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Publisher's Summary

On the evening of July 27, 1985, five hikers made a fateful choice to climb Yosemite's fabled Half Dome, even as the sky darkened and thunder rolled. By night's end, two would be dead from a lightning strike, three gravely wounded, and desperate EMTs would be overseeing a harrowing midnight helicopter rescue. Shattered Air is a haunting account of recklessness, tragedy, courage, and rescue, a book whose depiction of nature's power is tempered by unforgettable portraits of human courage and the will to survive.
©2005 Robert Madgic; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"[A] penetrating account of this tragedy." (Booklist)
"If you've ever felt cavalier about dealing with mountain thunderstorms, this drama about lightning and death should fix it." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"[A] well-written and thoroughly investigated account....Madgic's contribution to the adventure category is at once a terrifying story and an urgent cautionary tale." (Publishers Weekly)
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By T. Chambless on 08-16-08

Had me on the edge of my seat

This book is the best read I've had in a while. I like adventure stories and nature and this combines both. Yosemite, lightening, hiking, rescue are all involved and makes for a good listen.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful


By Lisa on 01-24-11

Not that much Catastrophe or Courage

I love stories about mountains, extreme weather, outdoor adventures and heroic survival and rescues, but this one just isn't that interesting. Summary could be - a bunch of stoners ignore all warnings, go up Half Dome in a storm, the most inexperienced die and a bunch of bypassers are forced to put themselves in danger to rescue them. The characters aren't particularly likeable or interesting and there's nothing particularly exciting about the rescue. Lots of detail and history about lightening strikes, but for the first time ever I had to make myself listen to the end, hoping it might become more engaging - but it never did.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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