Anna takes a new post as temporary supervisory ranger in Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles off Key West. Dry Tortugas is the site of the former prison for Lincoln conspirators during and after the Civil War. One of the seven islands in the chain is completely encircled by the massive stone walls of Fort Jefferson, a crumbling reminder of the site's gritty past. Now, the park looks like an island paradise. But as Anna quickly discovers, even the most picturesque and seemingly peaceful places have more than their share of shady goings-on.
An exploding boat, the discovery of unidentifiable body parts, and the emergence of secrets both past and present put Anna's life in danger. Cut off from the modern world by poor communications and miles of water, she's developing a nasty case of cabin fever, one that just might pry her fingers from their tenuous grip on sanity. Full of stunning scenery and packed with breathtaking suspense, Flashback is everything a mystery fan could ask for and more.
©2003 Navada Barr; (P)2003 Recorded Books,LLC
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I love Anna Pidgeon. She's just so, well, so normal! She loves, she fears, she runs from emotional ties, she's curious & once she gets her teeth into something, she just can't stop picking at it. This adventure is a little different in that the Civil War history of the Park is interwoven with the present through letters & flashbacks as Anna pursues the Park's ghosts while she works as an underpaid Park Ranger.
Most of the Nevada Barr books impart some interesting information about the parks she uses as her backdrop. This one covers the Dry Tortugas off the south west coast of Florida. The Civil War era flash back story is dull and interrups the suspense of the current day story which would otherwise be pretty good.
I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.
This is one of those books you EXPECT to like. A "name" author...a pleasing lead character...but it never gets off the ground. The story destroys its own focus with endless...well...flashbacks...that just get sillier and sillier.
Barr is to be commended for trying something different...even if it's not a very successful experiment.
Oh my goodness, what was Nevada Barr thinking? Intriguing plot presented but excruciatingly slow paced story. Historical references/backdrop interesting, but needs to be pared down. Tough to get through.
I listen to Nevada Barr books mostly because I enjoy Anna Pidgeon. This book is actually two novels in one, and I did not care for the story which was interwoven with the mystery which Anna was unraveling. Actually, I fast forwarded through the second story, and it was annoying to have to find my place again every half hour or so, as the two stories alternated.
This is a flashback in every way and if you do not like flashbacks avoid this one. the transitions are good, and keep you on your feet. Will keep you awake on a long drive, not for sleepytime listening.
I read all the time, or nearly. I always have, I guess, since I was very young ... and now, getting older, more audio than any other medium.
I enjoy this series. I enjoyed this book. But it is an out-of-left-field sort of story line, especially because it is part of a series of books that is normally grounded and reallity-based. Not a BAD book, mind you. Well written, as usual, and read well, as usual. Predictable as far as who done what, albeit exactly what the culprit did is ... well ... odd. Just a peculiar book in a good seriese.
This book is just okay - it's not a waste of a credit, but it's not great, either.
I can't even force myself to write a synopsis, or tell you where the author went wrong - it's just a "meh" kind of book. If you have a credit you need to use up, this is as good a way as any to use it, I suppose.
Readers voice ok but I quit at chapter 4 because the readers deep breaths after each sentance and her smacking swallowing drove me nuts.
Maybe would depend on reader.
Take out the readers gasps and smacking swallowing. I don't know why other readers don't mention it maybe it doesn't bother them but it annoyed me I couldn't concentrate on the story.
Annoyed ... the readers gasps breaths and smacking ruined it for me. The story moved slowly and the reader just annoyed me so much I finally quit after chapter 4.
Does audible listen to their books? The readers gasps breaths and smacking annoyed me I even turned down volume hoping the gasps didn't sound but they still did. I just couldn't get into the book it just moved too slow and the readers noises ruined it for me
My favorite style of novel are when nature and history become characters in the story. I prefer insight into myself, people and less action.
I usually try to read a couple reviews before I read each book in a series, just to see how the story was received. I was amazed at how many readers were unable to adapt to a flashback (announced in the title) historical fiction. Being good friends with a National Park Architectural Historian, I have learned about some of the spectacular history involved with many of the National Parks. The Dry Tortugas stand out as one of the least known but possibly one of the most valuable gems in the Park collection. If you haven't read other novels such as the Outlander series, this is a very different format for the Anna Pigeon series. Barr's mysteries are very methodical and procedural. So much can be learned from slowing a process down and studying it's parts and then watch the protagonist put the pieces back together. Couple this with a historical alter-ego from several hundred years before in an exceptional locale rife with Civil War history and you have the makings of a great novel. It is important for authors to evolve and change as they write. They have to keep things interesting for themselves as well! Nice going Nevada.
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