Grant Stevens, a mid-level manager for the Bureau of Reclamation, only wanted to build dams. He never imagined he would be swept into a desperate race against an environmental terrorist bent on restoring the Colorado River by blowing up the dams. Left temporarily in charge of the Bureau, Grant must react when the first dam is attacked. He faces the unthinkable task of mitigating the massive flood roaring down the Colorado. The flood will eventually threaten the mighty Hoover Dam, and if Hoover fails, the other dams downstream will fall like dominos.
Working with the FBI, Grant uses his engineering skills, river knowledge, and plenty of gut instinct in an attempt to outmaneuver the terrorist. The chase will lead all the way downstream to the Gulf of California in a cat and mouse game where the stakes are high and the potential for destruction is enormous.
©2012 Gary Hansen (P)2012 Gary Hansen
Living in the West myself, and being acquainted with many of the places mentioned in this book, I found it particularly interesting. At times I wondered if the events as portrayed in this book could really happen the way they were presented, but the author affirms that each detail has been thoroughly researched and it is entirely possible for these events to happen as he says they could. If that is the case, then this book is all the more compelling.
Beautiful Lake Powell. I know there really are people who would love to see it drained, but I just can't imagine that happening. I remember thinking when this lake was first created that it would make it so many people could not enjoy the beauty of the red rock formations that form its boundaries. Fact is, the opposite is true. I have been boating on Lake Powell, and the beauty of it is breathtaking. I have seen a side of that particular country that I would never have enjoyed had it been left the way it was. Although I have not been boating on Lake Mead and to me at least it is not as scenic as Lake Powell, it is a considerable asset to the people who frequent the recreational activities available because of it. I have visited the Hoover Dam on numerous occasions and find it a miracle of engineering. How many lives are blessed because of both Lake Powell and Lake Mead and the power derived from capturing the power of the Colorado River?
Now with that said, the really disturbing fact in all this is what happens to the Colorado River. It just peters out in the desert. It no longer makes it to the sea. To me, that is a sad thing. I wish there were some way of harnessing the power, but not destroying the majesty of the river in the meantime.
This book is well written and entertaining. I learned much about so many things, and that is always a happy outcome for me when i read a book.
As a long-time Lake Powell fan, and an audio book afficionado, I really enjoyed listening to this book on my daily commute and while exercising.
I learned about the Colorado river system and the book made me think more about the ongoing challenge of water consumption and usage in our desert climates. I love exploring Lake Powell and the majestic canyons along the waterway. So, I'm glad the book is fictional - not historical. But, I also hope that politicians and citizens can recognize the need for conservation of our water resources and far-sighted policies about their use.
The characters were interesting and the story was gripping. It was one of those books that caused me to look forward to my commute and exercise time so that I could rejoin the action...
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