A gifted writer, very visual scenes, lots of excitement. I’ve read five of the eight books in this series, not in order, and until this one I was a fan, albeit with some nagging feelings that harken “hokey.” These are driven by the author’s use of a back story that he uses repeatedly. There’s a gaping hole in that back story and because it’s hammered and repeated again and again and again the ridiculousness of it gets magnified. Eventually, I just said to myself: enough! Spoilers. The main character Donovan Nash twenty five years previously was Robert Harrington, a powerful oil magnate blamed for the death of an environmentalist who he was in love with and planned to marry. Note: blamed by the public not by law enforcement. Nothing wrong with that.
He’s so miserable back then that he stages his death, gets plastic surgery so that he looks nothing like he used to, and builds himself a new identity as Nash, a protector of the environment. Nothing wrong with that.
Here’s where it goes wrong. The author assumes that people will believe that after twenty five years of living without issue with his reborn identity, suddenly people are recognizing Nash by his voice or his eyes or just guessing and they’re blackmailing him and trying to kill him and his entire family. The back story keeps getting played. Almost every one Nash meets knows in detail the story of his past life and his environmentalist flame, as if they were the biggest movie stars of that time. Heck, most young people I meet have never heard of Richard Nixon or Sophia Loren or Ronald Reagen or just about any other iconic figure from twenty-five years ago. But in “Deadly Echoes” that’s not the case. Every character knows the story of Robert Harrington and this drama is played out and played up to the hilt, as Nash struggles to conceal his past life.
I think this author fell into a two foot deep ditch, decided it was impossible to climb out, so he digs wide and messy, building his entire drama/ melodrama around the two feet instead of climbing out and moving forward. Some exciting scenes per se but drowned out by a ridiculous premise.