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Sometimes all you want is to sit down for 20 minutes and read short, light, and satisfying stories of adventure. In Steve Achelis’ Mountain Responder: When Recreation and Misfortune Collide ($16.95, dogearpublishing.net), Achelis, former commander of the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, recounts adrenaline-fueled rescue tales, from hikers who’ve fallen into rivers to mountaineers buried beneath avalanches. The stories are fast-paced and enthralling. Woven throughout are the author’s thoughts and feelings—the thrill of a successful rescue, tension as the actions play out, and questions when things don’t go as planned. With expert analysis of some of these incidents, Achelis offers valuable insight to those who play hard outdoors. —Genna Ord