are some talking points for your book club when you are
discussing Wet Desert:
WET DESERT is told from the perspective of a mid-level manager
frustrated with the bureaucracies of his organization. Do you
like seeing the story from this perspective? Do you know any one
who has the same frustrations due to his employment or
Do you think it is morally correct to build dams that drown
canyons such as the Glen Canyon as described in WET DESERT?
The environmentalists initial quest was to restore the Colorado
River Delta. Do you agree with his motives? Do you agree
with his tactics?
Life on a houseboat on Lake Powell is described from the
perspective of Julie Crawford. If you have been to Lake Powell,
did the author describe it realistically? If you have not been
to Lake Powell, did it make you want to go?
If you have been river rafting, how realistic are the rafting
scenes? Does the story make you want to raft the Grand Canyon?
Has this novel changed you ideas about building dams,
environmentalism, or issues that environmentalists fight for?
Were you aware before this book that the Colorado River does not
actually reach the Gulf of California? If not, how does that make
What do you think the authors views are regarding the dams on
the Colorado River? What are your views?
The Glen Canyon Institute mentioned in the book is a real
environmental group dedicated to decommissioning the Glen Canyon
Dam. Do you agree with their quest? Should Lake Powell be
How do you feel about books on terrorism in light of Sept 11th?
This novel covers many spectacular sites like Lake Powell, Lake
mead, The Grand Canyon, Lake Havasu, and others. Have
you visited any of these locations? Was there a specific site that interested you?
Are there any sites you want
to visit now that you have read Wet Desert?
This novel categorized different levels of environmentalism from
fanatic to regular citizens who like to recycle and conserve. Do
you consider yourself an environmentalist? If so, what category
would you place yourself in?
In this novel the Republicans actually take steps to help the
environment. How fictional do you think that is? Do you
wish Republicans would be more environmental?
WET DESERT takes place over three days. In your opinion, would
the FBI be able to solve the crime and apprehend the bomber within that
time period, or would it take them longer to solve the crime?
How vulnerable do you think our dams are to acts of terrorism as
described in this novel?
The environmental antagonist in this novel is willing to kill
for the purpose of helping the environment. We read every day
about radical environmentalists who are committing crimes to
stop development. How big of a step is it for environmentalists
to take it to the next level as described in this novel?
How would you like to see the Hoover Dam spillways running at
full capacity as described in this novel?
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