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The Wrong Hostage (St. Kilda Consulting #2)

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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.
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Published June 7th 2006 by HarperAudio (first published January 1st 2006)
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Lauren
The Wrong Hostage
3.5 Stars

Grace Silva is a federal judge backed into a corner when her teenage son is taken hostage by Mexican drug traffickers. With time running out, Grace turns to the only man she has ever loved and the one who believes she betrayed him 16 years ago: Joe Faroe, an operative with St. Kilda’s Consulting. As Grace and Joe work together to save her son, old feelings resurface and old secrets come to light. Can Grace and Joe leave the past behind to rescue her child before it is t
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Anna
Mar 27, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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.)
George
May 09, 2009 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#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
Sarah
Mar 05, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, suspense, novel
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
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Katrina
Jan 26, 2016 Katrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wrong Hostage Orphaned at thirteen, 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. He believes in the innocents, the ones getting ground up by governments that are too polarized or too corrupt to protect the ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
3 STARS

"Orphaned at thirteen, 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. He believes in the innocents, the ones getting ground up by governments that are too polarized or too corrupt to protect their own citiz
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Kathy
Feb 07, 2010 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ian
Dec 29, 2011 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Leslie
Feb 08, 2010 Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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).
dmsburns
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
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Carolina Zapotitla
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Alice
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 details...to
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Maura
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Tom Tischler
Jan 15, 2014 Tom Tischler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lenny Husen
This book was at my Dad's house so I picked it up, thinking it looked promising.
Imagine my surprise when I opened it to find a note in my own handwriting, apparently from about 10 years ago:
"OK--C+. I hated Grace, she was a terrible main character, but I LOVED Joe (my kind of guy), so I'd say...this is a fast, good read for entertainment."
I thought about reading this again to see if I would hate Grace and love Joe as much as my younger self did, but if this book was THIS forgettable, why waste m
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Gwen
Jul 22, 2015 Gwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SPOILER ALERT!

Ms. Lowell' s descriptive monologue rendered through Judge Grace Silva, as she drove through Mexico to see her smartaleck son, Lane, who was being held hostage at All Saints' Catholic School, had you gripped with a foreshadowing of 'things' to come. Throughout the novel, she cleverly embeds some realistic facts on the true nature of the USA / Mexico's political-economic relationship, and why our nation's 'war on drugs' has been such a horrendous failure, despite the billions of dol
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Lisa
Jun 17, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book full of twists and turns. I read this book back in 2009, but recently was rearranging my bookshelf and picked it up again. I vaguely remembered that it was a great book, but after reading a few pages, I was sucked back into Elizabeth Lowell's world. It had been 6 years, but the I was drawn in by the drama, intrigue, and romance. Many books don't hold up to a second reading, but this book does. It makes me want to go out and re-read more of her books while I wait for new rele ...more
Anna
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Jennie Leigh
Mar 07, 2011 Jennie Leigh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
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
Jul 13, 2013 Trang Black rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
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
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~Leslie~
Jul 22, 2012 ~Leslie~ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book-nook
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
Andi
Sep 09, 2008 Andi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Angela
Dec 21, 2008 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ebooks
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
Ginger Weirich
Nov 04, 2015 Ginger Weirich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Give me a minute to catch my breath... A kid is enrolled in a private school in Encinada, Mexico. Turns out that’s not quite right. Dad, a hedge fund manager, is laundering money for some very bad actors down there, and things don’t go quite right. The tension begins to build early on and builds ever so slowing until, near the end, it is nearly heart stopping. I haven’t read any Elizabeth Lowell before. This one has wet my appetite for more of the same. 5 stars.
Debbie West
May 28, 2014 Debbie West rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
S.A.
Jul 24, 2012 S.A. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Karen
Mar 16, 2016 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The son of a federal judge is held for ransom and hires a kidnap specialist to get her son returned. Suspense and a lot of action packed into the 24 hours they have to rescue the boy.
Joan
Apr 05, 2014 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Joy
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
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Individually and with co-author/husband Evan, Ann Maxwell has written over 60 novels and one work of non-fiction. There are 30 million copies of these books in print, as well as reprints in 30 foreign languages. Her novels range from science fiction to historical fiction, from romance to mystery. After working in contemporary and historical romance, she became an innovator in the genre of romantic ...more
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