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Rockfall [Kindle Edition]

Diane Winger
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Book Description

Two horrified witnesses watch as a mountainside crumbles, crashing down on a party of hikers. Searchers find no signs of life. Three missing, all presumed dead. Three families begin the difficult process of grieving.

But one of the missing is alive. Alone, injured, and terrified, she struggles to survive, hoping against all odds that someone will find her … before time runs out.

Emotionally charged and engrossing, Rockfall is a novel that plumbs the depths of tragedy and celebrates the resiliency of the human spirit.

"Though I wasn't expecting this to be such a strong emotional read, it really tugged at me. Several times I had to take a deep breath before continuing to read." - MindingSpot book blog

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1922 KB
  • Print Length: 219 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IH5GYQ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #328,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Diane Winger is a self-described "retired software geek" who loves hiking, rock climbing, and cross-country skiing when she isn't glued in front of her computer playing around with website designs, watching cat videos, and writing stories with outdoor adventure themes. She has prosopagnosia (face blindness), so be sure to re-introduce yourself whenever you meet her.

Diane is an enthusiastic volunteer with the service organization, Altrusa International. She is particularly passionate about literacy-related projects in her community.

Diane and her husband, Charlie, are co-authors of several guidebooks on outdoor recreation. They now live in western Colorado, but Diane was born and raised in Denver.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting adventure story 14 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Five people go hiking on a beautiful day in the Colorado mountains. They have lunch by a mountain lake and then the unthinkable happens. They are caught in a massive rock slide. Two of them barely escape and go for help.

The story is told from the five different points of view. One is a victim who survived, though injured, and is trying to stay alive. The group leader escaped, but is very traumatized. Then there are the family members of the hikers. Each person had different reactions to the tragedy, and the way those stories were interwoven makes this much more than an adventure story.

Some families cling together and overcome their sorrow, some desperately try to use the tragedy for their own gain. The characterizations were well developed and their back stories made me really care about each one.

There's an unexpected twist after four days, which was particularly satisfying. The telling from different points of view really added to reading experience.

Highly recommended for almost any reader.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It does what it says on the cover 12 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This story is told by various people whose lives are affected by the Rockfall. There is a complete lack of tension, because whilst the families are undergoing all kinds of hell, the reader is aware that the survivor has made it (otherwise she would not be telling her story)
On the sidelines, the family of one of the deceased accept an offer to appear on TV, having been offered a huge amount of cash to tell their story. This brings about some condemnation for being in bad taste, whilst others are more understanding. One good thing about this book is that it is unlikely to be made into a Hollywood "disaster movie".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Our lives can change in a heartbeat... 19 May 2014
By Cheryl Stout - Published on
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Three women and two men go hiking in the Colorado Rockies; a man and a woman make it out to call for help after a huge rockside impacts the other hikers. In the blink of an eye so many lives were changed.

I thought this was an exceptionally well written story. It's not too long BUT it's just the right length. Crisp prose, very believable characters and dialogue - I felt like I could be reading a non-fiction account of just such an accident.

Each chapter was narrated by either a survivor or the family of a survivor and it took a few chapters to get the characters straight in my mind but once I did, I enjoyed this tale very much.

It was interesting to see how the different characters dealt with the tragedy - the grief, the survivors' remorse, the terror.

This is an excellent book for teens through adults in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars live as fully as you can 7 Nov. 2014
By peakbagger - Published on
I bought this book right away when it became available, because I enjoyed the author's earlier book so much. As a survivor of a much less horrifying mountain accident, but one that involved boulders, I was surprised to find myself unable to open the cover when it arrived. It took many months before I could begin. I read the first 30 pages in what seemed like a few minutes. The description of the accident was so vivid that I had to put the book away for another week. Then a funny thing happened. People who engage in outdoor activities that can involve risk tend to think nothing bad will happen to them, even when they know otherwise intellectually. When something bad does happen to you, and you return to the activity afterwards, you have a much more realistic vision of your place in the world. After finishing this book, I realized I still had not acquired an understanding of what it's like on the other side - processing the fact that a loved one will not come home, or that a person you were hiking with died while you lived. The book does a remarkable job of presenting the details of that process, and how some people manage it better than others. Definitely a book that will make you think, and hopefully one that will make you want to live as fully as you can.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging second novel 17 April 2014
By diane reed - Published on
I had been anticipating this author's second novel and I was not disappointed! Once again, I could not put the book down and finished it in one afternoon. I enjoyed the way the characters were developed through each of their points of view. This was a suspenseful, believable and emotional story of a tragic event that affects each character in a different way. I found myself experiencing the anxiety of those waiting for news of who survived the rock slide, the pain of loss for the families and friends of those who did not, and ultimate joy when reminded of the resiliency of the human spirit. I look forward to reading Diane's upcoming novel!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy second novel 28 Feb. 2014
By PatD - Published on
Having read this author's first novel, Faces, I was happy to see that she has followed up with another entirely believable story about how different people cope with sudden tragedy. The characters are well drawn, the writing is crisp, and the storyline is one anyone can identify with; an outing with friends gone horribly wrong. I found the book touching and honest, written by someone who knows the subject matter quite well. I look forward to the next one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ROCKFALL 19 April 2014
By Kindle Customer - Published on
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This book was a total surprise for me.I read a lot of horror and thriller stories and that is what I expected. I simply didn't expect such an awesome and amazing tale to be partnered with the thriller,and yes the horror too.I truly pray that the events portrayed never happen ever again to anyone.Knowing full well, even as I do so, Mother Nature will see to it that this prayer goes unanswered.Be sure to read this does not disappoint.
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