The Mountain Story
Nola has gone up the mountain to commemorate her wedding anniversary, the first since her beloved husband passed. Blonde, stick-thin Bridget is training for a triathalon. Vonn is working out her teenage rebellion at eight thousand feet, driven by family obligation and the urge to escape her m ...more
Wilfred (Wolf) Truly has had an unbelievably sad and rough life in his short eighteen years......the traumatic loss of his mother, the utter abandonment of his low-life piece of sh*t philandering drunk of a father, (I did not like Frankie) and the thought of losing his one true friend in the world (Byrd) has literally sent Wolf over the edge.
With one final trip to the top of Angel's Peak, Wolf plans to end his misery and...more
When I picked this book back up I was totally fascinated, hooked by the story of Wolf and his despicable father, and ...more
I won a copy of The Mountain Story in a Goodreads Giveaway. This is my fair and honest review!
Rock Solid 4 Stars
July 19: A very impressive finish after a somewhat slow 100 opening pages … ramped up quickly and vigorously thereafter into a very strong close. Not sure ... 3.5 or 4.0? I need to sleep on it!
July 20: I slept on the story and this morning landed on a strong 4☆ rating! The author so masterfully ratcheted this thing up from a resolute, determined afternoon hike to a life and death strug ...more
The book is written as a letter from Wolf to his son Daniel, as he prepares to leave for college. It's been twenty years since Wolf was lost on the mountain with three other people, and not everyone returned home. Wolf feels that Daniel is old enough now to know the truth.
The Mountain Story isn' ...more
This book started out pretty riveting - you get a little background of the main character Wolf, why he's at his current hiking spot, you are introduced to the group that is with him, and t ...more
And yet for me personally, there was a bit of disconnect to the situation and the characters, themselves. I didn’t begin to engage until the halfway point, and even the ...more
I kept thinking what a great movie this would make! I didn't read "Wild", but saw the movie. If you li ...more
Lori Lansens gets beneath the skin of her main character, Wolf, and we are absolutely along for the ride. Young Wolf has had a childhood sauteed in neglect, rejection, and bottomless grief. His father, Frankie, wears his ineptness like a badge of honor. His idolized mother died when he was very young and her memories are angelic with the fragrance of lemons and wrapped simply in a ...more
So begins the letter from a father to his son telling the story of Wolf Truly’s life and the five unforgettable days and nights he spent on the (always unnamed) Mountain.
Life had never been kind to Wolf and when it became more cruel than he thought he could bear Wolf intended to climb to Angel’s Peak at the top of the Mo ...more
A person has to have lived a little to appreciate a survival story. That's what I've always said, and I promised that when you were old enough, I'd tell you mine. It's no tale for a child, but you're not a child anymore. You're older now than I was when I got lost in the mountain wilderness.
Five days in the freezing cold without food or water or shelter. You know that part, and you know that I was with three strangers, and that not everyone survived. What happened up there changed
The book is well written, rich in realistic and clever dialogue, prose that is picturesque without being pretentious, and perfect pacing. I liked the main character, ...more
Wolf’s personal story is told in sections that take us from his childhood to the “now” moments of the book, allowing us to understand what brought him to the mountain in a suicidal frame of mind.
I enjoyed the way the author wove the two s ...more
Nola, Bridget, Vonn and Wolf ride the tram to the mountain top. Plans were to spread ashes of Nola's departed husband. Plans changed. They were fighting with the elements for survival. 5 days on the mountain. Search and rescue found them except one member of the family . Great story. I highly recommend it.
The hook: Five Days. Four Lost Hikers. Three Survivors. Of course I was guessing the whole time which character was going to bite the dust.
The surprising thing about this book is that it's not just a typical survival story. Sure, it's suspenseful and full of the things that I was expecting - harsh weather conditions, brutal injuries, sheer cliffs, coyotes, vultures and rattlesnakes. However, where Lori Lansens excels is in the careful development of her characters and her plot, as well ...more
This is one of those stories that made me think, which I like. I had no idea that such a large mountain existed outside of Palm Springs, with such diverse biomes and high elevations. Having lived in Tucson, though, I can understand the concept of going from desert to pine trees in a short period of time (as there are similar mountains there). I'm just n ...more
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