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Three days. Three questions. Three answers. 

Running away isn't an option any more for Will Chambers. Despite being a linguistic tutor and having every conversational tool at his disposal, all Will wants to do is fade into the background, become lost in the echo of wild heath and harbor. But now someone wants to put his mind on full display, force Will to find his voice - answer three questions, over three days.

All Will has to do is provide three...simple...answers.

©2020 Jack L. Pyke (P)2020 Jack L. Pyke

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Dark and Moving

wow. Jack gets me every time! a great thriller and moving family story. I REALLY enjoyed this story! Dan is such an excellent narrator and this one was wonderful as always

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Jack always messes with my mind!

Jack L Pyke ---- The Queen of physiological thrillers .
Dark and erotic she weaves a tale that leave you breathless and always wanting more....
Abduction , loss and sadness and always love , with a dose of secrets , with wonderful narration by Dan Calley .
I can breathe now ! I think ?

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Scary

I didn't know what to expect when I started this story. Parts of it I found hard to listen to.

Dan Calley is very good at eliciting the right emotions from the listener!

I was angry through most of the story, confused in parts with the back and forth from past to present.

I will try others by this author but not sure they will be favourites.

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Captivating

Dan Calley is amazing, as always. I love each and every one of his narrations.

This book was somehow fascinating, heartbreaking, hopeful, devastating, and confusing all at once. And this is going to be a tough review since I feel like anything I say about the actual story will be a spoiler. So I won't go there.

But, the way the story was put together was confusing to me for the first quarter going in. There were names that meant nothing and were intertwined with each other, but coupled differently at times. I had a rough go until things started to unravel, and then everything started making sense. This story was captivating and by the end I wanted so much more! Jack Pyke weaves quite a tale and pulls at so many emotions. Incredible.

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Beautiful, Tragic, and Romantic

Lost in the Echo is a standalone contemporary novella that mixes the different genres of suspense, psychological thriller, and romance all together. There is a lot of angst and grief throughout this book, and I cried a few times throughout the story. However, there was also a lot of beauty and hope, and the ending was romantic with an optimistic tone.

Jack L. Pyke writes BDSM and psychological suspense extremely well with many different layers. There’s the dangerous element of a sudden kidnapping mixed with the mental and emotional grief, Will, one of the main characters, is forced to confront. On top of these heavy elements, there is also an erotic energy that buzzes throughout the book that reveals itself to be something stronger than just pure lust.

Dan Calley narrates the audiobook and his beautiful and sultry voice is perfect for the complexity that this book requires. I was captivated by his narration, and thought his performance was extremely well done with the perfect amount of energy infused into each scene. The audiobook production was well done and made for an overall enjoyable experience.

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Become lost in the echo and the words.

While this is a short book, and nowhere near as dark as Jack's other works, don't let that put you off. Lost in the Echo is a masterclass in how to combine her psychological hallmark, but giving it a slighter softer edge.

The thing I love most about Jack's writing is the style and flow of it, I have no idea how she manages to create the words which literally grab my attention and hold me a virtual prisoner until the end and sometimes well beyond. Lost In The Echo is no different, when you begin to listen the first thing that strikes you is the tone and pace Dan Calley expertly applies to Jack’s words. It sets the scene perfectly as he leads you into the world our main character, Will. A man who’s so lost in a private grief, it threatens to consume him. Dan Calley portrays these emotions so beautifully and with such care and sensitivity, it draws you into the heart of the story while the events revealed are nothing short of heartbreaking.. All this is delivered with the Pyke/Calley signature, which is now, for me, a winning partnership.

My heart ached as Will coped with the grief and loss he'd endured, while he’s made to face the realisation he’s lost so much more than he was ever willing to admit. This causes Will to hurt, his pain is evident through every word Dan Calley speaks, as he brings the gamut of emotions to life with and emotion with care and skill, while also managing to portray a certain numbness which surrounded Will, locking him inside his own carefully constructed prison. I could feel just how lost Will was, how his soul cried out for someone to take care of him to take away the pain he was clearly still feeling.

Every emotion was real and given we have other characters Elliot and Ryan, who play their parts to perfection, each of them brought to life and given a unique voice and emotions as they laid bare the hurt as they faced the loss in their own way.

Through Dan’s skillfull narration it was easy to see just how lost in his own world, in the echo of what had been, Will and also by association, Elliot and Ryan were.

I won’t give any spoilers, other than there is a lot going on and you may feel that you will never get the answers, but just continue to listen, and all will be revealed. The one thing I will say is have tissues as there were parts of this audio which brought tears to my eyes – thanks Dan!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-10-20

Non-con Warning

Please note that this book contains scenes of non-consensual bondage and torture. There is a disclaimer in the kindle edition, which states that this book contains acts which may be unsafe and do not reflect SSC bdsm guidelines. I strongly feel that failing to include this disclosure in the audio edition represents a violation of consent for the listener. What is depicted is NOT kink at all, but physical and psychological violation of a person who is experiencing unresolved grief, "for their own good" by someone they trust. This is depicted by the author as a good thing, a cleansing for which the victim is grateful, and after which the family is made whole. There should be a trigger warning for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one through an accident, as the premise of the book is that punishment is necessary and will successfully purge survivor's guilt. The author is competent enough at emo trash to present this dangerous notion as a voyeuristic release for the reader. This book is vile.

Dan Calley is a perfectly competent narrator, and I would have given him more stars, except that doing so would elevate the average rating of this repugnant mess.

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  • hussfan
  • 23-09-20

Dark and Captivating story

I enjoyed listening to this book very much. I loved how the suspense was building while Will was trying to figure out what was happening to him, and how author revealed things with perfect timing in a dark setting. I liked the characters some more than others, but every one is unique in their own way. Narrator did a very good job with voices for every character main and supporting. Overall this was a captivating listening experience.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-04-21

Love and Loss

Having read and now listened to this, it tears me apart each and every time!! Such a poignant and heartbreaking story of two men dealing with grief and guilt. I can not say any more as I do NOT want to spoil the story!
Briantlly written and beautifully performed. Well worth the heartache that this story brings.

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  • Sue 🎧
  • 11-03-21

intriguing

📖 Despite being short, there is a lot going on in Lost in the Echo. Jack L Pyke has packed an emotional rollercoaster into Will's story, it has good pace and felt longer than it's not quite three hours. I admit to being a little lost in the beginning, but was held hostage by what was happening and it was worth every minute of the ride as the story unfolded.
I feel like when I listen to this one again, I will see and feel more of its depth. 👍

🎧 Dan Calley's narration is on the mark for these characters, brilliantly voicing Will as he is lost to a world consumed by guilt and grief, his pain and emotions are evident in every word.

⚠ This isn't a story for someone looking for "light and fluffy". But if you enjoy dark and angsty with a side serve of hope at the end of the journey, this one will fit the criteria.

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Note: this book may contain triggers for some readers ... this is the notification at the front of the e-book that is missing from the audio.

CONTENT NOTIFICATION / DISCLAIMER: This book is a work of fiction that contains explicit adult content between adult men, and it is intended for mature readers. The acts may be immoral, illegal, and/or unsafe, and also not reflect SSC BDSM guidelines. The author utilizes these acts for dramatic purposes only! Readers should not deem the acts contained within as moral, legal, and/or safe. Do not read this if it’s not legal for you. All characters, locations, and events are works of fiction. Resemblance to actual people, places, and/ or events is purely coincidental.
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< I received a complimentary copy of this audio at my request - it has in no way influenced my review. >

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 28-11-20

Intriguing Premise

I grappled a bit with this book. I listened to it several weeks ago, and have waffled on how to approach the review. This is a Jack Pyke book, so I was expecting a mind fuck. Well, she delivered. I don’t want to get too far into the reeds on this book except to say that Will endured some disturbing things and I wondered if I should be upset or fascinated. His story of tragedy was powerful, to be sure, and I was intrigued by the twists and turns. I guess in the end I accepted the plot line. And accepted his reaction to that powerful presence that demanded the three answers to the three questions. And, of course, I put myself in Will’s shoes. How would I react in a similar situation? That’s the mark of a good storyteller – when the reader is forced to question how they would cope if they found themselves in that circumstance.

Anyway, I did enjoy the mind fuck. I also enjoyed Dan Calley’s narration of the story. He and Jack always deliver a great book and this was no exception. Can’t wait for the next collaboration.

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  • Samantha Cato
  • 22-09-20

Fantastic

Words cannot express how much I loved this novella length story. It had such depth of emotion for me and just ripped me to shreds. Jack L. Pyke is a master at bringing forth cathartic moments and this one was phenomenal. Dan Calley does an amazing job bringing these characters to life!

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  • True 🌈 Loveislovereview
  • 05-09-20

Mind-blowing story, masterly narrated

Ohh boy, four years ago I read this story for the first time. This week I bought the last edition ebook and I am a very fortunate person to have the opportunity to listen to the audio version while reading it again. For me it works great, listening and reading at the same time, probably because English isn’t my native and I’m not always sure of what I hear.

Dan Calley did a wonderful job narrating this book. I couldn’t put it down. His voice captured the emotions at just the right moments and personalities were clearly distinguishable. The moments of raw truth were perfectly voiced. Those moments gave me goosebumps and I cried loudly.

I think it’s a gift to voice an emotional story quite punctually and keep the listener glued, make them shiver.

The review of the content can be found hereunder. For me, this is a must-listen and must-read. One of my favorites books.

I'm floored. THIS was a mind-blowing story. So exceptional, so dedicated so, so, I’m speechless.

Amazing concatenation of words. Beautiful.

It has an amazingly intriguing captivatingly build-up.
Confusing. What and why is this happening?

Bit by bit the curtains of the mystery slide open and OMG, there is so much to see. It was devastating.
Those beautiful men, it was heartbreaking, it was devastating. I cried out loud
I felt to my knees and cried. Will, James, Elliot, and Ryan. Fathers, sons, friends, and lovers.
Those men I cried for them, omg I love them so hard it hurts.

I just can't tell more without giving the story away and that would be a disaster because this story, you have to feel it, live it, breathe it. Mind-blowing beautiful.

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  • 🎧🌹BlueRose Reviews🌹🎧
  • 05-09-20

Dark and twisted with a dash of sadness

5 Blue Roses
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Narrator Dan Calley managed to give rise to excessively high levels of uneasiness and apprehension. The deep rumble in his voice did not lower or stabilize any neurohormones. In fact, this reading just messed me up some more. This is another Jack L. Pyke thriller, so in hindsight, he did his job much too well. I am impressed by the lower speed in pronunciation of his words, making it easier for us non-English listeners to understand. I did hear more pauses and change in pitch, making listening less monotonous, but still stuffed with rich and dark emotions.

The plot is extremely well planned and laid out. Listeners will expect the unexpecting horror around every corner, inside every suggestion, but still, end up feeling “Lost in the Echo”.

No spoilers here. The character development is sufficient enough to keep listeners guessing. Just expect to be stirred and shaken up afterward. It may make you more vulnerable to conditions like anxiety, depression, and even psychosis.

This audiobook is all about those truths that hurt us so much, we refuse to see and acknowledge them. What happens when you mix up those tactile, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, and visual senses? It forces you to listen and acknowledge the extrasensory perception of your pain lost in the echo.

Listeners with high receptibility and who are in the mood for something totally mind whopping depressing must listen to this.

Happy Listening

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  • SilkeeeeeeReads
  • 04-09-20

Goosebumps

Even though this was a short story Jack still managed to make the story suspenseful, sad, and then sweet and uplifting at the end. In other words, it was a EXCELLENT. Listening to it with Dan’s narration will give you goosebumps.

Highly Recommended! Why? IT'S JACK PYKE and DAN CALLEY!

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  • Joseph Lance Tonlet
  • 04-09-20

Brilliant

Brilliant as always. There are so few authors where I KNOW I'm going to, without question, love their work. Jack is at the top of that list - the VERY top! This was no exception! Amazing writing, a great story, pain/sorrow/joy I could feel as if I were right there in the story myself...it doesn't get better.

Narrator, Dan Calley, is incredible!