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Wet Desert, a Novel

Wet Desert, a Novel [Kindle Edition]

Gary Hansen
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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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.

Whitney Award Finalist. Compared to Tom Clancey by Meridian Magazine.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 787 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 097935210X
  • Publisher: Hole Shot Press (7 May 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #504,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling reading, but... 10 Nov 2009
This book tells the story of a terrorist attack on the Colorado river dam system. It's a good story and makes compelling reading.

My only gripe concerns the standard of editorial control - waste-deep (sic) in water teaming (sic) with fish indeed! I suppose that, in the authors words, the editorial team at the publishers (or the author himself) should of (sic) been more careful.

Gripe over - I got through the book in no time at all and would thoroughly recommend it.
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By Jasmine
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was one of the first books I read on my kindle and slightly different from my normal taste but I found the story enjoyable, in particular the different groups of people and their strands as the story develops.

I felt the main character was likeable and you find your self rooting for him as he battles the terrorist and the red tape from his own bosses.

Overall a really good read at a fantastic price!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written 20 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is quite a long disaster novel with many storylines but they are all engaging and never bore the reader. The Colorado river and the distress and destruction it causes is extremely well described and you could almost believe it is real. Give it a go, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative Plot, Dynamic Writing 8 Dec 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
An exceptionally long novel, Wet Desert portrays as aspect of western culture and environment that has driven many a political battle for the past century: the use of water resources. Told in a compelling way, Mr. Hansen has presented a fair and balanced presentation of the reasons why the government has controlled water through the use of dams, and also why the environmentalists are opposed to the diversion of free flowing water. The message delivered, at least to me, is that neither side is right . . . or wrong. That both have taken their case to extremes.

As an author, I was highly impressed with Mr. Hansen's ability to tell this story and to give us well developed characters, both pro and con. Even the environmental terrorist does not elicit hatred or anger. I was particularly impressed with how Hansen brought the protagonist from an opening stance of a weak, ineffectual bureaucrat to someone who sheds all inhabitions and makes decisions that are critical to the success of his mission without regard for career consequence.

Wet Desert is well worth reading and considering.

Gordon Ryan, Author
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great yarn... 8 Sep 2010
By Graham
Format:Kindle Edition
A good story, fast paced and a page turner. The plot is quite simple but the stories that entail are interesting. It switches from sub story to sub story with pleasing speed. I can't comment on the veracity of the outcomes of a large dam failure, but it seemed plausible. I certainly learnt a lot about dams and areas of the south west of the U.S.A. Even made me Wiki some of the locations.

This was my second read on my new Kindle 3 and the device did indeed fade into the background and the story took over.
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