- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon - US; Reprint edition (1 February 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380775840
- ISBN-13: 978-0380775842
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 200 g
- Customer Reviews: 120 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Amber Beach Mass Market Paperback – 1 February 2000
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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 . . .
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Hard too keep track of all the characters but enjoyed curling up before the fire a and losing myself for few a few hours.
A very good read. Interesting subject and characters. I read about the Amber Room several years ago and was delighted to di. co
I found if hard to keep the characters sorted out but all in all it was a worthwhile
A few quibbles with Lowell's writing: her stories are always like "guy tells girl not to do something, girl does something anyway because of her FEMALE INTUITION, and the guy has to go and save her." I also have to chuckle at how the author always makes all of the characters, even supporting ones, super, super hot and sexually aggressive. I wonder if that was just the trend at the time Lowell wrote this? Anyway, I don't feel like it really distracts from the excitement of the story. Overall, it's a fun little read.
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.
Ok, so it’s the male characters I am most drawn too, I admit it. But wouldn’t it be great to have a few extra Jakes around just in case you needed to learn how to drive a boat or whatever!
I admit to finding comfort in the immersion into a good fantasy romance and Elizabeth Lowell is always there to provide the source, be it historic, fantasy, thriller, or mystery, she creates the perfect combination of characters and story to keep me interested. She adds just the right about of emotion and love to make the woman in me very content. I recommend her books, all of them.
The two are pursued all over the Pacific islands by local cops, the Feds, international operatives and spooky intruders. The chemistry between Honor and Jake is explosive. They are a perfect match and their feelings for each other are as palpable as is their mutual attraction. There is romance and caring here as well as sex. And the dialogue between them is witty, with an edge. Honor is quite intelligent, creative and independent. We also get to meet other members of the Donovan clan - which is one of the most interesting and fun families ever.
The dangerous adventures and mishaps never seem to cease. The details about amber and the Russian antiquity, the "Amber Room," are fascinating. The San Juan Islands are so amazing that I am actually planning a vacation there. What more could one ask for in a good book? I highly recommend this as one of Ms. Lowell's best.