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Tainted Trail
     

Tainted Trail

4.8 13
by Wen Spencer
 

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Meet Ukiah Oregon, a unique young man with accelerated senses who was raised by wolves, domesticated by two women, and trained as a tracker by a private investigator. And that’s the normal part of his life...
 
Ukiah is hired to locate a missing hiker in Umatilla National Park. But her trail grows cold when Ukiah discovers that she has been

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Meet Ukiah Oregon, a unique young man with accelerated senses who was raised by wolves, domesticated by two women, and trained as a tracker by a private investigator. And that’s the normal part of his life...
 
Ukiah is hired to locate a missing hiker in Umatilla National Park. But her trail grows cold when Ukiah discovers that she has been kidnapped—after someone tries to kill him. Then he stumbles upon another mystery related to an unsolved disappearance in 1933. A legendary wolf boy who vanished may in fact be Ukiah—and the hiker’s abduction may hold the key to his own past...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101212479
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Series:
Ukiah Oregon , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
216,155
File size:
372 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Tainted Trail 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tainted Trail is the sequel to Alien Taste and continues the adventures of Ukiah Oregon. When Alicia, a close friend, goes missing in Oregon, Max and Ukiah fly out to try and find her. They quickly discover that Alicia's disappearance is a kidnapping and begin a race against the clock. In their search for her, Ukiah finds out that he may be the legendary Wolf Boy that was lost in 1933. He tries to contact the Kicking Deers, who wrote the original newspaper article and offered a reward for information on Magic Boy, but they think he is another fraud and refuse to speak with him. Meanwhile, Max begins to fall in love with Sam, a private investigator whose ex-husband refuses to believe the marriage is over, and discovers that there have been many unexplained deaths in the area. Is there a link between Alicia and the other deaths? How are the Kicking Deers involved? What is Ukiah going to do with his "father" Rennie when he comes out to protect him? Another great mystery featuring Ukiah Oregon. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I got very attached to Spencer's characters in Alien Taste and was excited to see them again in this book. Ukiah is a fascinating combination of innocence and deadly skills. Readers will enjoy learning more about Ukiah as he slowly discovers who and what he is. It was also great to learn more about Rennie, Ukiah's main Pack contact, and his past. Max Bennett finds a love interest this time and starts to come alive again after his first wife's death. Sam is the object of his affections and I look forward to learning more about her because she is one tough lady. I did miss Indigo and Kittaning in this book, though, as they were back in Pittsburgh. Wen Spencer has a nice, smooth writing style that reads very quickly and easily. She has a great plot that keeps you glued to this book and many subplots that add to, rather than detract from, this book as a whole. For those of you who haven't read Alien Taste, I highly recommend that you do (because I like to read series in order), but, if you haven't, you can read this book and understand everything because Spencer gives nice synopses throughout. However, it does not detract or bore those readers who already know what she is talking about. Tainted Trail has lovely characterization, nice descriptive details, an exciting plot line - in short, this book has it all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read both Alien Taste and Tainted Trail. I found both of them to be excellent books. Of the two, Tainted Trail is more skillfully written. Wen Spencer is (deservedly so) more confident and the end result is a compelling thriller with multiple and layered mysteries. She balances character development, romance, action, and the unique storyline deftly. My only caveat is that if you do as I did and chew through this one quickly, there is a long wait for her next book!
harstan More than 1 year ago
There is nobody in the world quite like Ukiah Oregon. His genetic make-up is that of an alien sire and an Earth woman. He has heightened senses, which make him an excellent tracker, is almost impossible to kill and is more than two centuries old. Ukiah¿s earliest memories were that of growing up and being raised by wolves until he was caught in a trap and adopted by two women who set the non-lethal snare.

He works with private detective Max Bennett who is one of the few humans privileged to know about Ukiah¿s background. Their latest case takes them to Oregon where a hiker has gone missing. Her uncle has hired them to locate her but when Ukiah picks up the trail, he discovers that she is the victim of a kidnapping. While trying to locate her despite the attempts of the kidnappers to stop him, Ukiah also tries to follow a promising link to his mother¿s family which, in turn, leads him to his father¿s enemies..

Containing elements from the mystery and science fiction genres, TAINTED TRAIL is a unique and highly entertaining reading experience. It is easy to believe that the hero is a lovable half-breed alien, which makes the underlying premise for this work easy to accept. The mystery is a tightly woven cerebral puzzle that is almost impossible to figure out until the author reveals the final clues. Hopefully Wen Spencer will continue to write about Ukiah Oregon (the person, not the place).

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous 5 months ago
Surely there is a next!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Although part of a series, this can be read separately. There is an alien, SF background but this is not a high tech book. The characters are interesting and detailed; the plot is skillfully drawn. This book is of a quality of writing and story telling that is hard to find.  AND,  there is not a single vampire, zombie, or werewolf in it. Perhaps a faint reference. It is also fun.
Phaylenn More than 1 year ago
Fantastic!!! I would love to see more from the Pack even after these four books.
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