Pence is Up There With Preston & Child

4.25 out of 5 stars

Ancient Echoes was definitely a thriller from beginning to end. I thought that Joanne Pence was an excellent world-builder (utilizing Idaho as a setting is something I can say I’ve never seen before), but she was also an excellent character writer. She was able to describe the characters in a way that there was no mistaking them. You know when she would write something not good (or evil, bad, etc) just by the tones and characterizations she would use. She wasn’t sticking to a “bad guy” script per se either. She wrote these characters in flawed ways (like real humans are).

A 12-hour Audiobook is nothing to blink at (I know there are some that are much longer than this one) but being one of the only reviewers on this site (my wife and two others help me when they can) can be a struggle for me sometimes. Thankfully, Ancient Echoes was not one of those books. The 12 hours seemed to just fly by. I was intrigued by a thriller from an author I had never heard of before starting it.

The same can be said about Tim Paige – I’ve never heard or heard of him before this book but I thought he did a solid job. No voices or overacting here – he read the book in a style and cadence that I am familiar with. His narration definitely added to the story instead of distracting you from it.

Overall, a book that I enjoyed from beginning to end – one that I probably would have looked over since it was a new name to me from both the author and narrator – but by now I should know that’s a mistake. Don’t miss out on Joanne Pence. She’s the real deal. A great thriller/adventure writer who I will be checking out again! There was a definite Preston & Child feel to this book – with a little supernatural thrown in for good measure.

Book Description:

Past and present collide in this spellbinding tale by USA Today best-selling author Joanne Pence.

Over 200 years ago, a covert expedition shadowing Lewis and Clark disappeared into the wilderness of central Idaho. Now, seven anthropology students and their professor vanish in the same area. The key to finding them lies in an ancient secret, one involving alchemy, gold, and immortality…a secret that men throughout history have sought to unveil.

Michael Rempart is a brilliant archeologist whose colorful and controversial career has earned him admiring fans and implacable foes, but he is plagued by a troubling sense of the supernatural and a mysterious spiritual intuitiveness. Joining Rempart in this adventure are a CIA consultant on paranormal phenomena, a washed-up local sheriff, and a former scholar of Egyptology. All must overcome their personal demons as they attempt to save the students and, ultimately, the world.

From the journal of Francis Masterson, 1806 –

All hope is gone. Evil is victorious.

In the time I have remaining I will, herewith, impart a tale so filled with Dread and Terror that my heart overflows with immeasurable Sorrow to tell it. It began with the highest of Good Will and Promise and, on my part, great Excitement. I can only trust to Providence that one day this small account which I leave in a land of unimaginable desolation and Wildness, may be discovered and that it will serve to warn others of the wickedness that may ensnare Good men.

Ours was to be a Secret Expedition…

Top 10 Idaho Book Award Winner

Ancient Echoes by Joanne Pence
Narrator: Tim Paige
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
Series: Ancient Secrets #1
Published by Self Published Genres: Adventure, Thriller
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I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: Ancient Deceptions
Also in this series: Ancient Deceptions


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