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Death Echo by Elizabeth Lowell

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Cover art: Death Echo Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Death Echo - 5th in the in the St. Kilda series
Author: Elizabeth Lowell
Publisher: Wm Morrow
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-162975-4 (Hardcover)
Release Date: June 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Suspense
Year/Setting: Present day, Washington State into Canada
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate/Extreme
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Elizabeth's Website: www.elizabethlowell.com


Dear Readers:

Let’s face it, there’s literally no other way to say this…from the very first fantastic novel that was written by this spectacular suspense writer…Elizabeth Lowell (AKA Ann Maxwell) had me at hello. I have been enthralled by everything she’s put out over the years. From her suspense novels to her romantic westerns; from her science fiction forays to her medieval knights and ladies, every book was sheer entertainment. This writer is beyond exceptional in almost every commercial fiction category that exists.

In this new effort, we begin with our old friends at St. Kilda Consulting. This is the group of people who can "fix" anything – from solving crimes to rescuing important persons, to making sure the government knows that they’re not the ones in charge when push comes to shove. In the first pages of this novel, the news is broken that there are two yachts missing in the wide expanse of the ocean. One is a yacht called Blackbird, which is – oddly enough – being manned by a transit captain named Mac. Mac is an American who is currently sailing the Blackbird toward small town Washington State, to a place called Rosallo. He was hired to deliver the boat to its rightful owner. Oddly enough, a lot of the "owners" who surround this ship speak with heavy-duty Russian accents – Hmmm….

Emma Cross is an ex-CIA agent who St. Kilda Consulting recruited when she simply couldn’t stand the government agency for one more single second. Emma is now doing a much more relaxing job (or so she thinks) of tracking down missing vessels, and yachts that have gone "poof" in the night. As she comes on the case, many things begin to happen all at once. Firstly is her boss, who lets Emma know that he wants to recruit an old friend who was once the leader of a special ops team that went to some of the worst places in the world…in order to kill major players who didn’t belong in the government’s little games. Who is this heroic, yet dangerous, man? His name is Mac Durand, and he is the same man who has retired and settled into the relaxing life of delivering people their boats.

The action comes on full force as an intricate story unfolds that includes the Russian Mob, the CIA, The U.S. government, weapons, and a horrific package that’s being delivered to U.S. citizens, that will literally change the course of the free world. Again, and, as always, Ms. Lowell delivers punch after punch; every page is a new adventurous mystery that has to be solved before the reader can even think about putting the book down. Though it was certainly no surprise, this is yet another great job by an author who hope writes for the next three decades…at least.

Until next time, Amy

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