Book Review: “Distant Echoes” By Colleen Coble

September 18, 2014 at 1:04 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Colleen Coble in her new book “Distant Echoes book coverDistant Echoes” Book One in the Aloha Reef  series published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Kaia Oana.

From the back cover:   It feels like paradise, but deadly secrets lie beneath the waves off the coast of Kauai.

Sometimes Kaia Oana thinks her dolphins are more humane than humans. As a mammal intelligence researcher, Kaia has learned a thing or two about the goodness and intelligence of dolphins—and as a natural scientist in close proximity to weapons developers, she’s learned a thing or two about humans as well.

When a tourist catamaran explodes off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Kaia and her trained dolphin, Nani, rush to aid the search and rescue effort. After hours of searching, an exhausted Kaia is pulled from the water by Lieutenant Commander Jesse Matthews of the U.S. Navy.

Lieutenant Matthews is accustomed to following protocol—and a civilian-dolphin rescue is not typical operating procedure. But when his colleagues ignore the possibility that missile research had something to do with the sunken catamaran, Jesse recruits Kaia and her dolphin to help him conduct his own investigation. The olive-skinned mermaid had impressed him—in more ways than one.

As their rogue investigation takes them into the waters surrounding the sunken boat—and their personal chemistry takes them into other uncharted territory—Kaia and Jesse discover that they have become targets themselves. Someone doesn’t want them snooping around that wreckage . . . someone desperate enough to kill.

I have been a big fan of Hawaii ever since I watched the TV series, “Hawaiian Eye” Invite me back to Hawaii for some kind of adventure and I am there with you. Tell me that Colleen Coble has written a mystery thriller set on the island of Kauai and I am super excited. Ms. Coble always delivers top-notch exciting stories. Add in that this one also involves a dolphin and this book has entered orbit. Kaia and Jeff are well drawn characters that I liked a lot. There are many story-lines that Ms. Coble weaves together in this book and each one, by itself, is interesting taken all together and they will keep you hoping. And on top of everything there is a romance.  This is a fast-paced read that will keep you guessing as to what is really going on.  I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from Thomas Nelson.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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