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Ancient Echoes

Ancient Secrets Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Tim Paige
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
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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

©2013 Joanne Pence (P)2018 Joanne Pence

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  • Victor @ theAudiobookBlog
  • 06-02-19

Great first book in a promising series


Ancient Echoes is the first book in the Ancient Secrets series of adventures by award-winning and best-selling author Joanne Pence. I am a big fan of this kind of stories and, after spending a few hours daily this week with Ancient Echoes, I thought to post a review because I liked it a lot.

The book opens with a tour de force that introduces the main characters and, at the same time, moves the action swiftly from Mongolia, to Jerusalem, to Paris, back again through all locations so that in the end we stop in the United States. Here, all involved, a group of students with their teacher, two special agents, one with Immigration and US Customs Enforcement and one from the Central Inteligence Agency, a renowned archaeologist, like a younger version of Indiana Jones, a local sheriff and a group of special operators want to discover a secret buried for thousands of years. They all travel to a remote mountain range in Idaho where bad things start to happen.

The students get lost, the authorities alongside with the archaeologist are looking for them, but at the same time, the special ops team is up to no good, as their mission is very important to a powerful individual and they can use all means necessary to ensure success.

The novel is very well written, with strong characters, a vividly portrayed world and a story that manages to combine perfectly this exciting adventure with the thrilling supernatural aspect that will give you goosebumps... I won't say anything more, as I don't want to spoil any of this great plot for you, but I will add that I can't wait to listen to more audiobooks by Joanne Pence.

The audiobook version of Ancient Ecoes is narrated by Tim Paige, a voiceover artist that is relatively new to this industry, but he does an excellent job. This is the first time I experienced his narration and I can say that I liked it very much. He brings all the characters to life with ease, sounding natural, and keeps them differentiated in the listener's mind with different voices, accents and subtle tone modulations. He has a pleasant voice, reminds me of Vikas Adam, which I think is a good thing, as Vikas is a great narrator.

There are a few problems with the quality of the recording in the sense that sometimes, between chapters there are areas of white noise that can be annoying. I passed this on to the author and she assures me that it will be taken care of as soon as possible...

I hope to be able to bring you more reviews for books written by Joanne Pence and performed by Tim Paige as I enjoyed Ancient Echoes tremendously. Fans of Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Clive Cussler and James Rollins will find Ancient Echoes  very satisfying. Also, those who like the Uncharted series of video games or the Indiana Jones movies will feel right at home with this novel.

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 18-01-19

Lots of Deadly Earth Shaking Secrets

Lots of secrets. Deadly secrets! Covert missions in the past with Lewis and Clark combined with the same type of covert missions with men in black, domestic and international all seeking the same place, the same mysterious pillars in Idaho – yes, Idaho! Mix in some college students and renowned archaeologists, an Egyptian princess and the secret of alchemy and you have one attention holding, edge of your seat thriller!

Slightly over 12 hours, this audiobook is enthralling and intriguing! Combining the past with the present and everything in between would be confusing and distracting, however, Joanne Pence writes eloquently and thoroughly leaving nothing confusing, distracting or incomplete. Vivid descriptions along with solidly built characters and a well-executed storyline, listeners will NOT be able to shut it off.

Pence allows her readers to believe everything is going smoothly, they expect an outcome then she gives them a major twist that will leave the listener wanting more. Yes, there are some parts that are repetitive, but they are so for a reason – to drive home the point that things are not normal, and each character must experience it to come to that conclusion themselves. It also helps to add to the terror of what is really going on.

The supernatural piece of this book was well done and blended well into the past and present happenings. I have to say, she writes evil well! There was no question at all who or when the evil was present!

The narrator, Tim Paige, performed the audiobook with a smooth, flowing style. Paige gave the listener a solid reading that was captivating and easy to follow. He did not do voices which I think could have taken away from the story and lost some of the depth to the story. For a first time narrator, I give him a 5-star rating! Hope to hear more from him.

The production and quality of the audiobook were good, however, there was some electronic noise about halfway through the book when a new chapter began. It didn’t hurt the book or my enjoyment, but it was annoying.

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  • PattyH
  • 19-01-19

Liked it

Was hard to stop listening once I started. The writing is really good.

The narrator has done really good reading this audible.

I was provided a copy of this audible free at my request. this is my review.

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  • Robert
  • 17-01-19

Very good story

First book I have listened to by Joanne Pence and I really enjoyed it. The story line is good and the action keeps you entertained. My only complaint would be the beginning of the story, it's a little confusing but it eventually all ties in together.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 16-01-19

sophisticated

okay it was a wonderful ride I like this book very much I liked the concept of the need of science to get to the point the book was written very intelligently it was very sophisticated and very interesting it drew you in to the story and it was marvelous
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  • The Elevator Pitch Reviewer
  • 19-02-19

Romancing the Stone meets The DaVinci Code Redux

Ancient Echoes follows in the footsteps of Dan Brown and Brad Metlzer, with a dash of romance. If I read this book, I may have lost interest in it and set the novel aside - its all been done before. But listening to it is another experience. Narrator Tim Paige does a great job of representing the characters. His timber and tone are pleasant and his inflections keep the narrative moving forward. If Paige narrates more of the books in this series, I'll give them a listen, too.

Do I recommend this book? Yes, in this audio form.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-02-19

Great story

loved it! great characters, fast paced action really fun listen. and the narrator was really solid

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  • Lidia Chymkowska
  • 30-01-19

It has the X-Files feel to it...

'Ancient Echoes' is a gripping book that combines thriller, mystery and paranormal together - with a great result. The beginning is intriguing, with the parallel narration of the two main characters' adventures in two different parts of the world; what happens to Michael is mystical, what Charlotte goes through is a classic thriller involving world plots and spies. When they finally meet and are joined by Jake, a true paranormal adventure starts. And it's a rollercoaster ride, with quite a few scenes that involve real cruelty and sheer violence... There is so much happening in the book that I think you could make three out of this one.To be honest, there's a point when you think, Ok I've had enough, no more tension please - and you're only half way through at that point:) But then there's another turn in the plot and you just can't stop listening...

As far as characters go, they are very well written down. I like Michael and Charlotte, they are scholars who try to hide great sorrow buried deep in their souls and who come out reborn from their adventure, finally finding a kind of peace. Jake is a down-to-earth ex-cop who feels responsible for the whole world. And the evil bunch are truly evil: heartless, cruel, vicious...
I also like the way nature is described - it almost becomes a character itself, wild, unpredictable, ominous...

Narration by Mr Paige is really good. It's quite slow (I sped it up to 1,25 without loosing anything) but engaging. He doesn't do voices much, but differentiates the manner of speaking of particular characters so there's no doubt as to who is talking to whom. He also conveys the emotions and the tension present in the book in a very convincing way. Definitely a narrator worth listening to.


DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Hudson the Basset
  • 28-01-19

There Is A Lot Going On Here

Ancient Echoes
Ancient Secrets Series, Book 1 is a complicated book that combines history, archeology, alchemy, the paranormal, Lewis and Clark, Progeria, a major pharmaceutical company, and a whole lot of bad guys. At times the characters seem to run together and I had trouble keeping them straight. But, at times I really liked the book. The history was interesting and jetting from one country to the next was exciting. Having said that I think the book will appeal to a listener who likes paranormal adventure stories with a twist of history.

Tim Paige was a great narrator.

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  • Victoria Haugen
  • 22-01-19

Very Intriguing Listen :)

Great story, was thrilled to the moon & back, very good story.
Great writing, great narration, I thought it was a great story, and would definitely be into listening to/reading more by both author and narrator.

Danger past, present and future, intrigue, mystery, you have it all with this one!
Dive in, get comfortable, and enjoy this Lewis & Clark-type thrill ride!

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