The inside story of the drug cartels on our public lands—and the game wardens taking them on.
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
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Meet the Author
Lt. John Nores is a 17-year veteran California Fish and Game Warden who serves as the point man for California Department of Fish and Game anti-marijuana actions in the North Coast District. From June 2005 to the present, Nores has been Patrol Supervisor for three counties in the Central Coast of California. He currently conducts covert and overt operations and tactical surveillance and special operations training related to wildlife crimes, with a special focus on marijuana eradication. Under his leadership, more than 600,000 marijuana plants have been removed from Santa Clara County since 2003. In 2008, Nores received the Medal of Valor from Governor Arnold Schwarznegger for his leadership. James Swan has authored eight nonfiction books, penned a column for ESPNOutdoors.com, and recently produced a 66-minute documentary, "Endangered Species: California Fish and Game Wardens."
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This book provides a firsthand perspective of the challenges faced by game wardens in California. If you enjoy the environment and conservation read about the destruction taking place in California and learn what is being done to stop it. This book is the bomb!
Author John, Nores does an extraordinary and brilliant job in writing and presenting such an incredible and intense story of "War in The Woods: Combating the Marijuana Cartels on America's Public Lands in California. A glimpse of dangerous clandestine drug operation missions conducted by California Fish and Game Wardens and Federal & Local Joint Intra-Agency, Marijuana Eradication Team (MET) members. I've seen my share of warriors preparing to go into harm's way! The detail descriptions of these special operation team members suiting up, checking their weapons & equipment and planning their missions prior to going onto their operations, is one that brings to me many memories having served in U.S. Army Special Forces Counter-Drug operations overseas. Altogether the story is fascinating action packed and immediately captures my attention, as I am able to envision every scene, as if I were part of the team members moving through the woods during their clandestine operations. My heart begins to beat faster, as my blood starts pumping harder, as John Nores and his special operations team members moved closer for the kill or chase to capture of drug cartel operatives. You can read and witness the horrors of death and fear in combating drug cartel operatives in our own national forest. The characters are so realistic, that I could feel, smell and share their emotions during their survival and facing death from this phenomenal enemy and hostile environment in our public lands! California Fish and Game Wardens, the unsung heroes of our national wild lands, are the first line of defense. I salute these men for their extraordinary and courageous work in combating clandestine marijuana operatives in exploitation and destruction of our public lands. A "Must Read" to understand the dedication, service & sacrifice our Law Enforcement Officers, are making in order to protect our Wild Lands & Natural Resources from Wildland exploitation by foreign drug cartels. A first hand look, behind the headlines at the reality of the difficult challenges California Fish & Game Wardens face as they defend America's Wild Lands Environmental Natural Resources! Regulo Zapata Jr. Author of "Desperate Lands"
This book is incredible -- detailed, well written, and very, very disturbing. It tells the story of a little understood and less publicized battle being fought, right now, against organized crime cartels destroying public and private lands alike, and the imminent danger they pose to those who might unwittingly stumble onto their operations. In chapter after chapter, Lt. John Nores takes the reader through one hairy encounter after another, where specialized teams of tough, stealthy, smart, and well organized and equipped operators go headlong into the fight against an often hidden foe who seems to have all the advantages. Well, all the advantages except lots of guns, and the element of surprise, that is. I simply could not put this book down, and it infuriated me to no end to know that this stuff goes in in some of the very same places I have hiked and enjoyed for years. It is a mystery to me why this is not a better publicized problem, why there are as few operators doing this job as there seem to be, and why more isn't being done about it. This is a life-and-death battle that should be better understood by all. Again, READ THIS BOOK.
I picked up this book after seeing the author at a book signing in San Jose and I'm glad I did. I don't normally read books dealing with law enforcement, but I found myself unable to put this book down. The experiences the author describes are amazing! What makes it even more interesting to me is that the stories happened right around the area where I live. Law enforcement shootouts with Mexican Cartel marijuana growers just does not seem like something that would happen around here. It is disturbing what they are doing to the forests and water resources in my county. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to educate themselves on a serious issue that is happening right in our backyard.
Most Californians are not aware that the Mexican Cartels have literally taken over many pristine park lands and private properties for the purpose of illegally cultivating marijuana, making it unsafe to conduct many outdoor activities in some places. Hikers, hunters, fishermen, mountain bikers, and property owners have fallen victim to armed cultivators in the last several years. Having been directly involved in this same battle for over seven years, I have seen the violence perpetrated by armed illegal aliens in large illicit marijuana grows, the diversion, poisoning, and theft of creeks and natural spring water, the environmental damage, and the riparian destruction that takes an enormous amount of effort and time to repair. Unfortunately the media is not always eager to publicize this information for a multitude of reasons. This problem is not going to go away by legalizing marijuana. On the contrary, I believe it will just drag the cartel-instigated violence north of the border into our great state. Just look at the ways the cartel enforcers deal with competition and opposition in Mexico. Lieutenant Nores has called it like it is. War in the Woods will make you angry, but it will be difficult to put down.