Echo from a Bayou
by J. Luke Bennecke
July 31 - August 25, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
Murder. Treasure. A supernatural twist.
John Bastian is plunged into a dangerous journey to uncover the truth about his past life after a freak skiing accident unlocks hidden memories. With unshakable visions of a brutal attack, the cursed Lafayette treasure, and a captivating redhead, John searches to find answers and confront the man who murdered him. On a perilous path and with a hurricane fast approaching, John fights for his survival and the safety of those he loves, threats haunting him at every turn.
Will he find redemption, or be consumed by an unquenchable thirst for revenge?
Praise for Echo from a Bayou:
"Thoroughly entertaining—murder, mayhem, adventure, and another chance at a stolen love. Echo from a Bayou is a vibrant, fast-paced thriller that will keep you enthralled until its explosive end."
~ Independent Book Review
"An action-packed thriller with a focus on redemption and second chances, this Deep South adventure is an original, genre-bending read."
~ Self-Publishing Review
"A consistently nimble and riveting cross-genre tale."
~ Kirkus Reviews
"Bennecke’s narrative is a riveting blend of high-octane action and suspense that keeps readers on the edge of their seats."
~ Literary Titan
Read an excerpt:
Echo From a Bayou by author J. Luke Bennecke grabbed my attention from the start, and I did not want to put this book down until the story was completely told. I was simultaneously creeped out by the supernatural elements while glued to its pages, rooting for the main character.
The story is told through multiple points of view: John Bastian, the sympathetic protagonist; Jack Bachman, his link to the past; and Scott Jones, Jack’s best friend. Each viewpoint wrested an immediate and unique emotional reaction that compelled me to get to the bottom of what was going on. John is joined in his search for answers by his best friend, Kevin, and I couldn’t help picturing actor/comedian Kevin Hart in this role. With such evocative responses to the characters and the settings, this would make an absolutely spellbinding film.
Besides well-defined characters and an intriguing plot, the descriptions of the settings for the events in the book, especially New Orleans Bourbon Street and the swamps and bayous, made these places come to life. These locations were easy to visualize, and I felt like I was seeing them myself (much like John was reliving Jack’s experiences, perhaps.) These atmospheric settings enhanced the constant feeling of foreboding and the sheer creepiness of John’s situation.
The twists and turns kept me in my seat, reading this one from cover to cover in one mesmerizing session. I recommend ECHO FROM A BAYOU to readers who enjoy tense thrillers with paranormal elements.
J. Luke Bennecke is a veteran civil engineer with a well-spent career helping people by improving Southern California roadways. He has a civil engineering degree, an MBA, a private pilot’s certificate, and is a partner in an engineering firm. He enjoys philanthropy and awards scholarships annually to high school seniors.
In addition to his debut novel, bestselling and award-winning thriller Civil Terror: Gridlock, Bennecke has written several other novels and screenplays, a creative process he thoroughly enjoys. His second Jake Bendel thriller, Waterborne, was published in 2021 by Black Rose Writing and received several awards. Echo from a Bayou is his latest suspense thriller with a supernatural twist, available August 2023.
Bennecke resides in Southern California with his wife of 32+ years and three spunky cats. In his leisure time he enjoys traveling, playing golf, voiceover acting, and spending time with his grown daughters.
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