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Below the Equator (The Hunter Series) [Kindle Edition]

Anna Scott Falcon
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Book Description

On the eve of Robin’s 30th birthday, her life spins out of control: Her sister is suicidal, her husband may be cheating, and a promotion doesn’t go as planned. Robin is desperate for a break, and the chance to pull herself—and her life—back together.

Robin decides a vacation—an exotic trip for women in the Amazonian rainforest—is just what she needs. But before the group has even settled in at their primitive base camp, it’s clear that nothing will go as planned. In the suffocating wet-heat of the tropics, Robin struggles to reconsider her life as jungle encounters push her toward chaos.

Just who, and what, is Robin attracted to? Is anything what it seems? And what should she really be fearful of in this strangely beautiful, disturbingly violent wilderness where everything is hunting something, and everything is prey?

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About the Author

Anna Scott Falcon lives in New York City. Below the Equator is her first novel and the first in a series of six. She is busy working on the second book in the series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 573 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Anna Scott Falcon (January 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B03LUX2
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has me hooked February 28, 2013
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I am two thirds of the way through Below the Equator and I am totally hooked. I never find myself getting distracted as I am reading and I especially love the way Anna Scott weaves the two parallel narratives of the story together. The characters although hard to take at times are very rich. I guess we can all relate to the "Robin" aspects in all of us. I love when an author makes me uncomfortable! I will definitely being reading the next one.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars no baggage but lots of baggage February 16, 2013
By Jim
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At the outset of her Amazon adventure the heroine loses the duffel bag containing all her carefully selected "essentials." She manages to get by without them. But she cannot avoid bringing along a full load of intangible baggage: her childhood in a strange and dysfunctional family, her carefully planned career that is on the verge of dropping off the cliff, and a marriage that is falling apart around her. A book that starts with these premises could quickly, in less skilled hands, become soap-operaish melodrama. Ms. Falcon makes it all work. She adroitly weaves a narrative that alternates between the heroine's situation in the Amazon rain forest and the events in her prior life that led her to that point.
The characters are well delineated--not by telling the reader what they are, but by letting their words and actions reveal them. The strongest character (after the tightly wound heroine herself) is not human. It's Amazonia--rivers and rain forest--immutable and mysterious.
The story grabs the reader by the collar and keeps him (or her) in suspense, eager to find out what is going to happen next.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Awkward Patchwork April 17, 2013
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Like the lush jungle it describes, Below the Equator spills over with vivid descriptions of wildlife, insects, botanical oddities, and Amazonian tribal peoples. The jungle's dramatic struggle for daily survival, the glare of sunlight, the damp paths through impenetrable tropical wilderness - all are described in hallucinatory detail. As a novel, however, it is an odd patchwork of several narratives that are only crudely stitched together.

First, there is the jungle "tour" that Robin is on in the present, in which the author displays the results of what must have been a lot of research. All those Latin names for plants! All the very specific species and types of boats! This part is fun, in a beach-read sort of way, provided you can suspend a sense of disbelief at the plot twists, possible double crosses, etc.

The second narrative is the story of Robin's childhood, told in flashbacks. I found this part frustratingly disconnected from the jungle trip. In addition, Robin's memories, purportedly set in the 1990's, seem to belong to a time forty years earlier. In the 1950's a family might fail to recognize or seek help for an autistic child, and might take a long trip crowded into an unairconditioned station wagon while the parents smoked in the front seat, and in the 1950's the other girls in Robin's high school might have names like Judy or Kathy. Not the 1990's. And, the central drama of her childhood - the disturbed sister whose destructive behavior was passively accepted by both her family and, apparently, her school and community - just does not ring true as a story from the 1990's.

Finally, there is the story of her marriage and its breakdown. Let's just say they're both to blame and leave it at that.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery and Adventure February 11, 2013
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I loved Below the Equator. It's filled with beautifully descriptive writing that never detracts from the plot. The intrigue behind each character kept me guessing what might come next. I couldn't put the book down!

The main character, Robin, is a neurotic bundle of tension who is difficult to like, but the many plot twists and surprises had me pulling for her to survive the Amazon-tour-gone-haywire that she finds herself embroiled in.

Will Robin get her life in Seattle back together again after surviving the whole ordeal? I guess that's why it's a series. I'm already eager to read Ms. Falcon's next opus.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exotic and mysterious January 21, 2013
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What attracted me to this book was the unusual theme of a women-only trip to the Amazon jungle. The fact that it would turn out to be a mystery, too, made it that much more intriguing. I loved the exotic setting and the way the author portrays the jungle as really beautiful, but ominous at the same time. Much more than a mystery, the book is beautifully written with offbeat characters who kept me riveted to the story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut novel February 21, 2013
Anna Scott Falcon has written a terrific debut novel which will keep you on the edge of your seat as you eagerly turn the pages to find out what will happen to these women as they travel down the Amazon. The book is filled with such terrific images of the jungle that you'll believe you're actually on the trip these brave, sometimes foolish, women.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jungle Fever February 21, 2013
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This book solified in my mind that I want to read more of Anna's books. It is such a wonderful read. The story of Robin Hunt, who at the age of 30 is setting out on an Amazon adventure at a time when her marriage and job are heading in the wrong direction.

The writer does a great job of showing the effects of Robin's dysfunctional home life, the relationships among the various players on the adventure, intertwined with foreboding and suspense. Anna's descriptive writing and use of language is excellent. I was sorry when it ended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible, Absolutely Horrible Book
What a waste! I should slap myself for finishing this horrible book.

The story goes from present to past in Robin's life and it's just a wretched story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bea
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey of a lifetime
I loved this book because it truly transported me below the equator. I have taken a boat tour on the headwaters of the Amazon and can vouch for the authenticity of the jungle... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sandy Nelson
2.0 out of 5 stars Trouble
I had a lot of trouble getting into this book. I just kept reading it thinking it would get better, but it didn't. Not sure if it was just me or what?
Published 17 months ago by Kathleen J Vadala
2.0 out of 5 stars A little disjointed
I finished this book because I dislike not finishing things. It was difficult getting to know the characters. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Wanda
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing first novel
Thank you, Anna Scott Falcon, for your intriguing first novel--well written and quite a page-turner. I was swept along with the women on their Amazon adventure. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rosanne F.
2.0 out of 5 stars Irritating
This book was extremely irritating. The main character is whining the whole book like she didn't know camping in the Amazon would be hard. I really hated the ending.
Published 19 months ago by Julie
3.0 out of 5 stars Bucket List: Amazon ... delete
This was a very vivid description of the jungle - so much so, that I no longer have any inkling of venturing there. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Carol J
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Item!!!
I loved Below the Equator. I thought the main character, Robin, was super-interesting. I think a lot of people can empathize with Robin's current relationship status. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Stephanie Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected
This was not what I expected, but the book was one that I had a hard time putting down. It also gives you an insight to the surroundings in another country.
Published 21 months ago by Dianne Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars Below the Equator
A woman who is having growing pains in her 40's decides a trip to the wilds of Costa Rica makes sense in a world that doesn't make sense to her. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kathy Jordan
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More About the Author

Although Anna Scott Falcon earned a college degree in Business Admin., there was always, at the back of her mind, a persistent yearning for freedom and adventure.

After turning thirty, she walked away from a career at Blue Cross and Blue Shield, sold her belongings and moved across country. Anna Scott signed on as a guide for a company which led women on wilderness canoe trips and for five years, watched hundreds of women struggle to acquire the skills needed to take care of themselves in places they initially felt bewildered, weak and ineffective.

Anna Scott Falcon got the idea for BELOW THE EQUATOR, while camping on a tributary of the Amazon River.

Anna Scott Falcon lives in New York City.
BELOW THE EQUATOR is her debut novel and the first in a series of six.
She is busy working on the second book in the series.


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