this is the 72nd in my series of forgotten books
Prey by Ken Goddard, Tor Books 1993 paperback – First Harry Lightstone
I bought this book expecting it to be a wilderness mystery. The protagonist is Harry Lightstone, a Federal Fish and Wildlife undercover agent working with a special team that is primarily concerned with the arrest and conviction of those who make a business of hunting endangered species.
When I started reading, I found Prey to be about covert government operations, teams of international soldier-counter terrorists, power and greed. Once I figured out what I was reading I enjoyed it quite a bit.
A number of international big businesses have a financial stake in preventing several environmental groups (Green Peace, Earth First!, The Sierra Club and others) from joining together to force passage of and compliance with strict laws on toxic waste and environmental protection. There’s big money to be made – or saved – if the potential cooperation between these groups can be sabotaged. Labeling the groups “environmental terrorists”, a plan is created to bring strike forces to bear against them, turning them against one another and public opinion against them all. The evil organization created to implement all this is the International Commission for Environment Restoration (ICER). Some high-level governmental employees are drawn to the promise of power and money, allowing a remote site in Yellowstone National Park to be outfitted as a headquarters and training facility.
The fly in the ointment is a sting operation on some bear hunters by Lightstone and his team a few miles away. Neither group knows of the other at first and by the time they do Lightstone has seen too much and has become a threat to the plan.
Goddard writes well, and this 400 page paper-back went pretty quickly. Sure the plot is unbelievable but so are an awful lot of mysteries I read, and so is science fiction and fantasy. For those of you who enjoy this type of book I’d suggest you try this one. The second Henry Lightstone title, Wildfire has Lightstone and his team again facing ICER and is also available in paperback.
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links to all of the Forgotten Book posts can be found on Patti Abbott’s blog, Pattinase