Endangered (A Sam Westin Mystery, #1)

Endangered (A Sam Westin Mystery, #1)

by Pamela Beason

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BN ID: 2940152725674
Publisher: WildWing Press
Publication date: 10/11/2015
Series: A Sam Westin Mystery , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 179,736
File size: 600 KB

About the Author

Pamela Beason lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes novels and screenplays and works as a private investigator. When she's not on the job, she explores the natural world on foot, in cross-country skis, in her kayak, or underwater scuba diving.

Pam is the author of eight full-length fiction works: RACE WITH DANGER (Book 1 of the Run for Your Life YA Adventure Series), THE ONLY WITNESS (1st of the Neema mystery series and Grand Prize winner in the Chanticleer Book Reviews Contest), THE ONLY CLUE (2nd of the Neema mystery series and winner of the Mystery & Mayhem Grand Prize), ENDANGERED (1st in Sam Westin eco-mystery series), BEAR BAIT (2nd in Sam Westin series and winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award), and UNDERCURRENTS (3rd in the Sam Westin series), SHAKEN (1st of the Langston Green romantic series), and CALL OF THE JAGUAR. She also wrote the nonfiction titles SAVE YOUR MONEY, YOUR SANITY, AND OUR PLANET and SO YOU WANT TO BE A PI? She is currently working on sequels to books in all her fiction series. 

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Endangered 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the action in this story. I can't wait to read more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! It was well-detailed w/o inundating the reader w/irrelevant details unlike many authors. It was interesting and unique w/ lots of facts about widelife, national parks, camping, but it was also a thriller. There was no course language or sex but there is romantic tension. I didn't want this one to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read more...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EXCELLENT! Full of action and mystery. Doesn't get bogged down with clutter.
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.
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
Our heroine Sam Westin is a wildlife biologist with grit! The plot is a complex who-dun-it without being too convoluted to follow. The author's style is thoughtful and descriptive without being florid nor preachy. The story moves along nicely and the culmination is gripping. Ms. Beason is a gifted writer who I'll turn to again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the sharpness of the story line and the fine writing style.
Anne777 More than 1 year ago
Action and mystery!! Great combination in this story! Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally, a 5 star story! This keeps you reading and up all night. It has suspence, witty dialogue and characters and a plot. I'll read more from this writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent series opener. Intriguing plot very well written. Great descriptions of unique setting. What more could a reader want? Very reminiscent of Nevada Barr. I definitely intend to read this series. Stephanie Clanahan
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Enjoyable story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sucked me right in from the first few chapters and had me reading well into the night. A great national park adventure.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn’t quit reading . Stayed up much too late but had to finish. Been a long time that a book has kept me up all night long!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, fast paced, action packed. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable. Well rounded start up character and I think I will read the ret of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing work by an excellent author A must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Summer (Sam) and Chase (FBI) are working together to find missing two year old Zach. Sam is sure no animal has killed him but since unable to locate Zach hunters want to start shooting the animals. Chase isn't sure but has teamed up with Sam because she knows the area. Exciting adventure to find a little boy and save the animals. Will Sam be able to do it? I Enjoyed book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Summer aka Sam is great! Wilderness adventure to save a child and cougars in beautiful canyons of Utah! Can't wait for next adventure!
kayek1 More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book and stayed up long into the night to finish it. Set in the wilds of Utah, featuring Summer "Sam" Westin, a writer and wildlife biologist, who helped rehabilitate and release cougars a year ago. When a little boy goes missing, everyone blames the big cats, but Sam knows it's more complicated than that. With the help of the FBI agent Chase Perez, she goes to the high country to save both the cats and the boy.