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Boundary Waters | [William Kent Krueger]

Boundary Waters

Drawing strong comparisons to the work of James Lee Burke and Tony Hillerman, William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor mysteries never fail to please fans. Here Cork joins the search for a country-western singer who has disappeared in the wilderness along the American/Canadian border.
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Publisher's Summary

Drawing strong comparisons to the work of James Lee Burke and Tony Hillerman, William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor mysteries never fail to please fans.

The Quetico-Superior Wilderness: more than two million acres of forest, white-water rapids, and uncharted islands on the Canadian/American border. Somewhere in the heart of this unforgiving territory, a young woman named Shiloh - a country-western singer at the height of her fame - has disappeared.

Her father arrives in Aurora, Minnesota, to hire former sheriff Cork O'Connor to find his daughter, and Cork joins a search party that includes an ex-con, two FBI agents, and a 10-year-old boy. Others are on Shiloh's trail as well - men hired not just to find her, but to kill her.

As the expedition ventures deeper into the wilderness, strangers descend on Aurora, threatening to spill blood on the town's snowy streets. Meanwhile, out on the Boundary Waters, winter falls hard. Cork's team of searchers loses contact with civilization, and like the brutal winds of a Minnesota blizzard, death - violent and sudden - stalks them.

©1999 William Kent Krueger (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“Krueger’s writing, strong and bold yet with the mature mark of restraint, pulls this exciting search-and-rescue mission through with a hard yank.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 10-29-13
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Another unusual adventure"

    As usual, I recommend that you read the publisher's summary. Often there is more information than I would give: I really try not to write spoilers.

    This is a mystery with murders and murderers literally coming out of the woods. I find it interesting that Cork O'Connor, no longer in law enforcement, is the "go to" guy for every agency and mercenary in his area. This story has twists and turns that kept me guessing until near the end. Also, new inforrmation is added about Cork's personal life, the Indian reservation, and the casino. This book seems to pick up where the last one left off, but it can easily stand alone.

    David Chandler's narration includes voices for the different characters and he remains consistent with his portrayals. This is a good performance.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty Reno, NV 08-25-13
    Kitty Reno, NV 08-25-13 Member Since 2002

    I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.

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    "I am hooked..."

    I started this series because my usual favorite authors had nothing new for me to buy. So I gave it gamble and I am so glad that I did. I must have more. I just downloaded the third and fourth book in the series. I can hardly wait to start listening.

    This is an old book, published in 1999. Don't let that stop you, it is a good mystery. If you like mystery novels you will like this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    gloria 06-06-14
    gloria 06-06-14 Member Since 2010
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    Would you try another book from William Kent Krueger and/or David Chandler?

    no, two is enough.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story line itself could have been very interesting but so much of it was predictable.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Chandler?

    George Guidall would have been wonderful!!


    Did Boundary Waters inspire you to do anything?

    not try anymore of the books in this series...


    Any additional comments?

    I travel a great deal and I listen to audiobooks so I'm always looking for good series books. I had high hopes for this series but I won't be listening to anymore of them. They were compared to the Longmire books which I love and have listened to twice. Maybe that comparison clouded my review, this book in no way compares to the Longmire series.....

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. A. Rogers South Carolina USA 02-21-14
    S. A. Rogers South Carolina USA 02-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Exciting from beginning to end!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the relationship between the young boy and father. It was awesome to see the respect between the two.


    What does David Chandler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a really good narrator. I enjoy listening to his take on the characters. He helps make each character more special and memorable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story as shared by the young character in the book to honor someone he loved and from whom he learned so much was eloquently written. It was however easy to believe it was his words because of the way his character was developed throughout the book. Loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to read the next book in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 10-21-13
    Anne 10-21-13
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    "I'm hooked on Cork"

    I like this character and I love the setting. I am also enjoying the development of the characters in Aurora and on the reservations. I especially appreciate that these are complex characters, full of strengths and flaws and good and bad.

    In this story, the wilderness plays as big a role as the human characters and I think the author did a brilliant job of "taking us along" as the various characters dealt with the wild lands in which they found themselves.

    It's a "rip-snorter" of a story full of complex characters and interesting plot lines and Corcoran is, of course, right in the middle of it.

    Just purely good story-telling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 06-29-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 06-29-13 Member Since 2010

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "River/Treacherous/Determination"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Boundary Waters to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the print version and now that I've listened to Boundary Waters I don't think that the written version could compare.


    What other book might you compare Boundary Waters to and why?

    I would compare the book The Templar Legacy. The reason being that the group of people who made the team to fight an adversary, came together and used all of their resources to conquer the impossible demons who challenged them to the death.


    Which character – as performed by David Chandler – was your favorite?

    Louis was my favorite character because even though he was only a child of 10, he didn't cower from participating in the most challenging and dangerous mission in his life. He proved to possess a powerful wisdom that was paramount in their search for Shiloh. His memory was spectacular. Louis was able to guide them along a dangerous, long journey that brought them face to face with further challenges where he stood strong and accepted the role of keeping the leadership role of guiding them them through the Quetico-Superior Wilderness.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I did want to list to this book all in one sitting. However, I did finish in two days.


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue with the series. The novels are proving to be a series that contains so much history about the state of Minnesota that I am enthralled and eager to learn more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 06-27-13
    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Love Krueger"

    I’m thrilled that I’ve found a series that I can use as my go to listen when I am just not finding a book that is speaking to me. After a few clunker audiobooks choices, I decided to head back to Minnesota to the Canadian/American border for another Cork O’Conner story. It turned out to be a perfect decision for gliding back into another one of these series was akin to flopping in my favorite chair with a cup of cocoa. I will be savoring my stash of series because of them.


    This second in the series takes place in the Quetico-Superior Wilderness. It was especially enjoyable to catch up on some of the familiar characters that were in the previous novel. The unique characters that were brought in for this novel were a tad too unique. They verged on cheesy, yes, but I am mostly interested on the repeating core characters. A popular singer seeks seclusion in the boundary waters. An increasing amount of people feel the need to find her. When it appears that she is in danger, Cork and associates step in. This novel contained just the right amount of twist and turns and adventure. I enjoy the spiritual undertones and the folklore that doesn’t feel like hullaballoo or nor is it over dished or preached.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Roger webster, TX, United States 12-22-10
    Roger webster, TX, United States 12-22-10
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    "VERY VERY GOOD"

    This is one of his best. I could not put this one down. You will like this one.
    Roger

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 06-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I love these characters!"

    This is an easy series to get hooked on. Cork O'Conner is an everyday guy with his flaws. An ex sheriff that gets drug into police business, because of his expertise in his field and knowledge of the local people and geography.
    This is a suspenseful crime mystery, with a bucket full of intriguing characters. David Chandler brings them to life, with just the right amount of laid back charm, to make them the friends and neighbors you want to know better.
    The 'who done it, and why are they doing it?' makes the story an interesting listen, but the background stories of the people makes it worth your time, just to sit back and enjoy.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 10-10-12
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 10-10-12

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Enjoying this mystery series"

    Unlike many mystery series, the main character, Cork O'Connor, is a good decent man without being made into hero or a painfully flawed person. It is likely you will like him a great deal from the beginning. This is the 2nd book in the series, and while I enjoyed this book, this book did not surpass the more traditional mystery story, "Iron Lake", the first book of the series.

    I think of this book as more of an adventure story with some thrilling scenes and beautiful, rugged scenery. I found the weaving of Native American history throughout the story to be a real plus as it is very interesting and enhances the place as well as the plot for these stories by Mr. Krueger. Unfortunately, this mystery is somewhat predictable and not as complex as the first book. Still, I will be continuing with the third book and look forward to getting to know Cork better.

    The narration for this story was well done by David Chandler.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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