Was it an earthquake? A meteor? Or something else entirely? Running from a marriage proposal in Seattle, Dana Ingram returns to her parents’ farm in Western Colorado for a two-week vacation in Paradox Valley. Only a couple of days into it, however, a small earthquake leaves them without power. Cars won’t start, batteries don’t work and cell phones are useless. When a Black Hawk helicopter vanishes off of radar, Captain Corey Conaway is sent in to locate it and its crew—all while keeping the disappearance out of the media. When she meets Dana and her cousin, Butch, Corey solicits their help in the search. But as they travel on horseback through the rugged and remote Paradox Valley, what they stumble upon soon has them running for their lives.
Somewhere between "Animal Farm" and "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" lies "Paradox: Valley of the Sheeple," which explores the dire consequences of fear, ignorance and blindly following the herd. Set on a Western sheep ranch, the novel tells the tale of the Ransom family, their Peruvian shepherds, and the gregarious and humanlike Sheeple, who refuse to face painful facts about themselves and accept dreadful truths about their existence. True to its name, Paradox is a place of irony and contradictions, replete with natural beauty and barbarous bloodshed, quiet serenity and clamorous pandemonium, and the immortal struggles between predator and prey, good and evil. Not only is Paradox a peculiar and perplexing home to its inhabitants, it's also a microcosm of our world.
Author: Donald L. Baars
Publisher: UNM Press
Release Date: 2000
This new edition of Donald L. Baars's classicThe Colorado Plateauincorporates new text, maps, photographs, figures, tables, and bibliography to provide the most up-to-date geology of the red rock and canyon country of the Four Corners of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Baars's comprehensive geological summary of the canyonlands is detailed enough to satisfy a geologist looking for an overview of the region yet clearly enough written to appeal to anyone interested in learning the scientific story behind this magnificent scenic area.