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The Wrong Hostage (St. Kilda Consulting #2)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  1,901 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins

Orphaned at 13, Grace Silva clawed her way out of poverty and violence to become one of the most respected judges on the federal bench. Grace believes in the rule of law, lives it, breathes it. She has always been buttoned up and buttoned down.

Except once.

Joe Faroe has learned that laws are made by politicians, and politicians are all too human....more
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Published June 7th 2006 by HarperAudio (first published January 1st 2006)
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Good romantic suspense. Heavier on the suspense than the romance and with good characters. You almost wouldn't have known it was written by a woman, except for the fact that the hero had green eyes. (Have you noticed what a high percentage of characters in romance novels have green eyes? I'd like every writer out there to know that only 1-2% of the world population has green eyes, which means they've pretty much all been represented in fiction by now.)
#2 in the St. Kilda Consulting mystery series. It is a for hire company which operates behind the scenes and gets things done that governments and real world justice agencies aren't able to accomplish. This story takes place in north western Mexico involves Mexican drug lords and an American high powered businessman who appears to be swindling the drug lord out of multimillions. The business man has placed his son as a hostage to the drug lord who is threatening to kill the boy if the business m...more
I guess it's fortunate the I seem to have hit the jackpot for good fiction once school started. While getting stressed out about classes starting up again, I've been able to escape in the pages of a relaxing book on my nightstand at home & realize my problems aren't anything compared to those of Grace Silva while listening to this romantic thriller by Elizabeth Lowell during my daily commute.

The Wrong Hostage delivers suspense with a kidnapping built around a drug smuggler's money launderin...more
I enjoyed this book. I don't think I have ever read Elizabeth Lowell before. This one is an action/romance, perhaps that is her genre. There were many appealing elements to the characters. A gutsy 15 year old son, a woman who stood her ground when it came to the priority of her son, a man of heroic quality. Plus a plot that kept me reading. Drug money corruption on both sides of the border, good verses evil, deep love renewed. Though slow in a few places, I found the novel entertaining.
this is a super good read.... Mom is a federal judge, father a naughty drug dude... doesn't pay the drug lord money he owes so the bad guys take the kid... Takes place in Mexico, near the San Diego border. I thought it was very well written, just enough suspense that it was interesting and I can sleep at night without fear that the bad guys are under my bed. (I ike that in a book).
Book. St Kildare consulting is a private firm that does "hard rescues" etc Woman's son is kidnapped by Mexican drug lords and has to hire st Kilda's to get him back. Predictably the father was in on the kidnapping.

Federal Judge Grace Silva's husband has given their son to a Mexican drug lord as collateral on some investments. When the money and the husband go missing, Grace is given 48 hours to produce them or her son dies. She calls the only person who can help, Joe Faroe, an agent of St. Kild...more
Elizabeth Lowell has been one of my favorite writers for years even though I've not read anything of hers in a while. I was in the right mood and this was in my queue...

I'm a little peeved that this is the second in a series (I hate reading out of order), but I really don't feel that I missed that much. Joe and Grace were good characters, better than I thought they'd be at first. In fact, I have no complaints on that end. The story made sense to me and it was chock full of realistic
Tom Tischler
Orphaned at thirteen Grace Silva claws her way up out
of poverty and becomes a federal judge. She has always
kept to herself. Except Once. Joe Faroe has learned the
hard way that laws are made by politicians for politicians
He has been put through the mill and it has cost him his
career, his freedom and a woman who still haunts him. Since
then he has worked outside the rules for St Kilda Consulting.
A global business that gets things done that government's
can't. He's retired now and out of the busine...more
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Jennie Leigh
This was my first Elizabeth Lowell novel. I think I have found a new favorite writer. I've since read a second of her books and liked it as well. It was a nice blend of romance and action/suspense. I didn't spend an inordinate amount of time trying to suspend my disbelief, which is something I appreciated. Not that I won't read books that are flat out over the top. I have read and enjoyed some that were utterly absurd if taken too seriously. But I dislike trying to plod through a book where the...more
Trang Black
It's been a while since I had the opportunity to read Elizabeth Lowell and I'm glad to see she still delivers.

The Wrong Hostage is the story of Grace Silva's need for assistance in rescuing her teenage son from Mexican kidnappers. Her billionaire ex turned her son Lane over as collateral in a deal and disappeared. Now Lane has 48 hours to live unless Grace delivers her ex to the kidnappers. Her only option is to ask the one man she knows can handle the situation, the one man she never thought s...more
I am giving this 3.5 stars because I really enjoy Elizabeth Lowell's writing. I enjoyed this book - the suspenseful storyline is complex and interesting and the characters are different and intriguing. Grace Silva is a federal judge who's marriage has ended and unbeknownst to her, the ex-husband is using her son as a hostage while dealing with Mexican drug lords in his money laundering scheme. When she finds out, she calls on ST. Kilda Consulting, a group that specializes in off-the-books rescue...more
So I’m not in the habit of almost always having a book to listen to in the car. I find this makes car trips less tedious and distracts me from gas prices, but it’s also a great way to “read” some books that I normally wouldn’t sit down with - such as mysteries or crime thrillers. I do enjoy those genres of books, but I prefer to read things where the language is brilliant or the joy of reading in bed goes with the book (i.e. Stephenie Meyers’ stuff).

Recently, I finished listening to The Wrong Ho...more
It seems that Elizabeth Lowell is trying to break in a new series these days: books all centered around St. Kilda Consulting, a group of freelancers who are apparently "consultants" who go in and do tough jobs regular governmental types won't. Like, in the case of this particular novel, rescuing a teenaged boy from being held hostage by a Mexican gangster. It's too early to tell yet whether this set of stories will develop the same elan as the Donovan series or the related Rarities Unlimited one...more
Debbie West
loved this stoory! if true about Mexico. then it made me sad as well. but the ending held a little surprise& I enjoyed that! grace's son was tough& made enjoyable reading. i likedd all the characters, even the short FBI agent! ha! great plot, almost no cursing, almost no pornography. seems like all the suspense romance books these days DO have pornography, so I waas very pleased with Ms Lowell! i have read several books by her& like them all!!
Jackie Fancher Danalewich
So...I guess I will be reading others from the St. Kilda Consulting series. This was truly edge of your seat reading. I think it would make an excellent movie. Characters were well developed, as is common with E Lowell stories. This author has never disappointed me.
I hate books with two page chapters. They seem designed for reading on the beach or a plane, ESPECIALLY when the author breaks a chapter in the middle of a conversation for no good reason other than to maintain those pesky short chapters.

Otherwise, lots of action, good research and properly creepy, violent atmosphere. The characters occasionally swerved toward cliche. Please, a federal judge based in San Diego would not act naive about drug smuggling on the Mexican border. Too many "Oh, I can't...more
The Wrong Hostage is a riveting read. The characters are believable and likable, the tightly-woven plot moves rapidly, and the writing style is smooth and polished.
When Grace Silva's son is held hostage, she turns to her old flame, Joe Faroe, and St. Kilda Consulting for help.

The highly stereotypical depiction of the members of the drug cartel who have kidnapped Lane is somewhat balanced by the depiction of Grace, Joe, and other Latino characters--more balance would have been appreciated though. Lane's an appealing character, too, and I enjoy his appearances here and in later books. The suspense plot is a bit of a hot mess, though; as I sit here typing thi...more
Federal Judge Grace Silva's husband has given their son to a Mexican drug lord as collateral on some investments. When the money and the husband go missing, Grace is given 48 hours to produce them or her son dies. She calls the only person who can help, Joe Faroe, an agent of St. Kilda (like the FBI, but without rules and government), whom she had a relationship with 16 years prior.
The plot is engaging and believable, the characters are well-developed and authentic, and the writing is exceptiona...more
(Mystery, Romance 2006) When Judge Grace Silva's ex-husband takes her son to Mexico as collateral for a debt and then disappears, she finds herself working fast to save his life (the son, not the ex). Caught in a rapidly accelerating situation, she contacts Joe Faroe, a kidnap specialist and a former lover. The story moves quickly (two days for the whole book). I read the book in one day and was totally captivated. Lots of twists and turns, lots of plot, lots of enjoyment. I see that this is a s...more

I did not enjoy this book. The plot was intriguing enough to get me about 100 pages in, so I felt obligated to finish it. That is the only reason I didn't give it one star. Unbelievable, stereotypical crap. The characters annoyed me.... I am still reeling over the on-the-wall-sex while on a stake-out, yet her son is hostage? Nice going, mom. Making out in a trailer when your son has two hours to live? Excellent. The interactions between FBI and St. Kilda were just ridiculous. I can't even descr...more
Kathleen Freeman
Another great book by Elizabeth Lowell, again despite the social issues tackled by this book I totally loved it.
Listened to unabridged audio book. I liked the plot overall, but the narrator annoyed me.
Excellent book did not realize this was a series going back to read the first one now
Tipping Ellis
skipped the last few chapters and went to the last page. Got bored with it. To heavy on the "romance"
Brenda Kendall
I couldn't stand to even finish it
(3.5 stars) - I've read several Elizabeth Lowell books in this series before. All are good. This is one of the books that reference the St. Kilda's Consulting if you need a handy reminder. I'm a little stricter in my ratings of the womens/suspense/mystery types of novels just because I read them at the pace of a dime a dozen. It was a fun ride of a story with no real shocks but it was good to make some hours fade away when I couldn't handle another Law and Order on tv.
A hot romance from an author I usually don't rely upon for hotness. The suspense, both sexual and other, are built and maintained with a deft hand. Recommended, even if you're not this author's biggest fan.
Elizabeth Lowell books remind me a little of the Alistair Maclean books I read when I was a teenager. They are half-way decent fluff and a good way to kill some time, but I finished it half an hour ago and I've already forgotten the names of the protagonists and the antagonists.

That might sound like a criticism or damning it with faint praise, but this is a good book. It's not perfect but it's entertaining and any book that entertains has served it's purpose.
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Individually and with co-author/husband Evan, Ann Maxwell has written over 60 novels and one non-fiction book. There are 30 million copies of these books in print, as well as reprints in 30 foreign languages. The novels range from science fiction to historical fiction, from romance to mystery to suspense.

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