Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Wet Desert by Gary Hansen

"Grant Stevens, a mid-level manager for the Bureau of Reclamation, only wanted to build dams. He never imagined he would be swept into a desperate race against an environmental terrorist bent on restoring the Colorado River by blowing up the dams.

Left temporarily in charge of the Bureau, Grant must react when the first dam is attacked. He faces the unthinkable task of mitigating the massive flood roaring down the Colorado. The flood will eventually threaten the mighty Hoover Dam, and if Hoover fails, the other dams downstream will fall like dominos.

Working with the FBI, Grant uses his engineering skills, river knowledge, and plenty of gut instinct in an attempt to outmaneuver the terrorist. The chase will lead all the way downstream to the Gulf of California in a cat and mouse game where the stakes are high and the potential for destruction is enormous."

It was interesting for me to read some of the history of the dams along the Colorado River and the affect they have had on the area and the people who live there, and I'll sure pay more attention to the area the next time I go through. This was an exciting story that kept me riveted until the final page. Grant was easy to relate to as he had to work around his bosses and others to get the job done, but I wish some of the other characters had been developed better. I'd recommend this as a good action filled book.

1 comment:

Josi said...

And he got a Whitney nomination. I've heard great things about it all over the place and appreciate yet one more kick in the pants. I hope to get my hands on it next week, as it's my goal to read all the Whitney nominees before the end of February. Thanks Steph.

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