Yes, there is violence and cruelty inflicted during the course of the story, but thankfully no gruesome, gory violence; no abominable, graphic sexual torture; no agonizingly slow sadistic deaths. Each chapter ended with such turmoil and anxiety I was compelled to dive right into the next chapter and the next chapter and the next. In this book, Anna goes immediately from observer to animal predator, waiting for a mistake she can capitalize on to reduce the attacker's numbers. While Anna is out on the river for some quiet alone time, armed men enter the camp and take her friends hostage, with the intent of marching them to a helicopter pick up point. Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U. I'd put her at the bottom, except the field is very competitive. What makes this book different are the characters and the story itself.
I think the focus on the paraplegic woman and her unique needs was marvelous education for all of us -- even with major disabilities there are ways to fight back with results. A slightly older girl, rescued from horrific violence in her past. Since the 1993 publication of the first Anna Pigeon novel, Track of the Cat, which was awarded both the Anthony Award for Best First Novel by The Crime Writers Association and the Agatha Award for Best First Novel by Malice Domestic, Barr has earned a reputation as a talented and much admired writer. Sherry, Dianne, and me Dianne showed me much groovy stuff I was allowed to pet the office dog Blue Sky Designs production house. Her newest book wildly exceeded my great expectations! Despite that happening, the overall pace the story remains constant steadily pulling readers along to the ultimate final violent confrontation. There is no mystery here, just Anna in a bad spot from the get-go. In this corner, Anna and her four female wilderness exploring friends.
I much preferred when Anna used her intellect to move the story forward with an occasional arse kicking when needed. The book contains the briefest of mentions of earlier events making it possible to read as a stand-alone if you are new to the series. Off on a camping trip with two of her friends and their daughters, Anna Pigeon is enjoying a well-deserved vacation. Just think, if you hadn't read this excessively long review, you could have read the first chapter by now! While the backbone of the story is far from original - four innocents are abducted and taken hostage by four armed, dangerous and deranged street criminals with ulterior motives that include ransom, brotherly revenge, a jilted lover, business deals gone bad and trade secrets exploited — the tale took on a more dark and sinister turn in the Anna Pigeon series. Taking off by herself for a bit of solitude, the ranger is away from the campsite when four armed men take her companions hostage and set off with them through the wilderness toward an airfield rendezvous. I especially love what she teaches about caring for the outdoors. But Nevada Barr is an old hand at this by now, and deftly shades the action and suspense with an excellent psychological study of the three friends and two daughters, giving the story a kind of richness not often achieved.
Pigeon inflicts more damage on the creeps here than in any other previous adventure. This one completely works as a standalone. This was a book I had to tear myself away from forcibly. The trip is to serves as a much needed break for Anna as well as a way to test various methods and equipment for paraplegics to access the wildness. Heath is a paraplegic that is wheel chair bound. I only finished the book because I won it on Goodreads and promised to write a review. The book takes place on a camping trip in Minnesota, where Anna Pigeon the Park Ranger and protagonist in Barr's books and a group of women and young girls Heath, a paraplegic; Heath's 15 year old daughter, Elizab I really did not like this book.
For those who have read this series before, I don't think you've ever seen this Anna before. Usually I really enjoy the Anna Pigeon mysteries. If anything, Barr's novels get a little more dark and disturbing with each new one -- but they are so engrossing, suspenseful and wonderfully readable that waiting for her next one can be pure torture. Heath Jarod and her daughter, Elizabeth, will be along as will Leah and her daughter, Katie. Warning notwithstanding, Barr is less guilty of sensationalism than most thriller writers would be when describing the circumstances. Description Description Bringing you a gripping mystery, Nevada Barr transports you to the wild and dangerous landscapes of America's National Parks and is sure to appeal if you like Sue Grafton and Janet Evavich. Like her Anna Pigeon, Barr worked for the National Park Service as a park ranger before resigning to write full time.
I'd forgotten how much I missed Anna Pigeon! Anna is on vacation with 2 friends and their teenage daughters. Best-selling author Nevada Barr is well known for her unique mystery series featuring national park ranger Anna Pigeon. I did have difficulty imagining the wheelchair bound victim traveling over rocky trails and icy waters. When she comes back, she finds that four thugs, armed with rifles, pistols, and knives, have taken the two women and their teenaged daughters captive. For Heath, who is paraplegic, it is the chance to test out a new, cutting edge line of outdoor equipment, designed by Leah to make the wilderness more accessible to disabled campers. I flipped the pages so fast my thumb got paper cuts.
She is a national parks ranger and typically gets involved with people breaking the rules of the park system. This book has no such plot. Her novels include Winter Study, Borderline and Burn. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a new cutting edge line of camping equipment. Along the way some of the characters learn new things about themselves, their strength and bonds. If you must read this book, get a paper or digital copy so you can skim over the really annoying parts.
Anna, who doesn't necessarily play well with others, returns from a brief sojourn to find that four angry looking men have come to kidnap the women, or worse. If you're a die-hard Anna Pigeon fan you'll fall into one of two factions. Everyone's favorite, and much asked for, Barbara Rosenblat, is the narrator. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? I odn't usually like to comment on what I read or listen to in this type of forum. I liked when Anna was out in different national parks.
This novel brings us a different Anna from prior books. This is supposed to be a relaxing canoe trip in the to the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. The 19th book in the series that began with Track of the Cat is a good one. How often can you say that number 17 in a series is the best by far? Even the dog was cool. Naturally Anna Pigeon gets to impart valuable information on responsible camping, and you'd better believe that much-needed comic relief is interspersed throughout all the deadly seriousness. The ending too was predictable in many ways but did have one interesting twist. Both the girls are teens and have little in common.
Her ornery refusal to use pronouns continues. Learn some ways to fight back as a victim. I have read a number of Nevada Barr's novels and enjoyed them. As the stress for all ratchets up and the unforgiving environment takes a toll it becomes questionable who will survive this rolling north woods confrontation. Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U. Here's the wor More godawful prose from one of the worst thriller writers.