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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,087 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Lowell Narrator: Beth McDonald Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The St. Kilda Series Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9780062008749
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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. Now, the same good instincts that got her into trouble at the agency might be the one thing that will help her survive her latest case.

St. Kilda and Emma are tracking a yacht named Blackbird. Emma knows the boat's intended cargo is lethal. What she needs to find out is whether it's biological, chemical, or fissionable. And she's only got seven days to uncover the truth . . . or a major American city will be lost. Fortunately, she's working with a new partner as menacing and distrustful as the worst enemy she's ever faced—Mackenzie Durand.

But Emma and Mac aren't the only eyes watching Blackbird. Taras Demidov, an expert in extortion and execution in the pay of oligarchs running the Former Soviet Union, is also waiting in the shadows, determined to intercept a fearsomely powerful arms dealer with the money, weaponry, and connections to alter the geopolitical balance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “When it comes to edgy, cynical thrillers with plenty of passionate punch, no one does it better than Lowell. [She] does a stellar job of taking topical events and looming threats and then melding them into high-octane thrillers…The pace is blistering and the danger intense, everything a romantic suspense aficionado could ever want!”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Well-crafted…a major change from earlier novels, albeit a pleasing one.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Beth McDonald’s precise narration delivers all the tension of this latest installment…McDonald’s well-acted narration adds to the excitement in this fast-paced story of love and danger on the high seas.”

    AudioFile

  • “An international espionage crisis mixes with lighthearted romance on the high seas…Refreshingly cynical.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolina | 2/6/2014

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corky | 2/6/2014

    " Unfortunately this book has a very predictable plot and predictable character interaction. Emma Cross has left the CIA to go to work for St Kilda's, a private security firm. Sent out on an assignment to recrut Mac Durand to help pilot a boat loaded with a nuclear bomb to safety, she lands Mac (in bed and out) and they successfully bring the boat in safely. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 2/2/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 1/22/2014

    " Lowell tells a good story. I was kept guessing throughout, despite intricately woven threads of clues. My only disappointment was the abrupt ending, but I'm not sure how else she could have ended it and been more smooth. This is apparently #5 in a series, and the first of the series I've read. An easily read fast paced thriller/mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary G. | 12/9/2013

    " It was a very good and exciting read. However, it was not as good as some of her previous works. I did hope for some more character developement of Emma and Mac. Despite my misgivings, it was still a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/25/2013

    " This was the most boring book of this series. Thought I would never finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 11/18/2013

    " A nice quick read for a rainy evening. For me, the best part of the book was the setting. The descriptions of sailing the Washington/BC coast and the inside passage in choppy waters brought back awesome memories of doing the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynfully Sweet | 10/31/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book :) the bureacracy angle got a little tedious at times, but the suspense end was definitely interesting. I'd add Mac to the "best bad boy" category, but... he's not really... bad just... lol I don't know. But I enjoyed reading the chemistry between him and Emma, as well as the partnership. It's nice reading about stand-up chicks that can hold their own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lydia | 10/31/2013

    " It was a good suspenseful book, but some of the times it just went over my head. Just didn't understand the underlying messages. But it was the great, expected Elizabeth Lowell book, that does please. And I will be reading it again and again, slowly getting my understanding of the book. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/13/2013

    " Great book full of suspense and action! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri True | 9/29/2013

    " Suspense, intrigue and romance - what more could you want? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 8/18/2013

    " I like Lowell's books, and I like the St. Kilda Consulting series. This time though it took me a few months of off-and-on reading to complete the book. Russians, secret deals, old friendships, and a new recruit to St. Kilda. The story was okay; it was probably my mood in taking so long to read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clipsy | 7/4/2013

    " Good book! I enjoy the team at St Kilda. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 5/19/2013

    " Huh? There was a lot of questions, intrigue, and politics but very light on actual answers. It made me frustrated and mad that she is going in this direction(a lot darker). I liked her older books much better that had intrigue, a plot, and an actual romance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kk | 11/1/2012

    " Not one of her better books. Characters come together regarding 2 black yachts that have been stolen and are being sought by multiple people. St. Kilda Consulting which employs undercover agents are in a lot of per books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 8/29/2012

    " Lots of players and suspense. I liked it a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janis | 7/8/2012

    " Real page turner. Even with all the technical boat talk it was quite an adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 4/5/2012

    " The others were so good, that this one was disappointing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beanse | 3/24/2012

    " Awful, boring and just plain old fashion waist of time. This entire series was hit and miss.. Ending with this book of crap. Save your time... Get another book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/26/2012

    " I enjoyed reading Death Echo; its not one Elizabeth Lowell best but overall it was good book. I thought the plot was interesting. I like the characters of her latest St. Kilda's novel, however the character development could have been better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janel Tortorice | 11/7/2011

    " Don't love this series. Very predictable and not all that suspenseful, which is what I would expect from what is billed as a suspense novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 9/23/2011

    " Not very suspenseful or interesting until near the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 6/12/2011

    " I wanted this to be better than it was. The story line has potential but too many political players bog it down. What is great is the dialog and relationship between Emma and Mack. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/17/2011

    " Lots of players and suspense. I liked it a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 4/12/2011

    " Love Elizabeth Lowell. Like characters that repeat throughout an author even if they are small supporting roles! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clipsy | 4/7/2011

    " Good book! I enjoy the team at St Kilda. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 3/25/2011

    " I enjoyed reading Death Echo; its not one Elizabeth Lowell best but overall it was good book. I thought the plot was interesting. I like the characters of her latest St. Kilda's novel, however the character development could have been better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shana | 3/20/2011

    " This would have made an excellent short story. Unfortunately, it was a 423-page book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/26/2011

    " This was the most boring book of this series. Thought I would never finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/2/2011

    " It was a very good and exciting read. However, it was not as good as some of her previous works. I did hope for some more character developement of Emma and Mac. Despite my misgivings, it was still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 12/22/2010

    " The others were so good, that this one was disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 12/6/2010

    " First book I have tried to read by this author. I was half way through when I realized I didn't care how it ended. I might try an earlier book in this series and maybe try this book again if I like those. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 11/15/2010

    " Another St. Kilda adventure, this time mostly set aboard a yacht. The plot is gripping and I spent the day finishing it. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Lowell

Elizabeth Lowell’s acclaimed suspense novels include the New York Times bestsellers Blue Smoke and Murder, Innocent as Sin, The Wrong Hostage, Always Time to Die, The Color of Death, Die in Plain Sight, Running Scared, and Moving Target, as well as four books featuring the Donovan family: Amber Beach, Jade Island, Pearl Cove, and Midnight in Ruby Bayou. She has more than thirty million books in print. She lives in Arizona and Seattle, Washington, with her husband, with whom she writes mystery novels under a pseudonym.

About the Narrator

Beth McDonald, a Juilliard graduate, has appeared across the country in regional theatre productions of plays by Shakespeare, Neil Simon, Sophocles, Arthur Miller, Moliere, A. R.Gurney, Euripides, and others. Her Broadway credits include the original cast of Angels in America, A Few Good Men, and Einstein and the Polar Bear. Her television work includes appearances on Law & Order, Third Watch, and The Courtroom as well as recurring roles on All My Children and As the World Turns. She has appeared in Mona Lisa Smile and several independent feature films. An Earphones Award-winner, Beth has read a number of audiobooks including Susan Faludi’s The Terror Dream, Sandra Brown’s Sunny Chandler’s Return, Tami Hoag’s Dark Horse, and Elisabeth Hyde’s The Abortionist’s Daughter.