Blind Descent

Blind Descent

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
Forced to cope with her claustrophobia and to use all the skills she has developed above ground, park ranger Anna Pigeon enters the dangerous Lechuguilla Cavern in New Mexico's Carlsbad Cavern National Park to attempt a rescue and learns who she can trust and who can be saved

Blackwell North Amer
Lechuguilla Cavern is a man-eating cave discovered in New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns National Park in the mid-1980s. Estimated to extend for more than three hundred miles, only ninety of them mapped, the cave was formed by acid burning away the limestone; corridors, pits, cramped wormholes, cliffs, and splendid rooms the size of football fields tangle together in a maze shrouded in the utter darkness of the underground. When a fellow ranger is injured in a caving accident, Anna swallows her paralyzing fear of small spaces and descends into Lechuguilla to help a friend in need.
Worse than the claustrophobia that haunts her are the signs - some natural and some, more ominously, manmade - that not everyone is destined to emerge from this wondrous living tomb. The terrain is alien and hostile; the greed and destructive powers of mankind all too familiar. In this place of internal terrors, Anna must learn who it is she can trust and, in the end, decide who is to live and who is to die.

Baker
& Taylor

Forced to cope with her claustrophobia and to use all the skills she has developed above ground, park ranger Anna Pigeon enters the dangerous Lechuguilla Cavern in New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns National Park to attempt a rescue and learns who she can trust and who can be saved. 50,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1998
ISBN: 9780399143717
0399143718
9780380728268
0380728265
Branch Call Number: MYS Barr N
Characteristics: 341 p. ; 24 cm

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katboxjanitor
Apr 01, 2019

Anna Pigeon is a chronologically mature, but emotionally insecure member of the National Park Service. As we follow her through these first 6 books she begins to shed the armor of the grief over the loss of her husband and the burden of her emotional baggage from childhood.

Anna faces some more of her claustrophobic issues in this spelunking adventure which inevitably includes a few asides about life as a government employee caring for both the land and critters in our National Parks and the often selfish park visitors.

So many immature, unstable and greedy actors in this novel. And some characters are seeking inspiration for what will be next in their lives...professionally and personally. And what will happen with Anna's sister and Frederick...and what will Anna decide. I want to find out.

the first work of fiction i ever read or heard of on the art of spelunking. even though this is not the first of the series written about anna pigeon, i identified with her, especially after the last third of the book. nevada barr is not an author one needs to read, consecutively or sequentially.

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ritalatabooks
Apr 20, 2015

An uncomfortable tale of cave diving, that is filled with claustrophobic detail. If you have a fear of closed in spaces, run from this book. Barr has great skill in pulling you in (and underground) that will leave you exhausted, crawling through dark, tight squeezed places with her usual vivid story telling. Her usual call to save nature, and National parks is the string that ties all her novels.

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lumberjackson195
Jun 06, 2012

This is the very first Nevada Barr novel I have read. It wasnt what I expected. The side characters are a little forced, but Anna is a joy to read. The scenery description is amazing! I still apologize to the hodaghs when I curse.

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Apr 01, 2019

katboxjanitor thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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