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Amber Beach | [Elizabeth Lowell]

Amber Beach

Donovan International is a power to be reckoned with in the dazzling and cutthroat worldwide gem trade -- and is therefore a target for the murderous greed of unscrupulous competitors. Though a shrewd businesswoman, Honor Donovan has been effectively shut out of the dangerous family enterprise by the Donovan males -- until her favorite brother, Kyle, mysteriously vanishes along with a fortune in stolen amber.
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Robin Rowan's sultry voice tells the story of Honor Donovan's search for her missing brother, Kyle, and the millions of dollars worth of amber he has stolen from Russia. Honor isn't the only person looking for Kyle and his goods. Jack Mallory, a local amber broker and boat jockey, hires on to teach Honor to run her boat while searching for her brother in the San Juan Islands of the Pacific Northwest. With light tones and a breezy style, Rowan keeps pace with the ups and downs of Honor's emotions. At the same time, the tension is palpable as Jake and Honor carry out their search while avoiding the irate Russian gangsters Kyle is mixed up with. The mystery zigzags a few times before settling into a steady plot and a surprising ending.

Publisher's Summary

Deadly secrets are buried on Amber Beach...

Donovan International is a power to be reckoned with in the dazzling and cutthroat worldwide gem trade -- and is therefore a target for the murderous greed of unscrupulous competitors. Though a shrewd businesswoman, Honor Donovan has been effectively shut out of the dangerous family enterprise by the Donovan males -- until her favorite brother, Kyle, mysteriously vanishes along with a fortune in stolen amber. Now, linking up with "fishing guide" Jake Mallory -- whose previous association with the Donovans has bred mistrust and suspicion -- Honor sets out for the Pacific Northwest in search of answers. But old wars and new politics have lured ruthless, high-stakes players from around the globe into a deadly game. And suddenly, elusive trust can be the only salvation -- and death the penalty for deceit -- if Honor and Jake hope to survive the perilous intrigues surrounding a breathtaking lost Czarist treasure known as the Amber Room ...

©1997 Two of a Kind, Inc.; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Sharon College Station, TX, United States 03-28-14
    Sharon College Station, TX, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring book with terrible narration."

    Story could have been good but it was like listening to a textbook for what seemed like hours. Wait, it was hours. The story could have been interesting, but I did not want to learn to drive a boat, catch a fish or test lots of amber. Nor did I need a long lecture, or 2 or 3, on the geopolitics of the ex-Soviet Union. I kept listening and then yelling at my iPod as I drove. With about 3 hours to go and one more lecture, I pulled over and found another book to listen to. I will be returning this one.

    As for the narrator, she was awful. In the beginning, she made a bit of an effort to differentiate at least the H and the h, but then everyone sounds the same, except for a few poorly done accents. Mostly she talked like she was in the library, then something goosed her up and she acted over the top for a minute or so. Then back to the library. I really hate it when all the men sound just like the women.

    The story itself, while somewhat improbable, could still have been entertaining if about 3 hours of instructions had been cut out of it. My daughter has a copy of the book so I will skim it for the ending.

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    "Disappointing"
    What was most disappointing about Elizabeth Lowell’s story?

    The book was disappointing, shallow and predictable, with very weak & unconvincing dialogue and plot


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    Kelly Colorado Springs 02-20-14
    Kelly Colorado Springs 02-20-14 Member Since 2011

    I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!

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    "not really a mystery"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would not classify this as a mystery. It is more romance than mystery. Yes, there is plot line that involves some mystery, but the story doesn't twist and build suspense. There is never a question as to how it will end. The loved one will be found, and will be innocent. The couple will marry and live happily ever after. It is trite and predictable. A mystery should keep me guessing and this novel deosnt do that at all.


    Has Amber Beach turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Though I may not buy and more books from Elizabeth Lowell. I got this book on a sale of first books in a series and picked it up.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I cannot name a favorite scene. However, I did enjoy learning a bit about amber. That part of the story was a success.


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    Janet Allen, TX, United States 02-18-14
    Janet Allen, TX, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2006

    I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!

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    "There's a reason it was on sale..."

    I have enjoyed Elizabeth Lowell's work before, but she must have written this one in her sleep. Although a basically interesting story line, the clunky dialogue and sophomoric similies ("he looked at her like a barefoot hiker looks at a snake slithering in the forest") made it a bit difficult to get through. The narrator likely did the best she could with the material, but I doubt that this was her finest hour, either. Only buy this if, like me, you have a gift certificate and it is on sale. Not worth a credit.

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