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Death Echo (St. Kilda Consulting #5)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  2,134 Ratings  ·  168 Reviews
“Elizabeth Lowell has long set a standard of excellence for thrillers that never stint on either romance or suspense.”

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell cuts a razor-sharp new edge in romantic suspense with Death Echo, a thrilling tale of passion, danger, and international intrigue. A breakneck-paced novel that unites a beautiful former CIA agent w
ebook, 432 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Like so many others, I have been a huge fan of Elizabeth Lowell's for years. I, too, have been slightly disappointed by the last couple of books she has put out.

This one is no exception. What I did like: The premise was good, very topical. I liked both Emma and Mac. The chemistry between the two was believable. I liked the speed of the book. If flowed very well and were no scratching the head moments (at least not for me). The balance between the suspense and romance were also good.

What I didn't
Usually Elizabeth Lowell is one of my favorite authors and I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of this book, but I was dissapointed. I had a hard time focusing on the storyline and the characters didn't draw me in as much as usual. It was okay, and the story was kind of interesting, but it just didn't have the draw that most of her books have.
Barb in Maryland
Another one of Lowell's fine romantic suspense stories featuring the fine folks of the St. Kilda group.

The one thing, I think, that sets Lowell's romantic suspense novels above those of several other authors, is that she actually spends a good deal of effort on the suspense part. The plots, while a touch fantastical, are always quite plausible and very grounded in the here and now. Her international troubles seem very possible to anyone who keeps abreast of current news. Her heroes and heroines
Kathy Martin
Jun 18, 2010 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great thriller. The summary pretty much tells the story. Mac is a transfer captain who is piloting the Blackbird until relieved by the boat's owner. Emma works for St. Kilda's and the insurance company trying to find out why expensive yachts are disappearing in "accidents". The boat is a focal point for all sorts of intrigue. It is supposed to be carrying something that could cause the destruction of an American city. The FBI, the CIA, and Russian and Georgian intelligence are all on the trail a ...more
Carolina Valdez
Jun 21, 2010 Carolina Valdez rated it really liked it
Death echo is a nautical term, and this St. Kilda thriller takes place mostly on a yacht. Lowell is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors, but the romance part of this story didn't live up to my expectations. There were too many nautical terms for me, too. Great as my disappointment was, I rated it a four because the suspense is excellent. Men may respond better to this than romance lovers will. And, after all, mine is only one opinion.
Dec 07, 2010 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A blend of two of my favorite genres: contemporary romantic suspense and disaster. Or in this case, near-disaster. Make no mistake. This is a romance. I just like the near-disaster elements thrown in.

Mac's nightmare past in Afghanistan was well-told. His character is identifiable as one of the good guys - whether he thinks so or not. Emma's past is also well-told and paints her as a dedicated woman. While their initial meeting doesn't go well, the emotional attachment and trust develops steadily
Jul 03, 2010 Regan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was so disappointed. I've never read Ms. Lowell before and expected so much more. Interesting story, enjoyed the sailing sequences but it didn't do it for me.
I kept expecting characters from Catherine Coulter's FBI series to show up. So far it seems a pretty decent story, with the exception of 2 things. These things are personal preferences, which reflect mostly on me as a reader and not on the author. The first thing is all the boating lingo, etc. Don't know, don't care. If I was into boats, I'd probably find it interesting, but as it is, it's just something else to slog through. Second, all the politics involved in trying to find the mastermind. I ...more
Jul 11, 2010 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Let me say first that I fell in love with E. Lowell after picking up Blue Smoke & Murder 2 yrs ago. Since then I've read all of the Rarities Unlimited, St. Kilda, Donovans, plus a few more. Her characters are well drawn, the plots are solid, though admittredly formulaic, and the dialog is superb. In this book the characters are somehow, not quite finished. The romance portion of the story is, unfortunately, thrown in as if an afterthought. I liked the plot, not being a "bad guys chasing good ...more
Every so often I pick up a book with no supernatural elements. Really, I do! Death Echo is a straight thriller and a pretty darn good one, with a dash of romance and lots of action.

Emma Cross is a former CIA agent now working for St. Kilda’s, an elite private investigation firm. She’s been working on a case involving insurance fraud with stolen yachts, tracking a yacht called Blackbird. When she finds out the intended cargo is going to be used to destroy an American city within the next seven da
Gail Cooke
Jul 27, 2010 Gail Cooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Aug 12, 2010 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, adventure
Reminded me a lot of Amber Beach, one of Lowell's first adventure/romance novels and one of my all-time romance-genre favorites. Death Echo wasn't quite as good, but wasn't bad. The characters weren't as well developed, and trying to keep up with other St. Kilda employees stretched the plot a little thin. Lowell is a good author, though, and I'll be looking for her next book.
Nov 03, 2011 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, ebooks
To my satisfaction, Death Echo is one of the stronger Elizabeth Lowell thrillers I've read in a while. It's #4 of her St. Kilda Consulting series, and of the set of those, this one so far has been my favorite. I'm pleased in particular that our heroine, Emma Cross, is the St. Kilda agent, while hero Mackenzie Durand is the freelance boat captain she has to work with; this does much to put these two on a more equal footing than I've seen in many Lowell novels.

Death Echo's conflict is driven by Em
Feb 10, 2011 L8blmr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a time when Elizabeth Lowell was one of my favorite authors and I still believe she has written some amazing stories. It's been a while since I've read one of her books and, though I had a couple of issues with the last one, I thought it was time to give another one a chance. However, it might have been better if I had started at the beginning of this series instead of on book #5.

Though I liked the two lead characters, there was not a whole lot of development and the fact that they fel
Feb 10, 2011 Lori rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author
Because I was so captivated with so many of Elizabeth Lowell's previous novels that included the Donovan clan (family) as well as auction houses that specialize in whatever she is writing about (from illuminated manuscripts to gemstones) I was very disappointed with this latest novel.

Very little story, too much talk boring talk between the two main characters (a male and female stuck unexpectedly together aboard a yacht) and just an overall boring novel.

I think that the author found a subject (
Apr 04, 2011 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A more complicated plot involving several U.S. Intelligence Agencies as well as Russian/Georgian operatives has St. Kilda's operatives Emma Cross and new recruit MacKenzie Durand as confused as the reader, if not more. Who the good guys and bad guys are and what they are actually up to is not revealed to either of us until the last couple of pages. It might just be that I read this while I was sick, but this book made my head hurt. However, it kept me turning pages instead of dropping off into m ...more
Mar 06, 2011 Joy rated it liked it
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Lara Amber
Mar 25, 2011 Lara Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
It was an okay read and gave some more insight into St. Kilda. There were still some major flaws.

1. Where was the tension? They both seemed way too calm and focused on the sexual chemistry for two professionals who know exactly what can go wrong and the stakes in the game. It was like they had sudden amnesia and the potential death of thousands or millions was forgotten in favor of "whee! look at that ass in those pants!" I've read romance novels where the stakes were much lower and a much bette
Feb 27, 2012 Elena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How this novel got a close to a 4 star review is beyond me.
The plot had great potential, but the book ended up being just plain boring. The "action" part of the book is all talk but NO ACTION. And all the talk is about BOATS and YACHTS. Reading this book was like reading a manual on operating heavy machinery (boats:)), and i wonder how this was not an issue with everyone > 20 pages at a time about how the engine "purrs", how the ropes are tied, how to navigate it through still and stormy wat
May 24, 2012 Becky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a phenomenally bad book made even more notable by the fact that Elizabeth Lowell is usually quite competent and often fantastic. I continued reading mostly out of the belief that at some point the writing would turn and things would magically resolve. The romantic element of the plot was phoned in with a few flirty lines that somehow became intense passion and a soul connection. The suspense plot was overly complex and the resolution was somehow both too pat and murky. Interspersed with ...more
Jun 19, 2012 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Elizabeth Lowell writes great books that you probably won't remember. They are entertaining, action-packed and well written. They just aren't all that unique. There are a lot of people who write books in this genre and to stand out an author needs to do something really special.

Some might think this is some sort of sacrilege but I would put Elizabeth Lowell in the same league as Tom Clancy. Very entertaining but they're not books I'm going to be talking about in a month.

Emma an operator for St
Newton Public Library Iowa
Though oddly written in the style of Iris Johansen, Death Echo submerges readers into the world of smuggling. Emma Cross, a former CIA agent now working for a private company called St. Kilda (which readers will recognize from other of Lowell's works), has for the past year been simply investigating a series of uber-expensive yacht thefts. Now, the twin of one of those yachts is suspected of carrying something dangerous enough to kill tens of thousands. Unfortunately for Emma, there are complica ...more
Tom Tischler
Emma Cross joined St Kilda's an elite security consulting
firm to get away from the blood, guilt and tribal wars that
was her life in the CIA. St Kilda's has her tracking a yacht
named Blackbird, a dead ringer for another yacht that
disappeared somewhere between Vladivostok and Portland a year
earlier. Emma knows that cargo was lethal, now she has to
find out if it's biological or chemical. She has a new partner
named MacKezie Durand who five years earlier had a special ops
team destroyed in Afghani
Mar 29, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Lowell's more recent Night Diver, I didn't have high expectations for the plot of Death Echo. That being said, it was not at all as expected - this book almost had too much plot, to the point that there were a few times when I wondered if the author herself knew the truth. There is layer upon layer of bureaucratic cover stories and lies mixed with truth, and it was hard to tell whether this was intentional (the real world really is like that) or poor writing (I just can't escape th ...more
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Jan 27, 2016 Katrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When she joined St. Kilda's, the elite security consulting firm, Emma Cross thought she'd left behind the blood, the guilt, and the tribal wars that defined her life at the CIA. Yet, trading spying for investigating yacht thefts didn't alleviate the danger -- or melt away her professional paranoia. Now, the same good instincts that got her into trouble at the agency might be what will help her survive her latest case.

With some arm-twisting, St. Kilda and Emma are tracking a yacht named Blackbird
Mar 28, 2016 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, audiobook, 2016
I enjoyed book four in this series, and this one was available from the library-- so I went for it. But it didn't grab me like the previous one did. Mostly, there was a lot about boats. I found myself only half-listening a lot of the time, which was not a good approach with the level of detail involved in this story (much of it concerning boats). This one was just not my cup of tea.
Oct 16, 2016 Sheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
I had a bit of trouble keeping the bad guys straight, but the Hero and Heroine's stories and characters were great. I especially liked the hero, who drives a yacht.
Emma T Clement
I wouldn't have read this book if it were not for my roommate, who saw a group of people selling "Blind Dates With a Book". They had used books, wrapped up in plain brown paper, and were selling them as a fundraiser. She picked two books, randomly, with no knowledge of the book inside of the wrapping. One for me, one for her. This was one of the most unique gifts I've gotten. Such a cool way to get introduced to new books, and to pick up a new book without bias (truly not judging a book by its c ...more
Had a hard time with this one. Took me almost two weeks to read. Usually love her books. I did like the characters but story was slow til the last when more action and drama
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