The Mountain Story

The Mountain Story

A Novel

Large Print - 2015
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On the morning of Wolf Truly's eighteenth birthday, he boards the first cable car to head up the mountains just a few miles from his sun-bleached trailer home in the desert community outside of Palm Springs. Armed with nothing but the clothes on his back, Wolf's intention that morning was to give up on life -- specifically at the mountain site of his best friend's tragic accident one year ago. But on that shaky ride up the mountain, fate intervenes and Wolf meets three women that will leave an indelible imprint on the rest of his life. Through a series of missteps, the four end up lost and stranded among the forested cliffs -- in sight of the desert city below, but unable to find a way down.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, ©2015.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781628996418
Characteristics: 447 pages ;,23 cm

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DBRL_ANNEG Feb 13, 2018

When I started this book I was thinking it might end up being 3 stars if it got lucky. The initial pace of the book was slow and the flashback scenes that rotated with the present-moment scenes didn't grab me. But at some point that changed and I found that I didn't want to put the book down.

This book was an external journey as the group stranded on a mountain attempted the near-impossible task of getting off of it, but it also was an internal journey as Wolf, the teen who is tasked with leading the group to safety, comes to terms with the life events that brought him to the mountain in the first place. I was kind of shocked by the raw emotions that I felt (i.e., lots of tears) as the story came to its conclusion.

Readers who like character driven stories will want to check this out.

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GLNovak
Jun 11, 2017

! had read that this novel would appeal to anyone who enjoyed "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen, so was prepared for a gripping story. In this novel Wolf is writing a letter to his son as a confessional narrative, weaving his past into the survival story, revealing what really happened. "Hatchet" kept my attention on the story of Brian and his approach to his fifty-four day survival ordeal. This book slowed the action of the story of Wolf Truly's going up the mountain, his meeting with the three women and his five day effort to bring them to safety, by weaving in flashback narratives. For me, the books can't really be compared as one is an adventure and the other is a thoughtful looking back on the why of the action. Wolf is up the mountain for a specific reason, and as the letter is written, we learn why he is there and the role the women play in helping him understand his past and his way forward. An interesting read.

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nhoj
Jun 02, 2017

A fictional account of three people stranded on a mountain. I wanted to finish it but I kept getting bogged down in minutia of their emotions.

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htliang
Mar 31, 2017

A young man heads up a mountain intending to end his life. Instead, he spends the next five days in a fight for survival with three women that he encountered on the trail. They share past experiences while they suffer together in freezing conditions with little food, water, or shelter.
This is a brilliant, moving story with great character development. Highly recommended.

d2013 Jan 15, 2017

Four hikers on the mountain but only three survives... which one??? Interesting read!

AL_ANDREWG Nov 29, 2016

Lansens The Mountain Story was a solid read that touched upon many facets of family life and friendship, in addition to the survival story presented. Early on the author makes it clear that not everyone will survive the mountain, but leaves the reader uncertain of which character(s) it will be until the dramatic moment of death.

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agillette452
Nov 14, 2016

Book for Adults who enjoyed Hatchet as children. Boy goes up on mountain, and he gets lost on the mountain with a grandmother, her daughter, and her grandchild. Writer lets reader know from the start that one of the women will not make it off the mountain alive. All questions are answered in the end, but not until the end. She kept me guessing. Story is more literary than gritty.

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Liber_vermis
Oct 07, 2016

I was gripped by the first half of the misadventure of survival lost on a mountain but found the omens and premonitions of the concluding half unbelievable. As well, the many, many flashbacks to provide background family history detracted from the primary "lost on a mountain" adventure story.

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fayefaline
May 12, 2016

I enjoyed the book. The element of suspense and intriguing plot and decent writing.

Parts of it were a bit far fetched and a bit too dramatical but other than that it was a good, easy read.

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LexiLou2
Apr 21, 2016

Wow. This novel really took me in. Although there were more times where cliche replies seemed to occur than I expected from Lansens, she has written an incredible survival story. She must have been haunted by these characters. Although you know someone is going to die, there are twists that make it a very engaging read.

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