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Title: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: lparent on August 20, 2010, 09:57:06 AM
If anyone is interested, I'm trying to get reviews for Death in Big Bend posted on Amazon and BN.com. I appreciate everyone's feedback about the book. If you post a review, you can add a link to the review on my blog and be entered in a giveaway for a $20 gift card.

Here's the link to my blog post about the giveaway:
http://laurenceparent.blogspot.com/2010/08/giveaway-for-book-reviews.html (http://laurenceparent.blogspot.com/2010/08/giveaway-for-book-reviews.html)

I'll still respond to questions and comments on Big Bend Chat, of course. Keep them coming. Thanks.
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: lparent on August 21, 2010, 09:29:08 AM
Quicksilver,

Amazon, for all the hype about how great they are, has been a little slow.  If you can't get it soon from them, I'd cancel the order and buy it from Front Street Books in Alpine.  They've been very responsive.  Or, if all else fails, we'll send you one!
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: jave on August 21, 2010, 08:19:54 PM
I read it today (by the way, I graduated from UT with an engineering degree in 81 as well).  i liked the cast of characters, esp. Yuhas, Morlock and the others who would pick up their bag and take off on a moment's notice to find the living or the dead.  My neighbor has been after me to hike in Cattail Canyon but somehow the book does not persuade me that is necessary.  We do alot of off trail hikes in the park.  Our motto has been the hike is not over until a pint of blood has been let from cactus encounters.  Sounds like we are the lucky ones.
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: lparent on August 21, 2010, 08:48:31 PM
As long as you stop at the pint of blood!  Cattail Canyon is only for the seriously strong of heart and weak of mind.  Seriously, don't go there without someone who has been before.  Even the "easy" way is hard as hell.
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: East Texan on August 21, 2010, 10:03:55 PM
Lawrence, I'm looking forward to meeting you at the "Shooting West Texas" symposium in Alpine in a few weeks. 

 :icon_smile:
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: lparent on August 22, 2010, 08:24:07 AM
Yes, I'll be at the Photographing West Texas symposium in Alpine in mid-September.  I hope I'll meet some of you.  And you can ask me any question you can think of about my book "Death at Big Bend."  I may not have the answers, but I'll try!
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: Rose on August 22, 2010, 10:44:31 AM
I got my copy from Amazon yesterday.
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: homerboy2u on August 22, 2010, 12:07:00 PM
Yes, I'll be at the Photographing West Texas symposium in Alpine in mid-September.  I hope I'll meet some of you.  And you can ask me any question you can think of about my book "Death at Big Bend."  I may not have the answers, but I'll try!

Well, I want to know why I am not in your book? I have "died" more than once out there. Was I disqualified just because I "came back"; do you have to "stay dead"? Maybe I can make the sequel.
Amigo,
QS

   :icon_lol: :icon_lol: :icon_lol:..... :eusa_clap:....... :beer_chug:
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: Tooldad on August 23, 2010, 08:03:14 PM
You need to call Front Street Books and suggest better placement for your book, I found it on a top shelf. I expected it to be on the table by the front door!
Do you sometimes go into book stores and sign a bunch of your books?
 
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: lparent on August 24, 2010, 10:45:17 AM
Yes, I do sign copies on the shelf occasionally. I'll be doing two book signings in Dallas in September: Friday, September 10, at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Barnes and Noble store, and Saturday, September 11, at 10 a.m. at the Preston Road Whole Earth Provision Co. store.
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: steelfrog on August 24, 2010, 11:39:47 AM
Oh, great timing.  I'll be in Washington climbing Mt. St. Helens and other of the Cascades.

Oh well, hoipefully we can meet soon!
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: CedarSpringsBoy on August 24, 2010, 01:04:13 PM
Picked the book up at Front Street last Friday (it was on the table just inside the front door).  Started reading Friday evening out at our place in Cedar Springs and couldn't put it down.  Read the whole book that night and then reread parts of it through the weekend.  Great book.  I didn't realize it when I bought it but it was a signed copy, although I couldn't read your signature. lol!  I've been in the Park or at the ranch when some of these events occured and have been to a lot of the locations they occured at.  While reading I got out my NatGeo map to track the routes and locations.  Can't wait for the follow up.

Randy

Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: RichardM on August 24, 2010, 01:57:14 PM
I saw these two items on the Big Bend news feed on the BBC home page:

A review:
http://www.seattlepi.com/books/425580_142087-blogcritics.org.html (http://www.seattlepi.com/books/425580_142087-blogcritics.org.html)

A recent death in the park:
Quote from: http://www.oaoa.com/news/park-51923-class-span.html
Man dies at park

August 24, 2010 10:56 AM
ODESSA AMERICAN (http://www.oaoa.com/reporter-profile/odessa-american-20)

BIG BEND A 69-year-old South Carolina man died from a medical condition Sunday after hiking in the Grapevine Hills at Big Bend National Park, a release issued by National Parks Service stated.

Richard Bruce Johnson of Columbia, S.C., became ill after hiking Sunday, the release stated. Park rangers were transporting Johnson in the park ambulance when he became unresponsive.

According to NPS, park rangers, as well as Terlingua Fire and EMS worked to resuscitate Johnson.

?We are truly saddened by his tragic death,? Big Bend National Park Superintendent William E. Wellman said. ?And offer our condolences to the Johnson family and friends.?

C'mon folks, let's be careful out there! Let's make Laurence go back to writing trail guides and photo books.
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: TheWildWestGuy on August 26, 2010, 07:47:51 AM
Does the book contain the story of that wierd guy that used to ride his bicycle around San Antonio wearing only a thong and then decided to drive out to BBNP,  climb up to the South Rim, strip naked and jump off?  I don't remember his name but he was locally famous because people kept calling the police on him thinking he was riding his bike around naked.   They even had him on the TV news a couple times.
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: Medic on August 26, 2010, 08:10:19 AM
Does the book contain the story of that wierd guy that used to ride his bicycle around San Antonio wearing only a thong and then decided to drive out to BBNP,  climb up to the South Rim, strip naked and jump off?

Yep, he's in there.
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: lparent on September 03, 2010, 08:20:09 AM
Medic is right.  The story of Thong Man is in the book.  Unfortunately his story has a really sad ending.

I did sign a bunch of books for Front Street Books, so if some of you, like CedarSpringsBoy, bought the book from there, it might have my signature.  Not that you'll be able to read it.  My wife grumps about my signature regularly  I should have been a doctor.  I'd make more money and have better hours!
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: lparent on September 03, 2010, 09:55:27 AM
Quicksilver,

Either Amazon or Barnes & Noble's website takes reviews.

Glad you liked the book.  I was just blown off a 14er (Mt. Huron) in Colorado on Monday by a blizzard.  A friend and I had reached about 13,000 feet when a storm rolled in after threatening for awhile.  The wind started howling and the ice pellets and snow flakes started to pelt us, so hard that it hurt the skin.  We continued to climb for a bit, but after it turned into a whiteout and the tundra started being covered with snow, we decided to back off.  Even with Gore-Tex, we were getting soaked.  With 40 MPH winds, hypothermia was getting to be a possibility.  We only doubted our decision for about 5 minutes.  That's when the first lightning boly hit.  As we raced down to treeline, the thought kept going through my head "I don't want to be featured in someone else's book, I don't want to be featured in someone else's book,..."
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: steelfrog on September 03, 2010, 09:57:29 AM
Good story Laurence--Huron is a gorgeous hike.

BTW, I just bought your New Mexico hikes book.
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: steelfrog on September 03, 2010, 01:57:58 PM
I bet you damn well could do a 14er QS.
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: lparent on September 03, 2010, 04:45:13 PM
The easier 14ers have less altitude gain than Gold Hill.  Of course, they also have less oxygen, so maybe it's a wash.  Go for it!
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: steelfrog on September 04, 2010, 12:40:58 AM
It certainly does happen to everyone, especially those  living at or near sea level.

If you are in a position of having to do a "drive by" climb of a 14er, try popping some diamox.   A mild diurhetic.   I was told (and tried ) 1/4 of the recommended dosage (i.e., a quarter of a 250 mg tablet) and it makes a difference almost immediately, with no noticeable side effects other than increased urination.
Title: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: iCe on September 04, 2010, 09:22:22 AM
I can't make up my mind whether to go the PWTS or not... Mostly due to my schedule. I would like to meet some of the people that will be attending
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: billholston on September 09, 2010, 11:42:14 AM
Laurence will be interviewed online at 1:00 today on local public radio, you can call in, email questions or listen online.
http://kera.org/think (http://kera.org/think)
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: MilesOfTexas on September 09, 2010, 12:11:51 PM
When are you coming to Austin?  :crossedfingers:

Events/Appearances
Laurence Parent will be signing copies of "Death in Big Bend" at the new Whole Earth Provision Co. store in Dallas tomorrow night at 7 p.m. The store is located at 11700 Preston Road, near the intersection of Preston Road and Forest Lane.

On Saturday at 10 a.m., Laurence will be signing copies of "Death in Big Bend" at the Barnes & Noble across from NorthPark Mall in Dallas.
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: lparent on September 11, 2010, 06:39:12 PM
Yes, I need to schedule a signing or presentation in Austin.  I just got back from Dallas earlier today.  Those events went well.  Even Dallas has some Big Bend fans! 

By the way, I tried diamox one time before climbing a high peak when I wasn't well-acclimated.  Took it the night before.  Was up about every hour or two peeing all night.  I managed to make it up the peak the next day, but it was tough.  Maybe the diamox helped with the acclimatization, but the sleep deprivation negated it.  Haven't used it since.
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: Casa Grande on September 11, 2010, 08:46:22 PM
can't wait to get my copy :)  maybe I'll catch ya at a signing someday ;)
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: Homer67 on October 07, 2010, 01:58:54 PM
During our recent trip to the park, some friends joined our party on our second day out.  They brought me two books for a birthday gift, Hiking Big Bend, 2nd ed, and Death in Big Bend.  I really enjoyed the stories; my wife would read one or two aloud each night, but it did give me an eerie feeling because we were actually in the bend at the time.  The story about the guy wanted for failure to appear/possession of controlled substance who perished out on the Mule Ears trail had a particular effect since we were camped off the ME trail.  I am also a bailbondsman (hopefully not for much longer).  It was a great story and really had an ominous effect, as it had been very hot and we were drinking water just about as fast as we could filter it from the spring.

I like the book --- a must read, especially for those who feel they can ignore the subtle treachery of the area.

Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: rosco on October 08, 2010, 03:21:04 AM
the only way i know to get your book is to order from the bookstores in Alpine. 

our Barnes & Noble can't get it yet.  if i remember, i found it is listed that they have it, but their internal software says they can't get it.  Amarillo store. 

we prefer not to order anything on line or credit card. 

if you know of a way to pick it up here in amarillo, please PM me so i don't miss a posting. 

i've heard it is great! 
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: Alpine Montessori School on October 13, 2010, 08:37:05 PM
Quicksilver,

Either Amazon or Barnes & Noble's website takes reviews.

*ahem* we are also equipped for reviews, just no one has used the feature yet! I haven't enabled unmoderated reviews because I have no way to make it bot proof just yet, but do give it a shot if anyone feels spunky! I am technically not working for the store anymore (child rearing instead), but you never really quit a job in Alpine, you just go remote... ha! But do give the reviews option a shot and I'll keep an eye on it over the next few weeks to see if any pop up to approve.

Amy the Book Lady
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: Nova Knightstep on November 21, 2010, 12:23:12 AM
Laurence...I just received my copy yesterday & started reading it this evening. I could not put it down...finished it tonight! Wonderful book with lots of helpful information! Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of it all! The chapter on my father (Riley Knightstep) & our experience on the Rio Grande was very well written! I even learned some things about my father's recovery that I did not know! It did take me a while to locate a copy of the book...finally found it in Alpine...& I'm so glad that I did!

-Nova Lea Knightstep-Montgomery
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: lparent on November 22, 2010, 10:44:56 AM
Nova,

I'm glad you liked the book, especially since you had the misfortune to be featured prominently in it.  I'm sorry it took you awhile to get a copy.  The publisher is very small and the owner has been undergoing treatment all year for very advanced cancer.  That means that distribution has been irregular and unreliable.  He's working on solving the problem as his health allows, so I hope it will improve.  As you found, the most reliable place to get it right now is at fsbooks.com (Front Street Books in Alpine).  I know the owner there; she's great.
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: Nova Knightstep on November 22, 2010, 11:17:55 AM
Yes, Laurence...I had the misfortune, of the experience, that landed me a spot in your book but as I explained to you last year during your research...my father died doing something that brought him great joy & happiness...how many people could say that? I do know that my father would be thrilled, with the fact, that our excursion ended up being published! =]

I did not know that two women had found my father & I did not know that he had already been recovered by the rangers during our interviews. We were led to believe that he had not been found until right before I went to ID him. I'm assuming this was because they were trying to rule out 'foul play'.

I found the stories of Carl Springer & Ellwood Voorhees to be the most interesting ones. Especially since they were both avid & experienced hikers.

The John Gary Monroe & Boston Tate had to be the most horrific. No family should ever have to go through such a thing!

I was surprised that our story was the only 'boating' accident in the book...but I am very pleased with the conveyance of our story. You did an excellent job! Thank you!

-Nova Lea Knightstep-Montgomery

Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: rosco on November 29, 2010, 07:43:27 AM
i've read half the book now.  Great Book!  Tragedy, sorrow, grief with splashes of beauty and comic relief.   it allows me to see the park rescue operations from a personal standpoint.  the book almost has a Big Bend canvas behind it.

My heart goes out to families who lost special loved ones. 

Boy, that story of Shannon Roberts and Baker is downright creepy!  L. Parent brings out Baker's slime in prose for sure.  i thought archaebacteria was the lowest form of life but then i hear about people like this.  eeks!  This story holds my favorite part.  Chasing a drug trafficker through the desert then being diverted by a human skeleton sticking out of the ground.  i chuckle imagining the comments that must have been made upon that discovery!

just to comment on the Sellers/Brock story -  why wasn't Sellers charged with murder?  and after reading Sellers own book (not sure if it is published or not) he could also be charged with child endangerment.  it frightens me that people like him take others out on such trips.  i hope i don't ever  unknowingly take his advice or advice from his kind.  kinda ironic and fitting that he is a pastor

Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: lparent on December 02, 2010, 08:41:04 AM
I think Brock was a young, healthy man that figured that if Sellers could do the drop, then so could he.  In addition, rappelling down probably seemed a lot easier to Brock than doing the long, tortuous detour necessary to bypass the drop.  Brock was just too inexperienced to realize the possible predicament that he was putting himself into.  Sellers didn't want Brock to come down the rope and told Brock so, but there was nothing he could do from the bottom to stop him.  Once Brock got hung up on the cliff, Sellers took extreme risks trying to save him.  It could be argued that maybe Sellers shouldn't have brought someone as inexperienced as Brock or that Sellers shouldn't have gone down the cliff leaving Brock alone, but that's about it.  I think Sellers was deeply sorrowed by the incident.
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: TexasAggieHiker on December 03, 2010, 09:25:21 AM
just to comment on the Sellers/Brock story -  why wasn't Sellers charged with murder?  and after reading Sellers own book (not sure if it is published or not) he could also be charged with child endangerment.  it frightens me that people like him take others out on such trips.  i hope i don't ever  unknowingly take his advice or advice from his kind.  kinda ironic and fitting that he is a pastor
Why would he be charged with murder??  It was a tragic accident.  Nothing about the incident comes close to murder.  In fact Sellers went to great lengths and put his own life in danger to try and save Bryan.  Child endangerment?  Bryan was a grown man.  How do you come to these conclusions?
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: BigBendAg88 on December 08, 2010, 08:11:39 PM
Laurence,
I thoroughly enjoyed your book.  I purchased it in the Panther Junction Visitor Center last weekend and read it when I returned home.  The book was very hard to put down.  The stories ressonate because of my familiarity with many of the locations in Big Bend where the fatalities/rescues occurred.  For the cases where visitors were caught unprepared, it highlights the need for all visitors to take park warnings/precautions seriously.  For that reason alone, I think that many people who read your book will think twice before venturing into Big Bend without taking proper precuations.

As for the stories of Murder and Suicide in the park; those were quite chilling to learn about as well.

I have recommended this book to my friends, and look forward to your next book!
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: Collared Lizard on December 27, 2010, 09:57:08 AM
John Sellers wrote in detail about the Cattail Canyon tragedy.  After reading Parents book if you want to learn much more from his perspective it is worth the "read".  You can find it here:  http://thehikersforum.com/index.php You have to join the site to access Sellers trip report.  I am speaking of the chapter in Parents book titled Bryan Brock.  Bryan of course was Sellers companion who died.  Sellers also posts images which are compelling as well. 
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: mule ears on December 27, 2010, 10:10:35 AM
John Sellers wrote in detail about the Cattail Canyon tragedy.  After reading Parents book if you want to learn much more from his perspective it is worth the "read".  You can find it here:  http://thehikersforum.com/index.php You have to join the site to access Sellers trip report.  I am speaking of the chapter in Parents book titled Bryan Brock.  Bryan of course was Sellers companion who died.  Sellers also posts images which are compelling as well.

He also posted it here (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/el-saloacuten/on-the-edge-an-exploration-of-cattail-canyon) on BigBendChat some years ago.
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: Collared Lizard on December 27, 2010, 10:19:26 AM
I tried to find any John Sellers post here first but was unsuccessful. 
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: RichardM on January 07, 2011, 08:30:21 AM
I tried to find any John Sellers post here first but was unsuccessful. 
John Sellers' username here is Okiehiker (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/profile/okiehiker/)
Title: Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
Post by: dprather on February 04, 2014, 09:12:14 AM
I'm curious - has any more information come out of the Monroe murder?