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So as someone who is claustrophobic, I found this book utterly terrifying since the majority of the book consisted of various caving expeditions deep underground The author s descriptions were amazing though, and really made the cave come to life, and i could almost feel like i was there scrambling through the mud, walking through the aragonite crystal forest, or wriggling through the wormhole like tunnels As the caving expedition started in the book, I began thinking that perhaps caving was s So as someone who is claustrophobic, I found this book utterly terrifying since the majority of the book consisted of various caving expeditions deep underground The author s descriptions were amazing though, and really made the cave come to life, and i could almost feel like i was there scrambling through the mud, walking through the aragonite crystal forest, or wriggling through the wormhole like tunnels As the caving expedition started in the book, I began thinking that perhaps caving was something that Jeff and I would really enjoy and that I should just swallow my fears and buckle down and try itas the story progressed though, i realized that I would undoubtedly be much happier with my feet always above the ground However, I think I might like to try thecommercialized and domesticated Carlsbad Caverns that part sounded perfectly safe no caving gear required, there s even an elevator Perhaps we ll make it out there to try it sometime Anyway, long story short, the book was really good great setting, great plot, great characters, great twist at the end, and as usual excellent descriptions of the park and its resources My only complaint is that, once again, the book seems to end very abruptly The conclusion after the story s climax takes only a page, so it feels strange You re really engrossed in the story, and stuff is happening bam bam bam, then its all over, and she wraps everything up in a paragraph or two It be nice to ease out of the story a bitslowly This way, the reader feels abit as though she is left hanging, and saying that s all where s the rest Anna is as depressing and as crazy as always Nature dominates the scene 70% of the time and once again murder is attempted and committed due to environmental reasons There is this really disturbing way in which a friend of hers dies Yea, I will not forget it, especially when climbing Good book for this series. Atmospheric barely begins to describe this crime story set mainly underground in New Mexico s Lechuguilla cavern system Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is called to join a Search and Rescue party after a ranger is injured underground They face a few days of trek to the injured woman and a fewdays of stretchering her out, filled with climbing, crawling, wading and walking on rough stone But when Anna reaches her friend, she starts to suspect that the accidental head injury was no accident Given Atmospheric barely begins to describe this crime story set mainly underground in New Mexico s Lechuguilla cavern system Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is called to join a Search and Rescue party after a ranger is injured underground They face a few days of trek to the injured woman and a fewdays of stretchering her out, filled with climbing, crawling, wading and walking on rough stone But when Anna reaches her friend, she starts to suspect that the accidental head injury was no accident Given that all of the original party is now with the rescue party, someone present must be an attempted murderer And they are days from the entrance or nights, since there is no natural light As well as the eerie and beautiful location, which is extremely well realised, we find the rules for travel in a pristine environment For instance, you pack it in, you pack it out Including food wrappers, spent batteries and bodily wastes With no means of communication, the party must stay together and organise And two backup lights for your main light may not be enough This is a cracking read for lovers of nature, crime stories and fiction in unusual settings Blind Descent was the first mystery I ve read in the Anna Pigeon series by Nevada Barr I had to read it it takes place in the Carlsbad Caverns of New Mexico It took me a little while to get used to Barr s writing style but once I got it, I found the story as gripping as a roller coaster ride I feel like I have actually been spelunking exploring caves Good thing since after reading this, I will undoubtedly never try the real thing Or probably even visit Carlsbad.Yeah, that scary.And, also Blind Descent was the first mystery I ve read in the Anna Pigeon series by Nevada Barr I had to read it it takes place in the Carlsbad Caverns of New Mexico It took me a little while to get used to Barr s writing style but once I got it, I found the story as gripping as a roller coaster ride I feel like I have actually been spelunking exploring caves Good thing since after reading this, I will undoubtedly never try the real thing Or probably even visit Carlsbad.Yeah, that scary.And, also yeah, highly recommended I love the Anna Pigeon mysteries, but I had hard time with this because I spent so much time feeling claustrophobic I m not a claustrophobe in most situations, but caves and underground make me feel trapped, as there s only one way out I guess this says something for her writing, that she was able to make it real enough to bother me.Good story, anyway. Finished this a while ago but forgot to review If I reviewed at the the time, this probably would ve gotten 3.5 stars, rounding up to 4 But with time and reflection, I m rounding down to 3 This is the first Nevada Barr book I ve read, and I ve only been meaning to read it for 8 years she writes murder mysteries set at different national parks,and this one happens to be set at my park So ever since I started working at Carlsbad, visitors have been asking if I ve read this I finally got it f Finished this a while ago but forgot to review If I reviewed at the the time, this probably would ve gotten 3.5 stars, rounding up to 4 But with time and reflection, I m rounding down to 3 This is the first Nevada Barr book I ve read, and I ve only been meaning to read it for 8 years she writes murder mysteries set at different national parks,and this one happens to be set at my park So ever since I started working at Carlsbad, visitors have been asking if I ve read this I finally got it from the library, and it was a very quick read It s a page turner and I was curious how the mystery would be solved The descriptions of the park were great, if tainted slightly by the main character s claustrophobia The villain wasn t obvious but there were some clues Even though bad things happened in a cave, they weren t because of the cave being dangerous, they were because people are dangerous So I was happy that Barr didn t lend to the myth that caves are unstable, crumbling, deadly places.However, two things bugged One minor, one major Who hiked out of the cave in the first place to get help Why were they never a suspect everyone else who remained in the cave was an automatic suspect Meanwhile, this person was never mentioned again.And the major issue entrance control In cave rescues, there is ALWAYS someone as entrance control who records everyone and everything that goes in and comes out I can t rant too much about this without giving away a major plot point, but this annoyed me to no end I ended up deciding the anonymous entrance control person because there s no way there wasn t entrance control on an incident like this was either part of the bad guy conspiracy and so fudged the log, or was incredibly, criminally incompetent, or was blackmailed by the bad guy If it weren t for the completely improbably incompetent entrance control person, the book would ve ended much sooner, though, so I guess the author figured most people would never notice that loose end and just carried on |Download Book ♼ Blind Descent ♡ Park ranger Anna Pigeon is enjoying the open spaces of Colorado when she receives an urgent call A young woman has been injured while exploring a cave in New Mexico s Carlsbad Cavern Park Before she can be pulled to safety, she sends for her friend Anna Only one problem a crushing fear of confined spaces has kept Anna out in the open her whole life Brilliant, scary, thrilling, all good Only problem was that in solving the mystery, Anna considers all the possible people and omits one Someone had to get word out that there was someone injured inside The people that enter were not there before so they were not the ones that come out She makes it clear that no radio can get out through these caves So the perpetrator could have left the cave never to be seen again BIG omission, imho, but other than that, this is her best novel to date. Probably my favorite of the series so far even with the discomfort brought on by her excellent descriptions of claustrophobic feelings I m done with caves Have visited the Mark Twain Cave a few times and one in eastern Tennessee I forget the name They are beautiful, but I have no desire to venture into one again. Nevada Barr s sixth novel featuring park ranger Anna Pigeon is set in New Mexico s Carlsbad Caverns The location is known to the National Park Service as CACA The area contains two of the most famous caves in the world, one of which, Lechuguilla, now harbors an injured caver who is also a close friend of Anna s I have never once in my life had the desire to explore caves I am not really claustrophobic but I don t like the idea of being underground Anna, on the other hand, suffers badly fro Nevada Barr s sixth novel featuring park ranger Anna Pigeon is set in New Mexico s Carlsbad Caverns The location is known to the National Park Service as CACA The area contains two of the most famous caves in the world, one of which, Lechuguilla, now harbors an injured caver who is also a close friend of Anna s I have never once in my life had the desire to explore caves I am not really claustrophobic but I don t like the idea of being underground Anna, on the other hand, suffers badly from claustrophobia If it hadn t been her dear friend Frieda lying 800 feet below the surface with a concussion and a broken leg, Anna would have begged off.Now, having read the book with all of Anna s terror and all the minute details of how to maneuver down and through the cave s passages, I am well assured that staying out of caves is the best decision for me I also learned that I have missed seeing some of the most beautiful formations in the world but I am fine with that Nevada Barr s exquisite descriptions and Google will suffice.The first part of the book tells about the harrowing rescue effort to extract Frieda and is a heartstopping tale of extreme adventure When Anna learns that the accident might actually have been an attempt on the woman s life, the tension mounts Which of the caving team did it I just cannot reveal anyabout the plot without serious spoilers Once the rescue team and the original exploration team finally get out of Lechuguilla, there is an unfortunate lull in the action Just as we all caught our breath though, the stakes are kicked up several notches and Anna finally exposes the culprits It is hard to imagine how Nevada Barr is going to top this one