Warden Force: Masters of Destruction and Other True Game Warden Adventures: Episodes 88-100 [Paperback] Hodges, Terry Unbranded
Warden Force: Masters of Destruction and Other True Game Warden Adventures: Episodes 88-100 [Paperback] Hodges, Terry Unbranded
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Product Description A collection of 13 award-winning short stories (true crime/narrative non-fiction) concerning the true adventures of California Fish and Game Wardens and the wildlife-destroying outlaws they pursue. These stories illustrate the wide variety of wildlife-related problems wardens face in California, which has a greater diversity of wildlife and wildlife habitat than any other state and is second only to Alaska in its vast expanses of wilderness. Bonus: Contains a full-length audio narration of Combat Fishing (Story #9) The eighth season contains 13 exciting true-story narrative adventures: A Matter of Survival Some Kind of No Good Payback Time Drop-countin' at Gunner's Swamp Threats and Promises An Extra Set of Eyes Operation High Hog Primal Instinct Combat Fishing Master of Destruction The Ghosts of Tipper Slough Leonard's Bad Word Trophy Poacher Review The author, Terry Hodges, is a retired Fish and Game Patrol Lieutenant who had supervised the game wardens in two Northern California counties. This volume is the 8th in a Series of volumes of true short stories describing the experiences of "good wardens" who protect California wildlife and habitat against some of the nastiest people on the planet. I always look for the "surprise" in a book that makes it great. Terry Hodges understands how to use surprise as an element of a good story and getting to wisdom. The Preface points out three surprises often drawn from Hodges' game warden accounts: "California has more natural diversity of wildlife and wildlife habitat than any other State"--and many of its own citizens do not yet realize that this is a rural State; it is not mainly urban. And some of the most depraved crimes are committed in the rural areas-- it is not our urban centers which are the "high crime" areas. A second misconception which covers a surprise is that game wardens and conservation officers "are at greater risk of being assaulted and killed in the line of duty" than almost any other profession. Whatever else we think of the predators and abusers among us, this book documents the fact that we also harbor and pay great heroes who protect our most precious assets. This book includes documentation of one wildlife crime from which our communities have not recovered -- the infamous destruction of a pristine wetland known as Tipper Slough. This area was one of the last remaining riparian habitats, 95% of which have already been destroyed. Tipper Slough remains obliterated, in spite of laws, agreements, and commitments from developers. At least the Warden on the job was able to obtain a signed arrest warrant, and executed it on the wealthy developer, "the mass-murderer of wildlife". [142] These stories enable us to stand beside our heroes who protect our habitats. Our heroes still exist. We join in appreciating them and for doing what they do--combatting the high crimes against Nature committed by some very ignorant, depraved, and well-armed human beings. Our wardens are heroes. Readers can join those who have received, and will receive, California's highest honor, the Medal of Valor.   ★ ★★ ★★   The life of a game warden is pretty interesting. These true stories gave me an insight into their job and how tedious and frustrating it can be. The quote by one warden sums up justice, "We catch them, they let them go." "They" meaning the judges. It definitely seems like a thankless job and I'm sure most law enforcement officers feel the same way. I enjoyed all these stories but my favorite was The Ghosts of Tipper Slough. I also enjoyed  the bonus audio chapter Combat Fishing. I had a blast listening to that story being told. ★ ★★ ★★   Before the advent of reality television the general public tended to be unaware of the extent of wildlife related crime in the US and of the role of game wardens in apprehending violators. Game wardens are involved in much more than checking for fishing licenses and dee

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