Epitaphs, by Therin Knite

Epitaphs

Adem Adamend still has it rough. His name is still ludicrous. His friends are still few. And his new boss likes to break his nose twice a week in combat training. But when a local college senior is brutally murdered by the dream of a sandstorm brought to life–and the monsters hiding within–Adem finds himself swiftly ripped from his boring training curriculum and tossed into a web of secrets and lies in the heart of the city he calls home. With threads pointing to the ruthless Columbian mob, a cyber-attack threat against multiple federal agencies, and the shadow of the man who sponsored Adem’s corrupt ex-mentor, the IBI-turned-EDPA agent knows he has little time before the body count rises exponentially. But in order for Adem to solve the case, he’ll have to contend with old wounds still raw, a new team he doesn’t think he can trust, and his own developing echo powers … the last of which may pose the most dangerous threat of all.

The first thing I’d like to say about Epitaphs, by Therin Knite, is that the electronic edition is beautifully formatted. I’ve seen some formatting stinkers in my day missing TOC or odd margins. Not the case with Epitaphs: even the scene breaks looks clean.

On to the story: Unlike with Echoes, I immediately knew what was going on. The killer echo in Epitaphs reminded me of some of the old horror movies before we had server farms rendering monsters. Back then, we couldn’t make realistic monsters and by using camera angles, we never really saw the monster. This left us, as the moviegoer, to imagine the worst thing our subconscious could come up with. Something truly terrifying was what we came up with, and no two people saw the same monster. Ms. Knite does an excellent job of providing just enough information, but not too much to allow our imagination to fill in the grey spaces. I’m not sure if this was a specific intention on Ms. Knite’s part, but it definitely worked in Epitaphs.

Adem Adamend departed the arrogant character that he was in Echoes. He’s still arrogant, but he seemed out of his element, and that resulted in several situations that were cringe-worthy – not because of anything other than I imagined myself in the same situation and would’ve made different decisions. Whereas he was extremely likable in Echoes, I found a certain level of incompetence displayed to be inconsistent with what I knew from the previous book. This didn’t make me dislike him or the character, but reminded me that characters, like people, have many foibles.

Epitaphs filled in more back-story on all the characters and the world, and did it in such a way as to not be a huge info-dump. As Ms. Knite painted several characters that followed us from Echoes, I still want to know more about the history of them, specifically Jin.

Epitaphs is another four-star read. It leaned more towards the sci-fi side than Echoes leaned towards mystery. I’m waiting impatiently for Encodings, the third book in the Echoverse.

Therin-Knite

Therin Knite is a 23-year-old recent college graduate who occasionally writes speculative fiction and has the odd delusion of literary stardom. Knite lives in a humble little place known as the Middle of Nowhere, VA, where she spends most of her days reading books and writing what may possibly qualify as books. Knite is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and holds a BBA in Finance and English. In August 2014, Knite began working as an underwriting analyst at a large insurance company, where she intends to stay for the foreseeable future. Knite, who’s been writing seriously for eight years, is an avid book reviewer, blogger, and the sort of person who spends far too much time imagining epic sci-fi battles in her head. Knite intends to publish 3 to 4 novels per year, ever year, until she runs out of ideas…which is highly unlikely, so she’ll probably be writing forever.

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About Mark Gardner

Mark Gardner lives in northern Arizona with his wife, three children and a pair of spoiled dogs. Mark holds a degrees in Computer Systems and Applications and Applied Human Behavior. View all posts by Mark Gardner

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