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!Ebook ♋ The Rope ♶ Anna Pigeon s first case this is the story her fans have been clamoring forthis is where it all starts In The Rope, the latest in Nevada Barr s bestselling novels featuring Anna Pigeon, Nevada Barr gathers together the many strings of Anna s past and finally reveals the story that her many fans have been long asking for Inandyears old, fresh off the bus from New York City and nursing a broken heart, Anna Pigeon takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal employee of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area On her day off, Anna goes hiking into the park never to return Her co workers think she s simply moved on her cabin is cleaned out and her things gone But Anna herself wakes up, trapped at the bottom of a dry natural well, naked, without supplies and no clear memory of how she found herself in this situationAs she slowly pieces together her memory, it soon becomes clear that someone has trapped her there, in an inescapable prison, and no one knows that she is even missing Plunged into a landscape and a plot she is unfit and untrained to handle, Anna Pigeon must muster the courage, determination and will to live that she didn t even know she still possessed to survive, outwit and triumphFor those legions of readers who have been entranced over the years by Park Ranger Anna Pigeon s strength and determination and those who are new to Nevada Barr s captivating, compelling novels, this is where it all starts As Lee Child recently did with his latest in the Reacher series titled The Affair A Jack Reacher Novel author Nevada Barr takes readers back in time in this prequel to her Anna Pigeon series The year is 1995 as The Rope An Anna Pigeon Novel opens and Anna is thirty five and adrift in a sea of mourning regarding the recent death of her husband Zach She is a specter in black amongst the living and has barely connected with any of her fellow workers at the Glen Canyon Recreational Area except As Lee Child recently did with his latest in the Reacher series titled The Affair A Jack Reacher Novel author Nevada Barr takes readers back in time in this prequel to her Anna Pigeon series The year is 1995 as The Rope An Anna Pigeon Novel opens and Anna is thirty five and adrift in a sea of mourning regarding the recent death of her husband Zach She is a specter in black amongst the living and has barely connected with any of her fellow workers at the Glen Canyon Recreational Area except for Jenny.So it is not surprising to anyone when Anna and her things disappear from the small cabin she shared with Jenny The assumption is the former stage manager went back to New York as the desert backcountry was clearly no place for Anna Not even Jenny is surprised she left though she is terribly disappointed Not only was Anna a big help in going out and removing human waste fouling the waters and beaches of the area, Anna was the object of Jenny s unrequited lust.The problem is Anna never really left Somebody drugged her, stripped her naked, scarred her body with a knife, and dumped her down a solution hole A solution hole is a vertical hole or shaft cut into the surrounding sandstone that goes nowhere and has no way out thanks to the walls being polished smooth over the eons of time Anna awakens to find herself naked, badly injured, and with no way out Whoever did it is apparently not just leaving her to die Instead, she is at the mercy of someone who is clearly toying with her like a bug under a magnifying lens Her only hope is to stay alive long enough to somehow escape.Beyond the obvious fact that Anna must survive or there would not be a published series, there is little that can be said about this glacially slow moving book without creating spoilers Despite an obvious red herring, the suspect list is small and rather reminiscent of an Agatha Christie novel One expects Anna at the end to summon them all to the hole she was trapped in and then name off the culprit It does not work out quite that way, but does come fairly close.Obsession and the effects on mental health or lack of same is the dominant theme of the book Jenny constantly battles her own lesbian obsession as she becomes fixated on Anna as an object of love and lust That same obsession was previously directed towards another woman with grave consequences as readers gradually learn and seems destined to end badly again Other characters are also obsessed with Anna for various reasons making this book primarily all about who gets to claim Anna body and soul Then there is Anna s own obsession with the tragic death of Zach that seems to come up over and over again in each chapter before finally being replaced at the end of the book by her new obsession.Continuing the trend in her most recent novels of a turn towards the sadistic and dark that is far from the roots of the series, The Rope An Anna Pigeon Novel is yet another very dark read A dark read in terms of events and tone the book clashes strongly when compared to the original and excellent start of the series titled Track of the Cat This new novel is a highly atmospheric one with long stretches of mental contemplation by the various characters occasionally broken by some small sections of action Long stretches of time and pages are spent in the heads of each character where readers are told what to think and feel Unfortunately, there is not a likeable character in the bunch and by the end of the book you want to slap everyone in sight to knock some sense into them.If you are going to spend so much time in the course of a book inside a character s head while he or she dithers about life and his or her sexuality, it would be better spent in a much better book.The Rope An Anna Pigeon NovelNevada Barrhttp www.nevadabarr.com Minotaur Books St Martin s Publishing Group January 2012ISBN 978 0 312 61457 7Hardcover also available as e book and audio book 357 Pages 25.99Material supplied by the good folks of the Plano Texas Public Library System.Kevin R Tipple 2012reviews, news and This is a fun mystery taking us back to 1995, when Anna Pigeon took her first job with the National Park Service It s a prequel, so you need not have read any of the other books in the series before reading this one If you re a long time Anna Pigeon fan, you ll enjoy seeing her as a rookie She s new to the outdoor life and not yet in law enforcement Recently widowed and drowning in despair, Anna takes an entry level job at Lake Powell As yet she has no wilderness savvy On her day off she h This is a fun mystery taking us back to 1995, when Anna Pigeon took her first job with the National Park Service It s a prequel, so you need not have read any of the other books in the series before reading this one If you re a long time Anna Pigeon fan, you ll enjoy seeing her as a rookie She s new to the outdoor life and not yet in law enforcement Recently widowed and drowning in despair, Anna takes an entry level job at Lake Powell As yet she has no wilderness savvy On her day off she hikes out into the desert with no hat and not enough water or food When she doesn t return, her co workers think she has decamped and headed back to New York City Seasonal employees don t always stick around, so no one thinks much about it Especially because her belongings have also disappeared from her room As it turns out, Anna has been attacked and dropped into a deep hollow or jar in the sandstone She wakes with almost no memory of what happened, and no way to get out of the jar As she faces an ordeal of hunger and thirst, expecting to die, she uncovers some alarming clues and begins to discover how resourceful she can be in a crisis Who has it in for Anna, and why Who removed her things from Park Service housing Was it a fellow employee Did she see something she wasn t supposed to witness When she reappears at the Park Service compound and reports her experiences, the investigation makes almost everyone suspect, including Anna herself Jenny, her tough, no nonsense housemate, turns out to be her greatest ally Jenny also develops a mad crush on Anna, but keeps it to herself for obvious reasons The girl crush was the one thing in the book that was a little overdone The workplace diversity theme is important, and the unrequited adoration is amusing, but it received a lotpage time than necessary I should add that this could just be my own bias, as I prefer anything resembling romance to bein the background when I read a mystery The Rope has all the entertaining elements we ve come to expect from the series Anna Pigeon gets herself into one scrape after another and seems to encounterthan her share of diabolical characters As a former NPS employee, Nevada Barr has insider knowledge about the life This installment also includes an important ecological message about the serious problem of human waste disposal at Lake Powell Be sure to follow those proper pooping protocols I was really disappointed in this prequel to the Anna Pigeon series Anna s husband Zach has been killed so Anna takes a job as a seasonal park employee at Dangling Rope, a park on Lake Powell As the book opens Anna is just regaining consciousness and is discovering that she is being held prisoner at the bottom of a solution hole a natural vertical cave How did she get there Who is trying to kill her Why Since this takes place before all the other books, you know from the get go that I was really disappointed in this prequel to the Anna Pigeon series Anna s husband Zach has been killed so Anna takes a job as a seasonal park employee at Dangling Rope, a park on Lake Powell As the book opens Anna is just regaining consciousness and is discovering that she is being held prisoner at the bottom of a solution hole a natural vertical cave How did she get there Who is trying to kill her Why Since this takes place before all the other books, you know from the get go that she will be rescued The remainder of the novel describes the investigation into the incident The main reason that I didn t like this book very much was that I really didn t like Anna She s so reserved and private, that there is no reason to get interested in her as a character I also didn t get the motivations of the bad guys I m glad that I ve read most of the other books in the series, because I would not be inspired to read on, if this was my only introduction to Anna Pigeon This is not my favorite Anna Pigeon book, but I have read far worse The plot is basically carried by Anna being an idiot and not telling law enforcement the whole truth The two main protagonists, Regis and Bethy, are not very believable and there is just too much time spent rock climbing Also Buddy disappears from the book without Anna even checking on his welfare Recommended only to Anna Pigeon fans. I must say that I m in love with Anna Pigeon at all phases of her life I met a tiny little red headed and freckle faced park ranger in the Tetons after she pulled me over for speeding I called her Miss Pigeon She was a bit miffed until I told her about the Barr novels Then she forgave the speeding and went on her way The rope should have been titled Dangling Rope as that is where Anna s post New York intellectual and therefore, pubescent career began I suppose there may have been a cop I must say that I m in love with Anna Pigeon at all phases of her life I met a tiny little red headed and freckle faced park ranger in the Tetons after she pulled me over for speeding I called her Miss Pigeon She was a bit miffed until I told her about the Barr novels Then she forgave the speeding and went on her way The rope should have been titled Dangling Rope as that is where Anna s post New York intellectual and therefore, pubescent career began I suppose there may have been a copy right problem on using Dangling Rope I particularly liked the word pictures drawn by Barr of the Powell area as it is the most wonderful place in the world Keep Hawaii and Mexico, you can have them Powell beats them all for privacy and beauty and Barr captures that nicely I m hard to fool about how books are going to end once I m about half way through, But Barr managed to keep me intrigued right to the end, and I m still not sure that the guilty are that guilty and the innocent are that innocent This is a book I ll read over again, just to find the tells Great job Ms Barr When will the OLD Anna revisit Lake Powell Yellowstone Write faster please Soon, Anna will retire, and I ll be destroyed I ve always meant to eventually read this series but otherpressing books keep jumping the queue I m so glad my book club put this book as one to read because at first I thought they d lost their mind who starts at series at book 16 Well this is a prequel to the whole series so that makes sense now.I ve heard that Anna Pigeon is supposed to be a super stoic hard ass, now I know why I can t imagine after all she s been through in this book that she would want to stay around but then aga I ve always meant to eventually read this series but otherpressing books keep jumping the queue I m so glad my book club put this book as one to read because at first I thought they d lost their mind who starts at series at book 16 Well this is a prequel to the whole series so that makes sense now.I ve heard that Anna Pigeon is supposed to be a super stoic hard ass, now I know why I can t imagine after all she s been through in this book that she would want to stay around but then again I m a big fat chicken and would have left way earlier crying and hugging myself while I rocked back and forth.The only complaint, but it s a big one which left this book at 4 stars, is that she would never be naive enough to keep being alone with someone who acts off and no matter what the author writes, she wouldn t have felt that sorry for her or been that nice unless she also had a screw loose I didn t think I d like that this was a prequel, but I ended up really enjoying it I liked learning about Anna s life in NYC before she started her stints as a ranger in the national park system and learning why she decided to become a law enforcement national park ranger.The story was deliciously scary, a bit too scary for me, but not by a lot, especially because it was a prequel so I knew Anna would survive I did worry endlessly about another character though Not saying here whether or not I didn t think I d like that this was a prequel, but I ended up really enjoying it I liked learning about Anna s life in NYC before she started her stints as a ranger in the national park system and learning why she decided to become a law enforcement national park ranger.The story was deliciously scary, a bit too scary for me, but not by a lot, especially because it was a prequel so I knew Anna would survive I did worry endlessly about another character though Not saying here whether or not there was reason to do so.There were some wonderfully skillfully done red herrings Did I guess right Yes Did I guess the reason Pretty much Did it ruin the book for me Not really But oh, Anna, Anna, Anna I don t like being smarter than the main character, especially when in most things she s very bright That was a bit annoying, enough so to maybe dock a half star.As is usual for this series, this book is beautifully and poetically written.And I got to find out about yet another national park, and that is one of my favorite things about this series I love learning vicariously because I ve been to so few national parks Okay, so awhile back, I swore off Nevada Barr because of her dark edginess yada yada feel free to look up my previous review HowEVERwhen I heard she had written a prequel, I HAD to read it because Anna Pigeon and I are Ranger Sisters, practically, and I HAD to know how it all started Besides, I don t remember the first Anna Pigeon books being quite that edgy, so the part of me that has the ability to make excuses and justify going back on my own word unwisely thought that the prequel coul Okay, so awhile back, I swore off Nevada Barr because of her dark edginess yada yada feel free to look up my previous review HowEVERwhen I heard she had written a prequel, I HAD to read it because Anna Pigeon and I are Ranger Sisters, practically, and I HAD to know how it all started Besides, I don t remember the first Anna Pigeon books being quite that edgy, so the part of me that has the ability to make excuses and justify going back on my own word unwisely thought that the prequel couldn t possibly be all that edgy.Well, it is HowEVERI really admired Nevada Barr all through this particular book Like I ve never admired her before Her use of language, her character development, her surprises when my haughty self thought I had it ALL figured outSURPRISE And that closing line How CLEVER is Nevada Barr So, I still have a few issues with Nevada and I m not going to make anyclaims and or promises, but props to her this time P.S I just LOVE the part she inserted about how amazingly qualified park rangers can t land good positions because there are too many Veterans on the list I love Veterans and all, but Nevada must be staying pretty tight with some of her ranger friends to keep current on all things NPS Nevada Barr knows how to build incredible suspense that does not feel at all contrived, but a natural, sometimes violent, outflow of previous events In The Rope she again builds a compelling story, one that takes us back to a much younger Anna Pigeon who is just starting her first job with the National Park Service Anna unwittingly walks upon a crime in progress, and awakes to find herself nude, in a pit surrounded by high sheer walls, somewhere in the canyons around Lake Powell, just above Gr Nevada Barr knows how to build incredible suspense that does not feel at all contrived, but a natural, sometimes violent, outflow of previous events In The Rope she again builds a compelling story, one that takes us back to a much younger Anna Pigeon who is just starting her first job with the National Park Service Anna unwittingly walks upon a crime in progress, and awakes to find herself nude, in a pit surrounded by high sheer walls, somewhere in the canyons around Lake Powell, just above Grand Canyon This book took me back somewhat to Blind Descent , the sixth book of the Anna Pigeon series, where Anna is crawling through the caves near Carlsbad Caverns The same kind of trapped terror is experienced here, with the added dangers of the beating sun and no water Barr continues to make this series captivating and entertaining