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Borderline (An Anna Pigeon Novel) Paperback – April 6, 2010
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Her professional instincts reawakened, Anna is challenged even more by the discovery of the body of a pregnant woman trapped in the debris of the Rio Grande. Horror-stricken, Anna delivers the woman's unborn baby, the tiny child awakening a maternal instinct in the pragmatic Anna that amazes her. But there is no time for personal indulgence, the child's life at risk as the stranded rafters desperately climb to safety in spite of the sniper. Nearly safe, Anna and Paul stumble upon another surprise, unsure if they face friend or foe. Clearly, in Barr's novels, expedience requires quick reactions. Anna must trust her survival instincts if she is to save herself, the infant and her companions.
Meanwhile, a political rally in the park serves as a venue for Huston mayor Judith Pierson to announce her run for the governorship of Texas. A feisty and savvy politician, Pierson is a conservative Ann Richards, border issues high on her list of priorities. By Judith's side is ex-secret service agent Darden White.Read more ›
As usual, we are expected to believe that Anna (and others) are somehow physically strong enought to endure multiple injuries, fatigue, lack of food and water, etc. without succumbing to their attackers. That's OK -- most male protagonists in crime novels have to do the same and as a 50-something female, I enjoy reading about a middle-aged woman who isn't a couch potato. But this time I was annoyed by Barr's inaccuracies about the subject of the book: a river trip. She has a whitewater outfitter ignoring a basic rule of wilderness river travel by floating the Rio Grande in a single raft, with no other craft for safety or backup. No NPS concessionaire would be allowed to do that on a river with any hazards. Then she repeatedly confuses oars with paddles. Along with this, the WW guide seems unfamiliar with the river's flow stages and rapids. She does not have much of a plan for the float trip, e.g. one that would allow for sufficient rest, for scouting rapids, or that involved the kind of pre-trip basic safety training the outfitter's insurance company would mandate, as would NPS and the guide's professional association. The rafting accident that follows, while necessary as a plot device, is difficult for this reader to believe -- especially given Anna's substantial experience.
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plot, surrounding a politician's ambition and her relationship with one of her bodyguards, brings that raft up against a boulder and the raft starts to swamp. Fans of the series will enjoy it nonetheless, but first time readers should start with one of the other books in the series!
Anna (a National Parks Service policewoman) is on vacation with her policeman/minister husband, Paul, in Big Bend National Park, Texas. After losing their raft while rafting down the Rio Grande, the group discover a dying pregnant woman. After her death, Anna performs an emergency cesarian to save the baby. As if things are not bad enough the river begins to rise, and the party leader is shot trying to climb to the canyon rim to phone for help. Even so, they are forced to climb to the rim in the dark. At the rim they find, and scuffle with, a Texas Ranger, Freddy Martinez, assigned to the Park. In the meantime, Judith Pierson (the mayor of Houston, running for the Governorship) is having a political rally at the Park. Judith's husband announces that he is leaving her for his pregnant mistress. That's the setup.
I am a voracious reader, reading over 100 novels/year. I have learned that there are fundamental differences between how men and women tell stories, even within the limited genre of action/mystery novels. Women, usually being more social and perceptive, are interested in the interpersonal relationships and emotional conflicts even of people they do not like. Men are generally interested only in characters with whom they can relate---who are like themselves, or like people they have known, or who are people they would welcome as friends, or characters they find attractive. Women fill their lives with "secrets" about both friends and enemies. Men fill their lives with "useful information"--such as how to fix a refrigerator, and private emotions about the people they care about. Love, hate, jealousy, and revenge are the prime motivating factors in most novels by women.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Anna Pigeon Davidson along with hubby Paul have gone to rest, relax and try to help her get over the traumatic Iles stay she had that was pulling her down into a very dark... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Boomer46
Nevada Barr is a wonderful descriptive writer. I love reading her books.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A great writer. Shows comprehensive knowledge of her story locations.Published 2 months ago by R. Whiteside
I read this in two days because I just had to see what was going to happen next. One of my favorite authors has done it again and given me another happy reading experience.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
Me. Barr has done it again.Loved the fact that her husband was included. Kept me glued to my seat. Thanks Nevada.Looking forward to the next adventure.Published 6 months ago by Katt
While this was a change from the super violent story lines that preceded this book, it was still somewhat painful to read and it does not appear that Ms Barr (who should know... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wild Celtic Rose