For Alaska Wildlife Trooper Zanebono Fusca, it's just another summer in Anchorage until a slew of inexplicable fatal bear attacks sets the city reeling. As far as Zane is concerned, the timing couldn't be worse. He's besieged with his own demons, coping with personal loss and an identity crisis that clutches him worse than a grizzly's pickaxe-sized fangs. Ten years before, he hoped Alaska would bring him a sense of his manhood. Now the "last frontier" could put him in an early grave.
Zane's role to protect Alaska's teeming wildlife gets even more tangled when handsome 25-year-old Joshua Gaffner arrives seeking the details of his uncle's gruesome death. But Alaskan officials have few answers. Against his better judgment, Zane takes Joshua deep into Anchorage's far-flung back country - populated with eccentric recluses and ego-driven ecologists - in search of the truth. As the bizarre attacks increase, Zane and Josh continue to push for clues to crack the mystery. Finally Zane unravels a shocking discovery that makes the pieces fall into place. The trouble is Josh stands in the perfect position to become the next victim.
©2012 Shelter Somerset (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.
This seemed like a well researched story, and it's certainly full of intense moments, it has both human and animal perspectives and enjoyable narration.
The story just didn't work for me, which sometime happens and I'm putting this squarely down to "it's not you, it's me."
The bears were a little too anthropomorphized, I found the pace of the story too slow, the "romance" lacked the heat and romantic elements I was looking for and needed to offset the mystery, and the mystery itself didn't draw me in.
However, the one thing that I did enjoy was the narration. John Solo does a good job with the different angles of the story, he has strong character voices and his pacing was good.
The rest just wasn't for me.
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