Endangered (Summer Westin Series #1)

Endangered (Summer Westin Series #1)

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by Pamela Beason
     
 

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Meet wildlife biologist and writer Summer "Sam" Westin, whose dream of saving the cougars is complicated when a boy vanishes from a campground in Utah...

A child has gone missing, and Sam Westin knows it's her fault. She nudged the boy down a dark path toward a man she presumed was his father. Now there's a media campaign targeting the cougars

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Meet wildlife biologist and writer Summer "Sam" Westin, whose dream of saving the cougars is complicated when a boy vanishes from a campground in Utah...

A child has gone missing, and Sam Westin knows it's her fault. She nudged the boy down a dark path toward a man she presumed was his father. Now there's a media campaign targeting the cougars she helped rehabilitate and release a year ago, blaming them for the boy's disappearance. It's only when FBI Agent Chase Perez joins the case that human suspects are considered.

Clues lead Sam and Chase to the high country, where they comb the rocky canyons for evidence of the boy and for the one man who may be a vital witness. But as hours pass, and the media frenzy escalates, Sam fears they won't uncover the truth in time to save both the boy and the big cats...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425244982
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/06/2011
Series:
Summer Westin Series, #1
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
753,935
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Endangered 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
DMH1 More than 1 year ago
Summer Weston, A dedicated wildlife biologist and writer, felt strongly that her beloved cougars did not commit the horrendous act for which they were accused, but even she couldn't be sure. Now, all her work trying to save these magnificent animals has come under fire, mostly thanks to the media. Both her conscience and guilt drove her to great lengths to find the truth about what really happened to a missing child. I so loved reading this book. Mysteries are my favorites and this one had me riveted right from the first page. I immediately checked to see if a second book in this series was coming in the near future, but it seems that I'll have to wait for that. So, I guess I'll just have to grin and "bear" it until it's on the shelves in the fall.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
This book really surprised me by grabbing me right away and holding on tight. Big cats are my favorite wild animal. They always look so regal and majestic sitting high up on the rocks. I have never seen one up close though except at the zoo. I wanted to be in Sam Westin¿s shoes as she got oh so close to these wonderful animals. But it was more than that that kept me reading, the plot twists were amazing, and as more and more clues were gathered the story that evolved was simply spectacular. I have never been to a park in Utah but the author painted such beautiful pictures with her words that I felt like I was right there. The park is also more than just a setting for this story, it is a character, a character that reacts to not only changes in weather but changes of its inhabitants. A trail can be one way one day and totally different the next. The vastness of caves, nooks and crannies make it the perfect spot for a mystery. This is my first experience with this author but she left us wanting more and a perfect foundation for the series to continue. I am anxious to see the next installment. We are given just a little snippet at the end of this book that is so unfair because I really hate waiting, but it seems bears will be involved.
sunny83 More than 1 year ago
I judge a memorable novel by how well I identify with the characters and how engaging they are. Summer (Sam) Westin, the main protagonist of Pamela Beason’s mystery novel, “Endangered” is one such character. She is a strong willed, wildlife biologist with a sharp tongue and quick wit. Tough on the outside, soft on the inside, Sam Westin is on a hunt to find the little, lost toddler Zachary Fischer whom she meets once in a chance encounter when Zachary wanders off from his campsite. In a hurry to finish an assignment, she rashly hands him over to an unknown man, believing him to be the father of the boy. Her ensuing guilt at her negligence and the consequence of her actions spur her to look for the boy, who is later reported, missing. Set in a beautiful national park in Utah, which the author describes very eloquently, the hunt for Zachary is combined with Sam’s determination to save her beloved cougars, whom she feels have been wrongfully accused of Zachary’s disappearance. Another interesting character in the book is Blake, Sam Westin’s roommate and good friend; the dialogue exchanges between the two characters establish a general camaraderie and easy friendship which are enjoyable to read. I hope to see more of these exchanges in the author’s next, Sam Westin adventure. The one character I did not enjoy was Adam Steele; his role of Sam Westin’s love interest was not believable because he is exactly the type of man someone like Sam would detest. Self serving ambition and insensitivity to natural surroundings are hardly qualities you would think she would find endearing in a man and you wonder why she continues the relationship as long as she does. That said the role of Agent Perez as Sam’s potential romantic interest is exactly suited to her nature. Pamela Beason has a genuine regard for the majestic beauty of the wild outdoors and her writing reflects this love for untouched spaces. She also has a flair for mystery which probably comes from her background as a private investigator. The story is gripping which makes it difficult to keep the book down once you have started reading. Pick it up over the weekend and you will be spending a lazy weekend curled up on the couch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just discovered Pamela Beason this week. Looking forward to reading more of her books. Great characters, well plotted, and just the right amount of tension and suspense to keep one reading well into the wee hours.
SeattleSue More than 1 year ago
Thriller and suspense kept me wondering about the two legged human vs four legged animal dangers. Interesting descriptions and detail throughout book.
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