Tuesday Teaser/Opening ~ Beast in the Garden

Like my obsession with reading about fighting fires, I've gotten hooked on books about cougars. The Beast in the Garden: A Modern Parable of Man and Nature by David Baron doesn't disappoint. It has all the drama and tension of any novel. I think I may have a fetish for what one might call Natural Disaster porn.

The true tale of an Edenic Rocky Mountain town and what transpired when a predatory species returned to its ancestral home.

When, in the late 1980s, residents of Boulder, Colorado, suddenly began to see mountain lions in their yards, it became clear that the cats had repopulated the land after decades of persecution. Here, in a riveting environmental fable that recalls Peter Benchley's thriller Jaws, journalist David Baron traces the history of the mountain lion and chronicles Boulder's effort to coexist with its new neighbors. A parable for our times, The Beast in the Garden is a scientific detective story and a real-life drama, a tragic tale of the struggle between two highly evolved predators: man and beast.

Opening: (Prologue)
January 16, 1991
The Colorado sun burned through a mantle of winter gloom, dappling the rocks, the trees, the snow with a warm glow, giving an air of spring to the January hillside. Ponderosa pines, their needles carpeting the ground, shimmered in the silvery light beside a town that owed its existence to gold. The forest lay open, trees interspersed with grasses and shrubs that could tolerate the heat and low moisture of the south-facing slope, vegetation that provided excellent cover for a creature in hiding.

Teaser: (Just for perspective, the woman has been chased up a tree by two mountain lions.)
She snapped a dead limb from the trunk and broke off its smaller branches, fashioning a primitive spear, then thrust the weapon downward with both hands as if harpooning the cat. "F*ck you!" she screamed as she jabbed her tormentor. The cat hissed and batted the stick with its paws. "F*ck you!" she yelled again. The lion backed down.

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  1. Oh, great excerpt and blurb! I can relate to this one...I once lived in the foothills, and foxes, bobcats, and coyotes walked in our yards. Scary!

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  2. This sounds like something I'd enjoy.

  3. I have GOT to read this. I've been to Boulder more than once, but I had no idea there had been a mountain lion invasion. Your Teaser is sure frightening!
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  4. That is one brave woman.

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  5. I think I remember hearing about this. It sounds like a fascinating story. I know it's quite different, but in the city I live there are wild burros that often come down from the hills and trample people's yards, eat their plants, etc.

    I'm not sure what it is, but I have the hardest time getting to your blog, Suzie. I keep getting redirected to advertising sites. I hope it's just me and no one else is having this problem. I haven't had this problem with other blogs.

  6. Oooh, now that sounds like a curious situation to have gotten into -- very attention grabbing! Cool tease!

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  7. FYI: Like Literary Feline, I've had a hard time getting to your site. I kept being connected to advertisements too. Finally, after four tries, I made it. If you have fewer comments than usual, that may be the reason.

  8. How terrifying. This is a true account? I'm going to go check this one out.

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