Book Review: Echo 8 by: Sharon Lynn Fisher

Publisher: Tor Books

Publication Date: February 3, 2015

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: Three lives. Two worlds. One chance to save them all.

As a parapsychologist working for Seattle Psi, Tess has devoted her life to studying psychic phenomena. But when doppelgangers begin appearing from a parallel world that's been struck by an asteroid, nothing in her training will help her survive what's to come.

After dislocating to Seattle Psi from the other Earth, Jake is confined by a special task force for study. But when he drains life energy from Tess, almost killing her, it causes a ripple effect across two worlds — and creates a bond neither of them expected.

Ross is an FBI agent ordered to protect Tess while she studies Jake. His assignment is not random — he and Tess have a history, and a connection the Bureau hopes to use to its own advantage. By the time Ross realizes his mission could be compromised, it's already too late — he'll have to choose between his love for Tess and his duty to protect the people of his own Earth.

Review: ECHO 8 shows the reader the possibility of parallel worlds. “Fades” or Echos have been showing up from a world which was struck by an asteroid. They must feed on the energy of the humans on the world they’ve phased to in order to ‘survive’. Dr. Tess Caufield is a parapsychologist who works for Seattle Psi and she’s given the opportunity to study one of the Echos – Echo 8. Her handler/protector, FBI Agent Ross McGinnis, is there to protect her from Echo 8 and was assigned especially to her because of their history. When Echo 8, Jake, attacks Tess he doesn’t kill her like the other victims of previous Echo-human attacks and this opens up a flurry of questions. These questions can only be answered by Tess, Ross, and Jake. ECHO 8 is, at its core, a science fiction novel but there is a romance which added to the story. I do enjoy science fiction and especially speculative “What if…?” fiction, of which ECHO 8 is a good example. ECHO 8 is the third book by this author I’ve read and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. While ECHO 8 isn’t my favorite out of the three, it is still a spectacular story.

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