by Candace Salima, a regular contributor to US Daily Review
Prey by Linda Howard caught my attention right away. Besides being one of my favorite authors, for the first time she’s given thought and personality to an animal, which happens to be a man-eating bear.
Throw in Linda Howard’s usual alpha male, strong woman character, and the fact they are both wilderness guides, albeit competitors, and you’ve got an interesting recipe stewing.
Oh, did I forget to mention the insane accountant who decides he needs to off his boss?
Angie Powell and Dare Callahan have an unrequited attraction for one another, however, it’s their bad luck that Callahan has slowly siphoned off Powell’s guide business customers until she is approaching bankruptcy.
One last trip, with a repeat customer, into the mountains for the season, and Angie Powell will wrap up business, for the last time. But the one last trip brings a deadly client, a man-eating bear who has taken too much to the taste of human flesh, and a violent rainstorm turns her the trip into a living, breathing nightmare.
A terrifying race down the mountain, a near encounter with the murderer, and an injury to her ankle, Angie is all but incapacitated, but determined to get down the mountain alive. Crawling through the mud, rocks and trees, she wracks up injury after injury until Dare finds her and carries her through the night back to his cabin, after his horse runs away.
As they finally journey down the mountain, the climax of the story comes in a tense and frightening rush.
95% of the book takes place on the Montana mountain, in the space of 3 days, with a storm raging overhead and two killers on the loose, it makes the situation precarious, to say the least. It is a well written, fast-paced story which invites the reader inside to enjoy the roller coaster ride.
I liked the book, and it has a place on the shelf of my home library. I read it straight through, as I always do with a Linda Howard. But I, like other readers, was disturbed by the increased amount of graphic language. I don’t believe it necessary to include that type of language in any book because it is not integral to the story line or character development. It’s easy enough to convey the concept without peppering the story with gross profanity.
Warning: The language in Prey is unnaturally strong. And Linda Howard is always known for one or two graphic sex scenes. In fact, her books are what I call “page skippers.”
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (September 6, 2011)
Rating: 4 Stars
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