• Mortal Fall

  • A Novel of Suspense
  • By: Christine Carbo
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (2,130 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A wildlife biologist's shocking death leads to chilling discoveries in Christine Carbo's haunting and compelling new crime novel set in the wilds of Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park police officer Monty Harris knows that each summer at least one person - be it a reckless, arrogant climber or a distracted hiker - will meet tragedy in the park. But Paul "Wolfie" Sedgewick's fatal fall from the sheer cliffs near Going-to-the-Sun Road is incomprehensible. Wolfie was an experienced and highly regarded wildlife biologist who knew all too well the perils that Glacier's treacherous terrain presents - and how to avoid them.

The case, so close to home, has frayed park employee emotions. Yet calm and methodical lead investigator Monty senses in his gut that something isn't right. So when whispers of irresponsibility or suicide emerge, tarnishing Wolfie's reputation, Monty dedicates himself to uncovering the truth - for the sake of the man's family and to satisfy his own persistent sense of unease.

Monty discovers that Wolfie's zealous studies of Glacier's mysterious, embattled wolverine population, so vital to park ecology, had met resistance, both local and federal. To muddy the waters further, a wilderness facility for rehabilitating troubled teens - one that Monty's older brother attended - may have a disturbing connection to the case. As Monty delves further into an investigation that goes deeper than he ever imagined, he wrestles with the demons of his past, which lead back to harsh betrayals he thought he'd buried long ago.

And then a second body is found.

©2016 Christine Carbo (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great Addition To The Series

Monty Harris a park police officer in Glacier National Park. is introspective, stubborn and obsessive in his personal life and is faced with two problems,one professional and one personal. A wildlife researcher is found dead at the bottom of a cliff in the park and although it looks like an accident Monty is not convinced it was. When a second body is discovered in the same area a few days later he is assigned to investigate the deaths and so begins an outstanding outdoor police procedural to solve the cases in spite of pressure from superiors to call the two incidents accidents.

On a personal level he is struggling with the separation from his estranged wife and the appearance of a cruel, sadistic brother he has not seen in four years. He is also haunted by his dysfunctional past family life and how it is impacting his life creating a empty feeling that he tries to fill through obsessive behavior in his orderly life.I did not find Monty to be a very likable character but one that was very interesting to follow.

A good story to me combines a strong plot and story line, good character development and a fine sense of atmosphere. This novel has all three and is strongly recommended. This was an excellent listen for those who like outdoor mysteries.

R. C. Bray was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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The Action Moves At Glacial Speed

I loved Carbo's first book The Wild Inside and had hoped for more along those suspenseful lines. However, Mortal Fall, to me is so slow, so wordy, and so boring I'm not sure I can get past the 8 hour point. The writing lacks the beauty and poetic descriptions of wild Montana and Glacier National Park that filled book one. It leans heavily on flash backs and wooden dialogue. The character relationships are unbelievably superficial.

I find myself wondering if writers aren't pushed to produce books for a series faster than they are capable of managing. After all, well thought out mysteries take time to create, plan and ponder. This entry in the series is so loosely connected that at times I couldn't follow the vague, wandering story line. After eight hours of this I'm not sure I care enough to continue trying. This novel of "suspense" seems to be all talk and no action let alone suspense. Sadly, I can't recommend this book. In my opinion, it's just too boring and a waste of valuable time.

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Not as good as the Wild Inside

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I will buy her next one, give another chance, in case she brings back the magic of Montana portrayed in Wild Inside, which was exquisite. This one seemed more like it began and ended in Montana but the rest was a lot of dialogue, driving around, and with flashbacks that didn't seem plausible. One of my main criticisms is how several characters sounded like they were reading direct quotes from Audubon or the Sierra Club magazines. People express opinions, but with less technical descriptions on environmental issues. Sure, I expect Fish and Wildlife employees to spout forth with life histories of wolverines, etc, but not guys in bars and hippies living near the park. I am an environmentalist, and did enjoy learning about wolverines, but the dialogue from too many person sounded like it was being read from sources as I mentioned above. The narrator was very good, maybe another Will Patton in the making.

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Good, CLEAN detective story!

The storyline was great, well thought out, good depth of characters, and an outstanding depiction of the area! Truly makes me yearn to see Glacier National Park!

The narrator, R.C. Bray was very good. I really appreciate the narrators who do a great job of simply narrating without trying to mimic the different characters. This guy was good!

Lastly, I so much appreciate reading a well written novel without having to dodge profanities and explicit sex scenes! That seems to be a rare commodity for books these days. I'll be looking for more of Christine Carbo's books!

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Mortal Fall Was Kinda Just That


I love Montana, the mountains, the wilderness. For that reason, I was able to stick with "Mortal Fall" until the end.

I was disappointed. This one just didn't have the suspense and didn't engage me like her first wilderness thriller. There was a prologue that was a distant connection, and I didn't feel like I was in Montana this time around.

RC Bray.. is always a good choice for narrator, and this novel was no exception.

Keep them coming Carbo. I definitely will be buying the next one.

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First book was great!

I really like this author's style and the plot is very intricate and well-woven. The reason I will not listen to anything else by this author that this second book has become a political/socialist/environmental rant. I get so tired of every bad guy being a white supremacist and every government being anti-environmental if the author is liberal. It changes a decent book into a political view, and that is not for me.

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GLACIER NAT'L PARK THRILLER YOU CAN'T STOP READING

CHRISTINE CARBO IS AN A+ WRITER, ADEPT AT THE LANDSCAPE, THE PLOTTING, BUT NOT ALWAYS SO SURE FOOTED WITH MINOR CHARACTERS. SPOILER: SHE BRINGS UP ACTION FROM PREVIOUS NOVELS SO IT WAS FAIRLY EASY FOR ME TO PICK OUT THE BAD GUY.

THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE PARK IS WEAK, EXCEPT WHEN THE MAIN CHARACER MONTY WAXES THOREAU. I CAN SMELL THE RUSSIAN OLIVES, THE PINE, THE WAY YOU DRINK DEEP WHEN STANDING NEAR THE FLAT AND LET A COOL BREEZE WASH OVER YOU.. AND THEN THE SLOW SWITCH FROM EARLY MORNING MIST TO THE DRYING EARTH AND DISGUSTING LA RUSH HOURR TRAFFIC ON THE PARK'S MACADAM ROADS.

I'VE BEEN TELLING EVERYONE ABOUT HER THRILLERS. AND, LIKE JOHN GRISHAM, THE VULGARITY IS SPARSE AND NOT MISSED. I THINK MORE PEOPLE SHOULD READ HER BOOKS IF ONLY TO LEARN WHAT IT IS LIKE TO NOT HAVE A CELL PHONE OR E-DEVICE ATTACHED AS AN APPENDAGE TO YOUR FINGERS OR EARS.

SHE IS A FINE AUTHOR BUT I RECOMMEND YOU READ HER IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. I GOOFED ON THAT.

MY BIGGEST COMPLAINT IS WITH R.C. BRAY. WHERE DO THESE MEN GET LESSONS TO MAKE 99% OF THE FEMALE CHARACTERS SOUND DUMB, OR WHINE BUMS. AND IF THE ONE COUPLE PUSSYFOOTS AROUND TO BE OR NOT TO BE MARRIED, ONE MORE TIME, I'M GOING TO SEND THEM OUT ON THE LAKE TO SEE HOW THE LOONS DO IT. AND IF THEY ARE STILL DYSFUNCTIONAL, MAYBE CARBO COULD KNOCK ONE OFF IN A FUTURE NOVEL.

OH, IF ONLY A YOUNG SIMON PREBBLE OR GEORGE GUIDALL HAD BEEN CHOSEN AS NARRATOR.

I'LL RE-READ IT AGAIN, BUT BRAY SOUNDS LIKE HE'S SMOKED A CARTON OF CIGARETTES IN HIS LIFETIME & SOME PASSAGES WERE DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND, ESP THE PATHOLOGIST WHO IS FROM NORWAY BUT HAS A GERMAN*AUSTRIAN-CZECH ACCENT. I LIKED HER BETTER THAN MONTY.

I HAVEN'D READ ANOTHER MYSTERY SET IN MY OLD NECK OF THE WOODS THAT IS A MASTER OF THE MT LANDSCAPE AND THE JUGGLING OF SO MANY JURISDICTIONS: MUST KEEP THE BIG BOSSES HAPPY
NO TRIBAL PERSONS ENTERED THE STORY. AND SINCE SO MNY OF MY STUDENTS HIT THE TRAILS, FISHING AND CAMPING AS SOON AS SCHOOL WAS OUT, IT FELT VERY WHITE-BREAD, TO BORROW FROM WOODY ALLEN. I HOPE CARBO KEEPS WRITING FOR A LONG TIME. MAYBE I'LL TAKE A CHANCE ON BK 1 AND SEE IF BRAY ACCLIMATES TO MY EXACTING STANDARDS OF READING. AT LEAST BEFORE I GO HUNT HER NOVELS IN LARGE PRINT

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Christine Carbo: The Michael Connelly of Glacier

My comparison of Christine Carbo to Michael Connelly is meant as high praise for her abilities as an author. While Connelly vividly portrays the dark and complicated lives of L.A., Carbo does equal justice to her characters who live in and around Glacier Park.
More than ``just'' police procedurals, both authors delve into the mental processes and troubled pasts of their main characters.
In many ways I prefer Ms. Carbo's writing to that of Mr. Connelly's in that her ``novels of suspense'' take place in the grandeur of Glacier National Park, and this setting provides a counterpoint (and some relief) to all the sordid behavior that humans can be involved in (e.g., drug addiction, alcoholism, murder and just plain meanness).
I've read and listened to two of Ms. Carbo's novels (The Wild Inside and Mortal Fall) and found them both to be very engaging....Both novels have the added appeal of being placed in the same location but with different main characters.
I must also add that the reader (R.C. Bray) does excellent work in bringing the novel to life.
I look forward to reading Ms. Carbo's third novel (The Weight of Night). Hopefully there will be more in her series.

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What a great listen!

I enjoyed everything about this book; the characters, the story, and the narrator. can't wait to listen to the next in the series

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Hoping it would get better

Would you try another book from Christine Carbo and/or R. C. Bray?

Probably not

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I think the premise could have made a good book, but the character hardly seemed like a hardy outdoorsman, with too much baggage to be able to focus on solving any crimes.
The narration was very monotone and I felt like I was listening to Joe Friday from Dragnet. But the one thing I dislike about any mystery is when it is solved in the last chapter by a stroke of luck. It seems more like a novel based on character development than an actual suspenseful mystery story.

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  • jeff davies
  • 12-21-21

2nd in series 2nd in overall enjoyment

Very enjoyable, completed listening to it in 4 days. In comparison to the first book I did find the narration of it a lttle fast and robotic sounding at times, the modulation could have been better. The story was great and it took me until the last 10 chapters to work out the whodunit.

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  • S K NOWLER
  • 10-23-21

A Little Bit Laboured in Parts

I enjoyed this story and the descriptions of the environment......although the US National Parks are now definitely off the bucket list.....but the writer's style is probably not for everyone. she writes with a strong first person voice, but with so much introspection that it does occasionally get a bit laboured .

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  • BlakWulf
  • 05-06-22

Very good mystery

A sad story about the effects of abuse but beautiful and compassionate. It's very well written and read.

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  • Chris
  • 05-02-22

loved it

gripping from start to finiish looking forward to the next one gripped now cheers

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  • 5fer
  • 04-29-22

Great story so well delivered

I took up this book as RC Bray was reading as I regard him as the pinnacle of all narrators that I’ve listened to and he didn’t let me down in this story. A really good yarn I couldn’t put it down. I look forward to more from this master orator.

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  • Lori Powell
  • 04-26-22

Difficult to rate.

I found this hard to rate. In general I liked the story but at times the story telling was annoying. Sometimes you just don't click with an author and that was the case for me even though I really wanted to. It may be that I found Monty a tad annoying and being a first-person protagonist he was front and centre. On the other hand, I really wanted to know more about Adam from Adam's pov. He would be an interesting protagonist. Great narrator.

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  • TulipGirl
  • 04-02-22

Great mix of intrigue , procedures and scenery

Really enjoyed this book. Was able to follow the stunning vistas on the map. I learnt a lot too about procedure and the underwhelmed of some of these towns. The characters and reading was great and kept me engagdd.

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  • Quercus
  • 02-20-22

A good thriller spoilt by too much introspection

I enjoyed the first novel in this series, but Monty the detective's pedantry and never-ending psychological explanations and remarks about everything gets quite wearing. He must be a pain to work with.

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  • Night Owl
  • 01-12-22

Good story, painful narration!

I feel that with better narration, this book could earn overall 4-5 stars. Despite some good characterisation, the narrator speaks long, monotone sentences most of the time which, makes it difficult to discern how good the book actually is.
Some of the descriptive passages just seemed unnecessary yet, with decent narration, they probably would have added to the story.

That said, I was gripped enough to want to listen to the end and I'm glad I did, the book tackles some very real issues in families, relationships and marriages. Worth giving it a go.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-22

Most enjoyable

Was unsure about this when I downloaded it. I really enjoyed the storyline and characters. Found it easy listening and kept me wanting to hear more. Everything you like in a book. looking forward to hearing more from this author.

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  • Naomi P.
  • 03-19-22

really enjoyed

interesting characters and the scenery descriptions are wonderful. if you like a whodunit this one is perfect!