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.
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.
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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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Where does Wet Desert rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This was one of the most thought provoking novels I have read in a while.
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I consider myself a conservationist and believe that most people that label themselves as evironmentalists are a bit on the radical side. I am a strong believer in being a good steward of the resources that God has given us. Now that you know where I am coming from I want you to know that I loved the book and it gave me a lot to think about. If you are an environmentalist you should read the book. If you are a conservationist you should read the book. If you care a lick about taking care of our world you should read the book!
This book is not Al Gore end of the world preaching. It is not alarmist nor radical. But it is VERY thought provoking.
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Born in and living in Arizona, I have rafted the Canyon numerous times, explored Glen Canyon as the waters of Lake Powell rose, covering one after another, incredibly beautiful cottonwood shaded canyon glens, trickling waterfalls, red sandstone pools and sandy beaches... sadly all covered! My only solace... dams are temporary structures....
Hundreds or Thousands of years in the future Glen Canyon will reemerge in its original breathtaking splendor!
Human eyes may or may not be there to view its beauty...
Our family read and listened to this disaster-thriller on our flight to Las Vegas and in the rental car as we visited Hoover Dam, went rafting and hiking in the Grand Canyon, and boated around Lake Powell. The engineering insights that were so much a part of the story really appealed to me as I work in a related field. Loved the story.
What did you love best about Wet Desert?
I thought the story line was well thought out, especially considering the plot revolved around a thought that just about any early-teens boy that has ever seen a dam has had - "What if I could blow this up..." I am not saying that this is kid's book, far from it, but it did bring me back to the first time I ever saw Hoover Dam as a 13 year old kid. I love it when a book can make me dig back into my past to connect personal memories with the current story.
I also thought that the book was well researched. There were very few moments during the book when I jumped out the the story to think "Wait, that doesn't sound right." There were many times when the author could have gotten his facts wrong, I'm glad to say that he almost never took the opportunity to do so.
Which scene was your favorite?
There were many scenes in which my mind was thinking "That would be cool to see. This ought to be a movie." My favorite scene is the imagery surrounding the destruction of the first dam. The story returns to this scene several times, and each time the scene is vividly described.
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For a first effort, I thought the author did a great job overall. I will admit that while listening to the first chapter or two I thougth that some parts were awkwardly written, but at some point, still early in the book, I became less aware of the writing style and more invoved in the story. The story itself is very engaging. Throughout most of the book I found myself looking for reasons to take trips long enough to listen to more of the book.
The narration is pretty good too. There are a few voices that don't fit the images I have in my head, but for the most part I enjoyed the narrator's performance.
I love stories that require intelligence and not just guts and survival skills from the main character. I couldn't believe that this war his first novel because it is WAY better than some other first novels I've read. Fun story that I've actually listened to multiple times. Only thing I really didn't like was the rendition of female voices, other than that he is a great reader.