Destroyer Angel

Destroyer Angel

Book - 2014
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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, ElizabÐ 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, in Destroyer Angel by Nevada Barr.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312614584
Branch Call Number: MF BARR
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 25 cm


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ArapahoeAnnaL Apr 26, 2019

A terrific thriller and sort of mystery, this book has nasty villains and amazingly resilient heroines. Like zombies in a horror film these women refuse to die.

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Oct 27, 2019

Reading Barr's books is always iffy for me. I quit reading her for a while when Anna Pigeon (and Barr?) went through a dark, unhappy phase that seemed hopeless and endless. Now Barr seems to be in a terrifyingly violent phase. Unfortunately, she is such a talented writer, it's hard to quit on a nightmare like Destroyer Angel. I'm a fan of good writing but when an author tipples towards the horror genre, I back off.

Jul 14, 2019

Anna Pigeon is back in Minnesota and it's not turning out to be a great visit. She heads off with friends to camp on the Fox River and bad things happen. No spoilers here.

Unlike other Anna books, there isn't a real "mystery" here. You know from chapter one who the bad guys are. Maybe there's some little cloudiness surrounding motive, but this reads more like a survival story than a traditional mystery. This is not a complaint.

Love Anna, love Barr, great story.

ArapahoeAnnaL Apr 26, 2019

A terrific thriller and sort of mystery, this book has nasty villains and amazingly resilient heroines. Like zombies in a horror film these women refuse to die.

Jan 30, 2019

Listen to Barbara Rosenblat read Anna Pigeon audio books to fully appreciate - this one does not disappoint!

Feb 14, 2017

I enjoy all of the Anna Pigeon books. Best if read in order. Characters come and go.

Aug 13, 2015

Very good reading with great plot and characters.

Mar 06, 2015

I've read most of Nevada Barr's books and appreciate the fortitude of her leading female character Anna Pigeon. I especially love what she teaches about caring for the outdoors. I was bored the first few chapters, but after that couldn't lay the book down. In this book, she shows how three women and two girls endure great suffering to persevere against captors who would kill them in a second. I loved some of her inventive ways of striking back and will encourage women and girls to read this book. Barr offers so much in the way of how to overcome fear, exhaustion and privation. Learn some ways to fight back as a victim. I think the focus on the paraplegic woman and her unique needs was marvelous education for all of us -- even with major disabilities there are ways to fight back with results.

Feb 15, 2015

After reading about 1/3 of this book I didn't care if any of them made it out of the woods.

Feb 04, 2015

This whole book is like being in the middle of a white-water canoeing trip in particularly treacherous rapids. The guide is missing, supplies have gone overboard, and a bunch of petrified amateurs are trying to keep from being dashed against the rocks. I flipped the pages so fast my thumb got paper cuts. If you stop and think about the narrative at the end, some of the tightly spun strands begin to separate*. However, Barr is very compelling and I was more than happy to suspend disbelief. It's also refreshing and unusual to have a picture of five female heroines at different ages/stages, all in very different life circumstances. Each of the women displays her own strengths and weaknesses in dealing with the events described. Without wanting to spoil anything, I give the book a trigger warning. Warning notwithstanding, Barr is less guilty of sensationalism than most thriller writers would be when describing the circumstances. I found her character observations moving, plausible, and evocative. With regard to alpca4118, below, I strongly disagree with his or her complaint that too much time is spent on the disabled woman's circumstances. IMHO, any boredom with the subject might have more to do with one's discomfort with the condition of paraplegia than Barr's writing. *Criminal motivation, mostly.

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ArapahoeAnnaL May 07, 2019

Heath gazed into the fire, marveling at the concept of camping out, canoeing a river, building a fire, and eating and sleeping in the wilderness. This was a fine and wonderful thing. Boy Scouts did it, park rangers and hunters and hikers did it, photographers and dishwashers and presidents did it. And now cripples did it, she thought. Hooray for our side. pg 7

Apr 08, 2014

... the worst emotion was indifference.

Apr 08, 2014

kidnapping for ransom was not an American pastime.

Apr 08, 2014

until one could overthrow the monster, one would undermine him.


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