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Wildlife Guardian: Stories of a Pennsylvania Game Warden
     

Wildlife Guardian: Stories of a Pennsylvania Game Warden

by William Wasserman
 

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This is Wasserman's third book about his encounters with animal poachers in the wilds of Pennsylvania. Join him as he patrols four hundred square miles of rural mountain terrain in search of some of the most unpredictable--and interesting--characters you'll ever meet. Wasserman relates the dangers of his job with pulse-pounding clarity. He is a wonderful storyteller.

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This is Wasserman's third book about his encounters with animal poachers in the wilds of Pennsylvania. Join him as he patrols four hundred square miles of rural mountain terrain in search of some of the most unpredictable--and interesting--characters you'll ever meet. Wasserman relates the dangers of his job with pulse-pounding clarity. He is a wonderful storyteller. His crisp use of dialog makes his characters come alive in every page. Wildlife Guardian contains seven of his best tales to date.

In Footsteps in the Dark a goat is killed in a remote forest by some unknown beast. Wasserman knows that a mountain lion has been reported in the area. At first, he disbelieves the claim. But as he stands between the creature and its meal, it begins to stalk him. Alone in the dark of night, he listens to the steady cadence of its breathing and wonders if he'll make it home alive.

In Unintended Consequences the author narrates an encounter with a poacher that keeps coming back to him like a bad dream. It's a story about a man and his dog that you'll remember long after you put the book down.

In A Valentine's Surprise a poacher prepares to surprise his wife with a turkey dinner on Valentine's Day. His plan backfires when the game warden shows up as an uninvited guest. But there are other surprises in the story as well. It's one you don't want to miss.

Shadows in the Moonlight is a fast-paced story about a night of chasing poachers that includes some hilarious antics between Wasserman and a faithful deputy who always manages to stay one step ahead of him.

In A Reckoning in the Snow we take the ride of our lives as the author attempts to take his patrol car over a treacherous, frozen mountain to assist a deputy with bear poachers.

In Head Games emotions run wild as Wasserman encounters a family of downtrodden poachers that he's reluctant to prosecute. It's one of his best tales ever.

Fallout is a story about hardened poachers who will stop at nothing to shoot a deer. They've been at it for years because everyone is afraid to act. It takes a strong woman and her teenaged daughter to finally bring the men to justice.

Excerpts from Wildlife Guardian:

"I wondered if it was sizing me up at this very moment, its powerful body adjusting, muscles taut and ready. The notion made my heart hammer so loud I could hear it. And I was certain that whatever was out there could too..."

"She took a long pull on her cigarette. Thought about the revolver hidden in her bedroom. A single woman. Alone. Frightened. Three armed men outside. It would be self-defense..."

"The suspect had turned around and was boring toward us at a deadly pace. I switched on my revolving red light, thinking it might stop him. But the lunatic truck shot by my vehicle, taking my side mirror with it..."

Editorial Reviews

International Game Warden - Gerry W. Lister
"Perennial favorite William Wasserman is back with his sixth book. The stories from this retired 32-year veteran conservation officer just keep coming and are as entertaining and enlightening as ever. Wildlife Guardian is written in Wasserman's usual high-quality style that keeps you turning the pages until, before you know it, the book is done. Anyone who has not read any of Wasserman's books before could easily start with this one and work backwards, as they do not need t
Gerry W. Lister
"Perennial favorite William Wasserman is back with his sixth book. The stories from this retired 32-year veteran conservation officer just keep coming and are as entertaining and enlightening as ever. Wildlife Guardian is written in Wasserman's usual high-quality style that keeps you turning the pages until, before you know it, the book is done. Anyone who has not read any of Wasserman's books before could easily start with this one and work backwards, as they do not need t
Al Holliday
"His accounts read like scripts for a true-life reality television show. Murderers, drug addicts, dope dealers, and outlaw bikers have all crossed his path, to ends not of their liking."
Pennsylvania Magazine - Al Holliday
"His accounts read like scripts for a true-life reality television show. Murderers, drug addicts, dope dealers, and outlaw bikers have all crossed his path, to ends not of their liking."
Pennsylvania Game News - Robert C. Mitchell
"In more than 30 years he's encountered it all, from the most hardened criminals to the most unbelievable encounters with wildlife."
Robert C. Mitchell
"In more than 30 years he's encountered it all, from the most hardened criminals to the most unbelievable encounters with wildlife."
Cheryl Moskaluk
"Wasserman is at his best when his stranger-than-fiction stories reveal their own truths."
The Alberta Game Warden - Cheryl Moskaluk
"Wasserman is at his best when his stranger-than-fiction stories reveal their own truths."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013452619
Publisher:
Penn's Woods Publications
Publication date:
12/02/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
882 KB

Meet the Author

William Wasserman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 26, 1948. Growing up in rural Bucks County, he soon came to love the great outdoors and started hunting, trapping, and fishing at the age of ten. After graduating high school he became married and started working in various construction jobs until being accepted to the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Training Academy in 1975. Wasserman, a third-degree black belt in Korean karate, and a former national bodybuilding champion, has written five books about his life as a state game warden. During his career, he received numerous awards for his work in wildlife conservation, including the United Bowhunters of Pennsylvania Game Protector of the Year Award; Pennsylvania Game Commission Northeast Region Outstanding Wildlife Conservation Officer; National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Conservation Medal; and the Pennsylvania Trappers Association Presidential Award. Wasserman is a prolific writer who has been published in dozens of national magazines including Black Belt, Pennsylvania Game News, Fur-Fish-Game, International Game Warden, and The Alberta Game Warden. He also penned a weekly outdoor newspaper column for 15 years, and hosted his own popular outdoor talk-radio program for eight years. Wasserman retired from the Pennsylvania Game Commission in 2007, after 32 years of service. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina with his wife (of 40 years) Marianne, and is currently working on his next book about his life as a state game warden.

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