HistoryWriter, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by HistoryWriter)
I'm a big fan, working my way through the Anna Pigeon novels in order. This one took a dark turn (pardon the pun) but I don't want to spoil the outcome. If you like Nevada Barr, you'll like this book, although I do think too much time was spent underground, in the dark, or talking about the technical details of exploring caves.
kmoran1234, April 30, 2010 (view all comments by kmoran1234)
If you are a spelunker/caver you would really enjoy this book especially if you want to read about how to get hooked and hitched prior, during, etc. to descent. The book details this information almost 3/4ths into reading before you start to experience a steady page turner. Granted I am not a caver by any means, and was bored with too much jargon/detail regarding this sport. This is the first book I have read by Nevada Barr and will try another title before I cross this author off my must reads.
In Blind Descent, Nevada Barr takes you to a place which, unless you go spelunking, you've probably never been before: Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Her main character, Anna Pigeon, is claustrophobic but determined to do her job and save a fellow park ranger, even if that means descending into the cave. The world in Lechuguilla is stunning and so different from every day reality, it's almost like being on another planet.
One of the main reasons I love Nevada Barr is because she sets her books in different National Parks across the country and gives you a great feel for the park and the region. I recommend checking on the Internet for photos of Lechuguilla Cave (and other of Barr's locales) so you get a good visual reference when reading her books.
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