“Both a mystery and a survival story, here is a novel written with a naturalist’s eye for detail and an unrelenting pace. It reminded me of the best of Nevada Barr." —James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Odyssey
The first book in a thrilling series featuring an intrepid wildlife biologist who's dedicated to saving endangered species...and relies on her superior survival skills to thwart those who aim to stop her.
While studying wolverines on a wildlife sanctuary in Montana, biologist Alex Carter is run off the road and threatened by locals determined to force her off the land.
Undeterred in her mission to help save this threatened species, Alex tracks wolverines on foot and by cameras positioned in remote regions of the preserve. But when she reviews the photos, she discovers disturbing images of an animal of a different kind: a severely injured man seemingly lost and wandering in the wilds.
After searches for the unknown man come up empty, local law enforcement is strangely set on dismissing the case altogether, raising Alex’s suspicions. Then another invasive predator trespasses onto the preserve. The hunter turns out to be another human—and the prey is the wildlife biologist herself. Alex realizes too late that she has seen too much—she's stumbled onto a far-reaching illegal operation and now has become the biggest threat.
In this wild and dangerous landscape, Alex’s life depends on staying one step ahead—using all she knows about the animal world and what it takes to win the brutal battle for survival.
Idealistic biologist Alex Carter, the heroine of this middling series launch from Henderson (the Skyfire Saga), did an environmental study in Boston that thwarted plans to turn a tract of wetlands into commercial real estate. At the dedication ceremony for the nature preserve that was established instead, a man who lost money as a result is about to shoot Carter when an unknown sniper blows his head off. Traumatized by the violence, Carter leaps at a job offer to study wolverines in Montana on land donated to the Land Trust for Wildlife Conservation. After she arrives, someone leaves a note on her windshield warning her off, and someone else almost drives her off the road. She has apparently become the target of those who object to land being used to benefit animals rather than people. The stakes rise when Carter finds a badly injured man in the woods who disappears before she can return with help. A plot that strains credulity is matched by characters who lack depth. Readers interested in conservation-themed thrillers will be better served by the novels of Jon McGoran.
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Thrillers are my absolute favorite book genre, but I’ve read so many that lately they all seem similar. This book broke my streak. In addition to lots of thrills, there is discussion on the environment, conservation and the great outdoors. I’m a city girl at heart that just never gets outside enough.
Alex Carter is feeling a little restless in Boston, so when an opportunity to study wolverine life on a land trust in Montana arises, she takes it. Once she’s there, she’s in her element, but the residents of the closest town are cold towards her. She’s not sure if it is personal, contempt for the land trust, or something else. Then strange things start happening.
The second half of this book is pure thriller. It had my heart going and guessing what was going on. I felt like I was right there in Montana and in fear of my life. At times the thrills seemed a little impossible, but it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book. It also gave me a chance to reflect on my actions and carbon footprint as it relates to the environment. I also learned that there are wolverines that don’t involve Hugh Jackman. This is a great start to a new series.