by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Cover Artist: Cliff Nielsen
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Tor Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765376374
Date: 03 February 2015 List Price $15.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
People are appearing in the world unable to sustain themselves any way but by stealing the life force of others. Contact with them causes the energy of the individual to drain. Dr. Tess Caufield is brought in to study one who is captured, Jake. Her connection with this echo opens up a whole new world.
Special Agent Ross McGinnis has been assigned to keep Tess safe. He has some parapsychological powers which allow him to react more quickly than any other agent. The FBI wants to keep a close eye on Tess' work. They have big plans for the echos.
Jake is from a dying earth. One that was struck by a meteor. He appears on Tess' Earth and in order to survive he must take the energy from a human of this plane. How the transfer happens is part of the research. But his contact with Tess opens up new gateways.
Not all echos are as friendly and helpful as Jake, others have been getting by using different tactics. The conflict that arises from Tess' burgeoning abilities could suck the life out of two worlds. The love triangle that develops will be key to the future and all of its possibilities.
At its heart, Echo 8 is a paranormal romance. The setting with alternate universes that have a weakened curtain is what initially drew me to the novel. The writing is solid and the story moves along at a good clip. Fisher did a nice job of creating a logical vampire. One that draws not blood but energy. In the end a dried husk is all that remains.
The love story portion of the plot revolves around a pretty typical love triangle. One man is unattainable the other tries to hold back, while Tess doesn’t know what she wants. This is a fairly standard romance plot.
I haven't read much in the way of paranormal romance, but I did enjoy this story. The world building was solid and the established rules were followed. That is important to me, because I hate when a rule is set up but then broken to make things easier for the author. I would definitely read future stories by Sharon Lynn Fisher.