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Mortal Fall

A Novel of Suspense
Narrated by: R. C. Bray
Series: Glacier Mysteries, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
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A wildlife biologist's shocking death leads to chilling discoveries in Christine Carbo's haunting and compelling new crime novel set in the wilds of Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park police officer Monty Harris knows that each summer at least one person - be it a reckless, arrogant climber or a distracted hiker - will meet tragedy in the park. But Paul "Wolfie" Sedgewick's fatal fall from the sheer cliffs near Going-to-the-Sun Road is incomprehensible. Wolfie was an experienced and highly regarded wildlife biologist who knew all too well the perils that Glacier's treacherous terrain presents - and how to avoid them.

The case, so close to home, has frayed park employee emotions. Yet calm and methodical lead investigator Monty senses in his gut that something isn't right. So when whispers of irresponsibility or suicide emerge, tarnishing Wolfie's reputation, Monty dedicates himself to uncovering the truth - for the sake of the man's family and to satisfy his own persistent sense of unease.

Monty discovers that Wolfie's zealous studies of Glacier's mysterious, embattled wolverine population, so vital to park ecology, had met resistance, both local and federal. To muddy the waters further, a wilderness facility for rehabilitating troubled teens - one that Monty's older brother attended - may have a disturbing connection to the case. As Monty delves further into an investigation that goes deeper than he ever imagined, he wrestles with the demons of his past, which lead back to harsh betrayals he thought he'd buried long ago.

And then a second body is found.

©2016 Christine Carbo (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Lia
  • 17-06-17

Great Addition To The Series

Monty Harris a park police officer in Glacier National Park. is introspective, stubborn and obsessive in his personal life and is faced with two problems,one professional and one personal. A wildlife researcher is found dead at the bottom of a cliff in the park and although it looks like an accident Monty is not convinced it was. When a second body is discovered in the same area a few days later he is assigned to investigate the deaths and so begins an outstanding outdoor police procedural to solve the cases in spite of pressure from superiors to call the two incidents accidents.

On a personal level he is struggling with the separation from his estranged wife and the appearance of a cruel, sadistic brother he has not seen in four years. He is also haunted by his dysfunctional past family life and how it is impacting his life creating a empty feeling that he tries to fill through obsessive behavior in his orderly life.I did not find Monty to be a very likable character but one that was very interesting to follow.

A good story to me combines a strong plot and story line, good character development and a fine sense of atmosphere. This novel has all three and is strongly recommended. This was an excellent listen for those who like outdoor mysteries.

R. C. Bray was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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  • Sara
  • 29-07-16

The Action Moves At Glacial Speed

I loved Carbo's first book The Wild Inside and had hoped for more along those suspenseful lines. However, Mortal Fall, to me is so slow, so wordy, and so boring I'm not sure I can get past the 8 hour point. The writing lacks the beauty and poetic descriptions of wild Montana and Glacier National Park that filled book one. It leans heavily on flash backs and wooden dialogue. The character relationships are unbelievably superficial.

I find myself wondering if writers aren't pushed to produce books for a series faster than they are capable of managing. After all, well thought out mysteries take time to create, plan and ponder. This entry in the series is so loosely connected that at times I couldn't follow the vague, wandering story line. After eight hours of this I'm not sure I care enough to continue trying. This novel of "suspense" seems to be all talk and no action let alone suspense. Sadly, I can't recommend this book. In my opinion, it's just too boring and a waste of valuable time.

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  • book worm
  • 17-06-16

Not as good as the Wild Inside

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I will buy her next one, give another chance, in case she brings back the magic of Montana portrayed in Wild Inside, which was exquisite. This one seemed more like it began and ended in Montana but the rest was a lot of dialogue, driving around, and with flashbacks that didn't seem plausible. One of my main criticisms is how several characters sounded like they were reading direct quotes from Audubon or the Sierra Club magazines. People express opinions, but with less technical descriptions on environmental issues. Sure, I expect Fish and Wildlife employees to spout forth with life histories of wolverines, etc, but not guys in bars and hippies living near the park. I am an environmentalist, and did enjoy learning about wolverines, but the dialogue from too many person sounded like it was being read from sources as I mentioned above. The narrator was very good, maybe another Will Patton in the making.

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  • Jan
  • 07-06-16

Mortal Fall Was Kinda Just That


I love Montana, the mountains, the wilderness. For that reason, I was able to stick with "Mortal Fall" until the end.

I was disappointed. This one just didn't have the suspense and didn't engage me like her first wilderness thriller. There was a prologue that was a distant connection, and I didn't feel like I was in Montana this time around.

RC Bray.. is always a good choice for narrator, and this novel was no exception.

Keep them coming Carbo. I definitely will be buying the next one.

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  • Morgan
  • 25-01-17

Hoping it would get better

Would you try another book from Christine Carbo and/or R. C. Bray?

Probably not

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I think the premise could have made a good book, but the character hardly seemed like a hardy outdoorsman, with too much baggage to be able to focus on solving any crimes.
The narration was very monotone and I felt like I was listening to Joe Friday from Dragnet. But the one thing I dislike about any mystery is when it is solved in the last chapter by a stroke of luck. It seems more like a novel based on character development than an actual suspenseful mystery story.

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  • Parker
  • 29-08-16

Great Book!

As someone who grew up in the mountains of Idaho and Utah and recently took a job in Houston this book really takes me back to the mountains. It makes me feel at home... With the exception of all the murder, lies and deception. Can't wait for more!

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  • Nancy
  • 22-06-16

Ok

Pretty good. Narration was a bit dead at times but listenable. I will recommend this book.

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  • Anne
  • 09-06-16

Well Titled

Told from the POV of Glacier National Park police officer Monty Harris, the story unfolds with the discovery of a biologist body. He apparently slipped and fell, though that seemed unlikely for an experienced outdoorsman. Then a second body is found close by.
The investigation uncovers the nature of family relationships and sacrifice. The impact of mental illness's, addiction and long ago betrayals.

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  • Retired Ph.D. Biology Professor
  • 02-07-18

Well written suspense novel

The author has a great appreciation for the National Park System and knows her biology. This is the second book of hers and just ordered a third in the park series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-05-18

GLACIER NAT'L PARK THRILLER YOU CAN'T STOP READING

CHRISTINE CARBO IS AN A+ WRITER, ADEPT AT THE LANDSCAPE, THE PLOTTING, BUT NOT ALWAYS SO SURE FOOTED WITH MINOR CHARACTERS. SPOILER: SHE BRINGS UP ACTION FROM PREVIOUS NOVELS SO IT WAS FAIRLY EASY FOR ME TO PICK OUT THE BAD GUY.

THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE PARK IS WEAK, EXCEPT WHEN THE MAIN CHARACER MONTY WAXES THOREAU. I CAN SMELL THE RUSSIAN OLIVES, THE PINE, THE WAY YOU DRINK DEEP WHEN STANDING NEAR THE FLAT AND LET A COOL BREEZE WASH OVER YOU.. AND THEN THE SLOW SWITCH FROM EARLY MORNING MIST TO THE DRYING EARTH AND DISGUSTING LA RUSH HOURR TRAFFIC ON THE PARK'S MACADAM ROADS.

I'VE BEEN TELLING EVERYONE ABOUT HER THRILLERS. AND, LIKE JOHN GRISHAM, THE VULGARITY IS SPARSE AND NOT MISSED. I THINK MORE PEOPLE SHOULD READ HER BOOKS IF ONLY TO LEARN WHAT IT IS LIKE TO NOT HAVE A CELL PHONE OR E-DEVICE ATTACHED AS AN APPENDAGE TO YOUR FINGERS OR EARS.

SHE IS A FINE AUTHOR BUT I RECOMMEND YOU READ HER IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. I GOOFED ON THAT.

MY BIGGEST COMPLAINT IS WITH R.C. BRAY. WHERE DO THESE MEN GET LESSONS TO MAKE 99% OF THE FEMALE CHARACTERS SOUND DUMB, OR WHINE BUMS. AND IF THE ONE COUPLE PUSSYFOOTS AROUND TO BE OR NOT TO BE MARRIED, ONE MORE TIME, I'M GOING TO SEND THEM OUT ON THE LAKE TO SEE HOW THE LOONS DO IT. AND IF THEY ARE STILL DYSFUNCTIONAL, MAYBE CARBO COULD KNOCK ONE OFF IN A FUTURE NOVEL.

OH, IF ONLY A YOUNG SIMON PREBBLE OR GEORGE GUIDALL HAD BEEN CHOSEN AS NARRATOR.

I'LL RE-READ IT AGAIN, BUT BRAY SOUNDS LIKE HE'S SMOKED A CARTON OF CIGARETTES IN HIS LIFETIME & SOME PASSAGES WERE DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND, ESP THE PATHOLOGIST WHO IS FROM NORWAY BUT HAS A GERMAN*AUSTRIAN-CZECH ACCENT. I LIKED HER BETTER THAN MONTY.

I HAVEN'D READ ANOTHER MYSTERY SET IN MY OLD NECK OF THE WOODS THAT IS A MASTER OF THE MT LANDSCAPE AND THE JUGGLING OF SO MANY JURISDICTIONS: MUST KEEP THE BIG BOSSES HAPPY
NO TRIBAL PERSONS ENTERED THE STORY. AND SINCE SO MNY OF MY STUDENTS HIT THE TRAILS, FISHING AND CAMPING AS SOON AS SCHOOL WAS OUT, IT FELT VERY WHITE-BREAD, TO BORROW FROM WOODY ALLEN. I HOPE CARBO KEEPS WRITING FOR A LONG TIME. MAYBE I'LL TAKE A CHANCE ON BK 1 AND SEE IF BRAY ACCLIMATES TO MY EXACTING STANDARDS OF READING. AT LEAST BEFORE I GO HUNT HER NOVELS IN LARGE PRINT

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