Black Mountain

Black Mountain

by Les Standiford
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Guest More than 1 year ago
'We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the seacoast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder-cloud, and the rain. We need the tonic of wildness, to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest. . . . In wildness is the preservation of the world.'--Henry David Thoreau Ah, wilderness! Nature as a symbol of pristine purity--a paradise through which one captures glimpses of the absolute and the eternal. Or, as naturalist John Muir writes, 'The clearest way to the Universe is through a forest wilderness.' Tell this to the hapless tenderfeet in BLACK MOUNTAIN who struggle to survive the evil machinations of hired assassins. Between Jackson, Wyoming, and Yellowstone National Park is a rugged stretch of the Rocky Mountains known as the Grand Teton Range, and in this range looms a treacherous peak called Black Mountain. Into this forest primeval venture a group of New Yorkers, including Gov. Fielding Dawson; a likely presidential candidate; Officer Richard Corrigan of the NYPD; Dara Wylie, a pert and pretty media star; and a baker's dozen of other men and women. A seaplane delivers them to this remote area, where they plan to spend seven days and seven nights. But as the seaplane lifts off from the lake, it explodes in midair. When a series of other 'accidents' occur, the band of city slickers fear that they are being stalked by some malevolent force. The plot reminds one of Agatha Christie's TEN LITTLE INDIANS/AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, in which the number of the living dwindles as a killer stalks his way down the list. And, like James Dickey's DELIVERANCE, BLACK MOUNTAIN is a gripping story of survival in a rugged environment. Ah, beautiful Black Mountain. So attractive in its picture-postcard glory. So alluring in its coffee-table-book grandeur. However, when viewed through the bleary, bloodshot eyes of prey fleeing for their lives, the mountain takes on a different hue. Who are the killers? And what is their motive? Readers will not be disappointed with the plot resolution which includes a startling surprise. There is action and adventure aplenty here, with snappy dialogue, a desperate romance, and characters for whom readers can care. Like Dickey's DELIVERANCE, BLACK MOUNTAIN is beautifully written. Even if we have never seen the Rocky Mountains, Standiford's graphic description of this rugged wilderness helps us sense its awesome power. If Hollywood producers aren't knocking on Les Standiford's front door, they are missing out on a potential box-office blockbuster. An absorbing and satisfying read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a story. Who'd expect a NYC subway cop to be the hero in a murderous tale set in the rugged Wyoming mountains? Corrigan, the tunnel cop and Dara Wylie the reporter are a teriffic hero and heroine pair. The book is full of politics, egos, marital discord and murder. A great story. Read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A transit cop receives a respite from patrolling the subways of New York when the brass assigns him to guard the state governor who is making a speech Central Park. He sees a suspicious character approaching the governor and chases the individual into the nearby subway. Corrigan fails to apprehend the suspect. A train hits the fleeing villain when he falls onto the tracks. The governor and the media hail Corrigan as a hero. Governor Dawson invites Corrigan to accompany him on a wildness expedition in the Ansaroka National Forest, Wyoming.

Corrigan accepts, but the expedition goes bad. The seaplane that is to pick them up explodes in mid-air, forcing the group to hike back to civilization. A series of accidents occur that leads to people dying. Corrigan knows this is not coincidental misfortune, but a cunning killer eliminating each one of them, one person at a time.

BLACK MOUNTAIN is a free following, fast-paced suspense thriller that will send adrenaline racing through the bloodstream of fully absorbed readers. The story line is filled with a gritty, atmospheric novel that focuses on survival in a harsh wilderness. The characters (the good, the bad, and the ugly) are fully developed so the audience knows what they are dealing with. Reminiscent of Deliverance, Lee Standiford has written a work that will prove to be a yardstick for future works of suspense.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
A transit cop receives a respite from patrolling the subways of New York when the brass assigns him to guard the state governor who is making a speech Central Park. He sees a suspicious character approaching the governor and chases the individual into the nearby subway. Corrigan fails to apprehend the suspect. A train hits the fleeing villain when he falls onto the tracks. The governor and the media hail Corrigan as a hero. Governor Dawson invites Corrigan to accompany him on a wildness expedition in the Ansaroka National Forest, Wyoming.

Corrigan accepts, but the expedition goes bad. The seaplane that is to pick them up explodes in mid-air, forcing the group to hike back to civilization. A series of accidents occur that leads to people dying. Corrigan knows this is not coincidental misfortune, but a cunning killer eliminating each one of them, one person at a time.

BLACK MOUNTAIN is a free following, fast-paced suspense thriller that will send adrenaline racing through the bloodstream of fully absorbed readers. The story line is filled with a gritty, atmospheric novel that focuses on survival in a harsh wilderness. The characters (the good, the bad, and the ugly) are fully developed so the audience knows what they are dealing with. Reminiscent of Deliverance, Lee Standiford has written a work that will prove to be a yardstick for future works of suspense.

Harriet Klausner