I am giving the author the benefit of the doubt, and giving a 3-star rating, even though I gave up on the book early on. I found reading it to be so irritating that I quit after 4 or 5 chapters. The author is obviously not American, and his characters do not speak "American". I may have been overly sensitive, being a skier, but the hero of the book is supposed to be an expert skier and a Colorado Ski Patrol member, and the lingo is all wrong and the conversations are wrong. The narrative and the dialogue just do not ring true. Set elsewhere in the world, this might not be a problem. Set in the Rocky Mountains, it jars the ear. Average people in this country just don't talk like that.