Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on vacation - an autumn canoe trip into the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath’s 15-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is 13. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a new cutting-edge line of camping equipment. The equipment, designed by Leah, will make camping and canoeing more accessible to disabled outdoorsmen. On their second night out, Anna goes off on her own for a solo evening float on the Fox River.
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. With limited resources and no access to the outside world, Anna has only two days to rescue them before her friends are either killed or flown out of the country, in Destroyer Angel by Nevada Barr.
©2014 Nevada Barr (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Nevada Barr’s fans know Anna Pigeon, her Park ranger protagonist; in this 17th book in the series Barr brings us a survival thriller instead of the usual mystery story. The biggest surprise in this riveting novel is Anna; we get to meet her in her survival mode. We know who the bad guys are from the start. Anna is on vacation with 2 friends and their teenage daughters. One friend, Heath Jarrod is a paraplegic. Long timer readers will remember her from “Hard Truth” in 2005. The other is an engineer friend who is designing a wheelchair for Heath for use in the wilderness. They are on a canoe trip in Minnesota’s Iron Range. Anna was on a solo canoe ride when the Kidnappers enter the camp. She and the injured family dog then trail after them waiting for a chance to rescue her friends. Barr, who once lived in Minnesota, creates an authentic sense of place. The motivation for the kidnapping once revealed is reliably inventive and contemporary. This novel brings us a different Anna from prior books. Watch carefully during the story for information about destroyer angel you will find it interesting. I enjoyed the golden voice of the Audi Award winning narrator Barbara Rosenblat.
This book read more like an action thriller with thinly drawn characters and bad guys who were truly evil than in previous Anna Pigeon novels. I enjoyed the resourcefulness of Anna and the other women and girls but the unrelenting pain and psychopathic behavior wore thin. Anna's (and other women's) abilities to outwit the kidnappers was very farfetched and the ending, though a clever twist, was anti-climactic.
Barbara Rosenblat is a skilled reader but in this novel her smoky, almost bored delivery overshadowed the story. Not my favorite.
Lee Child would be proud. Revenge with the female touch. If you thought Bob was bad wait till you meet up with the Dude. Love to read and listen to these books Barbara Rosenblat is the best in this and any other series she performs. My only regret is no national park info in this one. Anna is on holiday with the girl friends. Then they meet up with the boy fiends.
The Reacher series by Lee Child
Anna rescue of Wiley the Dog.
Wiley finding his real master. Anna needs a new dog. Or is the old one with Paul.
Classic Barr love the story and the thought processes and descriptions
I have loved this series for years, in part b/c Barr mixed in some information and history of the particular park that was the setting of each book. This time there was virtually no connection to a national park....could have been anywhere. Series just seems to be getting tired and I found myself not particularly interested in a weak and pointless storyline.
If I had to go into the wilderness I would want to go with Anna Pigeon. She is the ultimate kick butt heroine. She is not afraid to do what needs to be done even if it’s killing. She has the touch of crazy and at the same time you know she is sane enough to get through whatever situation she faces. I love the conversations with the dog. This book not only had Anna as a heroine but all the female characters were tough and gritty.
Nobody I know
Not so violent and horrific
I love everything she reads, it's the only reason I got as far as I did in the book.
Most of it. It was too violent and degrading to women and children AND putting one ofthem in a wheelchair was just awful.
I loved her first dozen or so novels, couldn't wait for them to come out. But the violence was unrelenting in this book. I tried skipping ahead (which i never do) in hopes that it would be over soon but the violence and torture never stopped. I so loved the mystery in her previous books, but there wasn't any room for mystery in this one.
The reader was terrible. She could not have read or listened to any of the previous books. I would have enjoyed this so much more if I had read it.
I have read or listened to all of the Nevada Barr books. I had truly enjoyed them all up to this latest.
I was annoyed and angry that one of my favorite characters was portrayed so poorly by the reader. I do not think Ms. Rosenblatt had any idea what the story line was nor who the Anna Pigeon character is. She sounded snarky and sarcastic throughout. The reader often had a lighthearted voice in a terrifieying situation. Her emphasis and phrasing was horrible and completely distracted from the story. The sense of place was completely lost. The sense of terror or angst was completely distroyed by the narration. She seemed to be caught up in her own little performance that was completely removed from the context of the story; It was as if she was reading each senence seperately from the storyline and still not getting it right. If this were the first Nevada Barr I had listened to it would be the last. I can only hope that the selection of reader/ director/ producer is looked at more thoughtfully to maintain the integrity of the series.
I have lisened to hundreds of books, some of them excellent in every way, some with an iffy or trite story, but I have NEVER been so disappointed, annoyed, angry or distracted by a reader as this. I do not think I could give a truly accurate overall rating because I had such difficulty getting beyond the performance of the reader.
I had to stop listening to this good story and buy the book because the narration is atrocious! The narrator has terrible timing and constant misplaced emphasis. It seemed that she was sight reading and doing it poorly. Just grating to listen to her butcher a good tale.
I am an artist and I love to listen to books while I work. Books have always been an important part of my life. Audible Rocks!
Our favorite Ranger, Anna Pigeon is in danger again.This time it is Anna, alone against thugs who have kidnapped her friends on a camping trip. She has no weapons, they have guns. But they are city boys and Anna is at home in the wilderness. Another chance for a small middle aged woman to show that brains, skill and perserverance can overcome brawn and greed. Anna is like the terminator. She never stops coming when lives are at stake.
This is also a story of courage and selflessness as friends help a paraplegic regardless of the cost. Highly recommended, as is this whole series!
I have read all of the Anna Pigeon books and have enjoyed them tremendously. This was, by far, the worst one. It doesn't take place in a national park. The bad guys are just way overdone. Anna seems to be there only to provide comic relief - cracking wise to her canine sidekick.
Barbara Rosenblatt was a terrible reader. She overdoes it. I don't really want the books I listen to to be acted out. If I had to listen to her over the top portrayals of the bad guys any longer I would have been physically sick.
All of them - including our beloved Anna. Anna was reduced to comic relief in this novel. All of the characters were really caricatures. It was shameful.
Please don't waste your money or, more importantly, your time on this book. I odn't usually like to comment on what I read or listen to in this type of forum. This book was so bad that I couldn't hold back.
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