You really have to want to read about these trees to get through the book, because it isn't as "thrilling" as his past books. But I enjoyed the book, mainly because of the topic and the story behind the people he follows.
Being the treehugger that I am, this was better than a love story, but in actuality, it is a love story because the characters of this book have a devoted love and passion for the redwood trees of Northern California. It makes me yearn for that long awaited trip along the California Coast that I have promised myself to do within the next 5 years, now I have even more reasons to visit, can't wait to see these majestic beauties in person.
I am reading this book now. I had no idea that there was such a diversity of life in the tops of these amazing trees. I can see how one might become obsessed over them.
Short comment - it's a good read and has a lot of forest information in it that Preston harvested from other folks. And the Long comment - if Preston was not adept at applying superlatives to virtually everything in the book, it could be a fairly boring read. I have one significant GRIPE about the book: Preston may have stretched the truth far about the Grove of Titans. How about if they are not in uncharted forest? What if something Preston wrote about their location was the exact opposite of fact? Turns out that I've been to two of the groves, and several visits really taught me about Preston's writing. If you copy and paste this URL, you can see the trees for yourselves - http://www.mdvaden.com/grove_of_titans.shtml
This book opened up for me a world I did not know existed; and it was a fascinating world. I found the writing, however, difficult to follow and often asked myself if I was reading a draft of the final book rather than the published version. The threads of characters and their stories were a bit too slow in intersecting. The writing had beautiful phrases sprinkled amid hard to follow dialog, extraneous information and awkward prose. Really, it seemed like I was reading his notes and that the whole thing needed a good editing. Still the world of big trees and the people who study them and love them was illuminating. It was a pleasant surprise to see a giant redwood with one of Preston's characters climbing it gracing the front cover of the latest issue of the National Geographic magazine.