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July 21, 2007

"Wet Desert is a fast paced book that takes place over a three day period. Descriptions of the collapsing dams and muddy, fast flowing water keep the reader involved and turning pages. The reader watches the damage happen while the long-term repercussions are discussed and illustrated. This is a book by a first time author that is worth looking into."

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Grant Stevens, middle manager for the Bureau of Reclamation, is the major decision maker when the Glen Canyon Dam is bombed by an environmental terrorist. Left behind when the Bureau's management went to a conference in Kenya, Grant has to use all of his engineering skills, knowledge of the river, and instincts to minimize damage and deaths.

Gary Hansen introduces characters with brief descriptions and, to help the reader differentiate between people, vacationing activities. As the river depth falls and people are stranded, the reader shares the character's fears. River rafters are forced to hike and climb cliffs to avoid the building rapids, occupants of houseboats are left stranded when the water decreases, hikers are unable to climb down the cliffs they came up. Rapids are formed, trailer parks flooded, people killed. As dam workers try to minimize damage, the mysterious bomber strikes again.

Although this book is repetitive and could use some editing, it is a balanced view of politics versus common sense, recreation against conservation. The reader sees the situation from the viewpoints of dam workers, politicians, engineers, farmers, recreationists, conservationists, police and construction workers.

Wet Desert is a fast paced book that takes place over a three day period. Descriptions of the collapsing dams and muddy, fast flowing water keep the reader involved and turning pages. The reader watches the damage happen while the long-term repercussions are discussed and illustrated. This is a book by a first time author that is worth looking into.

-- Guest Reviewer Sandra Hale