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Lost Echoes Paperback – February 13, 2007
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Lost Echoes is about a young man named Harry Wilkes (think Ashton Kutcher), who's working his way through college and trying to stay out of trouble. You see when Harry was six-years of age, he became sick with the mumps and developed a serious ear infection that affected a part of his brain.Read more ›
Lansdale does the unusual by taking a mystery down the horrific corridors of ghost-like replays and keeps it destructively alive by upping the threat to his modest hero, to his women, and to his closest friend. A steady sprinkling of humor, an interlacing of lust and romance, an NYPD style of abreviated dialogue, and a visceral sense of foreboding sees us through to a satisfying, high-stakes climax that makes it worth the pain of getting there.
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"Echoes" starts fast and furious, getting the reader riveted early, but about midway through slows and starts gets a bit muddy. The dialogue is uneven - snappy and darkly humorous at times, dull and uninspired at others. But for me, much of the slowdown can be attributed to Tad Peters, a middle-aged drunk who happens to be a Bruce Lee-class martial artist, independently wealthy, wholly unbelievable, and totally annoying. But we're to believe that the sodden Tad has the mojo to turn Harry's life around, get them both off the sauce, save fair Kayla, and clear her father's good name. But thankfully, just before Tad manages to sink this notable effort, Lansdale recovers and salvages the story with a climax worthy of the crackerjack beginning. All things considered, an off-the-beaten-track-kind of a book that while not without flaws is a worthy read.
Lansdale book---how easy it is. The writing
just flows along, flows along. This book is not
as good as "The Downs", but, it is better than
some of the others that I have read (I think this
is my 6th). The author sure does pack a lot into
a story! There are good cops / lots of bad cops,
ghosts, a Mr. Myagi-kinda-dude, murders, guns,
lots of drinking. Of special note, don't miss the ex-
change between Tad and Joey in the restaurant,
it is so, so good.
LOST ECHOES is essentially a thriller with a supernatural twist. It's hero is a young man with the ability to see visions of violent crimes that have been committed in the past. It starts off quite well, when Lansdale describes the young man's discovery of his power and how it affects his childhood and young adulthood. Lansdale really excels at telling a coming-of-age story, and all the early scenes of this novel are quite compelling.
But LOST ECHOES falters after the midway mark, when Lansdale tries to introduce a half-baked murder mystery plot that is filled with a lot of unbelievable events and coincidences. As always with Lansdale, the dialogue is funny and well done, but the characterization is rather two-dimensional in spots, and I thought many of the supporting characters were underdeveloped. This book also has quite a bit of romance in it, but none of it is well done or convincing -- women just fall over the main character for no good reason.
I think Lansdale was trying to write something more light-hearted and fun here, and I think LOST ECHOES does succeed at that level. This is a fine entertainment that doesn't take itself too seriously. Still, if you never read Lansdale before, my strong advice is to read THE BOTTOMS, which has a better plotline and far more convincing characters.
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THE BOOK SHIPPED TO ME WAS NOT THE ONE ADVERTISED AS SHOWN BY THE PICTURE.... A LOT OF BUYERS ARE COLLECTERS AND BUY BASED ON WHAT IS SHOWN AND ADDVERTISED... Read morePublished 4 days ago by mark fancher
Joe Lansdale is a master craftsman, and this book is no exception. I sped through this story to find out the answers to the story questions he raises. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chris Mandeville
A pleasure to follow the growth of the main character. Plenty of exciting action.Published 10 months ago by Rick shaw
It was a real nail biter! Enjoyed it from the first to last page! All of Mr.Lansdale's books are terrific!Published on May 24, 2014 by Micha
While have to accept a premise close to science fiction, the story become very interesting...tightly woven and thrilling at the ending.
A great, quick read.
There is a lot to like with Joe Lansdale. There are elements of a crime novel, and more than a bit of supernatural here in this novel about Harry Wilkes, a college-age man, with an... Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by MHavilandWriter
The great Texas writer, Joe R. Lansdale, is finally back with another mainstream novel, Lost Echoes, and boy is it a keeper! It would also make one heck of a fabulous movie. Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by Horror Novel Reviews