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When a young woman is killed by a bear while on a camping trip with her boyfriend Professor Theo Cray gets involved. The woman had once been a student of his. Theo is not convinced that it was an animal, he's positive that a man did this. A man killing like an animal would kill.
In an attempt to prove his theory he begins to look for other animal killings that have gone unsolved. When he locates the body of a woman previously assumed missing, he becomes the prime suspect until the police determine that it was another animal killing.
Cray is now driven to find more. With the help of a sophisticated computer program and his biological background he discovers more. Upon meeting an anthropologist with information dating back to the 1980's of an attack by maybe a mountain lion, maybe a man dressed up like a mountain lion. Cray now thinks he's found this murderers beginnings.
This book starts out a little slow as you get background info, it increasingly speeds up until it like a roller coaster and by the end... forget it! This is a downward spiral with nail biting, stomach twisting suspense! I absolutely love books like this and listened to it in one day.
Will Damron does a fantastic job narrating. I don't think anyone could possibly do any better.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!
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244 of 255 people found this review helpful
The Naturalist features brilliant but not fully socially acclimated University of Texas computational biology professor Theo Cray is the unlikely protagonist. While in Montana for a summer field trip he learns that one of his former star students, now a PhD, has just been killed apparently by a grizzly bear. He believes it is murder by a human who used sharpened metal claws to simulate bear claws. A few miles away he finds the buried body of another woman who has been missing for months. Again it looks like a bear's work to everyone except Cray. Using the scientific tools he finds several other bodies in forest graves apparently killed by animals. He is not buying the animal killer theory believing instead that all were killed by a man over a long period. From there the story gets really interesting and wild. His life is at risk as are two of the friends he has made.
The plot of this suspense mystery is easily among the most interesting and creative I have read. Author Andrew Mayne is a professional magician and a top selling independently published novelist. Looking Glass, Book 2 in The Naturalist series, is scheduled for release on March 13, 2018. I look forward to the release. Will Damron's narration is superb.
Following Audible Listener Shelley has again led me to a wonderful suspense mystery. If you enjoy the mystery/thriller genre and are not following her, you should.
77 of 83 people found this review helpful
I loved everything about this book. It had me gripped from the start and I genuinely didn’t want it to end. I enjoy Jack Reacher/John Milton characters but this nerdy bioinformatics professor is right up there with them. I loved his unusual thought processes and felt his frustration when others didn’t make the mental leaps that he did. Can’t wait for Book 2.
A brilliant narrator enhanced the pleasure.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
This first time novel from Andrew Mayne has all of the elements of a gripping mystery suspense story. The listener is captivated from the first paragraph and the author does not let go until the last word. What is really surprising is that it is intelligent and scientifically accurate, the author having clearly done his research to ensure that the details are correct.
I was captivates by the story and writing and cannot wait to listen to his second in the series.