Cry Last Heard Mass Market Paperback – Aug 31 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
In this follow-up to Leave No Trace (2002), mountain rescue ranger Tally Nowata is still grieving the brutal murder of her lover, researcher Paul OMalley. Distant from most of her colleagues and emotionally devastated, Tally soon learns that Rayburn Smythe, the man who ordered Pauls death, has come to Wyoming to stalk Tally and her daughters. When the girls are kidnapped, Tally sets out on a late-December journey to rescue them from a remote mineshaft. While the books premise will intrigue readers previously enthralled with Tallys heroism, they may grow weary of her incessant self-pitying, which worsens as the novel progresses. Somewhere between her melodramatic first-person prose ("Anger rides high, the heat makes my left arm ache, good, go on, heal, blood flow is a good thing, Id like to see some of yours flow....") and her overactive imagination, Tally loses her sympathetic edge. When Nyala allows her main character to quit feeling sorry for herself, the story crackles with mysterious characters and vivid imagery, but these instances are too few to make the journey worthwhile.
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Praise for Hannah Nyala: "Leave No Trace chronicles a quest for survival that is so believable, it's easy to forget this is fiction."See all Product Description
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In a blinding storm, Tally and her partner Laney "Lanes" Greer goes to rescue a climber, but when they reach their objective no one is there. They continue to search the mountain, but someone hunts them. Lanes is wounded and unconscious so an injured Tally rushes to get them help. New rangers arrive, but Lanes is missing, but they do find the body of Lanes ex boyfriend who Tally detests. The Sheriff believes Tally killed this victim and Lanes. Tally knows otherwise and plans to prove so once she finds her missing partner only to find her enemy has someone else ever dearer to her to hold as hostage to her behavior.
The heroine is a courageous person who acts like a mountain lioness protecting her cubs as she goes single-handedly to rescue her child. The beauty of this National Park is so visibly described that the audience will feel they are climbing the peaks. Though an action thriller, CRY LAST HEARD enables the audience to get inside the minds of several key players including the star so that readers learn motives and see what is going on through each main character. Hannah Nyala's latest thriller is keep shelf material to be reread for the pleasure of a fine tale.
SAR tracker Tally Nowata has issues that have nothing to do with what's about to happen to her. While she goes through the fight of her life, she has to deal with those issues as well and you want to say, Jeez Nyala, give the gal a break, would ya. So, if a reader gets this invested in a character it means that the author has done a pretty good job of defining the character and bringing the character to life. Nyala has done that. As I read Cry Last Heard, I was already thinking about how Nyala might take her characters into another book, hoping that it comes soon.
Like Leave No Trace, Cry Last Heard is a well-written, powerful story.