I have been hooked on Dana Stabenow stories for many years now! This is the first in the Kate Shugak series. Finding this book at a used book store in Juneau AK was one of the best things to ever happen to me!
The story has me waiting for the next page, wondering what will happen to Kate and Mutt next. ANYONE who has lived in Alaska knows that life is different 'up there' and those environmental and social challenges influence people to act and do strange things. There could be no better story of life in the bush in my opinion.
I have both audio and paper versions and I never can get bored with either. Curled up in the recliner with a hot cup of tea or driving down the road listening to the same story where I left off at the paper version, I get the escape I am looking for. I couldn't be happier with the choice of listening to a Dana Stabenow novel.
Marguerite Gavin is the perfect balance to get the characters off paper and into your mind the way that Dana Stabenow intended. Their communication over the pronunciation and tone is what makes these two the perfect collaboration!
For those who are quite upset (as I was for a very long time)... The reason for such a 'harsh' cliff hanger was because Dana is pursuing a different series and I think fresh ideas for Kate and Mutt have been difficult for the last few books she cranked out. She will be back but I do not know when. Her newest book is out; Silk and Song.
Don't worry... There will be more Kate. But when Dana is ready and when she has worthy ideas. It would be a disservice to the series to write a book just to write it.
Believe me, I cried, I was furious, I was in total shock with the cliffhanger. Now... with so much time that has passed... I still listen to the audible version of this BUT only because I know that this is not the ending. So hang in there folks. I was just as frustrated but there is some light at the end of this particular tunnel. Now with that out of the way...
Great performance as usual! Story... ehhhhhh... I am still torn over it. Overall, yes, it is a good book with a different feel from the rest of the series. Kate is more in the background on this one and Jim takes the lead with a case that is frankly, 'Hatfield & McCoy' sized. Push through and hang on because the last few pages of this will leave you quite disheveled.
I want to start off by saying I am biased with my reviews of the Kate books. I have read them all and will re-read them at least once a year. I enjoy the fact that Dana is sticking with Marguerite Gavin as a narrator! She does an excellent job of pulling the characters out of the book and putting them in your mind as individuals. I wonder about pronunciation and I was so happy to hear that those two work together to make sure names and locations don't get lost in translation. I always keep a credit on my acct for that fleeting moment where another book is released! Thank you Dana, Marguerite and Audible for giving my busy day a touch of joy, suspense and laughter.
Kate taking on 'the slope'. YUP, it's finally time she wondered up there to see what all the ruckus is about. And she gets more than she ever could have imagined. From long, busy as hell work days with amazingly scrumptious dinners to first-aid calls on and off the field. Turtle races, hot fudge sundays and a swimming pool/sauna... all on the slope. Add a little dope in the mix and it all goes bad and I mean real bad! So bad that even Kate can't wrap her mind around it... not at first at least.
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