Antler Dust

Antler Dust

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by Mark Stevens
     
 

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"Antler Dust," the first novel in the Allison Coil Mystery Series, begins with a bang. Two bangs.

On the opening day of the hunting season in the Colorado Flat Tops wilderness, two men go missing.

The first is a hunting guide.

The second is an animal rights protester who believes his creative suicide will galvanize the animal rights movement.

Hunting guide

Overview

"Antler Dust," the first novel in the Allison Coil Mystery Series, begins with a bang. Two bangs.

On the opening day of the hunting season in the Colorado Flat Tops wilderness, two men go missing.

The first is a hunting guide.

The second is an animal rights protester who believes his creative suicide will galvanize the animal rights movement.

Hunting guide Allison Coil hears a distant rifle shot and sees just enough through the swirling snow to believe somebody knows something-and isn't coming forward.

But what exactly did she see?

Outfitter George Grumley fends off the formal investigation and works to discourage the informal and persistent inquiries by Coil. Grumley knows no limits in the effort to protect his guide service, which caters to fat-cat clients.

Who needs hunting regulations when technology can produce the quickest and most thrilling hunt that money can buy?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780977418817
Publisher:
Paandaa, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author


Mark Stevens worked for 20 years as a newspaper reporter and television news producer in Boston, Los Angeles, and Denver before beginning a career in school public relations. He lives in Denver with his wife and two daughters. Antler Dust is his first novel.

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Antler Dust 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ReviewMan More than 1 year ago
"Mark Stevens has to learn that if the characters have no credibility, then neither does the author. I can't tell you how the book ends...I lost interest and put it down. It will make a nice garage sale item this summer." You sound jealous. Where's your Pulitzer Prize winning novel? Oh. You don't have one huh? You don't know how to write novels huh? That figures. "Antler Dust" was a good solid read that evoked the atmosphere of the Colorado Rockies, and the character of Allison Coil was sympathetic, empathetic, and believable. A woman who came west to change her life is a great premise. Anybody who didn't like this book should write a better one. ---- Yeah. That'll be the day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Superb! Mark Stevens develops a group of interesting characters and thrusts them into a compelling story set in the fascinating world of guided Elk hunts 'about which I previously knew nothing, but which I enjoyed learning about'. I found the book to be a real page-turner, in two respects: I eagerly turned the pages forward as I became engrossed in the story, and I found myself turning them backward to re-read Stevens' moving descriptions of the mountains and the ever-changing Colorado weather. This book would be particularly absorbing if read while traveling on an airplane 'for reasons related to the plot that I will not divulge here', or if read within sight of the spectacular terrain that Stevens describes so well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Animal rights. Hunters' rights. Trophy elk. Throw in assault, hanging upside down, 'borrowing' a few items and plenty of action. It's all here in Antler Dust as Allison Coil, one tough cookie, searches for a missing trail guide. What she discovers even surprises her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Antler Dust' puts the reader smack dab in the middle of high adventure, as in 'high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.' Author Mark Stevens has crafted a multi-threaded tale of mystery and intrigue that moves quickly and gives readers a you-are-there feeling. My only complaint stems from the fact that I really don't like winter, snow or cold. Even though I read this in the heat of summer, Stevens literally made me cold with his descriptiveness of the snow-covered mountains of Colorado. But that's really not something about which to complain. That's good writing. The story centers on two dead bodies found in the mountains and the life ripples that emanate from there. Hunting guides and rangers are the key players, but twists are added to the equation with animal activists and media types. Stevens not only sets his outdoors with vivid back-country imagery, he also paints cityscapes and small towns with finely detailed strokes. But even beyond the clarity of his scene setting, Stevens made real each of his characters. I got the sense that each person he wrote was alive with distinct motivations, inner turmoil and specifically unique speech patterns. The handful of meetings of rough, tough mountain types and image-savvy, 21st-century PR pros were some of my favorite scenes, just for the way Stevens was able to create contrast without the sense that he was playing favorites or making value judgments. It was pure joy to read such great text. I found this book fulfilling from every character, setting and storytelling aspect. It's rewarding from beginning to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure if it was the genre or just lack of imagination on the author's part, but I could not finish this book. I guess one has to be a hunter to get it. Sorry Mr. Stevens...your dust jacket is very nice though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mark Stevens has penned a wonderful mystery novel with the Rocky Mountains as his magnificent setting. The lead character, Allison Coil, is a strong, sexy, likeable and tough minded hunting guide. The plot is extremely creative and the ending was riveting. A great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed from the start of this novel. A lot of local hype but not much substance. It was hard to believe that Alison Coil, the main character, was a former executive out east, then came to Colorado to be a hunting guide. I'm sure her deep western drawl didn't go over too well with the big-wigs she worked for in New York. The animal rights activists were child-like and completely unbelievable. Mark Stevens has to learn that if the characters have no credibility, then neither does the author. I can't tell you how the book ends...I lost interest and put it down. It will make a nice garage sale item this summer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was pulled in from the beginning and could not put the book down. Great mystery novel.