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Books 1,2,3 and 4 are available from iUniverse. Additional information Publisher iUniverse. Content protection This content is DRM free. Additional terms Terms of transaction. Ratings and reviews No one's rated or reviewed this product yet. To rate and review, sign in. Instead, we are quickly pulled into another mystery, replete with half-drowned bodies and illegal border crossings, a corrupt politician and her philandering husband, a sassy and savvy journalist sniffing out a good story, snipers on mountaintops and falling dead bodies, suspect security guards, whiny teens, a sacred cow, and even a C-section performed with a pocketknife on a drowned corpse.
Yet among all this chilling, fast-paced, page-turning stuff, I also found snippets of delicious humor that had me laugh out loud, or else simply snicker in female comrade recognition. He was the best kisser of any man she had ever met. Most men thought they were good kissers, just like they all thought they were good drivers. Most were wrong on both counts. Barr could also slip in a political statement while addressing border laws and drug wars: I like this Anna.
I get the way her mind works and how her nerves settle. And I enjoyed, rather than the damsel-chasing for which this genre is known, having a warm, caring marriage as the backdrop for our heroine. Goodness, Paul even touches her on occasion simply to show love, with no demand for the night to end in more.
He gets that his wife mostly just needs him to be there. There is plenty of passion and mutual physical admiration, but placed strategically to tell us more about the characters than for cheap and gratuitous thrills. The mystery is solved satisfactorily, if not exactly with unpredictable results. Overall, Barr has a snappy, sharp style, not particularly literary, but with moments of wit and sparks of humor; she knows what she is doing with this genre. The main character is engaging enough that the reader quickly and easily grows fond, and so, to my own surprise, I added a couple more Barr books on my wish list.
Anna Pigeon is the kind of main character women readers enjoy: This series by Nevada Barr is not one I regularly read but should because I always enjoy it. I came across this particular audiobook , 'Borderline' and I noticed that it was narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, who is one of my favorite performers so I couldn't resist listening. I have skipped around in this series. Anna Pigeon, a park ranger with the National Park Service has recently been put on administrative leave because of an incident which occurred at Isle Royale National Park near Lake Superior, where she was working with a group of scientists who were conducting a study of the wolves living in the park.
Anna had ended up killing a man in the course of her duties as park ranger and is now suffering from diagnosed PTSD. Anna's husband Paul, to whom she has been married to for less than a year, convinces her to take a trip with him to Big Bend National Park for a rafting trip. The two are hoping that a few days on the Rio Grande will be a balm of sorts to soothe and lift her spirits. Their first day on the river passes uneventfully; but on the second day the group…. After a harrowing rescue, the group situates the frightened cow whom they name Easter into the raft and continue to make their way downstream.
They quickly realize, however, that during the time they were rescuing Easter, the river had begun to rise and was continuing to rise at an alarming rate. Despite being given instructions on how to maneuver the raft in high, quick flowing water, the students panic and the raft becomes hung up on boulders and begins filling with river water. Of course, Easter then begins to panic and one of the cow's horns poke a hole in the raft. The group, wearing life jackets, make their way to safety…. The woman looks to be hispanic, near death and VERY pregnant; and Anna finds herself in the position of delivering the baby through caesarian section.
And as if all of these mishaps aren't enough for the group to endure…. Anna and Paul who happens to be a sheriff of a small town in Mississippi find themselves in charge of a new baby and a group of terrified college students… with no supplies and a gunman on the cliffs. Is the gunman a psychotic whose idea of fun is shooting at river rafters on vacation? Or is something more sinister going on? As in many of the mysteries I have read lately, politics plays an important role in Anna Pigeon's action-packed Texas adventure….
Throw in a politician who is becoming emotionally unhinged for a very personal reason and you have the makings of an interesting and adventurous story. I really enjoyed this Anna Pigeon mystery. I enjoy this series because each book takes place in one of the beautiful national parks under the purview of the National Parks Service.
Anna is a middle-aged woman who is by no means soft and sweet. She is most comfortable when she is alone in the wilderness; she is intelligent and sharp tongued and maintains her cool in a crisis. I recommend this book; but I also recommend reading the books in the series in order. Although I had no problem following the story, I was a bit in the dark regarding the emotional issues Anna was dealing with from the previous story. Aug 08, Renee rated it did not like it.
Set on the Rio Grande, Borderline centers around an unbelievable and unlikeable character named Anna Pigeon who is on administrative leave from her job in the police department for a stress disorder. No surprise here, the raft hits dangerous rapids and ejects the whole group in the river, cow and all. Soon after the operation, her group is being shot at by hiding bandits in the mountain, and now stresed-out Anna must proceed to unwind and solve an absolutely idiotic murder plot that involves the mayor of Texas, all while dodging gunfire, running into deserts and diving into rivers while toting this new born infant around like a bag of groceries.
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Jun 20, Jim rated it really liked it. I like these murder mysteries by Nevada Barr. This one, the 15th, is set in a park I know almost nothing about- Big Bend Nat'l. It's along the Rio Grande and that's where much of the action occurs.
Anna goes on a rafting trip with her husband and there, on the river, they discover an unconscious woman who is pregnant. Anna finds herself involved in a case that's mixed in with a Texas election. And, of course, her life is endangered. Though the story seemed to get bogged down, there were some very exciting moments that kept me turning the pages. And I did learn something about Big Bend! Jun 08, Nell rated it it was ok Shelves: I always feel disloyal if I feel lukewarm about the latest installment of a mystery series I've followed for a long time.
The author has done her best, the writing is good, the setting is the same one we know and love, what's not to like? This one started off with a literal bang: I confess, I read series mysteries more to follow the characters through their lives and for the setting than for the plot, and I'm not I always feel disloyal if I feel lukewarm about the latest installment of a mystery series I've followed for a long time. I confess, I read series mysteries more to follow the characters through their lives and for the setting than for the plot, and I'm not keen for suspense, so I skipped ahead a bit and probably missed something critical.
I liked the later part of the book better, when Barr got more into the characters' backgrounds and motivations. Still, I couldn't get very interested in the supporting cast this time. It must be difficult for a writer to satisfy readers by resolving some of the characters' conflicts and making them happier in this case, Anna Pigeon , but at the same time that's what keeps some of us reading: Perhaps, like TV series, book series have a natural end, or viewers just lose interest.
Or maybe it's just me, but it seems as if I've felt tepid at best about several mysteries I've read lately. I hope this doesn't put any prospective readers off Nevada Barr and her Anna Pigeon series, because generally they're pretty enjoyable. I'll have to keep trying to figure out what's operating here.
Nov 25, Wendy rated it did not like it Shelves: I simply loved Nevada Barr's series with Ranger Pigeon. This one however, I could not get into. I was bored with the plot and characters. The writing was just not up to Barr's normal excellent standards. Barr, this one fell short. I am editing my review a bit. I have just realized that I have not enjoyed Nevada Barr's last 4 books. I do not know if it was the writing, plots or Ranger P's life journey. I am also pleasantly surprised of this because this is the 15th book in this series!
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I can tell Ms. Barr has compassion for the land and animals. I loved the ending. It made me smile. Judith and Darden had me guessing until the end. I was very surprised at how everything turned out but was glad that Helena went to her home where she found love. Apr 29, Teresa in Ohio rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not since Firestorm have I been so immensed in Anna Pigeon life and the events that shape it. Winter study previous book had some uncomfortable characters and events in it which affect Pigeon in her life to this day. She is on force leave by the National Park service to confort and deal with those events.
She decides a vacation in Big Bend and acting like a tourist not a ranger is the best solution to dealing with these actions. Not long after the white water rafting trip begins trouble start Not since Firestorm have I been so immensed in Anna Pigeon life and the events that shape it. Not long after the white water rafting trip begins trouble starts brewing. The younger college kids on the trip want to rescue a cow stranded high on a ledge, this is almost a success but things happen.
Then as they travel over the most dangerous part of the rapids, more things happen.
Then a body is found tangled in the river's strainer and more things happen. I don't want to reveal the things that happen because it would ruin the story. But these happenings link together and when you get to the end, you will feel justice, sorrow and even horror at these actions. One question remains will Anna return to be a park ranger or will she choose retirement? Jun 12, Sfdreams rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think this has to be my favorite Nevada Barr book to date! I really enjoyed the last one Winter Study , but this one beats that one, although they are very different.
Winter Study was darker, more suspenseful, almost horrific. This book, although Anna is still recovering from the events from the previous book, is more life-affirming and uplifting. Not that there is no suspense--there is a goodly amount.
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At first, I was a little irritated that the chapters kept switching between the Mayor's stor I think this has to be my favorite Nevada Barr book to date! At first, I was a little irritated that the chapters kept switching between the Mayor's story and Anna's story--I wanted to keep reading about Anna. Although, toward the end of the book, I realized that to do it any other way would hamper the story comprehension.
I love it that my favorite authors only get better and better--even though I thought they were the best that they could be! View all 3 comments. Feb 28, Sheila rated it it was amazing. I love, love, love Nevada Barr and once again I was not disappointed by Borderline. Borderline is 15 in her Anna Pigeon series.
I read this book out of order in the series as a task for the summer seasonal challenge and evidently a lot as occured in the ones I skipped. This one finds Anna on leave from the park service and on vacation with her husband Paul rafting along the border of Big Bend National Park in Texas. On one side of the river is Mexico and other side is the USA. Just like in the news of today illegal border crossings come in to play in a series of murders in or by the river.
The rafting trip goes downhill fast and I'm not refering to the rapids. This is a very good read even if you haven't read the first 14 in the series. Thank you Nevada Barr! Apr 19, Jc rated it it was amazing. Maybe not the best of the Anna Pigeon stories, but only because Nevada has set a high bar for herself. Borderline starts with a different sort of Anna adventure, but soon satisfies the fan with all the Pigeony details.
I highly recommend this book, but I also highly recommend the reader new to Anna Pigeon start at the beginning and read them all through. With the exception of maybe one only because it is weak in comparison , I think the reader will very much enjoy the ride. My favorites so far Maybe not the best of the Anna Pigeon stories, but only because Nevada has set a high bar for herself. My favorites so far would be Flashback and Hard Truth, and most of the rest run a close second. Jun 06, Dagny rated it really liked it Shelves: This could almost have been a five, but I thought we had to spend too much time away from Anna and her group with people we'll probably never see again.
Lots of action with only a small respite in between for everyone but Anna who is too worried to relax. Mar 14, Margo Kelly rated it it was amazing. I had never read this author before, and now I'm glad that I have. I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to going back and reading her other books.
While Borderline is the 15th book in the Ann Pigeon series, I was able to read the book as a stand-alone book. I didn't feel like I was missing any information that would not allow me to enjoy this book. I am going to go back and read the first fourteen books. She and her husband take a much needed vacation rafting the Rio Grande River with other tourists. The Rio Grande River is along the borderline thus the title of the book between the U.
After losing their raft in some rapids, the group has to swim ashore. One of the tourists in Anna's group discovers a pregnant woman near the shore who appears to be dead. After they pull the woman ashore, a sniper starts killing members of the group. So, there the mystery begins and it's a fun fast paced book as Anna and the group try to outwit the bad guys. The ending was very predictable, but it didn't affect my enjoyment of the book. The only thing that interferred with my enjoyment of the book was the author's depiction and handling of the new born baby.
Several times I had to stop, huff, and ask, "Come on, haven't you ever had kids? Well, but then, I don't actually know anyone who would be carrying a newborn up a rock face - so I'll give her that one. So when the author went on and on about the hazel eyes and how the eyes should be brown, I finally got frustrated and went and googled the topic. So, I did learn something new. I just wish it would have clarified it better in the book so that I didn't have to google it myself.
The language was very clean in the book thank you except for a couple of heated fight scenes, where the language did serve a purpose. There was no sex in the book. There was a lot of violence in the book, but nothing terribly offensive. I would be comfortable recommending this book to anyone.
Jan 11, Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: At one point it said they were headed to the east but their destination was to the west. As someone who frequently peruses maps as I read books containing them, this was disappointing. Except for that relatively minor distraction, this was one of my very favorite books in the series. It is very important to read these in order and of course, as usual, I think they should all be read.
It had a lovely and worthwhile ending. Feb 24, Alm Melson rated it really liked it. Nevada Barr does not disappoint! The story was great as usual. I love the part where Anna insists they stop to rescue the cow. I love the twins. I DON'T like having large portions of the novel focused on characters other than Anna, namely the governor Nevada Barr does not disappoint! I DON'T like having large portions of the novel focused on characters other than Anna, namely the governor of Texas and her chief of security. I'd have skipped those parts if I didn't think I'd miss some vital info clearly they're part of the mystery if Barr is spending so much time with them, I thought, and indeed that was the case.
Kudos to Barr for her not-unexpected nod of support to the gay and lesbian community. That's always nice to see. I'm ready for the next Anna novel!! I'm so glad to learn that there will be a new Anna Pigeon novel this year. That long stretch of years with no new Anna stories was awful! Can't wait to read this one!
Sep 13, Janice rated it really liked it Shelves: There are some series that I read because I have grown to like the characters, and they are entertaining, even though the plots all blend together, and one book is not really distinguishable from another. That is not the case at all with Nevada Barr.
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Anna Pigeon's life is one adventure into danger after another, and even though each time she has emerged alive, she is not without scars, both emotional and physical. In this book she is suffering from PTSD, as a response to her time spent at Isle R There are some series that I read because I have grown to like the characters, and they are entertaining, even though the plots all blend together, and one book is not really distinguishable from another.
The setting in a different National Park in each book is part of the reason each book is memorable for me; the landscape and challenges of the terrain are woven into the stories, and are always part of the thrill of these books. Another great Nevada Barr accomplishment!! Nov 27, Judy rated it liked it. The 15th book in the Anna Pigeon series. I'm beginning to wonder if I read these novels for the stories or for the wonderful descriptions of the national parks that they contain.
Probably a little of both, but I'm finding that the violence in the books is beginning to leave me a little cold. In this book, Anna Pidgeon is suffering from post-tramatic stress disorder and considering what happened to her in the last book, Winter Study, it's not hard to understand. Since she is placed on administrat The 15th book in the Anna Pigeon series. The book is an interesting study on the complexities of trying to close the border between Mexico and the U.
Dec 08, Beth rated it liked it Shelves: The opening sequence was so implausible that I almost put the book down several times. But after pages, it became a pretty good thriller. It was fun that it is set in Big Bend NP. Mar 28, Rebecca Gregory rated it it was amazing. I recently visited Big Bend National Park so the setting of this book really pulled me in. I actually was at most of the places in the book including Starlight in the Ghost Town Terlingua.
This one kept me guessing till the end. Another great Anna Pigeon mystery.
I love Nevada Barr. Sep 08, chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: Barr skillfully blends sticky border issues, marital strife and politics in her exciting 15th novel to feature National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon. Anna, on leave because she's still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder suffered in 's Winter Study, takes a delayed honeymoon with her sheriff husband, a rafting trip in Texas's Big Bend National Park.
The Rio Grande reveals a number of surprises, including a stranded cow and, more disturbingly, a dying pregnant woman caught in a s Barr skillfully blends sticky border issues, marital strife and politics in her exciting 15th novel to feature National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon. The Rio Grande reveals a number of surprises, including a stranded cow and, more disturbingly, a dying pregnant woman caught in a strainer. Fortunately, the resourceful Anna is able to perform a C-section and save the baby's life if not the mother's.
Things get really serious after a sniper kills first the couple's guide and then a fellow rafter. Meanwhile, at Big Bend's Chisos Mountain Lodge, Houston mayor Judith Pierson announces she's running for governor, and her security chief must worry about keeping Pierson's errant husband in line. Unable to shake the despondency and self-doubt that settled on her after her horrific experiences at Isle Royale Winter Study, , Anna is put on administrative leave. In a move designed to help her recover, her husband arranges to take her on a guided rafting trip in Big Bend National Park, which straddles the border between Texas and Mexico.
Their companions are four college students. Within hours of their departure, the raft careens into rocks and is lost. The occupants have barely recovered from the shock when one of them makes a gruesome discovery: Though unable to save the woman, Anna saves the child, whose welfare becomes her mission.