Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
For Alaska Wildlife Trooper Zanebono Fusca, it’s just another summer in Anchorage until a slew of inexplicable fatal bear attacks sets the city reeling. As far as Zane is concerned, the timing couldn’t be worse. He’s besieged with his own demons, coping with personal loss and an identity crisis that clutches him worse than a grizzly’s pickaxe-sized fangs. Ten years before, he hoped Alaska would bring him a sense of his manhood. Now the “last frontier” could put him in an early grave.
Zane’s role to protect Alaska’s teeming wildlife gets even more tangled when handsome twenty-five-year-old Joshua Gaffner arrives seeking the details of his uncle’s gruesome death. But Alaskan officials have few answers. Against his better judgment, Zane takes Joshua deep into Anchorage’s far-flung backcountry-populated with eccentric recluses and ego-driven ecologists-in search of the truth. As the bizarre attacks increase, Zane and Josh continue to push for clues to crack the mystery. Finally Zane unravels a shocking discovery that makes the pieces fall into place. The trouble is Josh stands in the perfect position to become the next victim.
This was just an average story for me. I was drawn to it by the wildlife plotline and that part I enjoyed. It seemed like a well researched topic by the author. I was very interested in what was going on with the bears and who was behind the mystery part of it. Unfortunately I didn’t connect with either MC. The author had a writing style that didn’t work for me and as a result I felt the MC’s conversation was odd in places. I also didn’t really feel the connection between the main characters and Zane in general bugged me. Some of the things he said and did didn’t set well with me. He’s not a person I would care for in real life.
My biggest issue though was the narration by John Solo. I really disliked it a lot. I skimmed over some other reviews of this audiobook though and it seems most other people really liked the narrator so this is probably a case of “it’s me not you.” For me though it really didn’t work.
Cover Artist: TL Bland: I think the cover is pretty good and is a good representation of the story and the characters.
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Audible Audio, 10 pages, Listening Length: 9 hours and 21 minutes
Published August 15th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press LLC (first published August 5th 2012)