BOOK REVIEW: Ecko Rising by Danie Ware

Danie Ware’s debut novel arrives on the scene kicking and screaming – go behind the jump to see what our reviewer had to say about it.

The Earth has been conquered: not with a bang, but with a whimper. The Pilgrim, a shadowy CEO of a multi-million pound Pharmaceutical seo company, has medicated most of the world into submission. A few diehards are rebelling, with little result, until Ecko (with a silent G) arrives on the scene. A cybernetically enhanced chameleon who can blend into any background, and with access to advanced weaponry, Ecko has a super strong enhanced epidermis, skeleton and muscles. He does what none of the others can do: kill with impunity those who prop up the Pilgrim and his chemically enhanced society. In a raid on his enemies’ headquarters, Ecko is trapped with the only to escape a leap to certain death. Except he doesn’t die.

Instead, he finds himself in what he believes is a computer fantasy world. He thinks he has been captured, plugged in and drugged, in a universe created from his own brain waves, modified by his thoughts and desires and by his captors’ wishes to change his behaviour. Why else would he be in this other place, with Ecko tagged as the a hero, sent by the Gods, to save the world from a mystery evil foe, who may also be sent by a God? But is Ecko plugged into a virtual environment, with tubes feeding him or is he in another reality for real?

Ecko Rising by Danie Ware is an incredible read, with completely unexpected twists and turns. The author leads you down numerous dead ends, with the reader constantly questioning if the book reflects reality, pseudo reality, virtual reality and the twists at the end completely took this reader by surprise. Ecko reminds me of the ultimate little brother, rebelling against his family, society and the world, with a vendetta against those who govern, holding his grudge both in this reality and the next, and the reasons why he is who he is, an enigma that slides in and out of perception isn’t explained until the last few pages.

The worlds described within the book are complete and understandable, and you might want to live in at least one of them. The author’s diverse knowledge of subcultures within our society is evident and well used. The cliff hanger at the end has left this reader aching for more.

Rating: 5/5
Reporter: Whatotherway

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