Item description for Distant Echoes (Aloha Reef Series #1) by Colleen Coble...
Overview When testing for a new missile defense system results in the destruction of a tour boat, dolphin researcher Kaia Oana and Navy officer Jesse Matthews investigate, putting their lives in danger even as sparks fly between them.
Even where oceans are warm, dark secrets lurk below the surface. Even where breezes are fragrant, trouble floats in the air. Even in the land of aloha, peace can be destroyed.
When a missile plows into a tourist boat, dolphin researcher Kaia Oana is one of the first into the water, risking her own life to help others. When called upon to investigate the incident, Lieutenant Commander Jesse Matthews enlists Kaia and her specially trained dolphins to help--and romantic sparks fly.
As Kaia and Jesse edge closer to the truth about the accident, their own lives are threatened. Will they be able to stop a killer before more lives are lost?
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.3" Width: 7.27" Height: 1.04" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1595543686 ISBN13 9781595543684 UPC 020049132913
Availability 0 units.
More About Colleen Coble
Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.
She was born January 19, 1952, in Wabash, Indiana. She was raised on a farm in Wabash County, Indiana, the eldest of four children. Her father, George Rhoads, was a farmer who also worked as a guard at General Motors. Her mother, Peggy Rhoads, was a housewife. She has three brothers: Randy (who died in 1990), Rick, and David. She graduated from Southwood High School, in Wabash County.
Coble’s early books were short historical romances published by Barbour Publishing under its Heartsong Presents imprint. The first four novels were set in Wyoming. Coble says she was inspired to write them when her brother Randy was killed by lightning on August 28, 1990. After a visit to Wyoming, where he had lived, she was inspired to do what she’d longed to do for several years: actually write a book. Wyoming became the setting for her first four romance novels, set in the wild West of the 1860s: Where Leads the Heart, Plains of Promise, The Heart Answers and To Love a Stranger . It took her a year to write the first one because she continued to work at her full-time job as a receptionist at Wabash Electric Supply, where she answered about 1000 phone calls a day.
Coble says, “Born and raised in the Midwest (Indiana), I grew up on a farm with horses, pigs and chickens. I had plenty of adventure–from being dragged by my pony to running my brother Randy’s motorcycle through a fence. Maybe that’s why all my stories have action and adventure in them.”
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Reviews - What do customers think about Distant Echoes (Aloha Reef Series #1)?
Another good read Aug 31, 2008
Colleen Coble creates very likable and identifiable characters in this story. It's a wonderful read that keeps your attention but is does not demand to much brain power. A terrific beach book.
Aloha vs. Secrets May 16, 2008
In "Distant Echoes," I enjoyed getting to know the Hawaiian and transplanted mainland characters in this book, including Nani, a very special Pacific bottle-nosed dolphin. There are secrets within secrets in the book, going back more than one generation.
When a US Navy missile goes off course destroying a tourist boat, killing several of its passengers, Hawaiian native and dolphin researcher Kaia Oana is pressured into helping the U.S. Navy Security Chief Jesse Mathews to determine if terrorism was involved. Kaia is not happy about being forced to cooperate and she's afraid her dolphins will be injured or killed helping the Navy, so sparks begin to fly as she interacts with Jesse. Quite a few characters in this novel have secrets and the author makes the reader wait for answers til the end. As Kaia and Jesse get closer to the truth about the missile test failure, their own lives are threatened and Jesse's young niece is kidnapped. As they fight against this threat to US national security and desperately search for the little girl, Kaia and Jesse need to rely upon their faith, while they can no longer deny they are attracted to each other. The Hawaiian settings were breathtakingly beautiful and the native traditions included in the story line were welcoming. As someone who has volunteered in the USO and in a US Veteran's hospital, I know a lot of active duty military and retired military and I'd say the only thing that didn't ring completely true was how naval personnel functioned on thier missions in this book.
Decent mystery imbedded in a rocky romance Apr 5, 2007
The suspense side of the story is engaging, but the romance between the two main characters seems forced - the immediate attraction Jesse feels for Kaia is almost obsessive when he should be concentrating on rescuing people rather than wondering if she is single. After our rocky introduction to Jesse's character, the relationship continues to develop in an unbelievably awkward fashion, even though the author incorporates many of the classic elements: boy meets girl, boy has conflict with girl, boy gets girl.
I LOVED Colleen Coble's Alaska Twilight! This is one clever, and very funny writer! And the way she involves animals in her stories makes them even more appealing. I'm sorry that Distant Echoes didn't engage me the same way.
Almost as nice as being there... Apr 18, 2006
Distant Echoes by Colleen Coble isn't just a good read--it's a mini-vacation. Anyone who has ever spent time in our glorious fiftieth state (or dreamed of doing so) will appreciate Colleen's accurate descriptions of the lovely island of Kauai. I, for one, am ready to go back for another visit, this time time with Colleen's second Aloha Reef book, Black Sands, to keep me company.
"Distant Echoes" is a great read. Feb 5, 2006
I loved this book. Full of suspense and beauty, Coble's book, "Distant Echoes" contains vivid, believable characters with enough conflict to keep you guessing until the end. This is a great book.