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Alaska Twilight [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Colleen Coble
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August 2007 Thorndike Christian Mystery

"You hide behind your camera instead of stepping out and engaging life with both hands. You're so afraid you'll fail at something, you won't even try."

For some people, Alaska is a breathtaking wilderness adventure, full of light and beauty. For Haley, it is a dangerous world of dark dreams and tortured memories. On the surface, she's here to document wildlife activist Kipp Nowak's bear encounters. But her real reason is to unearth the truth about a past murder. The suspense mounts when another body turns up, and Haley beginst to wonder if the tragedies she experienced in the past are connected to the dangers and mysterious incidents of the present.

From behind her camera, Haley observes it all, including Tank Lassiter, the wildlife biologist who has been forced to lead Kipp and his team into the Alaskan backcountry. As she watches him with his work, she feels a growing attraction. It will take great courage and faith to confront the truth she once ran away from. Before it's over, Haley may be viewing herself from an entirely new angle.

Alaska Twilight is the story of a young woman's emergence from the shadows of past sorrow into the light of forgiveness and grace.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Veteran Christian romance novelist Coble sets her latest story in Alaska, where protagonist Haley Walsh goes to take still photographs for a celebrity nature documentarian's foray into bear country. There Haley faces painful childhood memories of her sister's death and her parents' rejection. As bear biologist Tank Lassiter leads photographer Nowak's team through the wild, he and Haley quickly forge a strong connection that each tries to fight for fear of getting hurt. Before the main characters know it, secrets about the deaths of Tank's wife and Haley's parents emerge. The novel's romantic and suspense plots are strictly by the numbers. The two romantic leads dutifully go through all the motions of denying, then fearing, then finally embracing their attraction, and while the identity of the primary villain is not telegraphed, many other plot points are. Several Christian fiction clichés are in full bloom as well: a city-dwelling protagonist learns important lessons in a small town, a non-Christian converts just in time to make an appropriate romantic partner for a mature Christian, and unsavory female characters are marked as such either by their unattractiveness or sexually provocative behavior. But Coble's prose is competent, and readers who crave a light, though formulaic, Christian novel will not be disappointed. (Mar. 7)
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Photographer Haley Mitchell has come to Alaska to help document wildlife biologist Tank Lassiter's work with bears. Tank, predictably, is a mountain of a man and a staunch environmentalist concerned with the effects of global warming on bear environments. He is also a Christian and therefore a romantic possibility for Haley, despite the inhibitions imposed by her urban, moralizing soul. Meanwhile, as the documentary team hits the trail, a popular doctor is killed, apparently by bears. Tank and Haley work frantically to find the real, human culprit, bringing some suspense to this light but pleasant tale.

John Mort
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Dec 31 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Another great, insightful book by Colleen Coble. I dream of going to Alaska and through her book I feel like I have been. Great mystery and suspense with a spiritual journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful few-hour trip to the Alaskan wilderness... Feb. 12 2007
By Stacey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've read this twice and enjoyed it immensely both times. The heroine is a spunky lady who comes to terms with her fears and losses right before your eyes. She is a wonderful example to us readers who may need some help to see past physical handicaps to the person inside. Our hero is strong and rugged and everything you'd expect to find in an Alaskan Bear Researcher/Guide. Alaska Twilight is incredibly entertaining! Colleen Coble has a way with words that kicks my visual imagination into overdrive. I'm glad to have this novel in my personal library.

And I agree with other reviewers: the ending was wonderful!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coble is a MASTER April 20 2006
By Writer For Life - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Colleen Coble is a MASTER at weaving a detail plot, loveable characters, and the perfect setting. I was swept away to the beauty of Alaska, fell in love with a big, hunky hero, and my heart broke for poor Haley. If you love reading stories of suspense, love, and hope, you don't want to miss this one!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What An Excellent Read! April 20 2006
By Rc - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've read all of Colleen Coble's books and I have to say, this one blew me away! Using a protagonist with a handicap was a stroke of genius. . .makes you root for the heroine all the more. And the surprise appearance of some of Ms. Coble's favorites was a welcome delight. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves romantic suspense--you won't be sorry!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ending April 2 2012
By J. Hopkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I was torn between whether to give this book a four or five until I got to the ending. The conclusion was as good as any I've ever read.

For some reason, the characters didn't draw me in as much as usual in Coble's novels. However, the book was still interesting, even though I did have the the villian figured out before the end. I like that sometimes, and I've learned I can never be sure.

This is a strong Christian story filled with adventure, mystery, and romance. It reads quickly, and I would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FOR GUYS & GALS--MORE SUSPENSE/MYSTERY THAN ROMANCE March 12 2009
By Harold Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Indiana author, Colleen Coble, needs a "heads-up" for the men. She's not just writing romance for the ladies, even though most women will love her books, including "Alaska Twilight" for that aspect. Coble mixes it all together. Kings and Queens, if you like rugged wilderness nature, and/or complicated mystery, then here is a book to read. The setting alone gives the satisfaction of a travel book, with its scenes intricately described. Readers can almost smell the pine needles...
and bear scat.

The mystery involves a family house fire accident and a cave collapse that causes death. When Haley returns to the Alaskan area where all this happened in the lives of her family, new events take place that begin to weave a tapestry of clues. Not all is revealed about the truth. Haley struggles with deciding if she wants to know all the truth.

The adventure takes place during a summer in Alaska with a crew thrown together to document human interaction with bears. A TV nature/animal star seeks a new documentary, a local biologist (Tank who looks the Paul Bunyan type)who studies bears, Haley the still photographer, camera crew, and Grandma Agusta (author) all converge on the Alaskan bear population for each their own reasons. Often their personal purposes clash, but the summer must go on. I learned more about bears than I'll ever use the rest of my life, but it was a pleasant education while reading about the story characters that loved them and thrived due to them.

The family connections and personal relationships of the characters in this small village area in Alaska required me to keep a paper handy as a sort of genealogy chart. Nothing like small town backwoods Alaskan life for intimate interaction.

For the Christian reader, you'll find the morals of several of the main characters either near perfect, or flawed and forgiven. As it should be. However, in the same fashion as slipping in the nature qualities, and the mystery clues, author, Colleen Coble, integrates Christian values as a natural part of certain people. Just like real life. No preaching, just the beliefs of a few, some willing to share openly, others, reservedly; like frosting between cake layers, good but not showy.

I may get comments from this observation, but I see Coble's Christian characters' build and interaction (with life and others) somewhat similar to the many earthy stories by Scottish writer George MacDonald.

Coble has a way of presenting many clues and situations. They must be woven together to see any kind of full picture so guessing the who-dun-it prior to her revealing it comes as a near impossibility. Good for mystery lovers. The action is intense at times (attacks by bear, fire, water, gun, and accidents). Good for suspense fans. A romantic situation develops, but it's an impossible mix. Good for the heart-throbs. Travel and nature fanatics are covered throughout the book.

Sounds a bit like a review of a blockbuster movie--right? Well, that's the way it reads. It could be a movie. In the written form, Colleen Coble has provided the film footage of Alaska. Read, enjoy, and above all, when they arrive in your presence...don't feed the bears.
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