Robin F. (Tucson, AZ)
Any Elizabeth Lowell fan has to be thrilled to see a new book available. Death Echo continues with the St. Kilda's 'family', along with several twists. It's always good to have some romance thrown in at the same time. Lowell has a wonderful imagination. However, this is not the most suspenseful Lowell book I've read, and, as a fan, I look forward to her next book.
Melissa W. (Maryville, TN)
At least it was free
The beginning was a little slow, then it got interesting and suspenseful, then it got slow, then it got interesting. I suppose a bit like a boat ride in calm then rough waters. I found it hard to believe the main characters, Emma & Mac, were so "into" each other so quickly. At times, the story was hard to follow, and there is a lot of government & yachting jargon that a lot of people won't understand. After a few chapters of their sexual tension/innuendos, it became old hat and I wanted to scream "enough already!" It appears that the characters of Faroe and his wife Grace have a back story. If Elizabeth Lowell has a book based on their story, that's one I'd be interested in!
Carol C. (Troy, NY)
Entertaining Read - Will Hold Your Attention
Death Echo is what you expect from Elizabeth Lowell - suspense, danger and action with understated sexual tension thrown in for fun. Not her best, but certainly enjoyable. Much of the action occurs on a sleek power boat on the Northwest Coast - being more familiar with sail than power boats, this was, at times educational! If you're looking for something to take your mind off all the work you've brought home to do, but can't face, this should do the trick.
Carol T. (Ankeny, Iowa)
Death Echo is the first book I've read by Elizabeth Lowell and is very likely to be the last. For the first 300 pages, suspense is missing, sex is gratuitous, characterizations are thin, and the plot is weak. Why do Emma and Mac trust each other? Why does anyone trust Alara? Who is Steele and why do we waste time on his point of view? Death Echo could have been a very strong book -- a US city is in danger in a very realistic way -- and Emma and Mac could have been people we cared about. Since Lowell has many books in print, I can only surmise that she is successful enough that her editor sees no point in editing -- her books will sell no matter how weak.
Priscilla M. (Houston, TX)
Good Summer Read
Death Echo is a good summer read. It is fast-paced, engaging, and action-packed. The story takes place on the Northwest coast of America and Canada and includes some gorgeous scenery. A fictional covert spy agency has been ordered to recover a luxury yacht before it ends up in the wrong hands. The main characters are perhaps a little too perfect to make them totally believable (a la Clive Cussler ), but the action is non-stop and the plot line is fairly solid. I can see more stories with the same cast forthcoming. Well written and entertaining!
Jane D. (Boulder, CO)
Hang in there...you'll get to the suspense.
After I got past all the tritely "clever" dialogue, filled with tiresome sexual nuances, this turned into a real page turner with enough suspense to keep me reading. I finished it in a day and a half.
Dorian B. (Bainbridge, NY)
An entertaining read
I would suggest this book as a good beach read, particularly if you are interested in boating. It is relatively fast paced, with short chapters and a twist at the end. There is not a lot of character development, but enough information is shared to follow the connections between the many individuals in the story line.