Then someone close puts him in an insane asylum against his will.
When it looks like there is no way out but to take his own life, he is stopped. Is it a vision? Is what he’s seeing actually real? Is it even part of this dimension?
Whatever it is, it opens his cell door and throws him into a dangerous time-travel adventure through his memories.
As he goes deeper into the Pool of Echoes, he is forced to confront everything he has ever known, reconstruct his own mental health, and play a role in something much larger than himself.
David Allen is a business marketing management graduate in Austin, Texas who does absolutely NOTHING outlandish or risky whatsoever. Or does he?
Pool of Echoes by David Allen has an interesting premise — discovery of the sources of fears, insecurities and weaknesses by revisiting key moments from the past. In this novel, Jordan Mitchfield is hearing voices and questioning the value of his life. With the help of friends and strangers, Jordan confronts his past and actually learns from it, becoming stronger with each encounter with his younger self.
Pool of Echoes is a speculative novel, with lots of supernatural as well as psychological touches. There are two realities at play within the novel — the present world full of corporate machinations and political intrigue and Jordan’s past where the answers to the present’s problems await. It is a very short read that I think would have benefitted from a bit more description of characters’ backgrounds and motivations. As it was, I had a hard time connecting with the characters. There is a bit of an inspirational message, but it seemed to be an afterthought; more cryptic than subtle. Allen’s message is that to achieve wholeness, one must go back to the source which has little to do with our own efforts. On a side note, Pool of Echoes needs a bit of editing. Past and present tenses were sometimes used within the same passage causing a jarring effect I don’t think was intended.
(Thanks to the author for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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