Tragedy in the Park, A Ranger’s Last Season


The Story…

Continuing the theme of books about National Park Rangers… The Last Season, by Eric Blehm, a novel about a Ranger, rather than by the Ranger. Eric Blehm artfully brings Randy Morgenson to life through the memories of those who knew him.

Eric’s heartwarming descriptions of the search process and the aftermath of the disappearance and death of a longtime ranger provide insight into the lives of those he left behind. His story of the life and death of Randy Morgenson reveals once again, that the most important people in the National Parks are sometimes also the most overlooked. A theme throughout the book is that the Seasonal Rangers are often taken for granted, despite their crucial contributions to the safety and health of the Parks and their visitors.

Eric Blehm is a bestselling and award-winning author of nonfiction books. In 2006, he won the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for The Last Season (HarperCollins), a gripping account of the disappearance of legendary National Park Service ranger Randy Morgenson.

Who is The Last Season for?

This is well researched story, based on the documents and journals of those who were there. While what happened to Randy will never be completely known, Eric examines the various theories and provides what evidence there is in support for, or against them. Written like a classic mystery novel, the story is revealed chapter by chapter. Each new chapter will cause you to draw your own conclusions about what might have happened or what contributed to how the entire situation was handled.

If you enjoy a mystery, or a story about Park Rangers, you will enjoy this book.  

Borrow or Buy?

This is probably a borrow for me.  I enjoyed reading it, however, I’m not sure that I see The Last Season earning a spot in the regular rotation.  

The Last Season, Eric Blehm, HarperCollins, New York, NY, 2006, 327 pages, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-06-058301-9

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