Destroyer Angel

Destroyer Angel

Anna Pigeon Series, Book 18

eBook - 2014
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on vacation—an autumn canoe trip in the to the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath's fifteen-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is thirteen. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a new cutting edge line of camping equipment. The equipment, designed by Leah, will make camping and canoeing more accessible to disabled outdoorsmen. On their second night out, Anna goes off on her own for a solo evening float on the Fox River. When she comes back, she finds that four thugs, armed with rifles, pistols, and knives, have taken the two women and their teenaged daughters captive. With limited resources and no access to the outside world, Anna has only two days to rescue them before her friends are either killed or flown out of the country.
Publisher: 2014
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Minotaur Books, 2014. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 889 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781466841680


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Feb 14, 2017

I enjoy all of the Anna Pigeon books. Best if read in order. Characters come and go.

Aug 13, 2015

Very good reading with great plot and characters.

Mar 06, 2015

I've read most of Nevada Barr's books and appreciate the fortitude of her leading female character Anna Pigeon. I especially love what she teaches about caring for the outdoors. I was bored the first few chapters, but after that couldn't lay the book down. In this book, she shows how three women and two girls endure great suffering to persevere against captors who would kill them in a second. I loved some of her inventive ways of striking back and will encourage women and girls to read this book. Barr offers so much in the way of how to overcome fear, exhaustion and privation. Learn some ways to fight back as a victim. I think the focus on the paraplegic woman and her unique needs was marvelous education for all of us -- even with major disabilities there are ways to fight back with results.

Feb 15, 2015

After reading about 1/3 of this book I didn't care if any of them made it out of the woods.

Feb 04, 2015

This whole book is like being in the middle of a white-water canoeing trip in particularly treacherous rapids. The guide is missing, supplies have gone overboard, and a bunch of petrified amateurs are trying to keep from being dashed against the rocks. I flipped the pages so fast my thumb got paper cuts. If you stop and think about the narrative at the end, some of the tightly spun strands begin to separate*. However, Barr is very compelling and I was more than happy to suspend disbelief. It's also refreshing and unusual to have a picture of five female heroines at different ages/stages, all in very different life circumstances. Each of the women displays her own strengths and weaknesses in dealing with the events described. Without wanting to spoil anything, I give the book a trigger warning. Warning notwithstanding, Barr is less guilty of sensationalism than most thriller writers would be when describing the circumstances. I found her character observations moving, plausible, and evocative. With regard to alpca4118, below, I strongly disagree with his or her complaint that too much time is spent on the disabled woman's circumstances. IMHO, any boredom with the subject might have more to do with one's discomfort with the condition of paraplegia than Barr's writing. *Criminal motivation, mostly.

Jan 23, 2015

I've long been a fan of the Anna Pigeon series because she's so resourceful -- never ever requires a male to rescue her. I loved the tension in this one and the courage shown by all the women as they struggled to survive against these brutal men. For me, this series just keeps getting better.

Sep 09, 2014

Author spends too much time on the emotional aspect of the hostage character that is disabled with a broken back. Enough, get on with the story. I lost interest about an hour into the reading as the author was too hung up on describing the handicap. Enough, we get it! Sorry, first book I've read by Anna Pigeon and this will be my last.

Aug 21, 2014

Was very disappointed--I have enjoyed all of Barr's previous books but this one was so wordy I couldn't enjoy readying - needed a dictionary!!

LaughingOne Jun 20, 2014

This is different from the other books in the Anna Pigeon series in that the focus is not so much on the park/natural environment but is more on the way the characters interact with and in the natural environment, with four bad guys doing their worst to the five women. What I especially liked was the reason for the trip the five women were making -- to test some equipment designed by one of the women -- equipment that could make it possible for people with disabilities (such as being paraplegic) to go canoeing, hiking, adventuring in the great outdoors. I was totally engrossed and finished the book in two sittings.

Jun 13, 2014

Destroyer Angel is one of Nevada Barr's best reads; perhaps her best.. It was almost impossible to put down. Five stars!

View All Comments


Add a Quote
Apr 08, 2014

... the worst emotion was indifference.

Apr 08, 2014

kidnapping for ransom was not an American pastime.

Apr 08, 2014

until one could overthrow the monster, one would undermine him.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings


Find it at Skokie Public Library

To Top