An archeology student and her best friend disappear on an extended Spring Break in the mountains of Arizona. When U.S. Geological Survey biologist Tony Spencer stumbles upon the scene he becomes an unwitting player in a crime wave that seeps into every aspect of his life. Spencer must confront ghosts, past and present, to escape the clutches of certain death in the Arizona mountain wilderness.
Kline's many years of exploring the back roads and rugged trails of the Rim Country of Arizona provides all the background necessary to weave this tale of intrigue and suspense. He masterfully leads his fictional characters through the very real and beautiful locations of central Arizona, leaving readers guessing up to the very end.
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About the Author
Kline's interest in writing started in elementary school, with creative writing and science being his favorite subjects. After studying forestry at Northern Arizona University, many of Kline's work assignments placed him in the outdoors. Over the years he journaled about many of his adventures.
While Kline still enjoys being in the outdoors, his interests have broadened. He now includes, in addition to his botanical interests, butterflies and dragonflies as his objects of attention, including several county record observations in southeast Ohio.
Hostile Lookout is the first in a series of Tony Spencer mysteries. While the characters are strictly fictitious, the author draws from many of his personal experiences hiking and camping in the rugged Rim Country to build this suspenseful tale. Look for the second book in the series, Asclepias, to come out soon.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Hostile Lookout tells the story of Tony Spencer, a solitary botanist working with the United States Geological Society in Arizona. After a tragic incident early in his life he has become a very solitary person. When his boss assigns him a new guy to show the ropes his solitude takes a huge hit as he is forced to interact with someone new and his new partner is a very social guy. In the course of doing a botany survey the two men meet up with some girls and Tony actually gets along well with one of them. Things can't go Tony's way for very long though as an incident while camping makes him the target of an overzealous law enforcement officer who is determined to send Tony away for a crime he didn't commit. I really liked what this book had to offer. The main thing that attracted me was Tony. He is a normal guy that was super easy to relate too. Maybe it's because I'm not a super social guy myself, but he really made the book come alive. I always hate when a good character is getting wrongly persecuted by an ignorant law officer and this was no different, but this made me MAD. It's a bit amusing to think about it afterwards, but at that point of the book I was fairly seriously invested so it really had me steamed lol. This is a series that I'm going to be keeping an eye on for sure. I can't wait to check out the second book in the series and I know the third should be out by the end of the month. Well done Mr. Kline.