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Echo City

by Tim Lebbon

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Echo City is literally surrounded by danger. All around is a poisonous desert and there is something definitely lurking under the city soon to rise and destroy it! This city is thought to be the only human existence remaining since the desert surrounds it and no one has ever survived crossing it nor has anyone come out of the desert…until now.
A group of ‘revolutionaries’—the Watchers—take it upon themselves to protect this stranger from across the desert, though he seems to have lost most of his memories. An interesting cast of characters including lovers, ex lovers, servants and scientists are all a part of the group. Peer witnesses the stranger coming from the desert and she brings him to the Watchers, whom she is no longer a part of for protection.
The theocracy that rules Echo City is determined to keep its secrets, no matter what the cost. Innovative characters and interesting new scientific techniques are discussed and described. The stranger may be the answer many of Echo City’s legends or he could be the city’s salvation.
Lebbon creates a completely new and exciting, if dark, world that draws the reader in to want to learn more and suddenly you aren’t just reading, you are a part of the book!

Reviewed by Ashley Wintters for Suspense Magazine ( )
  ashleywintters | Oct 12, 2011 |
After the interesting intensity of the Deification of Dal Bamore I thought this might have potential. However, it offers neither the intensity or narrative drive of that piece.

In fact, it is rather tedious and dull for the first part of it, other than the coming of the monster bit.

The most interesting character is the 'Baker' - who Paul McAuley I suppose would call a gene wizard if it was one of his books, someone that makes and melds genetic hybrids or monsters. She comes from a long line.

Echo City itself is in the middle of a not very nice place, but in this book is nowhere near as interesting as the creations of Mieville, Lake or Bishop if that is the direction he is heading. A pale background inhabited by run of the mill characters.

So much so that other than her, it isn't really interesting what happens to any of them, or the City itself with its impending off-screen monster made doom.

http://freesf.strandedinoz.com/wordpress/2010/11/echo-city-tim-lebbon/ ( )
  BlueTysonSS | Nov 8, 2010 |
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Surrounded by a vast, poisonous desert, Echo City is built upon the graveyard of its own past. Most inhabitants believe that their city and its subterranean Echoes are the whole of the world, but there are a few dissenters. Peer Nadawa is a political exile, forced to live with criminals in a ruinous slum. Gorham, once her lover, leads a ragtag band of rebels against the ruling theocracy. Nophel, a servant of that theocracy, dreams of revenge from his perch atop the city’s tallest spire. And beneath the city, a woman called Nadielle conducts macabre experiments in genetic manipulation using a science indistinguishable from sorcery. They believe there is something more beyond the endless desert . . . but what?

It is only when a stranger arrives from out of the wastes that things begin to change. Frail and amnesiac, he holds the key to a new beginning for Echo City—or perhaps to its end, for he is not the only new arrival. From the depths beneath Echo City, something ancient and deadly is rising. Now Peer, Gorham, Nophel, and Nadielle msut test the limits of love and loyalty, courage and compassion, as they struggle to save a city collapsing under the weight of its own history.

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Surrounded by a vast, poisonous desert, Echo City is built upon the graveyard of its own past. Most inhabitants believe that their city and its subterranean Echoes are the whole of the world, but there are a few dissenters. Peer Nadawa is a political exile, forced to live with criminals in a ruinous slum. Gorham, once her lover, leads a ragtag band of rebels against the ruling theocracy. Nophel, a servant of that theocracy, dreams of revenge from his perch atop the city's tallest spire. And beneath the city, a woman called Nadielle conducts macabre experiments in genetic manipulation using a science indistinguishable from sorcery. They believe there is something more beyond the endless desert ...but what? It is only when a stranger arrives from out of the wastes that things begin to change. Frail and amnesiac, he holds the key to a new beginning for Echo City--or perhaps to its end, for he is not the only new arrival. From the depths beneath Echo City, something ancient and deadly is rising. Now Peer, Gorham, Nophel, and Nadielle must test the limits of love and loyalty, courage and compassion, as they struggle to save a city collapsing under the weight of its own history.… (more)

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