by Cynthia Chow
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Claustrophobic, fearful of heights, and favoring pink vintage couture over hiking books, Northwest Extreme outdoor magazine should not be Meg Reed’s natural habitat. Not enjoying the outdoors doesn’t mean that she hasn’t learned to appreciate or respect it though, and working for the publication has certainly forced her to push her boundaries and limits. Now that the magazine is facing a corporate buyout, and considering the precarious state of print publishing, Meg jumps at the invitation to an expedition through Lava River Caves of Bend, Oregon. The lava tubes are being opened as part of senior Congressman Riley’s promotional tour to push through legislation to ease up Forest Service land restrictions, something environmentalists find appalling. Meg sees this as an ideal opportunity to branch out and cover the political side of the issue, while still amping up Northwest Extreme’s social media presence through jaw-dropping photos of the site.
Once Meg arrives, she finds that there’s more than a little animosity between the National Park rangers and the Big Business politicians, the latter of whom seek to exploit the reserves for personal gains. Meg’s horrific discovery of a body once again lands her in the midst of a battle between man and nature, with her sense of right and wrong pushing her past her physical limitations.
As the novel delves into the mystery within the lava tubes and the research facility, Meg is forced to once again reconcile with the death of her father. A Pulitzer Prize winning journalist killed while investigating a Meth Madness story, Charlie Reed was Meg’s idol and the reason she landed at Northwest Extreme. At the age of twenty-four, Meg faces yet another step in becoming an adult as her closest college friends depart on their own paths, and she must accept the personal and professional changes.
Author Dyer-Seeley makes the Pacific Northwest come alive not just with the natural beauty of its mountain ranges, but with the ubiquitous draft beer pubs that have become the meeting grounds of incoming hipsters. Meg may act impulsively and lead with her heart more than her head, but she continues to be a vulnerable and sympathetic character who readers will want to see succeed. This fifth in the series ties up many loose ends, yet leaves so many promising avenues for Meg to pursue in the future. A suspenseful finale reveals that man is far more dangerous than nature, whose beauty continues to be endangered. Meg’s friends, not to mention her Reiki-practicing Gram, lighten the tone while still allowing the novel to be timely and topical read.
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