Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Earth is in dire straits. Political turmoil and a deadly virus have made life on Earth difficult. Starting a colony on a distant planet seems like a good way to escape the evils that have invaded the home planet. A group of individuals embarks on a journey across the galaxy to an Earth-like planet, New Ithaca. Little do they know that their journey on the space ship Odyssey will become an adventure in survival as their new home is hurtling towards a radiation contamination that will wipe them out almost instantaneously. Studies back on Earth have followed the events on New Ithaca and, against government approval, Odyssey has a following that is launching with a device that will carry them to the new Earth-like home in weeks, in just enough time to rescue the Odyssey crew and evacuate them before the radiation event. Little goes as planned and both crews are met with an unstoppable force, a group of aliens who lived on this planet centuries in the past.
Marc Buhmann’s science fiction novel, Echoes, touches on many aspects of unexplored fantastical scientific possibilities: wormhole travel, time travel, life sustaining pods, distant planets in the galaxy, communicating devices that allow an understanding of alien dialogue, and much more. The story follows an exciting plot as each new episode leads up to a compelling climax. The reader doesn’t want to put the book down at this point. An exciting read overall, and the reader will be eagerly anticipating book two in the series.