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Title: Echo From a Bayou
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 412
ISBN: 9780965771573
Publisher: Jaytech Publishing
Release Date: August 8, 2023
Language: English

Echo From a Bayou


John Bastian is plunged into a dangerous journey to uncover the truth about his past life as Jack Bachman after a freak skiing accident unlocks hidden memories. With unshakable visions of a brutal ax attack, the cursed Lafayette treasure, and a captivating redheaded woman, 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?

Available in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook.


2024 National Indie Excellence Awards Winner - Suspense

2023 Best Indie Book Award (BIBA) - Supernatural Suspense, 1st place

2023 BookFest Awards - 1st Place: Supernatural Thriller, 2nd Place: Suspense Thriller

2023 Best Book Awards (American BookFest) - Finalist, Mystery/Suspense

2023 Pencraft Book Award Runner-Up Winner

2023 Literary Titan Silver Book Award

2023 Firebird Book Awards - 1st Place

Praise & Reviews

There is a lot of darkness and unknown that extends the chills you feel while reading.

Lynchburg Reads

The twists and turns kept me in my seat, reading this one from cover to cover in one mesmerizing session.

Guatemala Paula Loves to Read

This was a very fast-paced book. Well executed and well written and definitely kept me flipping pages.

Must Read Faster

Bennecke demonstrates unparalleled skill in tying together multiple plot lines, exploring meaningful themes, and saving a few surprises until the very last page.


A consistently nimble and riveting cross-genre tale.

Kirkus Reviews

Author J. Luke Bennecke writes a winning story that hits on themes of greed, love, and spirituality. It is as fast-paced as it is twisty.

The Book Commentary

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

Ruthless treasure hunters, hidden secrets, callous murders, and the concept of reincarnation are just a few of the exciting elements vying for attention in this relentless novel. With boundless energy and unexpected twists, Echo from a Bayou is a dramatic treasure hunt whose ending just might be the gold you’ve been searching for.

Indies Today

Thoroughly entertaining—murder, mayhem, adventure, and another chance at a stolen love. The pacing is amazing. The setup is taut. Who could resist searching for another life? Echo From a Bayou is a vibrant, fast-paced thriller that will keep you enthralled until its explosive end.

Independant Book Review

Bennecke brings both setting and characters into stark clarity with realistic and detailed descriptions. Echo from a Bayou will captivate readers with astonishing surprises and reveals as John falls down the rabbit hole of his other self.

Chanticleer Book Reviews, 5 stars

For mystery readers looking for a fast-paced story, look no further than Echo From a Bayou. I will not tell readers what that twist is, but suffice it to say, it will be shocking.

Parkdalear's Blog

Bennecke’s narrative is a riveting blend of high-octane action and suspense that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.