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The beginning was slow and the ending was abrupt. But Barr kept me reading with an atmosphere like no other. And the woman knows how to end a chapter.

Petrea Burchard
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  PetreaBurchard | Feb 9, 2014 |
Nevada Barr always writes a winner! ( )
  cougargirl1967 | Jan 5, 2014 |
Winter Study by Nevada Barr is the fourteenth Anna Pigeon mystery and the first one I've listened to as read by Barbara Rosenblat. Anna has returned to Lake Superior (see also A Superior Death, this time in winter time, to help with the tracking of the wolves. The program is under scrutiny and it might be the last winter season to run the program.

Barr's descriptions of the brutality of winter on Lake Superior are chilling (excuse the pun). Here the weather forces the usual recalcitrant Anna to work with her cohorts, and worse, follow their lead. Unfortunately for her, the close knit family dynamic has been upset by the inclusion of both Anna and a pair of scientists from Homeland Security.

Almost immediately it's obvious that things on Isle Royale are out of kilter. The wolves are acting strange and winter starvation is taking its toll on the moose population. Anna begins to imagine the island being haunted by the windigo and evidence of larger than normal wolf prints give credence to her daydreams. Within these scenes, though, there are hints to what is actually going on. An observant reader will figure out the pieces. The danger created by the weather as well as close confinement, will compel the reader to continue, though.

Winter Study was one of the most difficult audios I've listened to for its graphic depiction of violence. There are some gory descriptions of the blood against the snow that are both poetic and stomach churning — especially when listened to.

But it's tactfully done and an essential part of the story. It needs to be there to understand the actions Anna and the others take at the end of their time on Isle Royale. ( )
  pussreboots | Aug 18, 2013 |
Very interesting mystery. You knew who had to be the ultimate bad guy, he is such a creep, but the twists with the rest of the characters aren't so obvious. But, how much punishment can her body take? She is getting too physically old to keep taking this rough treatment. Hope the Service doesn't decide to retire her for her own good! ( )
  bgknighton | Apr 25, 2013 |
In [book: Winter Study], National Park ranger Anna Pigeon returns to Isle Royale National Park, the scene of one of the earliest books in the series, [book:A Superior Death]. But this trip is very different, for it takes place in the dead of winter, when the park is closed to all except the team of researchers for a decades-long study of wolf-moose interaction. Now the continuing existence of the study is threatened because the Department of Homeland Security wants to open the park year-round, compromising its wilderness status, to "secure" the border between the U.S. and Canada. Anna is seconded to be part of a fact-finding team which includes researchers, parks people, and two tenderfeet from Washington, D.C. Almost immediately, odd things begin happening, and Anna's life will be in danger more than once before her investigation is done.

The description of the setting, as usual with Barr's books, is excellent. I think even a lifelong Southerner could get a sense of what a Northern winter in the woods is like from reading this book. However, I found the plot a little too convoluted even for my taste, and one character was almost too bad to be true. In addition, Anna (or the author) gives in a bit too often to the temptation to preach politics and the environment. Even though in my case she's preaching to the choir, it got tedious. However, if it doesn't get any worse, I'll certainly keep following Anna Pigeon around America's national parks. Wish she'd visit Acadia! ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Isle Royale in Lake Superior to study wolf management. Female member is savaged by wolves the refuge becomes a place of danger. With no electric, or running water and danger around the corner and temp near zero fighting for your life is hair raising
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Soon after Anna Pigeon joins the famed wolf study team of Isle Royale National Park, giant wolf prints are found, and she spies the form of a great wolf from a surveillance plane. When a female member of the team is savaged, Anna is convinced they are being stalked, and what was once a beautiful, idyllic refuge becomes a place of unnatural occurrences and danger beyond the ordinary.

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Visiting an isolated Lake Superior isle to study wolf behavior, ranger Anna Pigeon joins a scientific group that subsequently discovers unusual DNA evidence suggesting that a giant and dangerous wolf hybrid has been introduced by an unknown source.

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