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Bearskin: A Novel by James A. McLaughlin

Bearskin: A Novel

by James A. McLaughlin

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This book just didn't work for me. Too many half told stories, half formed plot lines. ( )
  carolfoisset | Apr 4, 2019 |
Wonderful debut novel. The author creates a nature treatise wrapped in a suspense story. The language generates the atmosphere and the perfect word is well chosen; where else have you seen umwelt or minatory in a novel lately? Don't know how I missed this when it came out last year, great read. ( )
  MM_Jones | Mar 21, 2019 |
Highly recommended. Beautifully written, skillfully plotted, psychologically complex. At one point the tension was so intense that I had to put it down for a while. I was bereft when I finished it. ( )
  cmt100 | Jan 19, 2019 |
I continue to be amazed at the quality of the writing from so many debut authors. This book is Mr. McLaughlin's first, and it as perfect a thriller as you will come across. The writing is literate, and the descriptions of the beautiful Appalachian mountains in and around the state of Virginia are breathtaking. And at the same time McLaughlin manages to pen a thriller that will keep you tearing up the pages as you race to get through the book. In this book we meet Rice Monroe, a man with a very colourful past, and a man on the run from some very serious bad guys. As his job is park warden, he takes it very seriously when he spots poached bears on his forest preserve.The bears are gutted and all their paws are cut off. Rice knows its being done for blackmarket bear parts which are sold to people in Asia for a very tidy sum. Little does he realize that poached bear parts leads to the end of his anonymity and the discovery of his whereabouts, and he is trying to stay alive in the dark and brooding forests of Turpin Mountains, where his survival skills as well as his knowledge of the mountain gives him a little advantage in his fight for his life. Highly recommended. ( )
  Romonko | Jul 7, 2018 |
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Rice Moore is just beginning to think his troubles are behind him. He's found a job protecting a remote forest preserve in Virginian Appalachia where his main responsibilities include tracking wildlife and refurbishing cabins. It's hard work, and totally solitary--perfect to hide away from the Mexican drug cartels he betrayed back in Arizona. But when Rice finds the carcass of a bear killed on the grounds, the quiet solitude he's so desperately sought is suddenly at risk. More bears are killed on the preserve and Rice's obsession with catching the poachers escalates, leading to hostile altercations with the locals and attention from both the law and Rice's employers. Partnering with his predecessor, a scientist who hopes to continue her research on the preserve, Rice puts into motion a plan that could expose the poachers but risks revealing his own whereabouts to the dangerous people he was running from in the first place.… (more)

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