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The Loop Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 1999

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Books; New edition edition (1 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552144959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552144957
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 10.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,077,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Things aren't going too well for wolf biologist Helen Ross. At 29, she's unemployed (recently retired dishwasher), single (boyfriend of two years left her for Africa), and has just learned that her father is marrying someone younger, richer, and prettier than herself (completely accurate). Back in her lonely log cabin in Cape Cod, frantically chain-smoking, she receives a message from her former lover Dan Prior. Prior, also a biologist, works for the US Fish & Wildlife Service wolf-recovery program. In return for helping him track the lupine posse, Prior will provide her with a cabin, truck, and a snowmobile for good measure in a rustic little town called Hope, just outside of Helena, Montana. Apparently, Ross has never heard the proverb "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," and happily skips off to Big Sky Country.

Within moments of her arrival, she finds out what she's up against: a small town with a long history of wolf fear and loathing, no resources (big surprise) and a powerful rancher who will do whatever it takes to eliminate the wolves. The rancher, testosterone-saturated Buck Calder, has got the community riled up after a wolf stalked his daughter's home and killed the family dog. He won't stop until every last endangered wolf is dead, which proves problematic for Ross when she decides to romance his 18- year-old son, Luke. Cynics be warned: their love affair spawns a trove of gooey pillow talk and syrupy prose. Even so, Evans has made impressive strides as a writer since his debut novel, The Horse Whisperer, and his storytelling has reached a noticeably new level of sophistication: the plot is tight, the characterisation is realistic, and the dialogue is crisp. --Rebekah Warren

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"Gripping, big drama in Big Sky country...The Loop ropes a reader in."
--"People"
"Colorful, captivating . . . a novel of big themes: freedom, self-reliance, conservation, sheer survival."
--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Readers who loved The Horse Whisperer will most certainly love The Loop."
--"The Orlando Sentinel" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I finished reading The Horse Whisperer, a book I thoroughly enjoyed being an animal lover, and was afraid that Evans' next novel wouldn't be as gripping. How wrong I was. The Loop was every bit as good as The Horse Whisperer, and I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading animal fiction, but be warned; this book is so brilliant you just won't want to put it down until you've finished!
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Like many, I read this after The Horse Whisper and was absolutely mesmerised. Evans has the ability to write a beautiful love story whilst maintaining a realistic view of the world that surrounds his subjects. The reader truly feels for the plight of the wolves that are the core thread of the story, whilst following the evolving relationships of the characters that live alongside them. A must for anyone who has an interest in wildlife and enjoys a good read.
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I loved this book, and was gripped by the stories - that of the wolves (and their survival) and the romeo/juliet like love story. I was suprised to find myself sympathetic to the plight of the wolves and shocked by the cruelty of man. I enjoyed the horse whisperer, but preferred this book - perhaps because the eccology of the survival of species makes this book quite topical.
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I think this was one of the best books that I have read in a long time. Evans seem to be able to catch the attention of the reader and hold it throughout the book. The characters come to life and you can feel yourself becoming emotional with them. You laugh, cry and want to kill some of them. Well worth the money if you love wolves, and like to read about womans struggle against the odds read this you wont be dissapointed!!!
I have read the authors earlier book "the horse whisperer" and I feel that "the loop" has show that this author is very talented. I cant wait to see what it next off the press.
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An enjoyable read that had me griped. The skill in the story telling has you feeling sorry for the ranchers, envirmentalists and the wolves too. The pace of the novel never lets up whether its the story of the wolves or the love story this book is a joy to read.
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This was the first Nicholas Evans book that I have read, about a story that wouldn't normally interest me, but I was recommended it by a friend I I really enjoyed it. The characters were alive & vibrant and the storyline kept me enthralled right the way through. I'm now going on to the Horse Whisperer
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There are not many contemporary novels that leave you hooked after the first page. Consequently this story surrounding the plight of a pack of wolves in Montana proves itself to be "unputdownable". Hard on the heels of the hugely successful The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans goes one up with this environmentally friendly tome. Naturalists will love it, and Evans proves himself to be the Jack London of todays generation. He's a natural born storyteller with a gift for combining strong characters and putting them in a contemporary setting with a plot that is very relevant and believable. The world of the wolf biologist is shown to be tension filled and dramatic, passionate and powerful. Evans takes you on a majestic sweep of the Montana landscape as if you are really there. I am not a naturalist or particularly a lover of the great outdoors but the sensitive issue of the wolves is thought provoking and well handled, and you are left thinking about the story long after you have read the final page. Thus I fully recommend The Loop. It certainly opened my eyes. The wolves and all their protectors definitely get my support.
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This book was simply amazing, gripping, dramatic and Wow!!! It was such a great story line and had you on the edge of your seat. The characters were so well written and so full of emotion and character. You felt as if you were right there watching it happen. I would give this book a ten star rating if I could. The plot was full of suspense and drama, and I could not put the book down. This is a MUST read because it is simply one of the best books.
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