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Death Echo (St. Kilda Series #4)

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4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

action-packed romantic suspense

She left her field CIA work for what she assumed would be a much safer position. Thus former agent Emma Cross now works at St. Kilda Consulting in what has to be an easier job than being caught in the crossfire of tribal combat as she previously was.

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She left her field CIA work for what she assumed would be a much safer position. Thus former agent Emma Cross now works at St. Kilda Consulting in what has to be an easier job than being caught in the crossfire of tribal combat as she previously was.

St. Kilda looks into a simple incident of a vanished yacht the Black Swan that probably was stolen. The mission is to get on board the Black Swan's identical twin Blackbird as the insurance company thinks the second vessel is actually the missing ship. Emma and former special op officer Mackenzie Durand are in charge of the assignment. He trusts no one as he believes the CIA betrayed his team on a dangerous mission five years ago in which he was the only survivor. In spite of his attraction to his partner, he prefers going alone as no one has his back. Still as he takes control of the Blackbird, Emma must overcome her instincts of also distrusting everyone if she is to learn what is going on; neither expected to fall in love or be back in the CIA's deadly outreach.

Death Echo is an action-packed romantic suspense espionage thriller that remains at an incredibly high speed yet enables the audience to understand what motivates the powerful distrust in the two lead characters. That pairing of two classic misanthropic skeptics whose similar pasts come back full throttle makes for a taut St. Kilda thriller (see Blue Smoke and Murder, and The Wrong Hostage).

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on April 25, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Cotton Candy

For all of the effort that went into this novel, there isn't much left in your hands at the end. A red herring takes up most of the novel, and in between there is some of the lamest sexual dialogue ever written. Definitely a beach read at best.

posted by KenCady on July 8, 2010

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

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    action-packed romantic suspense

    She left her field CIA work for what she assumed would be a much safer position. Thus former agent Emma Cross now works at St. Kilda Consulting in what has to be an easier job than being caught in the crossfire of tribal combat as she previously was.

    St. Kilda looks into a simple incident of a vanished yacht the Black Swan that probably was stolen. The mission is to get on board the Black Swan's identical twin Blackbird as the insurance company thinks the second vessel is actually the missing ship. Emma and former special op officer Mackenzie Durand are in charge of the assignment. He trusts no one as he believes the CIA betrayed his team on a dangerous mission five years ago in which he was the only survivor. In spite of his attraction to his partner, he prefers going alone as no one has his back. Still as he takes control of the Blackbird, Emma must overcome her instincts of also distrusting everyone if she is to learn what is going on; neither expected to fall in love or be back in the CIA's deadly outreach.

    Death Echo is an action-packed romantic suspense espionage thriller that remains at an incredibly high speed yet enables the audience to understand what motivates the powerful distrust in the two lead characters. That pairing of two classic misanthropic skeptics whose similar pasts come back full throttle makes for a taut St. Kilda thriller (see Blue Smoke and Murder, and The Wrong Hostage).

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2010

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    PRIME READING BY BETH McDONALD

    With a low, mature, assured voice Beth McDonald delivers a fine narration. She emphasizes our protagonist's strengths as well as her fears in what turns out to be an often treacherous journey even for one as stalwart as Emma Cross.

    A former CIA agent, and a mighty effective one, Emma had enough of hair breadth escapes. So, she joined St. Kilda's Consulting believing some private investigating would be a piece of cake. Readers of the mega best selling Elizabeth Lowell know that's never going to happen.

    We find Emma gripping "the round chromed bars of the pitching Zodiac's radar bridge..." Zodiac is a small rubber craft tossing its way across Puget Sound as she tracks Blackbird, a yacht which is a twin of another ship that disappeared. Whatever Blackbird's cargo may be it is lethal, and Emma has all of one week, seven days, to find out exactly what it is or there will be unprecedented mass destruction.

    She's paired with Mac Durand who once led a special ops team in Afghanistan only to see it lost thanks to bad intelligence. That was a lifetime ago and now Mac captains boats. Only one mention of his "dark eyes" by Emma and we know they'll be more than assigned partners....and often. Romance aside others are watching Blackbird - among them is Taras Demidov who notes the difference between Russians and Americans by thinking "Russia accepted a world of good and evil. Americans believed only in good." Demidov is evil incarnate, and his belief might be his undoing.

    As is her wont Lowell's plot moves swiftly but for this listener it is sometimes hindered by a cast of characters that is hard to keep straight - just who is a friend and who is an enemy? We hear, "Too many agencies. Too many secrets. Too little real cooperation, because budgets depend on delivering departmental success stories." It would seem if the threat is ultra dangerous that the FBI would cooperate with the CIA and vice versa.

    Nonetheless DEATH ECHO is as fresh as today's news with its focus on transnational crime - a world without borders. There's a wealth of description re living aboard and crossing dangerous waters in a 42 foot boat plus ultimately a satisfying finish. Lowell fans will relish this journey.

    - Gail Cooke

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2010

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    Cotton Candy

    For all of the effort that went into this novel, there isn't much left in your hands at the end. A red herring takes up most of the novel, and in between there is some of the lamest sexual dialogue ever written. Definitely a beach read at best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

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    Bridget's Review

    Emma used to work with the CIA but she recently accepted a job at St. Kilda, a consulting firm. While looking into the disappearance of a yacht, Blackbird, that is going to be used in an attack against American's. She teams up with Mac, who used to be a special ops soldier. Little do they know, they are being watched by someone who wants Blackbird so bad, he is willing to go after it at any cost. This man, Taras, is about to make Emma and Mac remember what it's like to be targeted by someone with an endless amount of resources. Will they recover Blackbird and stay alive or will a piece of America feel the wrath?

    This wasn't one of my favorite books but it is entertaining. I liked the plot and the writing, I just couldn't seem to connect with the characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2013

    I had read some nice reviews of Elizabeth Lowell's books, and ex

    I had read some nice reviews of Elizabeth Lowell's books, and expected a lot more when I picked this one up.

    The plot was confusing, and there was far too much time spent describing the waters northwest of Seattle and boat handling. The dialog was odd, and it seemed that the author was trying to put a romance inside of a thriller, and not doing either thing well.

    I'll give her another try - maybe one of her earlier books since reviews of this one indicate that she has some loyal, albeit disappointed, readers - but there are a lot of books I want to read and I won't waste my time finishing another one like this.

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

    Excellent author -- St. Kilda series is great

    Very good story; love the St. Kilda Series.

    Book in excellent condition; just as described.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2011

    Don't bother

    flat,cartoonish characters operating in hormone overdrive and a ridiculous plot. This was first book of Lowell's I've read and it will be the last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2011

    incomplete!!!!!

    I really enjoy Elizabeth Lowell's books. This is why I'm so disappointed in this download of Death Echo. The story was not finished. I tried to get info from B&N, but was unsuccessful. I really prefer to be able to get the books on MP3 Cd's for that reason. What a waste of money!

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  • Posted July 27, 2010

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    AS TIMELY AS TODAY WITH A FOCUS ON TRANSNATIONAL CRIME

    A former CIA agent, and a mighty effective one, Emma Cross had enough of hair breadth escapes. So, she joined St. Kilda's Consulting believing some private investigating would be a piece of cake. Readers of the mega best selling Elizabeth Lowell know that's never going to happen.

    We find Emma gripping "the round chromed bars of the pitching Zodiac's radar bridge..." Zodiac is a small rubber craft tossing its way across Puget Sound as she tracks Blackbird, a yacht which is a twin of another ship that disappeared. Whatever Blackbird's cargo may be it is lethal, and Emma has all of one week, seven days, to find out exactly what it is or there will be unprecedented mass destruction.

    She's paired with Mac Durand who once led a special ops team in Afghanistan only to see it lost thanks to bad intelligence. That was a lifetime ago and now Mac captains boats. Only one mention of his "dark eyes" by Emma and we know they'll be more than assigned partners....and often. Romance aside others are watching Blackbird - among them is Taras Demidov who notes the difference between Russians and Americans by thinking "Russia accepted a world of good and evil. Americans believed only in good." Demidov is evil incarnate, and his belief might be his undoing.

    As is her wont Lowell's plot moves swiftly but for this reader it is sometimes hindered by a cast of characters that is hard to keep straight - just who is a friend and who is an enemy? We read, "Too many agencies. Too many secrets. Too little real cooperation, because budgets depend on delivering departmental success stories." It would seem if the threat is ultra dangerous that the FBI would cooperate with the CIA and vice versa.

    Nonetheless DEATH ECHO is as fresh as today's news with its focus on transnational crime - a world without borders. There's a wealth of description re living aboard and crossing dangerous waters in a 42 foot boat plus ultimately a satisfying finish. Lowell fans will relish this journey.

    - Gail Cooke

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

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    Death Echo is a must read for Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring

    Imagine yourself ex-CIA trying to live a simple life and forget about "the company". Imagine yourself ex-CIA working for a civilian organization that seems to exist on ex company operatives. Imagine these two ex-company employees tangled in a web made by "the company" and now they have to not only clean it up, but survive doing it.
    Ms. Lowell brings us another one of her beloved St. Kilda's contracting novels, full of espionage, intrigue, stealth and deception and you have the perfect plot for her newest novel, a plot as old as cold war stories and as new as the last edition of CNN Live. In it we meet two incredible characters that are her hero MacKenzie and her heroine Emma who will ensnare you with their poise and ensconce you into their life of lies. You will immediately feel their attraction to each other and quickly turn pages to learn the outcome, not only of the romance but if they live to discover it. Her co-staring characters are equally interesting from the enigmatic couple we met in an earlier work Grace and Faroe to the current company men and the deeply unnerving criminals. The romance is fast, furious and sizzling as the couple doesn't know what waits for them tomorrow or even if tomorrow waits for them. The love scenes are hot, sensuous and physical and nothing less than you'd expect of the characters. Yet underneath the sizzle you feel a certain yearning between them, a hope for the future.

    You will not be disappointed with Elizabeth Lowell's latest romantic suspense read. It will be well worth the money, a must read for the summer and a next best seller for this New York Times best selling author.

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  • Posted June 14, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Another St. Kilda Consulting romantic thriller

    Elizabeth Lowell has written several semi-series in the romance genre. My personal favorites involve either Rarities (a company that protects art) or St. Kilda Consulting (a mysterious company that operates where the CIA or FBI dare not go - and particularly deal with dicey kidnapping).

    Lowell's style is a bit over-the-top, but that's to be expected in this area. She clearly does good research (in this case, about yachting), and has a clear view of where she wants the plot to go.

    This is one of the stronger St. Kilda Consulting thrillers. The two main characters are well fleshed-out (intentional pun), and display humor. Of course, the dark characters are very dark, the good guys are good. Lowell doesn't spend as much time re-hashing a recurring theme - that most people are too content to let things happen and don't take action - which is a relief.

    If you like Lowell's writing or are looking for an "R" rated romantic thriller, this might be up your alley.

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