Death Echo (St. Kilda Series #4)

Death Echo (St. Kilda Series #4)

by Elizabeth Lowell

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New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell cuts a new edge in suspense with a thrilling tale of passion and international intrigue.

Emma Cross abandoned the blood, guilt, and tribal wars of CIA life for the elite security consulting firm St. Kilda's. Now she's tracking the yacht Blackbird, believed to be carrying a lethal cargo that will destroy a major American city . . . in just seven days.

Emma's partner, MacKenzie Durand—a former special ops killer well-honed in the world's nastiest regions—is more dangerous and unpredictable than the worst enemy she's ever faced. And other eyes are watching Blackbird as well—cold and calculating, looking to alter the geopolitical balance through violence and terror.

In a deadly game where the rules change without warning, Emma and Mac must find answers or watch the innocent die in unthinkable numbers. The race is on—and there's no telling who will cross the finish line alive . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061979248
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/08/2010
Series: St. Kilda Series , #4
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 566
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell has more than eighty titles published to date with over twenty-four million copies of her books in print. She lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband, with whom she writes novels under a pseudonym. Her favorite activity is exploring the Western United States to find the landscapes that speak to her soul and inspire her writing.

Date of Birth:

April 5, 1944

Place of Birth:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


B. A., University of California, 1966

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Death Echo 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 135 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
KenCady More than 1 year ago
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.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
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.
Conkie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story included too many twists & turns. It often dragged.
daisygrl09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another page turner.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 mucus-y naps, so I guess that says something. The chemistry between Emma and Mac is genuine and crackling with sexual energy, which was appreciated, as a lot of romance books that take place during a protracted period of time (7 days for this one) generally leave me feeling like the characters did not have enough time to really fall in love with each other. I suppose, though, saving someone's life and having them save yours does create a bond, and Emma and Mac seemed really right for each other from the beginning. It's a nice change from romance protagonists who spend much of the book bickering then realize they love each other in the last chapter. I look forward to meeting them again if Lowell continues her St. Kilda series. At this point, why would she not?
macygma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In another splendid story of the St. Kilda security group, Elizabeth Lowell takes us front-row center into mayhem on high seas. It seems there were two identical boats: the Black Swan and the Blackbird. One houses an arsenal of evil. But which one? It takes Emma Cross and her new partner, Mac Durand f=to figure out the puzzle between dodging bullets and feelings for each other that are growing almost faster than the bullets.Then into the mix comes the good old Fibbies and CIA and KGB, etc. Who wins? Which ship is the deadly one? Read along as Emma and Mac try their damnedest to figure this one out while staying alive long enough to see if they really do like each other.
Keng on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have read most of Lowell's books and been highly entertained. This book went a little long for me. I really liked the character Mac but I felt like we didn't get much on Emma Cross. Their relationship didn't make much sense to me so from a romance angle I was disappointed, from a suspense aspect I felt it was entertaining if not a little too long.
PegSwaney on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
agents transport ship that could be involved in terrorism-lethal cargo- St. Kilda's group
other on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit of a bore really. Not much suspense (or romance) in the romantic suspense and even the evil-doing and plans to nuke a major US city were humdrum. Compared to earlier favourites such as Tell Me No Lies and Amber Beach -- well, there is no comparison.
dhaupt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
kmmt48 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Normally I enjoy Elizabeth Lowell for a quick, fun read but this was not one of her best. Likable characters but never felt the story got off the ground. Somewhat boring.
VividConfusion on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading the description of Elizabeth Lowell's "Death Echo," you might expect an adrenalin-laced story of international spies and special ops racing a fast ticking clock to stop a terrorist attack. You would be wrong.Lowell's latest novel is more the morose trawl of a slow boat to Canada than it is the thrill of a power-boat ride. In fact, the action in this 392 page book doesn't really begin to pick up speed until around page 300. Prior to that, the suspense is confined primarily to the anxiety-ridden, ulcer-inducing kind of stress from the protagonists having to constantly look over their shoulders. As a native Washingtonian and Puget Sound resident, where this story is based, I would have to say that "Death Echo" suffers from an abundance of reality. The plot is as dark and gloomy as can be the Pacific Northwest winter during which it is set. The spy machinations are the boring, tedious crawl of what I imagine an actual stake-out to be--waiting for hours on end with nothing to show for it--not the glorified version most people are used to seeing on TV, in the movies, or the usual "save-the-world" type of suspense novel. There is little romance, only two people attracted to each other, sharing a tough situation, and easing some of the stress with sex.Though well written and with a decent premise, "Death Echo" is a difficult book to slog through. It would probably make a better TV show or film. But as a book, it was simply too slow of a story to make for an enjoyable read.
bookbeat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first Elizabeth Lowell book I¿ve read in a number of years and the first in the St. Kilda series. I enjoyed the book enough to want to read some of the earlier books in the series. However, if you¿re expecting a true romantic suspense book, you¿ll be disappointed. I would categorize this book as more of a suspense/espionage thriller with a little, very little, romantic element. With that said, the writing was good and the story held my attention enough that I wanted to keep reading to see what was going to happen. I would definitely recommend the book and I would be interested in reading the next installment in the St. Kilda series.
ginger30297 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
`Death Echo¿ by Elizabeth LowellTwo ex-agents for the government are responsible for finding and eliminating the threat of terrorists using some type of Biological Weapon that somehow has something to do with a yacht they have been trying to track down. Neither of which has any love for the Agencies they use to work for, but are still compelled to ¿do the right thing¿, at risks to themselves, and, if they fail, to a whole populated city! A great reason to like the characters, is that they can have humor in such serious circumstances. Emma and Mac have wonderful chemistry and make great partners, apparently in or out of bed. Neither loses their head in dangerous moments, but who would like a hero or heroine who did? You know they are going to make it. . . . . .really?. . .how could they possibly not?. . . . .but she still leaves you with that very tiny possibility that they might not. Naturally you have a lot of action and that tiny bit of romance, just to make it fun! Kept me wanting to read on and get to the last page! One of them books that you just can¿t put down until that last page is finished!
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two identically unique luxury yachts commissioned by extremely wealthy men. One of them is missing. The other may be a target.For Emma Cross, working for the CIA lost its luster, but St. Kilda's offered a way to use her skills for a cause she believes in. Now she finds herself back in the alphabet soup, the only difference is, this time she has a partner and back-up she can trust.Mac Durand got out of special ops with his life and not much else. Now he's working as a transient captain delivering high-end boats to distant ports. The Blackbird is his latest ride - if he's not careful, it may be his last.Russian sleepers and spies, CIA/FBI infighting and backbiting, and political cover-ups... if Emma and Mac can't keep it together, Seattle may never be the same again.Lowell's latest is heavier on espionage than romance, although the sex is predictable hot and steamy. Emma is a strong and likable character, and the dialogue is quick and pointed. Altogether an enjoyable beach read.
nycxile on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Lowell did it again. The charcters in a Lowell novel are always smart, confident and sassy. The women are a match for the men and the men are exceptional. Former military and intelligence agency types are her specialty they handle the shadow world that must be addressed for the rest of us to sleep safe in our beds. Death Echo, like all the other Lowell books I've read is intelligent, informative and well researched. I learned about jade, rubies, pearls and amber in the Lowell series of novels that incorporated those objects into their titles. This time I learned about charting a course through the waters of the Pacific Northwest and the ease with which smuggling can cross borders. Elizabeth Lowell writes novels that take me away from my everyday troubles and makes me feel that I too, could fit into a world of danger and intrigue populated with smart-ass, endearing characters all of whom are fighting the good fight and winning.
pither on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While enjoyable, not one of Lowell's best. A lot more 'We're in shadowy agencies in a shadowy world dealing with shadowy stuff.' Far more emphasis on the 'suspense' rather than 'romantic' in the 'romantic suspense genre'.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 and all trying to send disinformation to the other groups. St. Kilda's gets roped into the deal but Emma and Mac are the people on the scene. Emma and Mac don't know who they can trust. The book is filled with tension and intrigue. The relationship between Emma and Mac begins as a relationship of competent professionals who need to work together. Both have been involved with intelligence with Emma at the CIA and Mac in Special Ops. But both have left that work to try to find some peace. They are strongly attracted to each other but are well able to ignore the attraction until the time is right. But the attraction was hot and so was the romance. It was also good to see some of the other familiar characters from St. Kilda's again. I am a fan of Grace and Faroe. I just wish we could have seen more of Lane.
dearheart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
5th book in the St Kilda security consulting series involving yachts, international terrorism and politics. This time we¿ve got Emma Cross, a former CIA agent who quit because of the bs, and joined St Kilda to work on missing yachts on behalf of an insurance company. They¿re approached by a government agent who has intel involving a very distinctive yacht that is the twin to one that disappeared a year ago, and a plot to use it to take out an American city along the west coast in seven days. Only they don¿t know how, by whom, or which city.Mac, the transit captain hired to transport the brand new yacht from a cargo ship to a company for outfitting, is a former Navy Seal who, after losing his entire team to bad CIA intel, is leery of governmental agencies and now enjoys doing transit jobs. Emma must recruit him for St Kilda.The story is a little confusing at times with the game playing of various government agencies that aren¿t immediately identified. We¿ve also got international politics and not knowing, because the main characters don¿t, of what or who the main threat is, at least until near the end.This is a suspenseful romance. Emma and Mac are instantly attracted, but with so much riding on them and the short time table, we get a lot of sexual tension before they even get a break long enough to explore a physical relationship.Both characters are strong and capable. They agree early on that she¿s in charge of the mission, but when on the yacht, he¿s the captain. There is a great deal of respect without any one-upmanship in their abilities. A large portion of the book is spent on yachts, so we hear quite a bit about them, as well as traveling/navigating through different challenges.
ethel55 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, my first by Lowell. The two main characters, Emma Cross, a member of St. Kilda¿s (an org. made up of a lot of ex CIA types) and Mac Durand, a boat captain (and also a former military man) were good matches for the exciting scenes aboard a yacht in the Pacific Northwest. I particularly liked how well-written some of the action scenes were, from the waves and powering the yacht against them, to the actual villians of the story! The short, quick chapters were a perfect way to propel the action and keep the seven day deadline in the forefront of the story.
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An unnamed US agency blackmails St. Kilda Consulting into quietly investigating a stolen yacht that may be part of a scheme to smuggle an unknown weapon capable of destroying a major US city. With only 7 days to complete the assignment, former CIA officer Emma Cross is sent to Seattle. Once there, she meets the captain of the yacht, ex-Special Ops member MacKenzie Durand. What branch of the military was Mac in? I have no idea. If it was mentioned at all, I missed it.While the overall plotting was good, this wasn't Lowell at the top of her game. The banter between Emma and Mac was fun, but infrequent and it seemed like Grace and Faroe were brought in to compensate for weaknesses in character building. There were also some strange descriptions - whites and Eastern Europeans being described as separate groups. Also, 30-something Emma playing the role of brainless arm-candy, complete with cell phone in a holder clipped to her the belt of her jeans (hello, that's what back pockets are for) and sporting a red mani/pedi (maybe there are regional differences but I would have expected acrylic frenches. But what really brought everything to a crawl for me were the endless descriptions of yachting in the first half. I could deal with it in Amber Beach, but it was really tedious in this book. I'm still looking forward to the next St. Kilda book, but this is certainly not the best of the bunch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the St. Kildas books the best one is her first one Wrong Hostage. It seems to me that she did not put much in the other three books following the first one. Very disappointing if there is a fifth book I may not read it.
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