall, I felt this was a wonderful debut for a first time author filled with action, suspense, twists, and some wry humor along the way. I’ll be looking for the followup to Echoes.
This review is based on a digital copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.