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Distant Echoes

(Aloha Reef #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,925 ratings  ·  117 reviews
In the land of aloha and paradise, dark secrets lurk just below the surface.

When a tragic accident downs a tourist boat off the coast of Hawaii, dolphin researcher Kaia Oana is one of the first in the water, risking her own life to try and save others. She’s enlisted to help the U.S. Navy find out what really happened – utilizing her specially trained dolphins
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 29th 2005 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2005)
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Shellie I am in chapter 9 and I would say "No not overly religious." A few characters do have a faith in God and it comes out in the daily events. It is well…moreI am in chapter 9 and I would say "No not overly religious." A few characters do have a faith in God and it comes out in the daily events. It is well written and real in how the author presents the characters' faith. So far a very good read and a constant "what's next" in my head as I read.(less)

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SUMMARY: Sometimes Kaia Oana thinks her dolphins are more humane than humans. As a mammal intelligence researcher, Kaia has learned a thing or two about the goodness and intelligence of dolphins—and as a natural scientist in close proximity to weapons developers, she’s learned a thing or two about humans as well.

When a tourist catamaran explodes off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Kaia and her trained dolphin, Nani, rush to aid the search and rescue effort. After hours of
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the first novel in a Christian suspense and romance series called The Aloha Reef series, as it is set in Hawaii, and, in addition to that, the books all have at least some connection to the sea, shown either through diving, normal swimming, or boating. Anyhow, in this book, we are introduced to the Oana family, particularly to the sister in the family, Kaia who works with her friend Nani, a rescue dolphin, as well as a few others from Nani's pod, trying to establish better dolphin-h ...more
Shannah Mauney
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Let me just start by saying that I absolutely LOVE Colleen Coble. Her writing never fails to captivate me from the beginning and leave me wanting more at the end. I loved this book. I couldn't put it down! View my full review here.
Sep 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major Conflicts[return]Kaia loves her life in Hawaii and her work with dolphins--especially Nani. Nani even helps her rescue several people when an errant missle hits a pleasure boat. Unfortunately they weren't able to save her cousin Laban who owned the boat. Kaia then gets involved with Jesse, a navy security officer who is convinced recent security breaches at the base are connected to the missle mishap. He wants Kaia to patrol ...more
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Vintage Coble and I'm loving it. Suspense with so many possible suspects that I got dizzy trying to keep up! Lots of twists and turns and gasp-out-loud moments! This author knows how to keep a reader's attention right to the nail-biting end.

And I absolutely loved the island setting! Fascinating glimpses into Hawaiian culture thrilled me to my toes. Kaia and her brothers (eeep -- they each get their own story in this series) and their sage grandfather captured my heart and I look forw
I enjoyed the book overall. I find Colleen Coble's writing to be a little choppy which is why I usually only give her 3 stars.
I love dolphins so I naturally loved the parts with the dolphins. It was neat to read how Nani & the other dolphins assist in a couple rescues.

I took a guess fairly early on about who the bad guy was & was pleased to be right :). I have to admit I had a few moments of doubt though & did wonder about one of the other characters once.

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I also enjoyed the Hawaiian culture & native words that CC added to the book. That was a nice touch.
Apr 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
I am a fan of Colleen Coble's Mercy Falls series, so when I needed a book set in Hawaii for a challenge I am doing, it was a no brainer that this is where I was heading.

Compared to her Mercy Falls books, I found the character development in this book to be lacking and superficial. The book had a really difficult time keeping my attention, because the characters were so bland and the story line was so-so.

Will it stop me from reading this series? Yes. Will it stop me from reading CC b
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Set on the exotic Hawaiian island of Kauai, Colleen Coble has penned another breathtaking suspense tale -- replete with oceanic beauty, marine life, dolphins, and the beautiful young trainer who loves them, Kaia Oana. When she unwilling becomes involved in a dangerous investigation with Lieutenant Commander Jesse Matthews, will the magical allure of the island ignite a precarious romance as well? Not so much a creepy suspense as it is a mystery, Coble lovers everywhere will enjoy this well writt ...more
Teresa Snyder
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable book. I was over the moon with the brief appearance of Kade and Bree! Jesse and Kaia were adorable. I really enjoyed learning about the Dolphins. The storyline was good. I went back and forth trying to decide who the bad guy was - he was one of the two that I had chosen. I was a little disappointed with the lack of romance in the book, but the happily-ever-after ending makes up for some of the disappointment. Looking forward to book two in the series.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story had a slow start for me. And at first I had a hard time keeping the characters straight. But once the story picked up, I couldn’t put it down. I kept thinking I had it figured out then something would happen that changed my mind. There are several twists in this story, plus I loved the message of forgiveness.
Gracie Mosko
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Distant Echoes.

By: Colleen Coble.

Rating: 9/10


    This book centers on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. A woman, Kaia Oana, and her communicating dolphin Nani embark on a quest to save their island from terrorist attacks. It's filled with plot twists and so many suspenseful chapter endings that will want you turning the page. It took me a week to finish but that wasn't a busy schedule issue or the way the writing w
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Colleen’s books are always amazing and they speak to your heart. This book is action packed and I can honestly say I was wrong about people more than once in this book. This book makes you look inside yourself and forgiveness
Lynn Hughes
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

As I was reading this book I felt like I was there in Hawaii. This storyline captures you and doesn’t let go . Any person who loves her books should read this .
I can’t wait to read book #2 in this series.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Suspense in HI

Very nice story with suspense that incorporates Hawaii. Incredible story line about dolphin communication. My one complaint is grammar mistakes. Multiple times the Navy Commander stated, "Me and my brother always...", or, " Me and Noah...". Annoying.
Mary Baker
I liked the interaction between the main character and the dolphin. As for the mystery, the author did a good job of keeping me guessing who the main culprit was. This was a good read which provided several hours of escape.
Lydia Howe
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review to come!
Sep 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Brittney Pollock
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
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What do you get when you cross Hawaii, a dolphin, a girl, and a Naval Lieutenant? You get Distant Echoes. Kaia Oana is a dolphin Research Specialist at Seaworthy Labs, currently working on breaking the language barrier between dolphins and humans. She does this by teaching Nani, a wild dolphin she nursed back to health as a calf, clicks and sounds that associate with human words. One day while working on some of the sounds a missile test happening nearby goes wrong and the missile goes off cours ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First, I really like that these are set in Hawaii. Second, there is a connection between these books and the Hope Beach series - Kade & Bree Matthews! And I believe that Bree may have her own book/series (not sure about that).

Kaia is a dolphin researcher. She is trying to communicate with dolphins and the work is going painstakingly slow, with seemingly no results. One day, her new boss says that she has very little time to show results or he's pulling all her funding. On top of
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book that I found immediately interesting and the beautiful imagery of the setting woven throughout the book effectively transported me to the dreamy Hawaiian islands.

There are a lot of characters in this book and some of them are easily forgotten as the book progresses. There is a LOT going on throughout the story-line as well, which is both mind thrilling and means that I had to concentrate a bit more as I was reading so that I didn't miss anything.

Overall, I really lik
Elaine Key
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Distant Echoes by Colleen Coble is the first book in the Aloha Reef series. I found this book a little difficult to get into because of the Hawaiian language that is interspersed throughout the book. Fortunately a code is listed at the back of the book which I referred to frequently. Because of this I learned a lot about the Hawaiian culture.

Kaia Oana is a mammal intelligence researcher. She is working with three dolphins to get them to understand our language similar to Jane Goodall
Larry Marshall
Having read the author's Hope Beach series, I knew Colleen Coble was a good Christian author.

This first book of the Aloha Reef series is both entertaining and educational. There are any explanations of native Hawaiian culture included in the story.

Kaia Is a dolphin researcher with a dolphin she raised herself named Nani, as well as two other wild dolphins trying to learn to communicate with them. Jesse is a naval commander who needs their help after a test missile goes off coarse and destroys
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally reading the rest of this series, after reading the fourth book years ago and being unable to locate the others (many relocations and 4 library systems later...). Enjoyed it, to a point. The dolphin bits got somewhat annoying for some reason... and, while I realize it's Christian fiction, the fact that nobody really brings God into it until there's trouble is also irksome. Plus, I feel like I've got to go read her other series, in order to get the backstory on so many of the characters. T ...more
This was an enjoyable series opener. I liked the characters, especially the dolphins, the setting and for the most part, I felt the plot was believable. Like the majority of Christian Fiction, some of our characters had some issues to work through, mainly, learning to forgive. I understood where the author was trying to go, from a faith standpoint, it just felt like one character was bullied to get there. It also felt like Kaia's mistakes were focused on more, where as, other characters got pass ...more
Abigail Ford
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story pretty much grabbed my attention from the start, and only increased in interest. The way Coble described the islands and scenery was incredible. The characters were interesting and had enough depth to be believable. I LOVED Nani! The only reason I am taking off a star was because I figured out both twists and saw them coming before I reached the halfway mark in the book. It was pretty predictable. But I felt the reasoning behind the "villain" was a little silly and unrealistic. But ot ...more
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Intriguing, fast paced story of a Hawaiian woman’s work training dolphin’s to understand language, while at the same time trying to help the Navy prevent a terrorist plot. Kaia is also dealing with her own personal history of her mother’s abandonment
Alicia Lowery
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Overall I enjoyed the story. I struggled with the Hawaiian language used throughout. There was an index in the back (wish it had been in the front). But it didn’t include every word used and I found several errors in the book. I was surprised by that.
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Colleen Coble’s books and this one was no exception. This was an intriguing story and I loved reading about Nani the dolphin. What an amazing animal! Since I recently visited Hawaii for the first time it was nice to be able to picture some of the places in the story, too.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved visiting Hawaii through this book. Colleen's details are stunning. I was immediately drawn into the story. The danger and suspense kept me reading to find out what happens next. This is a well written story of trust and forgiveness. This book is a must read.
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USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. She is the author of dozens of novels including the Rock Harbor Series, the Aloha Reef Series, the Mercy Falls Series, the Hope Beach Series, the Lonestar Series and two Women of Faith fiction selections, Alaska Twilight and Midnight Sea. She has more than 2 million books in print.

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