Author: A.J. Marcus
Publisher: DSP Publications
Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages
At a Glance: I highly recommend Eagle’s Blood and Grizzly Discovery, especially if you are an animal lover.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Landon Weir and Brock Summers are happily settling into their life as a couple, easily balancing Landon’s work as an animal rehabber with Brock’s career as a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer. When they find a bear shot and skinned, they set out to discover who’s behind the heinous act.
Events force Brock to come out to his boss, causing him and Landon to rethink how public they want to make their relationship. As more bear sightings – and more carcasses – show up in the area, Brock is attacked by a black bear he’s trying to release back into the wild, but his injuries don’t prevent him from helping Landon and their friends with the investigation. Despite leads being thin on the ground, the two men try to uncover the poachers before more bears are killed. But when the evidence points them in an unexpected direction, Teller County’s bear population may not be all the killers have in their sights.
Review: Brock Summers is a wildlife officer working for the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. He gives his all to a job that he loves.
Landon Weir is a local wildlife rehabber, and he runs Mountain Spirit Wildlife Rehab, with recovery pens on twenty acres of land. He also gives his all to a job that he loves. Most of all Brock and Landon are true soul mates, and they give one-hundred percent to each other. Brock has just recently moved in with Landon, but not everyone is aware of their personal connection. Brock doesn’t want to lie, but is he ready to admit to his relationship with Landon.
Both Brock and Landon share a special bond with the eagle, Frigga, and Brock spends a lot of his time rescuing and relocating animals and dealing with poachers. Whenever an animal is injured, Brock takes them to Landon, who tries his best to rehabilitate them so they can be released back into the wilderness. Animals that are injured to the point they can’t go back into the wild he keeps or sends them to specialized rehabbers. The ones that he does keep, he uses for educational purposes at events where he introduces them to people. He educates people on what happens when the animal cannot go back to their habitat because of injuries that are caused by humans. In a day’s work, Brock and Landon could be dealing with lynx, moose, osprey, deer, eagles, raccoons, kestrels, elk and bears.
Carl Matz has come to town and wants to meet with Brock and Landon. He is doing research on the bear population in different counties by setting up eight-foot poles with game cameras on them. They discover a carcass of a bear that looks strange to Landon. Landon calls Brock, but it would take him some time to get to Landon. Once Brock and Dara show up, they conduct their investigation and take the carcass with them. Even checking out the photo files doesn’t give Brock and Landon any information. Brock seeks permission from his Captain to have the carcass taken to Dr. Angela Lanstrom at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to perform a necropsy.
Even with everything that’s going on, Brock has made time to give Landon an amazing surprise. When the time comes for Brock and Landon to get back to work, things get crazy. Brock facing a dangerous bear release, too many dead bears, and a human. What’s the answer to all the bear killings, and who is in danger next?
In 2014 I read Eagle’s Blood, the first book in this series and re-read it to refresh my memory before tackling Grizzly Discovery, and I have to say both books are amazing and informative. A.J. Marcus shares so much knowledge in Eagle’s Blood about birds (of course, he is a falconer). In Grizzly Discovery, you’ll find Brock, Landon, Dara, Bear and Frigga, but most of all, A.J. Marcus shares knowledge about different animals in the wilderness. Both of these stories show how greedy people can be. Land is not the only thing taken away from the wildlife; they are killed for their pelts and body parts too. I highly recommend both of these books, especially if you are an animal lover.
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