The Last Season

The Last Season

Book - 2006
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Traces the life and disappearance of park ranger James Randall Morgenson in an account that covers his devotion to wilderness protection, the toll taken on his psyche by twenty-eight summers of isolation, and questions surrounding his death.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, [2006]
Edition: 1st edition
ISBN: 9780060583019
0060583010
9780060583002
0060583002
Characteristics: xii, 335 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

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CarleeMcDot
Aug 13, 2018

This is another book I grabbed while waiting for some of my picks to become available at the library. The hubby actually finished it a week or so before I read it (and, lucky for me, hadn't given it back to the friend he borrowed it from). He isn't much of a reader and really enjoyed this one... and let some of the details slip when he was reading it, so there may have been a few spoilers I knew before I started, but it was still worth the read. It's an account of a backcountry ranger who went missing while on duty and the search and rescue efforts that ensued after his disappearance. "Ranger Randy" sounded like an awesome guy with a ton of love (and knowledge) for the great outdoors and left us with many lessons - like taking the time to stop, look around and enjoy the beauty around us. It is quite the reminder that no matter how skilled you are, we must be extra cautious because nature always wins. As I am sure you can guess from the topic of the book, this is not a happy go-lucky, feel good type read, but it was still one I would recommend. And now I want to head to the Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks... like today! I would give it an 8 out of 10.

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vv9
Jul 31, 2015

This book addresses the mysterious disappearance of a park ranger who tended to the lone wolf genre. It captures the beauty and solitude of the dry mountain regions of the U.S. I like nature books, and my train of reading went something like this:
"Into the Wild"..."Finding Everett Reuss"..."The Last Season". Take my advice and skip over "Adventures with Ed: A Portrait of Abbey".
For a great laugh, read " A Walk in the Woods" by Bryson.

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