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The Mountain Between Us: A Novel Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 1, 2010
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I’m not sure what time it is. This thing should record that. I woke a few minutes ago. It’s still dark. I don’t know how long I was out.
The snow is spilling in through the windshield. It’s frozen across my face. Hard to blink. Feels like dried paint on my cheeks. It just doesn’t taste like dried paint.
I’m shivering…and it feels like somebody is sitting on my chest. Can’t catch my breath. Maybe broke two or three ribs. Might have a collapsed lung.
The wind up here is steady, leaning against the tail of the fuselage…or what’s left of it. Something above me, maybe a branch, is slapping the plexi-glass. Sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard. And more cold air is coming in behind me. Where the tail used to be.
I can smell gas. I guess both wings were still pretty full of fuel.
I keep feeling like I want to throw up.
A hand is wrapped around mine. The fingers are cold and calloused. There’s a wedding band, worn thin around the edges. That’s Grover.
He was dead before we hit the treetops. I’ll never understand how he landed this thing without killing me, too.
When we took off, the ground temperature was in the single digits. Not sure what it is now. Feels colder. Our elevation should be around eleven-five. Give or take. We couldn’t have fallen more than five hundred feet when Grover dipped the wing. The control panel sits dark, unlit. Dusted in white. Every few minutes the GPS on the dash will flicker, then go black again.
There was a dog here somewhere. All teeth and muscle. Real short hair. About the size of a loaf of bread. Makes snotty, gurgling sounds when he breathes. Looks like he’s jacked up on speed. Wait…
‘Hey, boy…Wait…no. Not there. Okay, lick but don’t jump. What’s your name? You scared? Yeah…me, too.’
I can’t remember his name.
I’m back…was I gone long? There’s a dog here. Buried between my coat and armpit.
Did I already tell you about him? I can’t remember his name.
He’s shivering and the wrinkles around his eyes are quivering. Whenever the wind howls, he jumps up and growls at it.
The memory’s foggy. Grover and I were talking, he was flying, maybe banking right, the dash flashed a buffet of blue and green lights, a carpet of black stretched out below us, not a light bulb for sixty miles in any direction, and…there was a woman. Trying to get home to her fiancé and a rehearsal dinner. I’ll look.
…I found her. Unconscious. Elevated pulse. Eyes are swollen shut. Pupils are dilated. Probably a concussion. Several lacerations across her face. A few will need stitches. Right shoulder is dislocated and left femur is broken. It didn’t break the skin but, her leg is angling out and suit leg is tight. I need to set it…once I catch my breath.
…It’s getting colder. I guess the storm finally caught us. If I don’t get us wrapped in something…we’ll freeze to death before daylight. I’ll have to set that leg in the morning.
Rachel…I don’t know how much time we have, don’t know if we’ll make it out, if…but…I take it all back. I was wrong. I was angry. I never should’ve said it. You were thinking about us. Not you. I can see that now.
You’re right. Right all along. There’s always a chance.
Top Customer Reviews
The story is well-written, entertaining, etc. However, the editing is less than stellar; and the responsible party should be sentenced to 20-lashes-with-a-wet-noodle. C'mon! Editing oversights recur throughout the book, but a couple stand out. Page 54-Ben sleeps thirty-six hours straight through. Then on page 270, he sleeps 12 hours, the longest stretch of time he's slept since the crash. HELLO? Pg. 196-A mishap ruins his makeshift snowshoes. He dismantles them and uses the components to repair the sled. However, on pg. 243, he is wearing snowshoes again (and it is several pages further before he fortuitously finds a stash of snowshoes). This type of shoddy editing really causes disruption in the continuity of the story and makes the publishing house look second-rate.
I've read Charles Martin's "Wrapped in Rain," and his "When Crickets Cry," thinking that, surely, his books can't get any better, but I've been proven wrong, as this is another 5-Star read and not to be missed if you enjoy fiction written by a master story writer.
Charles Martin has created a sensitive, emotional journey with all the hallmarks of a romance but strengthened with masculine requisites to protect, endure, survive. A survival story at its core, both of nature and of love.
This is the second Martin novel I've read, and it won't be the last. I have found a new favorite author and can't wait to read all his work.
All right guys, pick this one up and read. Bone up not only on your own survival skills, but also those of communication, with your heart, with those you love. This book is not just for women. It's for you, too.
He’s a doctor, runner, and mountain-climbing enthusiast, so he has solid survival skills and some equipment. He also has broken ribs, and she has a broken leg. The odds are stacked incredibly high, considering that no one knows where they are. And at least 40 miles of some of the most rugged terrain on the planet stands between them and help. Added to that, the critical revelation about the hero that doesn’t come until near the end is truly gut-wrenching. The author, however, constructs the story in a way that makes the characters and plot totally believable The conclusion is very satisfying, though for me it was a bit longer and more drawn out than it needed to be, which turned it into a bit of an anticlimax. That’s a minor point in an otherwise thrilling story that kept me fully engaged. Kudos to the author!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Charles Martin truly has a gift! I cannot get enough of his heart warming books! My new favorite author.....I cannot wait for the next book!Published 2 days ago by C. Bren
Wonderful story and well written book. I'm eager to check out any other books by this author.Published 3 days ago by Jan P.
This is an incredible read. I couldn't put it down and thought about it long after I had read it. I highly recommend this book.Published 3 days ago by Joseph G Young
Excellent, with a good ending-----even though it didn't seem it could end well.Published 3 days ago by Ruth L. Chitwood
This book was way to slow. Never read this Charles Martin guy and probably won't read him again. It could have been a better book and if we new the wife had passed.Published 7 days ago by ALF
This book held me from beginning to end! Took me for a roller coaster ride and I loved every minute of it! I listened from Texas to Arkansas without stopping if I could help it! Read morePublished 8 days ago by Mary Mom of 3
Great story! Has you wondering what is happening throughout story. It all comes to a surprise conclusion and of course they fall in love. Read morePublished 8 days ago by John C. Hazzard
I really enjoyed this book and the ending was not predictable. It had enough suspense to keep it interesting. I am glad I read itPublished 8 days ago by S. Henke