Echoes of Ancient Times

Fiction - Science Fiction
248 Pages
Reviewed on 09/19/2020
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Author Biography

Throughout my life, from time to time, I came across myths and legends about powerful ancient civilizations, especially when I read the Mahabharata, a beautiful ancient Hindu epic. The book abounds in descriptions of "heavenly" weapons, and I would not have paid much attention to it until, like a thunderbolt from a clear sky, a thought struck me. My God, that's it. The uniqueness of their activation procedure is what shifts them from the domain of myth and fantasy to something that could be a reality. Now, the descriptions of certain ancient weapons have taken on a much more realistic and sinister meaning, and when we add to that the skeletal radioactivity in the ruins of Mohenjo Daro and similar ancient cities, the gloomy picture becomes complete.
I felt that I had to do something. And so, while I was still a master in electrical engineering and a certified thermographer during the day, at night I was becoming a writer with the intention of asking readers many interesting questions: “Is it possible that such weapons still exist today?” “How do we stand in the way of someone who controls them and how to convince anyone to reject established prejudices and accept this possibility?” and, finally, “Does this our way of life, as it was with ancient civilizations, inevitably lead us to our downfall?” – These are the main themes of this book and I hope that reading it will give you as much excitement as I had writing it.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Echoes of Ancient Times is a work of fiction in the science fiction, mystery fiction, and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Nikolas Lain. Disaster on a global scale looms as the nuclear option is put on the table, but there are only a small group of people who really understand what’s afoot in this deeply involved mystery novel. When a young reporter is roped into the investigation of a military tragedy, he finds himself party to exclusive information about science so powerful that some would call it magic. Ancient terror mixes with modern warfare, and what results is a high octane work that will surely have readers on the edge of their seats from cover to cover.

Author Nikolas Lain has crafted a complex and enjoyable science fiction plot that will give hardcore fans of the genre something to really sink their teeth into. Traditional mystery fans too will find themselves engrossed, as the exposition of the plot leaves plenty of opportunities to wonder at the possibilities, and also solves them in a timely and satisfying manner. The work balances character and plot very well to deliver a succinct story with lots of cultural information as well as tension and thrills. One of the elements which I especially enjoyed throughout was the sharpness of the dialogue, which enables us to learn more from both plot and character as the mystery goes on. Overall, I would certainly recommend Echoes of Ancient Times for fans of cerebral science fiction and well-crafted mysteries.

Vincent Dublado

Author Nikolas Lain introduces us to Susan Sanders, a journalist who wants to learn more about her long-lost father, Paul Sanders, who was investigating military tragedies in the early 2030s. Echoes of Ancient Times is a futuristic sci-fi thriller that explores the contest of arms, ancient weaponry, and the brink of annihilation. Here we witness the US military mobilizing its forces in what is initially perceived as a standard drill. Other nations soon follow a mobilization that raises public suspicion. Political leaders and military heads are fighting an unknown enemy that escalates the tension and results in scapegoating. Paul joins an expert team of investigators to dig for what lies beneath the core, and it will take all sense and reason to convince military leaders of the existence of formidable ancient weaponry that falls into the hands of a fanatic terrorist. As the world pushes itself closer to oblivion, the team works in a limited time frame to find someone who can stop this mad terrorist.

A moving futuristic novel with a dark feel is not rare in the field of science fiction, but Echoes of Ancient Times succeeds because of its fantasy element that readers will find interesting. It is something that a reader could enjoy with its gritty characters and imaginative future setting. Nikolas Lain uses dialogue to push the story forward and he evokes military supremacy and ancient beliefs, colliding reason and faith, and as such makes for a powerful contrasting effect. All the discussions about inquiry into the mysteries behind tragedies and covert operations might be decidedly less exciting, but such talks often give reference to thrills that will be unraveled. Imaginative and enthralling, it is a good read for anyone who has a taste for apocalyptic fiction.

Rabia Tanveer

Echoes of Ancient Times by Nikolas Lain is a science fiction novel with a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Susan is a reputable journalist with a tragic past. Her father, Paul Sanders, went missing when she was young, and now she could lose her mother to cancer, but she is hoping for the best. However, what happened to her father has always been at the back of her mind. So, she reached out to Professor Richard, the author of Weapons of Ancient Times, wishing to get some answers. But before she knew it, she had opened a Pandora's box of secrets and horrible ancient weapons that could destroy the world. The future of the world was hanging by a thread, and Susan’s father was at the center of it all.

Echoes of Ancient Times is not a battle between good and evil. It is a war between terror and fighting for what you believe to be right (even if it isn’t). There are multiple characters, and each character added substance to the story. Susan was the catalyst of this story; she was the one who started it all, and she was there at the end as well. I enjoyed how smoothly the story flowed and how each chapter revealed something new about the story. The plot itself was very complicated at times, something that I really enjoyed. The actual story had many layers. I loved discovering something new as each plotline was uncovered, and I loved how each character evolved and played a vital role in unraveling the mystery behind the ancient weapons. Nikolas Lain did a great job with his research, and it is very apparent in the way everything was so believable right up to the very end. Brilliant!