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Death Echo Hardcover – June 8, 2010

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Book 5 of 5 in the St. Kilda Series

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In Lowell's well-crafted fifth St. Kilda Consulting thriller (after Blue Smoke and Murder), Manhattan operative Emma Cross travels to Seattle, Wash., where Blackbird, a yacht purported to contain enough explosives to destroy a major U.S. city, is being offloaded from a container ship. Posing as the representative of a buyer interested in the yacht, Emma connects with MacKenzie Mac Durand, Blackbird's transit captain, who's supposed to deliver the boat to a commissioning yard in the San Juan Islands. Emma and Mac, who has a background in special ops, wind up becoming unlikely allies on a dangerous sea journey in which they find themselves succumbing to their mutual attraction. Forced into a high stakes encounter with a pair of Russian spies, they come to realize that the scope of their mission is much greater than they at first assumed. Lowell's primary focus on espionage rather than on romance is a major change from earlier novels, albeit a pleasing one. (June)
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A couple of missing yachts is not a case that would ordinarily involve the private security firm of St. Kilda Consulting. But when an identical double of one of the yachts turns up—and a high-placed U.S. government official believes there is a connection to an upcoming terrorist plot—it does become St. Kilda's latest assignment. Which is how Emma Cross, former CIA agent and current St. Kilda operative, finds herself in Seattle trying to finesse her way past transit captain MacKenzie Durand and get onboard the Blackbird. With the clock ticking, Emma doesn't have time to deal with a cranky, yet incredibly sexy, captain, but fortunately it doesn't take much to convince Mac to become St. Kilda's newest employee. Working together isn't going to be easy for Emma and Mac, and once desire is injected into the equation, their mission becomes even more volatile and urgent. The latest thrilling addition to Lowell's St. Kilda series is another white-knuckle, adrenaline-drenched tale of danger and desire from one of the true masters of romantic suspense. --John Charles
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061629758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061629754
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,353,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell has more than thirty million books in print, including historical romance and contemporary romance novels. The series of novels featuring the unforgettable Donovan family--AMBER BEACH, JADE ISLAND, PEARL COVE and MIDNIGHT IN RUBY BAYOU have won acclaim as some of her best romance novels. Her most recent romantic suspense books are DANGEROUS REFUGE and NIGHT DIVER. Her new romance novel PERFECT TOUCH will be out in the summer of 2015.

She has been writing since 1982 and in 1989 became an innovator in the field of romantic suspense. She has over fifty books to her name.

Lowell lives in Nevada with her husband of many years.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By bijou2311 VINE VOICE on May 9, 2010
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I will give a very short review of the story, because the synopsis Amazon has is actually pretty decent. This is another one of Lowell's St. Kilda books, and it is similar to her others. This book finds Emma Cross, a former CIA agent partnering with Mac Durand, who led Special Ops missions for the military. Emma must convince Mac she and St. Kilda are the good guys, to prevent a terrorist attack on US soil. Oh, and they have seven days to do convince Mac and stop the attack and are not getting much help from government agencies.

First, what I liked about the book - I liked both Emma and Mac. They are strong characters who don't feel the need (or perhaps just don't have the time) to try and one up each other as you sometimes see in books like this. Both Emma and Mac are very capable and know their limits. They are interesting characters. If you have read and liked other Lowell books, you know her writing style can pull you into the most boring book - which this definitely wasn't. It was pretty fast paced, especially with the time restraints. It was an exciting book that kept you entertained and anxious to find out what would happen next.

What I didn't like was the short period this book took place in. Seven days seemed way too short for all that happened. It also made everything feel sort of rushed - which I guess was the point. However, I felt it took away from the story. We also didn't get as much background on Emma and Mac as I might have liked. The seven days also made their attraction to each other seem much more like a reaction to the high stress situation and all the adrenaline than actually feelings for each other. Because of this, the book wasn't one of my favorites by this author.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By feysidhe VINE VOICE on May 20, 2010
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Once upon a time, Elizabeth Lowell was an automatic buy for me. I still like her better than many other romantic suspense authors out there, but this is definitely not her best. The story is fairly basic (ie: not a lot happens), but that's okay. Not a lot *has* to happen if the characters and tension keep readers involved.

Unfortunately, that can't happen in this book because Lowell completely overwhelms readers with details. All those details get in the way of either identifying with the characters or feeling the suspense. The majority of the story takes place on a boat, and all the descriptions of the boat and the terminology and the way things work on created a major distance between the reader and the story.

This isn't an awful book by any means, but it's not great, either. It's a mediocre effort by a writer who can--and has--done better.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By JAC on June 18, 2010
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hopefully not the same place as Judith McNaught, Julie Garwood and Linda Howard... all of these ladies seem to have forgotten what brought them to the party!! I guess it just too much to expect them to sustain the quality of their earlier works forever.

Well, that's OK because nothing lasts forever and, I have their earlier works and I'll just keep reading them over & over.

As to Death Echo, I really had trouble finsihing it and, I can't believe anyone could actually read it twice! I was numb from all the boat BS, it was just boring.

What little romance there was in the story was almost embarrassingly bad, had no passion, just blah,

Sorry, JMHO. I know everyone has to judge for themself but I would recommend saving your money and checking it out at the library.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lois Stevens on July 5, 2010
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I like EL's books but this one is definitely a disappointment. My eyes are crossing over all the yacht and boat terminology, how to neatly stow a line of rope, how the navigational equipment works, docking a boat, it goes on and on. A touch of yachting terminology to set the scene is fine, but half the book is how to work the boat. You could use the book as a beginner's text for yachting.

Characters are poorly developed and they don't pull you into the story. The cardboard romance feels as if it was thrown in so it could be categorized romantic suspense, which leads me to say there really is no suspense. Supposedly the world is about to have some horrible disaster visit it if they don't get this yacht somewhere but everything is so vague and implausible, nothing makes sense. I wasn't able to suspend my disbelief on this one. The political background is typical EL Pacific Rim/Russian bad guys and it is getting old.

I am only halfway through it on my Kindle and can barely wait to just be done with it. I am skimming at this point. Don't waste your money on this one. Hopefully Elizabeth Lowell will write an interesting story with developed characters instead of a textbook next time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on June 5, 2010
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Lowell USED to be an automatic buy for me, I was happy with her romance novels, now that she's entrenched in romantic suspense I have become less and less enamored of her work. This is another St. Kilda consulting thriller with Grace, the former judge and husband Faroe having major parts. The books hero, Mac, and heroine, Emma, are former military and CIA agents respectively. Both have become very disenchanted, to say the least, with working for the government. Mac handles boats and Emma, now working for St. Kilda, has been investigating the disappearances of yachts. The romance in Lowell's thrillers is very formulaic and not the main drive of the story. Though it takes place around the San Juan Islands don't expect another Love Song for Raven. If you are happy with espionage (I got bored and started skipping large chunks) and are happy with a quick read (the action takes place over a week) and like to learn about boats, fuel, lines, diesel fuel, docking etc. this might be the book for you. Lowell's quippy dialogue is still here in spades and it's what kept me reading the book. Emma is strong, resourceful, and bad ass. Mac, tortured by scenes from Afghanistan, squashes his flashbacks and gets on with his life.
I suppose I like some of Lowell's earlier books better because they are more character studies, and also deal a bit with the landscape. Here it's all about the boat and the characters are rather cardboard.
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