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ISBN13: 9781940207100
ISBN10: 194020710x
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The northwest corner of Yellowstone Park is closed for bear management, and Rachel, a bear biologist, is discovering some very startling animal behavior—grizzlies denning in June, swans at their wintering grounds in summer, what appear to be Irish Elk, an extinct species, with huge palmated antlers. There are also horrific mutations in the young—elk calves with no front legs, earless bear cubs, and eaglets without wings. What has gone wrong? Why is this area closed? Whos covering up these animal abnormalities in the Park?

A non-stop thriller set in some of North Americas wildest country, In Velvet takes you deep into the hearts of a hard case local detective and a Chicago cop as they take on a corrupt sheriff, a pathalogical poacher, and a lethal black ops manager to solve this ghastly mystery and restore the natural order in Yellowstone National Park.

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"Weissbourd (Inside Passage) weaves science and malevolence into the serene world of Yellowstone National Park with mixed results. Rachel Stanley, a bear biologist, has been noticing unseasonal behavior in her favorite grizzly. Far more alarming is the sudden appearance of horrific mutations in the park's wildlife, from legless elk calves to wingless eaglets. Rachel joins forces with former boyfriend Rainey Jackson, a onetime private detective, and Jen Donahue, a visiting former Chicago cop, to determine the causes. Meanwhile, the people you'd normally count on — sheriff, park ranger, wilderness guide, federal agent — commit vile deeds that include decapitation and burning a home and acres of forest just for spite. Even worse are the secretive scientific experiments — supposedly being conducted by the Defense Department and designed to turn hot spring microbes into bombs — that recklessly endanger the entire ecosystem. Weissbourd keeps the story moving, but unfortunately with mounting reader incredulity." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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From the best-selling author of Inside Passage and notable producer of Raggedy Man and Ghost Story, this thriller is set deep in the back woods of Yellowstone National Park where wildlife abnormalities are revealing themselves to be more than just a regenerative cycle of life phenomenon. Bear cubs are being discovered without ears. Elk with no front legs. Brown trout are spawning at unseasonable times. And, most mysteriously, there seems to be something roaming the park's vast wilderness that greatly resembles the Irish Elk — a species that's supposedly been extinct for thousands of years.

About the Author

Burt Weissbourd is the producer of many notable films, including Ghost Story, starring Fred Astaire, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Patricia Neal, and Raggedy Man, starring Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard, which The New York Times called “a movie of sweet, low-keyed charm.” His first novel, Inside Passage was released in 2013. He lives in New York City.

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nrlymrtl, May 14, 2014 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
This book had a lot of interesting characters and I was never bored with it. I also enjoyed the setting �" watching these folks traipse around in small towns, rural areas, and out and out wilderness. Some were equipped for it, others were not. Rachel’s character was probably the most interesting for me as she is a biologist (same as me) and I instantly related to her.

The pace is very fast, with the narrative quickly flipping from one to another. In some instances, we just get to know a character before they are killed off. So if you are concerned you would get stuck on the biology passes, don’t worry. You won’t as they are brief. I especially liked the descriptions of the animals behaviors (both normal and aberrant) and of the mutated animals and what the consequences could be.

While Rainey could be thought of as the main character, I felt he took a back seat as the story progressed. Jesse as the master mind villain took center stage with Rachel flying a close second with her bear knowledge. While some of the characters find Rainey to be a very interesting character, I did not. But that’s OK.

My few criticisms for the book reside with characters making choices that either don’t fit their characterization or those choices not being believably explained. early on, there is a car explosion, with someone in it, and I didn’t feel that the reason behind this was fully explained. Also, Jen the cop comes onto the scene via a snake-infested suitcase. This seemed like a very odd thing and I never really bought into it, especially since Jen doesn’t show much outdoors or animal knowledge later. Also, Jen has been trying to get her son back from her divorced husband. But then she leaves him in the hands of strangers while she goes camping on this adventure, with her new beau. Either she is a questionable parent and that was intended or the character had a great need to leave her traumatized child and the greatness of that need didn’t come across.

Still, in the big picture, these small things did not deter me from simply shaking my head a little and continuing to enjoy the mystery and the thrill. Oh, and there are Irish Elk. This was a new one for me and I enjoyed learning just enough about them to have me go digging for more info.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781940207100
Author:
Weissbourd, Burt
Publisher:
Rare Bird Books
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20140631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Weissbourd (Inside Passage) weaves science and malevolence into the serene world of Yellowstone National Park with mixed results. Rachel Stanley, a bear biologist, has been noticing unseasonal behavior in her favorite grizzly. Far more alarming is the sudden appearance of horrific mutations in the park's wildlife, from legless elk calves to wingless eaglets. Rachel joins forces with former boyfriend Rainey Jackson, a onetime private detective, and Jen Donahue, a visiting former Chicago cop, to determine the causes. Meanwhile, the people you'd normally count on — sheriff, park ranger, wilderness guide, federal agent — commit vile deeds that include decapitation and burning a home and acres of forest just for spite. Even worse are the secretive scientific experiments — supposedly being conducted by the Defense Department and designed to turn hot spring microbes into bombs — that recklessly endanger the entire ecosystem. Weissbourd keeps the story moving, but unfortunately with mounting reader incredulity." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
From the best-selling author of Inside Passage and notable producer of Raggedy Man and Ghost Story, this thriller is set deep in the back woods of Yellowstone National Park where wildlife abnormalities are revealing themselves to be more than just a regenerative cycle of life phenomenon. Bear cubs are being discovered without ears. Elk with no front legs. Brown trout are spawning at unseasonable times. And, most mysteriously, there seems to be something roaming the park's vast wilderness that greatly resembles the Irish Elk — a species that's supposedly been extinct for thousands of years.
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