Ocean Echoes: A Novel

ocean-echoes-final-kindle-version300Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist – General Fiction and E-Book Categories

A percentage from the sale of this book will go toward nonprofit organizations working to protect the world’s oceans for future generations.

Marine biologist Ellen Upton gives up on love to study jellyfish at a Cape Cod facility. Her ultimate goal is to make a difference through her research, but the ocean would rather mystify than reveal its secrets. When her funding is threatened, her future will depend on the success or failure of an upcoming research cruise.

During the cruise, she discovers what could be a new species. Every discovery only leads to more questions. She is driven to learn the truth behind its existence, even as the truth continues to change. Either her dreams of recognition are within her grasp or her research is slipping into obsession.

Reverberating with mysteries of life and love, Ocean Echoes is a journey into the unknown.


“Beautifully poetic, immediately clear and well crafted.” – Writer’s Digest

“Readers who enjoy multi-faceted stories of careers, science, and nature will find that Ocean Echoes is an evocative read especially strong in metaphor and imagery, marked with the personality of a scientist who seeks her own way of becoming alive and surviving the changes in her life.” – Midwest Book Review

“Hurst’s story is suspenseful, fascinating, and well-plotted. I particularly enjoyed the dives Ellen and her assistant, Ryan, take while on the research cruise, and loved the historical aspects of the tale. Ocean Echoes is a first-rate environmental thriller, and it’s most highly recommended.” – Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review

“The author has taken me on a discovery as much as she did her protagonist. I don’t know what it is about the way the prose is written, but my mind is still filled with these images of the vast blue, divers traversing the ocean below…Ocean conservationists will want to get this book into as many readers’ hands as possible.” – Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review

“The author adorns this tale of discovery with droplets of magic and science fiction. Readers are taken under the water whenever the protagonist makes one of her dives and they will never want to come up for air. If there’s a reader out there that wishes to be near the ocean but finds it difficult wherever they are, I would absolutely want that reader to read this book.” – Hub Pages

“I enjoyed this book. It was well-written with some beautiful descriptions of marine life. I would describe this story as a good ocean mystery, with some history mixed in and a dash of science fiction added to get your attention. It also ties in Ellen’s own personal journey of discovery and offers a look at the life of our oceans that has me wanting to read and learn more about it.” – My Book-a-logue

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