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by Nick Taddeo
About This Book
Searching for wildflowers near the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevadas, best friends, Stephanie and Adriana, are startled when suddenly confronted by a cougar.
Word of the sighting spreads like wildfire throughout the valley. Feeling the animal rights advocates' solutions are too soft, many outraged ranchers quickly form a hunter's coalition.
Out of the chaos that erupts, Cobra Stevens, an attractive wildlife biologist of mixed Pauite and European heritage, is called in and given the seemingly insurmountable task of restoring peace between the two groups.
Tragedy strikes. This only makes the vigilantes led by Adriana's dad, Earl Kramer, more determined to rid their Valley of all cougars. Cobra Stevens is clearly running out of time. And what of the cougars? Will they be the ultimate losers in this deadly battle?
Tinnemaha Creek is a thought-provoking tale of how wildlife vs. human rights collide in our contemporary lives.
About the Author
Nick Taddeo lives in Pasadena, California. His love of animals has been one of life-long interest. As a youngster, he saw a caged lion pacing back and forth in a tiny cell at the Detroit Zoo. He couldn't let go of that image.
As research for Tinnemaha Creek, he camped, hiked, and studied the Eastern Sierras, consulted with Native Americans, farmers, ranchers, and wildlife specialists to raise his awareness of the dilemma which confronts both humans and wildlife struggling for survival in that beautiful tumultuous slice of the American West.
To do something about that crisis, he wrote this novel.
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Tinnemaha Creek, a contemporary novel, takes on an issue that's all too common today. What to do when wild creatures wander into our backyards.
Two young girls, searching for wildflowers on the eastern slopes of the Sierras, are suddenly confronted by a cougar. When word gets out, area ranchers and farmers are in an uproar. They pit sides against each other and absolute pandemonium breaks out. Tragedy strikes.
Who's right? The animal rights' advocates who believe wildlife and humans can live in harmony? The people who want wildlife eliminated to avoid any threat? And what of the cougars? Will they be the ultimate losers in this deadly battle?
Nick Taddeo's wildlife scenes are vivid and engaging. He takes you along as he narrates the movement of the cougars in and around the Sierras. You'll jump when the cougar wages a fierce battle against a black bear into whose territory he has unknowingly wandered. You'll be in awe when a California condor with a nine-foot wing span descends and attempts to grab a bite of the cougar's pronghorn antelope kill.
Taddeo, having spent much time in the Sierras consulting with ranchers, wildlife specialists, and Native Americans, obviously knows the area extremely well. His tale of those people and the wild creatures will enthrall you.
Tinnemaha Creek was published by Foremost Press. It can be ordered through
local bookstores and at ForemostPress.com, Amazon and
Barnes & Noble.com.
232 pp, $13.97.