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In the Heart of the Canyon

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

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    An Interestinbg Trip.

    In The Heart of the Canyon has a little something for everyone. If you're interested in the basic geology/geography of the canyon, Hyde gives good descriptions of the rock formations, currents, wildlife, and weather. The character development is also well done a and you will most likely find yourself identifying with one of the characters and their experiences on the river trip. Of course, the suspense comes when they hit the rough rapids, or how they will handle the variety of unpredictable situations that arise on this particular trip. For anyone who has ever stood on the rim of the Canyon, and looked down on that thin green "stream" at the bottom and wondered what it is like down there, this book will give you a good idea, along with a good story to boot.

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  • Posted June 28, 2009

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    fans will enjoy this profound look at group dynamics in the wild.

    Colorado River rafting guide JT Maroney has a diverse group joining him on his 125th whitewater trip down the river. J.T. is especially concerned with the experience level or lack thereof by some of his passengers.

    Unemployed Peter Kramer seems only interested in getting into the pants of the assistant guide Dixie Ann Gillis. The Frankel couple, seasoned seventy- something rafters who unbeknownst to J.T. Ruth conceals that Lloyd suffers from Alzheimer's. The sexagenarian pair Boyer-Brandt, mother Susan and obese teen daughter Amy Van Doren, Evelyn the Harvard professor, and the four Compsons of Salt Lake City round out the rafters. The strangers assemble for thirteen days of Forming, Storming, Norming,. Performing and Adjourning IN THE HEART OF THE CANYON

    This is an exciting insightful look at how groups even doing outdoor activities work as the audience gets a deep look at the entire cast including the leader. "OMG" to quote Amy, the story line gets into the heart of its ensemble cast to include the river. Although an emergency spin feels contrived to add unnecessary life threatening action, but instead almost drowns the prime plot; fans will enjoy this profound look at group dynamics in the wild.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

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    I enjoyed this book but somehow I was under the impression the e

    I enjoyed this book but somehow I was under the impression the events that befell this cast of characters on this trip would be more dramatic and more life threatening. I kept waiting for something more along the lines of a survival story. This is not what this book is about. This is a basic story about a trip of very well drawn characters. It was very realistic, humerous at times and conservative in its approach. I expected each of the characters to under go a life changing experience and only one or two of the characters do. This left me a little disappointed but overall it was a nice simple entertaining story. I will read other works by this author. I felt this was well researched and the descriptions of the canyon are worthy of mention. To me the strength of this novel is when the author describes the thoughts of each of the characters while they witnesss the same events. Each person had their own personal take on what transpired. This rang very true to me and very well thought out. If I could I would have given it 3 1/2 stars.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    I give this one an A. This was definitely an easy read.

    I really liked this one. Can't wait to read another Elisabeth Heyde book. A very enjoyable novel.

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

    Loved this book!!

    I really loved this book. You find yourself getting involved with the characters and feel like you are on the trip with them. Makes me want to sign myself up for a rafting trip!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2009

    Read This Book!

    I couldn't put this book down. I'm not great at writing reviews but I would absolutley recommend this book to other readers. I can't wait to pass over my book to a friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    Vivid descriptions & interesting characters

    I passed the book on to a friend who did the same which indicates that I'm not the only one who liked this book. The story is not complex and is a good one to read on vacation. It pulled me in with excellent descriptions of the scenery, whitewater rafting action and a diverse group of folks experiencing the tour together. I've been to camp and one time took a 'baby' level trip down a river with a guide..so I wanted to see what would happen to those who do more advanced rafting. The book brought it to life and now I'm very tempted to get out there and do the real thing. Read it - very enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2009

    Did not Stand Out!

    This book is okay if you want a quick light read. Perfect for airplanes or the beach. Just okay for me. Not much else to say for it. I think I mainly chose it for the dog story. Not even that great a dog story.

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