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Flashback (Anna Pigeon #11)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  4,265 ratings  ·  224 reviews
The five-week New York Times bestseller, now in paperback. Running from a proposal of marriage from Sheriff Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon takes a post as a temporary supervisory ranger on remote Garden Key in Dry Tortugas National Park, a small grouping of tiny islands in a natural harbor seventy miles off Key West. This island paradise has secrets it would keep; not just in...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 3rd 2004 by Berkley (first published 2003)
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Nevada Barr is not a good writer. As I've said in other reviews, sometimes her sentences are so convoluted, so idiomatic - with idioms of her own making, that no one else has ever come across before - that you have to read them three times to understand what her meaning is. She also is not good at varying sentence structure. About a billion times in every book you'll see the same sentence structure back to back to back, which dulls the reading senses and drags the reader into an unpleasant rhyth...more
I didn't know of these tiny low islands 70 miles off the Florida Keys - fascinating!

At first I didn't like the jumping back and forth between Anna in the present and her great great grandmother in the past, but as the story wore on each chapter ended with a surprise or a cliffhanger, which makes you keep on reading. Several claustrophobic diving sections. Not my favourite of her books, but then, they're all worth a read.
Nelson Pahl
While certainly not a "disappointment" in and of itself, I did find Flashback to be...well...a bit disappointing. Barr has a clever notion for a story here, but it just doesn't work for me, for some reason. The setting is difficult to get a grasp on (it seems awkward and hard to imagine), and I found the motives for the crimes a bit far-fetched. I also thought it was a bit contrived, as it takes place in a national park, yet no one ever visits the park. Again, not a terrible offering, just one t...more
What to say? Anna Pigeon is a National Park Ranger who is stationed temporarily at Dry Tortugas off the Florida Keys. While I suppose she is supposed to be just a human, Nevada Barr insists on her experiencing near death multiple times in one book. Every time I turn around she is in mortal danger, but somehow prevails. It gets a little too fantastic to believe. This book also has Anna reading post Civil War letters written from Dry Tortugas by her great aunt when the fort was used a prison for C...more
Two Stories from Dry Tortugas - murder and mayhem mark both!

Barr's 11th Anna Pigeon story, like all her books except her last ("Hunting Season"), which took place in the same locale as "Deep South" {in the Natchez Trace}, has a most unusual setting: the Dry Tortugas National Park in the Florida Keys. Little more than a placeholder for Fort Jefferson, a Union Prison from Civil War days, this small strip of land becomes temporary duty for Pigeon while the former supervisor is on mental health lea...more
I did not like this one at all. First I did not like double story line with the constant flipping back and forth between centuries and with the older one having been derived from some letters.
I find it hard to understand why a woman would leave her fiance for months at a time as well as her dearly beloved pets. And this time Anna is truly the most amazing of superwomen, never pausing to eat anything, never suffering from her numerous injuries or having any lasting effects. This was one ridiculo...more
Anne Pigeon is stationed in Key West, avoiding a marriage proposal. She is also suffering to a certain extent from PTDS from a previous case. Her station is a remote fort in Garden Key. Her crew is just a few people and one goes missing after a boat explosion.

All Anna has is questions and more questions in trying to figure out what is going on. The previous ranger was sent off because he became "crazy" but was he? Anna was starting to see things too. Was the fort haunted? Was there something el...more
Interesting history. Hard to read some of the prejudices of the times, but they are accurate. Alison hard to read about eating turtles, but that is also accurate. Anna gets out of trouble a little too unrealistic this time for my taste. But the plot twists are intriguing. The characters are fun. The setting is gorgeous as usual. So it was well worth my time. And I read to escape the things i dont like and emphasize or exaggerate the parts i do like. Not get more of the same stuff I don't like.
Kara Jorges
Our favorite national park ranger, Anna Pigeon, is temporarily filling in for the boss at Dry Tortugas National Park in the Florida Keys, after the park’s head ranger lost his girlfriend, along with his grip on sanity. It is very hot, and not horribly exciting in the park until Anna receives a box of old letters from her sister, who had unearthed them because they were written by their great, great aunt Raffia when her husband was an army captain at Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. Anna spend...more
I'm giving this four stars because of its in-depth portrayal of America's least visited national park, the Dry Tortugas, located about 2 hours by boat from Key West. The park is located in the ruins of Fort Jefferson, the third largest fort ever built in the US, and is also the breeding ground for some rare shore birds, including the Frigate Bird and the Sooty Tern. Because the islands have no source of fresh drinking water, their use is necessarily limited.

The story is really two narratives, p...more
Nevada Barr's books, with their main character Anna Pigeon, take place in National Parks. Anna is a park ranger. This story takes place on an island in the Florida Keys, where there is a decaying federal prison and not much else. Anna hasn't been at her present post too long, when one of the other rangers is severely injured in a boat explosion. This boat explosion is the first in a series of events that lead Anna to believe that there are bad things happening in her part of the world. In the me...more
When it comes to a vibrant sense of place, Barr has few equals, as deliciously demonstrated in her 11th Anna Pigeon novel (after 2002's Hunting Season), set in little-known Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles off Key West in the Gulf of Mexico. Anna takes up her new post on Garden Key, home to Fort Jefferson, a notorious Union prison during the Civil War, after fleeing a marriage proposal from just-divorced Sheriff Paul Davidson. As she goes about her duties, Anna quickly becomes ensnared in on...more
Mark Stevens
“Flashback” is sturdy work. At least, the main plot is classic Nevada Barr as Anna Pigeon unravels the secrets behind a series of odd events and boat explosions on the Dry Tortugas. Barr takes full advantage of the setting, as she always does. The settings are characters in her books and she’s a master at weaving the backdrop (or in Barr’s case, foredrop?) into the storyline. There’s something so effortless and natural about Barr’s storytelling style and there’s no change here. The writing is cr...more
Anne Hawn Smith
Nov 30, 2009 Anne Hawn Smith rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: mystery
Anna Pigeon has been sent to Ft. Jefferson on the Dry Tortugas to temporarily replace supervisory ranger on remote Garden Key in Dry Tortugas National Park. She is also running from a proposal of marriage from the Sheriff/Minister back on in Mississippi and this will give her some badly needed breathing space. The fort is a bleak and lonely post about 70 miles from Key West. The group of islands are just barely above sea level and are almost deserted. There is, however, Ft. Jefferson, a Civil Wa...more
"Fleeing personal problems, park ranger Anna Pigeon takes a temporary assignment in Dry Tortugas National Park, a grouping of tiny islands seventy miles off Key West -- where threats from the distant past collide with danger in the here and now ..."
~~back cover

"Running from a proposal of marriage ..., Anna Pigeon takes a post as a temporary supervisory ranger on remote Garden Key in Dry Tortugas National Park, a small grouping of tiny islands in a natural harbor seventy miles off Key West. This...more
Sandy Vaughan
I think I want to give this a higher rating but not.

It is a good book braiding two stories in the present, one in the time just after the Civil War but both taking place in the same location and both involving murder.

"Anna Pigeon takes a post as a temporary supervisory ranger on remote Garden Key in Dry Tortugas National Park, a small grouping of tiny islands in a natural harbor seventy miles off Key West...

...Here, on this last lick of the United States, in a giant crumbling fo...more
This was my first Nevada Barr book in the Anna Pigeon series, though I understand the order is not critical to their enjoyment. This genre wouldn't normally get four stars from me, but any time I can be both entertained and edified, I want to give credit.

All of the books in this series take place on a different National Park property, so the reader becomes very familiar with the geography, geology, topography, and history of the park as the plot evolves. This book is set in Dry Tortugas Nationa...more
Where in the world is Anna Pigeon? Dry Tortugas National Park, of course. The Supervisory Ranger, Lanny Wilcox, is on a leave of absence, seemingly having a breakdown after his girlfriend left without a word. Anna has relationship woes of her own — Sheriff Paul Davidson has proposed marriage and she needs time and space to consider his offer. Accepting a temporary assignment on an island seventy miles off of Key West while she gathers her thoughts seems like a good idea — right up to the point s...more
The sojourn of our hero Anna Pigeon at the Dry Tortugas National Park is harrowing and challenges her sleuthing and survival skills as usual. Yet I was disappointed that the plot didn�t bring out the usual psychological richness in the characters as in other books in the series I enjoyed better. The setting is a clump of small islands 70 miles from Key West dominated by Fort Jefferson, which housed hundreds of Confederate captives and Union deserters during the Civil War. Anna is placed as a tem...more
This is an Anna Pigeon mystery. She is a park ranger temporarily assigned to Dry Tortugas National Park which is a group of islands 70 miles west of Key West. In other words, the park is in the middle of nowhere. On Garden Key is Fort Jefferson which is a pentagon looking building that takes up almost the entire island. It was built in the 1860's as a prisoner of war camp that held Confederate soldiers. After the war, it was the prison for Dr Mudd & Mr Samuel Arnold who were both conspirator...more
Michael Sump
I am a fan of Nevada Barr’s series of mysteries, each featuring the plucky ranger, Anna Pidgeon. This edition, “Flashback,” is a very good one. Nevada Barr used to be a park ranger for the National Park Service and each of her Pidgeon novels is set in a different National Park. I love touring the most beautiful places in America without leaving the comfort of my reading chair. Anna is an itinerant park ranger who is also a security officer. This means that she can carry a gun and has the immedia...more
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Running from a proposal of marriage from Sheriff Paul Davidson, Anna Pigeon takes a post as a temporary supervisory ranger on remote Garden Key in Dry Tortugas National Park, a small grouping of tiny islands in a natural harbor seventy miles off Key West. This island paradise has secrets it would keep; not just in the present, but in shadows from its gritty past, when it s ...more Running from a proposal of marriage from Sheriff Paul Davidson, An...more
Jeff J.
The Anna Pigeon series by Nevada Barr has an interesting conceit: Pigeon is a park ranger, and each book has her crime-solving in a difference National Park. This book is set at the Dry Tortuga National Park in the Florida Keyes. The contemporary mystery is interwoven with a historical mystery, with a trove of musty letters providing the link. While the book read a bit disjointed at times, I nevertheless found it interesting and will continue reading Nevada Barr's series.
Ann Pigeon has taken a temporary job at the National Park on Dry Tortugas Island at Fort Jefferson which is pretty much the only thing on the island. She is a replacement for the previous agent who was sent back to the mainland with what appeared to be a mental breakdown when his girl friend disappeared with no warning. The book switches between the present and the past at the Fort by of letters that Ann has gotten from he family and written by the wife of the commandant of the Fort at the end o...more
This is the first Anna Pigeon novel I've read. With ten having been previously written, I'm surprised I was not familar with this writer. Anna Pigeon is a supervisory ranger for the U.S. National Park system. In this novel she has just been temporarily posted to the small isle of Garden Key near Key West. Didn't know we had a park there? Well neither did I. Fort Jefferson takes up the entire isle. It was developed to be a fort to protect our southern boundaries and during the Civil War and after...more
This is the first (and only at this point) Nevada Barr book I just couldn't get through. It didn't grab me and I couldn't track it. I finally told a friend who read it that it was making be bored and crazy. She pointed out a spot towards the end that I could and get past the bad parts. I am not remember that I ever finished. Too many good books to read without forcing myself on one.
Anna is offered a post in Florida for a few weeks while a ranger takes care of some "family matters" and she gratefully part because her sheriff friend has proposed. Molly sends Anna a packet of letters of their great-great-aunts' writing from the Civil War at Fort Jackson, where Anna is posted. Things get weird, as is custom, when Anna suffers a few near-accidents and a lot of weird visions. That behind her, Anna finds herself in the middle of a smuggling plot with a great deal of...more
Rita McDowell
Excellent Again!

Absolutely love Nevada Barr and her Anna! Only problem is once I start reading I can't put it down until the very last period! Love these reads! Enjoy but caution don't start until you have the time to do nothing else!
I enjoyed this one by Barr also. The two stories, alternating chapter by chapter are compelling and full of historical reality. That Anna, the main character of the Nevada Barr series, is one super woman who leaves the male comic book/film heroes of the past decades in the dust. She does not seem to be afraid of anything! I did feel sorry for Mack, a man who wants to do good, yet will stoop to the wrong means to accomplish his purpose. Barr must spend much time on research to give her novels suc...more
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Nevada Barr is a mystery fiction author, known for her "Anna Pigeon" series of mysteries, set in National Parks in the United States. Barr has won an Agatha Award for best first novel for Track of the Cat.

Barr was named after the state of her birth. She grew up in Johnstonville, California. She finished college at the University of California, Irvine. Originally, Barr started to pursue a career in...more
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