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Alien Taste [NOOK Book]

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Abandoned as a child, Ukiah Oregon was found running with a wolf pack. Now considered one of the greatest trackers in the country, this private investigator puts his nose to the ground to track down missing fugitives. When he crosses paths with a criminal gang called the Pack, Ukiah discovers just how much he has in common with the Pack.
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Overview

Abandoned as a child, Ukiah Oregon was found running with a wolf pack. Now considered one of the greatest trackers in the country, this private investigator puts his nose to the ground to track down missing fugitives. When he crosses paths with a criminal gang called the Pack, Ukiah discovers just how much he has in common with the Pack.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101212448
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/1/2001
  • Series: Ukiah Oregon , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 148,669
  • File size: 320 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2002

    A Great New Find!

    Ukiah Oregon has a photographic memory, but he can remember nothing of his childhood. He was raised by wolves in Ukiah, Oregon and found by a biology student who adopted and raised him. He has no idea how old he is, who his parents were - nothing. His moms (he has two mothers, no father) try to find out about his past by hiring a private investigator, but Max Bennett can find nothing. However, as Max learns more about Ukiah, he discovers that Ukiah's specialty is finding people/things so he offers him a job, and eventually makes Ukiah his partner. When three women are found dead and the fourth presumed kidnapped, Ukiah and Max are called in to find her. Using his heightened senses, Ukiah finds the fourth woman...and a clue to his past. The dead women leads Ukiah to The Pack, a dangerous motorcycle gang. Ukiah knows that they have information about his past, but are they willing to share it? (This is purposely a vague summary of the book because to give any more information would ruin the surprises and the storyline.) I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story was a fresh twist on the whole alien invasion and "Wolf Boy" stories. Wen Spencer has created finely crafted characters that the reader truly feels for. Yes, Ukiah has all of these special abilities, but that doesn't mean that he doesn't need help, that he doesn't get scared, that he doesn't wonder why he is different. Max, Ukiah's partner, is a suffering widower who becomes a kind of father to Ukiah and watches out for him. Indigo is a tough FBI Agent (the Pack calls her the Lady of Steel), but she has a soft spot for Ukiah and finds herself falling in love with him. Ukiah's family was also delightful - his two moms and his sister, Cassie added nice touches of "normality" (such as it is for this book) to the story. This book is set 2 years in the future (2004), but everything is recognizable. People have a few more electronic toys than we have now and we have successfully sent a machine to Mars, but Spencer doesn't really put anything in that couldn't be done in the foreseeable future. Wen Spencer has a very nice writing style (and a good editor - no typos) and the plot was well-paced. In short, this book is full of action and mystery and well worth your time!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    urban science fiction keeper shelf material

    No one really knows how old allegedly twenty-one years old Ukiah Oregon is. He was found caught in a wolf trap when he was approximately twelve. The woman who captured Ukiah took him to Pittsburgh so she and her female mate Lara could have a child since the courts ignored adoption efforts by a same sex couple. <P>Now Ukiah works with private detective Max Bennett. Ukiah is a world-class tracker who can find a trail with the faintest of clues. There are other oddities about Ukiah. His olfactory, taste, and hearing senses are much more acute than the average person¿s and he can read DNA with another unknown sense. He has suffered strange memory losses that only sometimes he regains. On one of his cases, Ukiah learns about The Pack, a loose coalition of bikers who take a sudden interest in him. When he finds out why, he also learns he is the key to saving the human race. <P> ALIEN TASTE is an urban science fiction tale that takes place on earth in three years. However, new technological advances make the reader feel that Wen Spencer's tale takes place much further into the future. The characters are fully developed and understandable and The Pack is likable in a feral sort of way. This novel is keeper shelf material and hopefully Mr. Spencer will return with more tales starring the Pack. Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    I first read this book when I was 14, picked it up previously lo

    I first read this book when I was 14, picked it up previously loved from a small bookstore because I was spending a week as mothers helper up in the mountains and needed a new book for the evenings.
    I read this book until it fell apart, love it love it love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Good sci-fi

    Good sci-fi book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2007

    An awesome book!

    Alien Taste has a perfect mix of thrill, drama, and fiction. All it needs is a big ending! Its a great book for fantacy lovers everywere!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2002

    Excellent New Author

    Excellent book. Will definitely buy the new one out in June!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2001

    Fascinating First Novel

    Wen Spencer's 'Alien Taste' is a cut above the usual first SF novel. Ukiah Oregon is not only interesting, but a likeable young man, with good moral sense -- something too rarely seen these days. His partner, Max, his two mothers, his younger sister, are all well-drawn and believable. And what seem like mistakes or holes in the plot are gradually revealed to have weird but plausible explanations. One aspect of Ukiah's background really is implausible, but that particular mistake has a long literary pedigree -- I won't be giving much away by saying it started with Rudyard Kipling. All in all a novel well worth reading.

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