Nina Granville believes her business trip to Alaska will give her a short respite from the merry-go-round that came with her engagement to Congressman Terrence Donnelly. But instead of allowing her the peace she craves, Nina's getaway from the public eye means that no one witnesses her abduction into a very cold hell.
Taken by a mountain man who calls himself Baer and then transported to a remote cabin surrounded by nothing but frozen wilderness, Nina descends into a nightmare of terror, privation, and bitter cold. Nina's privileged life did not prepare her for imprisonment at the hands of this survivalist trapper. If she is to live - and to escape - Nina realizes she must do it on her own.
Undaunted and with startling determination, Nina pits herself against her captor, her fear, and nature itself in a battle for her life - but can she win against such deadly opponents?
©2015 Alan Russell (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
Disappointed. I had expected more. It was so so predictable and therefore I lost interest and found it difficult to finish.
"Excellent suspense novel"
Choosing between 4 and 5 stars was difficult because the story is a superb one and the author spends far too many words on a specific part causing boredom on the part of the listener. Ideally about 60 to 90 minutes should be cut from the time that was devoted to repetitive details of Nina's being held by Baer in Alaska.
On the very positive side is the creative use of the poem Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service. In my view use of that specific poem, with which Baer (the primary antagonist) was enthralled, added immensely to the story.
So I give this novel 5 stars with some reservations. A Cold War is an excellent suspense novel with a nice surprise ending. The major weakness is that is repetitive and boring near the middle of the book.
"Kept waiting for it to come together."
No. It seemed to go on forever. I kept thinking if I hung in there it would be wrapped up with a great ending but it didn't.
I was surprised at how well she was able to switch voices. The main antagonist was not an easy character for a female to voice.
No way. Too unsettling, gross, and too long without reason for it to keep going on.
I don't get all the great reviews. Felt like an editor should have stepped in and tightened this up. Too many odd plot parts that took away, not added to the story. Readers should know there is a lot of gross and crude dialogue that goes on with the main antagonist. Plus I couldn't find a character that I really liked. I think I was supposed to like the female lead but I just couldn't. Written well, especially dialogue but not tight, without likable characters or a realistic female lead. And it kept going on and on.
It was a good story and I was really into it, when suddenly it seemed like the whole pretense just derailed. I thought it was a tale of survival, which it was. That is where it should have ended.. I thought I was at the end of the book and then saw I had about 2 hrs left and thought "what more?." Then the whole story took a turn in a completely different direction. Kind of spoiled it for me.
Teri Clark Linden did a fine job with the narration. All the different male voices in this one!
I gave this book 5 stars based upon the type of books usually in the "thriller" genre. It's not going to be great literature, but it's a really good story. I appreciated that horror was conveyed without being graphic, and the tale was told without an overuse of profanity.
""Never Give Up""
this was on Audible's good picks sale, a good find/listen. This needed a bit better editing, but not much. Author has good potential as this story had imagination and gabbed your thoughts from page 1 and never lets go. Worth the listening time.
Yes as you are almost witnessing a POW"s plight.
Note must use new 1.25x speed to get the author's intended pace. This is a new reader for me. Good change of voices, but her main male character got on my nerves. She will need to work on that to become popular. The secondary male voices were ok
yes, when our heroine first reads the journal.
Audible, please keep these type of sales coming as they help us listeners find a good listen
"You'll need a blanket for this one"
I absolutely love Alan Russell as an author. How he tells a story is amazing. I didn't think I'd like this book, but, it was amazing. I didn't see the end coming at all. Such a twist in the story, however it makes total sense to me now. I have read the reviews of others talking about the length of the story, but, I enjoyed it and didn't really want it to end. You have Baer, a homeless looking grizzly man from Alaska, who likes the story of Sam McGee, also who reminds you of the Bush People. He is a survivalist and knows how to survive in the Last Frontier of America. He is readying for the next Cold War. He has thoughts that the world as we know it will soon come to an end and he is hoping to populate it with his seed. Along comes Nina, who is vacationing with her friend in Alaska for a few before her wedding to a man she may or may not want to be with. She is suddenly abducted after a phone call with her fiance, by Baer. As she is locked away in his remote cabin she finds a letter to her from the 2nd Mrs. Baer, who was abducted just a few years before in the same capacity. The letter is a blessing to Nina, It gives her hope and strength to endure and a means to escape. As Nina is preparing for her escape, she is unaware that two men are hopelessly looking for her. One man is the husband of the 2nd Mrs. Baer. The husband is convinced that his wife is dead, but that Nina can be rescued. He takes along a detective and together they trench through the harsh wilderness of the cold winter to help find Nina. I enjoyed this book very much. I also loved to listen to the narrator. She was captivating especially when she told the story of Sam McGee.
This is the best book I've heard in a while. I could clearly visualize everything as it played out .
"Gripping to the end."
This was very engaging. I could visualize each senerio but didn't expect the ending. Keeps the reader engaged and waiting to see what happens.
"good story if a little predictable"
I found this to be engaging enough and thought it was fairly predictable except for to ending I was surprised. one note it may have ruined one of my favorite poems for all time.
"Monster begets monster?"
A few details were unrealistic. For instance, the pain from a severed finger lasting only a few days, or the heroine surviving in an unheated cabin for days with just a blanket, or the way the heroine sprang from helpless victim to superhero, all in a few months. I thought it strange that her friend on the plane disappears from the story without another mention. All this aside, it was a good listen. I couldn't wait to hear how Nina would outwit her captor. I was disappointed with the end, where the actions of the heroine lower her to barbarism. She becomes just as horrible as the monster she fought.
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