Perfect for readers of Jon Krakauer and Douglas Preston, this "authentic and encyclopedic" book examines real-life cases of those who vanish in the wilderness without a trace (Roman Dial)—and those eccentric, determined characters who try to find them.
These are the stories that defy conventional logic. The proverbial vanished without a trace incidences, which happen a lot more (and a lot closer to your backyard) than almost anyone thinks. These are the missing whose situations are the hardest on loved ones left behind. The cases that are an embarrassment for park superintendents, rangers and law enforcement charged with Search & Rescue. The ones that baffle the volunteers who comb the mountains, woods and badlands. The stories that should give you pause every time you venture outdoors. Through Jacob Gray's disappearance in Olympic National Park, and his father Randy Gray who left his life to search for him, we will learn about what happens when someone goes missing. Braided around the core will be the stories of the characters who fill the vacuum created by a vanished human being. We'll meet eccentric bloodhound-handler Duff and R.C., his flagship purebred, who began trailing with the family dog after his brother vanished in the San Gabriel Mountains. And there's Michael Neiger North America's foremost backcountry Search & Rescue expert and self-described "bushman" obsessed with missing persons. And top researcher of persons missing on public wildlands Ex-San Jose, California detective David Paulides who is also one of the world's foremost Bigfoot researchers. It's a tricky thing to write about missing persons because the story is the absence of someone. A void. The person at the heart of the story is thinner than a smoke ring, invisible as someone else's memory. The bones you dig up are most often metaphorical. While much of the book will embrace memory and faulty memory—history—The Cold Vanish is at its core a story of now and tomorrow. Someone will vanish in the wild tomorrow. These are the people who will go looking.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you’ve ever been both intrigued and horrified by the thousands of disappearances that happen in America every year, get ready for a doozy: Hundreds of under-reported cases happen in our national parks alone. Journalist Jon Billman shines a light on this chilling phenomenon in this gripping true-crime audiobook. Focusing on a young cyclist named Jacob Gray, who went missing in Olympic National Park in 2017, Billman gets to know the experts who devote themselves to cases like his. From rescue divers to cadaver-dog handlers to experts on Bigfoot and UFOs, these unique people highlight the immense knowledge (not to mention empathy) that it takes to pursue these difficult cases. We were particularly moved by the relationship that Billman forges with Jacob’s father, Randy, whose experience filled us with sadness and hope. Stephen Graybill’s narration brings plenty of heart to this fascinating but heartbreaking tale. Part tragedy, part mystery, The Cold Vanish is a truly engrossing listen.
Good book, but totally lost interest when the author can’t resist tying in racism and other woke diatribe into an entertaining missing persons book. Is it like a mandatory thing in all media publications to literally tie in everything to racist wyte pipo?
So repetitive. So full of itself and of useless information.
Dear Diary: Two chapters in and between the robotic delivery of the narrator and the ENDLESS spewing of absolutely nothing but the same thing over and over. I want my money back. I want this time back. The author is a note-taker, and manages to go in circles like a fruitless search.