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Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel (Anna Pigeon #18)

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Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on vacation—an autumn canoe trip in the to the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath's fifteen-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is thirteen. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a ...more
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Published April 1st 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published February 1st 2014)
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Mar 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
SO disappointed. I have loved each and every one of Nevada Barr's previous books. I love learning about different parks and Anna's struggles with dealing with people. This book is in a basically nameless forest and full of stereotyped characters - the paraplegic who forges on courageously through her limitations, the sullen teenager who occasionally shows a spark of humanity, the semi-autistic mother who can't seem to relate to her daughter, the leader of the kidnappers who has no human feeling, ...more
This was perfect for me, just what I hoped for in an escape into the latest thriller featuring National Park Ranger Anna Pigeon. Another scenario in a wilderness setting that pits Anna’s relentless spirit of defiance and resourcefulness against some seriously dangerous dudes. Well, one dude actually in this case.

In this tale, Anna is on a camping and canoeing vacation with friends in a National Forest in northern Minnesota. Off the grid in the real boonies. Quite a dysfunction crew. Her true fri
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Martin Yan

More godawful prose from one of the worst thriller writers. I'd put her at the bottom, except the field is very competitive. Barr is one of those writers who gets worse, not better, the more novels she churns out.

Her ornery refusal to use pronouns continues. "Muscles would not bunch. Fingers would not bend and claw."

Tears threatened.
Fingers shook.
Eyesight dimmed.
Feet worked.
Knees bent.
Hip joints rotated.
Light helped.
Vision grayed out.

She has a tendency to repeat sentence patterns. Here's the wor
Cathy Cole
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No one can put five females and an old dog out in the middle of nowhere, make them face untold danger, and have readers clapping and cheering like Nevada Barr can. Sure this is a thriller. Of course, it's an adventure story-- women against killers and nature. Naturally Anna Pigeon gets to impart valuable information on responsible camping, and you'd better believe that much-needed comic relief is interspersed throughout all the deadly seriousness. But Destroyer Angel is more than the sum of its ...more
Diane S ☔
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually love the Anna Pigeon series because of the many different parks she is assigned to, one usually learns things about the parks that is very interesting. This book was different, this book is all Anna, alone with a trusty dog in a green cape, she must save her friends. Very suspenseful from the very beginning, the pages literally flew by. Sins of the past must be paid. Along the way some of the characters learn new things about themselves, their strength and bonds. Adversity either bring ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Ranger Anna Piegon is on vacation with a female friend and her stepdaughter. While Anna seeks some solitude one day, her companions are kidnapped by four men with sinister purposes. Anna has only two days to rescue her friends in a remote wilderness area. I did not feel that this book was up to the standards of Ms Barr's previous works of the series.
Mark Stevens
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In "Destroyer Angel," Nevada Barr channels Lee Child. Anna Pigeon finds her inner Jack Reacher. Not that Anna wasn't tough before. She's tough in a real way, not a cartoon like Reacher. There is no mystery here, just Anna in a bad spot from the get-go.

In this corner, Anna and her four female wilderness exploring friends. Two teenagers, one paraplegic, one “mad scientist.” And an old dog.

In that corner, four thugs. One is “scum for hire,” even in the view of the leader. Another is a “low-end dr
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nevada Barr is another of those authors who seem very nice on the outside, but must have some VERY dark things in her head. This, in my opinion, is one of the best Anna Pigeon novel in a few years. If anything, Barr's novels get a little more dark and disturbing with each new one -- but they are so engrossing, suspenseful and wonderfully readable that waiting for her next one can be pure torture. If you have never read any of the Anna P. series, may I suggest starting with either "A Superior Dea ...more
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Moderately entertaining despite being quite preposterous. The writing is choked with senseless analogies for the first third of the book. Anna repeatedly hides in plain sight, suffers endless injuries, and communicates on a spiritual level with a dog. The criminals are too easily duped. Basically this is a backwoods fantasy story for women.
Karin Slaughter
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy crap, I loved this book. All of Nevada's trademark tools are out of the box in this one. Highly recommend.
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
*2.5 stars. Usually I really enjoy the Anna Pigeon mysteries. I just didn't find this one very interesting. It dragged and too much time was spent with the non-Anna characters. Nevertheless, here are quotes I appreciated:
"The only earth the meek inherited was six feet down and capped by a stone" (5).
"When it came to fundamental criminal activities, Charles doubted if he could steal a peek at a nudist camp" (5).
"The air was a delicate balance. The last summer rested on the skin as the prickle of
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of Nevada Barr and it saddens me to find an Anna Pigeon story whose characters were purchased (cheaply) at 'Stereotypes R Us'; the paraplegic, the oppositional teenage girl, the unprepared and helpless women, the pedophile, the asperger's mom, the closeted gay, and oh yes, special today on isle 4, the whistling-through-the-graveyard black man, complete with "a spade is a spade" joke on page 205. Shame on you Nevada Barr. I can bear stereotypes, I cannot bear racism. You've lost m ...more
Laz the Sailor
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Do. Not. Mess. With Anna Pigeon.

There is little mystery here, it's mostly a survival thriller in the northern woods of Minnesota. The characters are all well done, unique, with quirks and issues. Even the dog was cool.

While other entries in this series have had Anna survive in the wild, usually the enemy is unknown, or at least mysterious. This time, the bad guys are just - bad. So Anna has to deal with them. And she does. Forcefully. Cleverly. Permanently.

This is a darker Anna in a tough situat
This is perhaps the best Anna Pigeon book I have read yet. These books can follow a somewhat predictable formula. On that score, Destroyer Angel is no different. What makes this book different are the characters and the story itself.

The book starts out with 5 women: Heath and her 15 year old daughter Elizabeth (aka "E"), Leah and her 13 year old daughter Katie and Anna. Heath is a paraplegic that is wheel chair bound. She is somewhat estranged from her daughter. Leah is a rich and a genius who d
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Wow. How often can you say that number 17 in a series is the best by far? Definitely the case with this book.

I always enjoy Anna Pigeon novels, so much so that my husband knows to pick up any book on the library's new book shelf with her name on it and take it home. I adore the heroine, who is the best portrayal I've ever seen of an introvert. Since she's also a park ranger who likes the outdoors more than most people, I really identify with her. Here's what her husband says about Anna Pigeon on
Definitely one of my favorites of the Anna Pigeon series. I think what I enjoyed most was the bad guys. Not that I liked the bad guys. Because they were bad guys. Duh! I liked that they were given different roles and had different agendas. Same holds true for the five women (actually three women and two teens). Different enough from one another to add to the whole.

It's been a while since I've read this series, but I was particularly pleased with Anna in this one. She is a national parks ranger a
This series has really changed over the years. As the books go on the main character (Anna Pigeon) has become less of a mystery solving park ranger and more if a reckless vigilante. I am not sure why the last few books have taken Anna out of her profession and the settings are always now based on vacations or retreats. I don't recall Anna being so sociopathic in the earlier books; I used to really empathize with her and like the character. Now each book gets stranger and stranger. In this one sh ...more
Renata Hundley
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like thrillers
I lost many hours of sleep reading this book. I usually read a page or two of a book at night before falling asleep. This book is so "edge of your seat" I couldn't stop reading and, instead of falling asleep, I spent too many hours trying to read what was next. This book was like a jolt of caffeine! Very well constructed mystery/kidnapping story as Anna is forced into a "wild woman/wolf" role while trailing and trying to save her friends. Why were her friends kidnapped by these unspeakably evil ...more
Linda Trinkle
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Anna Pigeon kicks butt. This is a good one for suspense.
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love all the Anna Pigeon books Barr has written over the years and had very high expectations for her latest release. Her newest book wildly exceeded my great expectations! From the very beginning of this story the suspense and tension was thick and palpable, a true page turner. Each chapter ended with such turmoil and anxiety I was compelled to dive right into the next chapter and the next chapter and the next ... if only I didn’t have to eat and sleep and work for a living I would ...more
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was supposed to be a simple and relaxing float trip for National Park Service Ranger Anna Pigeon and friends. Heath Jarod and her daughter, Elizabeth, will be along as will Leah and her daughter, Katie. Both the girls are teens and have little in common. The Fox River in Northern Minnesota is the destination. The trip is to serves as a much needed break for Anna as well as a way to test various methods and equipment for paraplegics to access the wildness. For Heath the trip is another step in ...more
*Genre* Fiction, Mystery
*Rating* 3-3.5

*My thoughts*

Anna Pigeon, District Manager & Ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on her first vacation since she married former Mississippi Sheriff Paul Davidson. This is supposed to be a relaxing canoe trip in the to the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath’s fifteen-year-old daughter Elizabeth who has experienced hell through her own eyes; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment whose marriag
This story tells of two women and their daughters who were going to join park ranger Anna Pigeon on a camping and canoeing trip in upper Minnesota.

Four hoodlums kidnap the two women and their daughters. They planned to bring them to a landing site and leave via airplane and then hold one of the women for ransom. When they saw that one of the women was a parapelegic the leader of the gang is ready to kill her but he's told that her family has a lot of money so they would have a financial gain to
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, I enjoyed another Anna Pigeon story. This was written a bit differently than others. I don't know if it is because Anna's life has changed, but there were a few phrases in the story that didn't seem to jibe with other stories. I wonder if someone else was doing editing? But if you can overlook the few times that happens, it is another enjoyable story. Anna's ongoing ability to live in the wilderness and survive is nothing short of amazing. She appears to find another dark spot within ...more
Pmalcpoet Pat Malcolm
Recommended. I loved The Rope, the Anna Pigeon prequel, that was the last entry in this long-running series. This new one is a clear cut above even that. Three women friends and two teenaged daughters in the wilderness. One of the women a paraplegic. And an old dog. Once camp is set up, Anna leaves for a solitary paddle in one of their two canoes. And then, in come the bad guys. Four of them, tough, seasoned, creepy. Depraved. Sink the canoe. Kill the dog. This one is not a whodunit, but rather ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, mystery, crime
Not much of a mystery this time and not much about the Iron Mountain area in Minnesota where Anna is vacationing with friends--paraplegic Heath and her daughter Elizabeth and Leah and daughter Kate. On the second night, Anna is relaxing on the Fox River when she hears strange noises--and discovers her friends have been kidnapped by a troupe of crazies, lead by the Dude. No cell phone coverage (and Anna has no cell phone with her on her boat, also no warm clothes or food or water or weapon), and ...more
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Her sisters' keeper (18th in the Anna Pigeon series)

I have read all of author Barr's Anna Pigeon series starting with "Track of the Cat" in 1993 and her stand-alone novel "13 1/2." Barr has been one of my favorite authors for years. But I do like her earlier books more than these last few of the series. I liked when Anna was out in different national parks. They just seemed more REAL to me in some ways.

This time around Anna is out with friends on a mini vacation in upstate Minnesota. She is cano
I've been looking forward to the Destroyer Angel release for months, intrigued by the location and reappearance of Heath Jarrod. While the story had its moments, overall it was just OK. The opening seemed to mimic a scene from Meryl Streep's The River Wild. Anna has gone on a canoe trip with Heath, Heath's adopted daughter and another woman with her daughter. While Anna is out on the river for some quiet alone time, armed men enter the camp and take her friends hostage, with the intent of marchi ...more
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, thriller
When Anna discovers that four ruthless kidnappers have taken her friends - two teenaged girls and two women, one of whom is paraplegic - hostage while camping, it doesn't look good. She has no supplies, no weapons, and no way to communicate with them, and at any minute they might decide that her disabled friend or the girls are too much trouble.

At times Anna's link to sanity seems to sometimes stretch to the very point of breaking, but any reader of the series knows how tenacious she is, so the
Jul 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really did not like this book. I have read a number of Nevada Barr's novels and enjoyed them. As a former Park Ranger, Barr's books usually take place in one of the National Parks. I have enjoyed learning about the parks and the plot lines are engaging. This book has no such plot. The book takes place on a camping trip in Minnesota, where Anna Pigeon (the Park Ranger and protagonist in Barr's books) and a group of women and young girls (Heath, a paraplegic; Heath's 15 year old daughter, Elizab ...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
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Anna Pigeon (1 - 10 of 19 books)
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  • A Superior Death (Anna Pigeon, #2)
  • Ill Wind (Anna Pigeon, #3)
  • Firestorm (Anna Pigeon, #4)
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