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Abandon Hardcover – July 7, 2009
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At the start of this bloated thriller from Crouch (Desert Places), Abigail Foster, a Manhattan freelance journalist, reluctantly agrees to accompany her father, Lawrence Kendall—who abandoned her as a child—and paranormal photographers Emmett and June Tozer, to the remote remains of Abandon, Colo. The inhabitants of Abandon all vanished without a trace on Christmas Day 1893, and Abigail thinks she'll write an article on the Tozers and the ghost town's history. The present-day hikers face a number of obstacles, starting with an unexpected blizzard and including the arrival of ex-Marines intent on finding millions of dollars worth of gold supposedly stashed somewhere in Abandon. Despite the book's intriguing premise, the action soon devolves into a Rambo-style melee, with enough blood and guts to put off weak stomachs. By the time Abandon's fate is revealed in the overly drawn-out climax, few readers will care. (July)
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The plot was a good one, though I didn't like how the story kept jumping from the original inhabitants to the modern day - it was distracting, and without good character development, it was hard to remember who the characters were or what the situation was without referring back to an earlier chapter. As another reviewer pointed out, much of the language used by the pioneers was difficult to follow. Not even Webster's dictionary lists the word "shadowgee," though it was used many times in the book without ever being clearly defined.
All that notwithstanding, it was entertaining to read and deserving of 3 1/2 stars. Those who enjoy Clive Cussler would enjoy this book, too. I just wish that the author had taken more time to polish his writing and work more on the character development. It's so much more interesting when the reader can really "connect" with the characters. The ending was a bit far-fetched, as well. Still worth a read if you're in the airport and needing some escape fiction that isn't too deep.
Please, if you give me a negative vote on this review, leave me a comment and let me know why. I try to make my reviews helpful to those who are considering purchasing this book and feedback is appreciated.
One of the things that impressed me most is the way the author tied everything together at the end. I sure didn't see it coming until I was already there!
The only negative I have with this book is that it kept me up much too late at night turning pages!
Turns out, I was wrong... At first, I was a little annoyed by the back and forth between the different time periods, but turns out it actually worked nicely, linking the past events with the present.
I won't go into details of the story, but I'm sure that many will enjoy this.
It is fascinating and if you start, be prepared to get sucked in...deep.