Goodreads: Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on vacation—an autumn canoe trip in the to the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is thirteen. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a new cutting edge line of camping equipment. The equipment, designed by Leah, will make camping and canoeing more accessible to disabled outdoorsmen.
On their second night out, Anna goes off on her own for a solo evening float on the Fox River. When she comes back, she finds that four thugs, armed with rifles, pistols, and knives, have taken the two women and their teenaged daughters captive. With limited resources and no access to the outside world, Anna has only two days to rescue them before her friends are either killed or flown out of the country.
This book is decent – rather predictable and a little outside the realm of realism but guess we don’t read fiction because it is something that could really happen.
The writing is true to the other Nevada Barr books and good for an afternoon read. I might be done with this series because, like the Maggie O’Dell and other series, it has pretty much run its course.
I was hesitant to read this book because I’m rather sick of the series but figured I should give it another try. It has nothing to do with the author when I say that I’m tired of a series – I know it has to be hard to keep a character fresh from one book to another. There is only so many times a character can face harrowing circumstances before the reader reaches their puke point.