HYBRID: A Thriller
Yellowstone Park has become a dangerous place for those who live along its borders. Something is killing livestock and people in the surrounding areas. Dieter Harmon is a veterinarian who has just relocated himself and his two young children to Montana from Pennsylvania after the death of his wife. He gets the call from a nearby farmer that one of his llamas has been mauled. It looks like a wolf attack, but it seems like it is from something bigger than your average wolf. Dieter finds out it’s not the first attack and starts investigating. Chief Park Ranger Jack Corey is not going to let anyone stand in the way of his operation to reintroduce wolves to Yellowstone. Dieter will have to walk a thin line to survive a possible rogue wolf and a man with nothing to lose, which might make him the more dangerous of the two. And so Hybrid takes you on a wild ride in the still somewhat wild west.
This book was too short. That is my one complaint. It is a thrill ride from beginning to end, very much along the lines of James Patterson’s Zoo. It’s not quite up to the standard of a Michael Crichton novel, but James Marshall Smith is definitely on his way. I would have liked to hear more about what happened to Dieter’s wife, and in the afterword it seems like quite a few years have passed since the incidents in the story, but it isn’t really clear what happened to Dieter, or more specifically between Dieter and Amy. Jack Corey was easy to dislike and made a great antagonist, whereas it took me longer to warm up to Dieter as the main protagonist. I think I actually liked Amy and Josh Pendleton better.
The plot was super fun. I liked that the author seemed to know what he was talking about and also that he had animal attacks without making all the wolves seem like villains. It was not a “one bad apple ruins the whole bunch” kind of scenario. Same goes for the park rangers in the story. There was also a very interesting side story about polygamy that I would have liked to know more about. It did not have much to do with the main story line, but seemed like it was an important topic to the author.
Overall, this is a fast-paced, entertaining read that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I wasn’t able to put it down. If you love thrillers involving rogue animals, like me, I know you will love this book.
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|Author||James Marshall Smith|
|Page Count||300 pages|
|Publisher||Braveship Books (San Diego)|
|Amazon||Buy this Book|
|Category||Mystery, Crime & Thriller|