Killer Cats In San Francisco
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Engaging Read ...
Highly Recommended ... 5 stars
Puma attacks in the suburbs of
San Franciso are met with the usual stun, tag, release to the
wild methodology prevalent in many areas today as man encroaches
upon the habitat of critters. The notion that 'the wild' might
in fact be inhabited by more than opossum, raccoon and the occasional
rabbit is not part of the thinking of the 'preserve the puma'
at any cost set. When Glade County (Napa? Sonoma? Solano?) residents
begin to suffer puma attacks: small animals are the first to
disappear. They are followed by pets and finally people. An attempt
to get an initiative onto the ballot denying the release of puma's
to outlying areas is voted down, primarily by the residents of
San Francisco. Glade county suffers a horrendous attack: Marion
Moody and her infant daughter are attacked near their home. Marion's
husband Jed will never be the same: he and several friends track
down and shoot the murderous cat. It is one of the tagged critters
released into 'the wild.'.
In the city officials are first
alarmed then dumbfounded and finally anxiety-ridden when puma's
begin to prowl among the streets with increasing frequency. Skid
row bums, down and outers, children and pedestrians out on the
street all are falling prey to the murderous beasts. The only
clue is a run down truck, reeking of critter and seen in first
one and then another location in the city. When a big cat corners
children in a school gym something must be done. Suddenly the
outbreak of cats reappearing in the city stops. Minnesota does
report wolves released into the wild have somehow found their
way back into populated areas.
Writer Shields has produced an
exciting read based on an intriguing premise. Animals released
into the wild is a neat notion, however wild animals who have
developed a taste for human blood or a willingness to come where
the hunting is easy…. fenced back yards filled with trapped
pets and kids are not likely to relish being released into an
area where they have to search for food and fight with others
Running through "Killer
Cats In San Francisco" are several sub plots: Jed Moody
and is distress to have lost his wife and child to a killer cat.
The ongoing tension between the 'do-gooder' head of the governmental
body releasing critters into the wild and his brother over what
is to become of 'the old home place.' Various vignettes detailing
some of the lives of the folks introduced in the work.
Writer Shields pulls it all together
with a zigzagging hand to produce an spine tingling, highly readable
publication certain to satisfy those who luxuriate in a shocker
filled with fascinating characters, gratifying interplay, absorbing
exchanges, exciting plot-line, and at times pleasantly puzzling
consequences. "Killer Cats In San Francisco" takes
a meandering look at settings, people, and the social ills we
humans tend to foist on one another in the name of doing well
by whatever our own personal agenda might be.
Found "Killer Cats In San
Francisco" to be a most agreeable way to spend a long evening.
Gives the reader much to think about. Reader interest is held
tight from the opening lines as the reader is treated to an overview
of 'Glade County' and is held fast from the work by the county
residents during their defeated ballot initiative right down
to the last paragraphs as the focus changes from cats to wolves.
Exciting read, happy to recommend.