The Echo

  • by James Smythe
  • Narrated by Rupert Farley
  • 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The stunning sequel to James Smythe's critically acclaimed The Explorer.
Twenty years following the spacecraft Ishiguro's disappearance, humanity is setting its sights on the heavens once more.
Under the direction of two of the most brilliant minds science has ever seen - twin brothers Tomas and Mirakel Hyvönen - this space programme has been tasked with one of the most difficult missions in its history: to study what is being called 'the anomaly' - a vast blackness of space thought to be responsible for the loss of the Ishiguro.
But as the anomaly tests Mira and the rest of the handpicked crew's sanity, Tomas will have to use all his ingenuity if he is to save his brother and their mission.


What the Critics Say

"If you love Gravity try James Smythe." (
"Creepy, compulsive Science Fiction." (Metro)
"Science Fiction for those who don't think they like it." (Independent)
"A tightly knotted, expertly constructed space trip of a read." (Guardian)
"A wonderful examination of coping with loss, time and death." (SFX)
"It's like an episode of Star Trek written by JM Coetzee." (Guardian)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

My god - it's full of eyes!

Actually, what I mean is "I"s - as in 'first person singular': this book is full of them. Yes well it would be, as it's written from a first person perspective, but it becomes somehow very obvious: this story is about just one person - with a monkey named Tomas on his back, eroding his psyche from start to finish!
I found the 'setting up the mission' chapters pretty vague as to technology and distances, and does ANYONE ever really check out the crew's mental stability in fiction?
The central section of the story was the most intriguing, but then the protagonist starts to lose it and things begin to come apart, leading to a long drawn out, unsatisfying and ambiguous denouement. Sorry but there it is.
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- D. Oxford

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-04-2017
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited