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Endangered (Summer Westin Mystery #1)

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  581 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Meet wildlife biologist and writer Summer "Sam" Westin, whose dream of saving the cougars is complicated when a boy vanishes from a campground in Utah... A child has gone missing, and Sam Westin knows it's her fault. She nudged the boy down a dark path toward a man she presumed was his father. Now there's a media campaign targeting the cougars she helped rehabilitate and ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Berkley (first published 2009)
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Dec 05, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
Being a mystery fan and sharing territory with cougars, the goodreads giveaway of Endangered called me to click on it. I did. I won.

While hard to pigeonhole exactly, Endangered is more of a thriller than the procedurals I prefer but it definitely pulled me in after a few chapters. Was little Zach kidnapped, murdered, or eaten by cougars? This fast paced book throws plenty of conflicting clues out to the reader.

As a bonus, by tossing together characters with different backgrounds, Pamela Beason
Lori Tatar
Sep 30, 2011 Lori Tatar rated it really liked it
"Endangered" is an engaging story that features a diminutive yet larger-than-life heroine who embraces the circumstances she finds herself in and follows her principles throughout. Pamela Beason has written a gripping novel that will have you questioning the sense in some of the decisions we make as a society, especially when overcome by a mob mentality. You will be amazed as the story ends, and cheering for the characters throughout. The ending is stunning, full of surprises.
Oct 02, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery lovers and animal lovers
Recommended to Kim by: First Reads Win
My thoughts on Endangered in one word: wow.

I won this book through the First Reads giveaway and was very much looking forward to reading it. I have always been a big animal lover so the premise of the book hooked me in before I ever read a single word.

Let me tell you, it didn't disappoint. Pamela Beason weaves a tale so intense and pulse pounding, you feel like you're on the best roller coaster ever built. Her skill at creating tension is right up there with (if not better than) some of the big
Jan 28, 2012 Ariel rated it it was amazing
Summer (Sam) Westin, aka Wilderness Westin to her "Save the Wilderness Fund" website followers, is in Utah's Heritage National Monument to do a follow-up on a previous story. A cougar had been shot and SWF had rescued the cougar and her cubs, treated the wounds and released them back to the park. Sam is hoping to get some photos of the cougars now to report their progress to SWF website. She had worked at the park in the past and still knows some of the park rangers. She is about to set off from ...more
Feb 04, 2012 Christine rated it really liked it
Summer “Sam” Westin is a wildlife biologist whose stint as a National Park Ranger has recently ended. She is now writing stories and taking photographs of cougars in the back country of Utah for “Save the Wilderness Fund” to raise awareness in protecting the area’s cougars. Her job of saving the cougars becomes harder than ever when a toddler disappears from a local campground and the media says young Zach could be the victim of a cougar attack.

I enjoy this type of outdoors mystery and like the
Nov 26, 2011 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Summer (Sam) Westin is a wildlife biologist and she recently helped rehabilitate a family of cougars and helped release them into the wild in a Utah National Park. Today she is back to do a follow-up report for a wildlife group. As she starts up the trail of the park where she worked as a Ranger for awhile she comes across a little lost boy. After she returns him safely to his father she is back on the trail hoping to get some pictures of her large feline friends.

Then she learns via her radio th
May 15, 2012 Sana rated it really liked it
An engaging mystery novel with a lot of couch potential.

I judge a memorable novel by how well I identify with the characters and how engaging they are. Summer (Sam) Westin, the main protagonist of Pamela Beason’s mystery novel, “Endangered” is one such character.

She is a strong willed, wildlife biologist with a sharp tongue and quick wit. Tough on the outside, soft on the inside, Sam Westin is on a hunt to find the little, lost toddler Zachary Fischer whom she meets once in a chance encounter w
Jan "don't blame me, I also voted for Hillary"
"Endangered" is set in a national park in Utah. The protagonist Summer, aka "Sam" works as a free lance nature author and photographer as well as being a wildlife biologist. She is tough, intelligent, and devoted to preserving the natural ecosystem, particularly the cougars. I like her very much and will probably read more by Pamela Beason.

Beason's depiction of the canyonlands and the creatures who inhabit them was well crafted. I could visualize the canyons, arches, land bridges, underground ch
#1 in the Summer "Sam" Westin series. Somewhat clumsy, overwrought melodrama which should smooth out with future series entries. Our heroine is 37 years old with a peripatetic job history. Two years earlier she was a summer employee in the Park Service doing a wildlife survey. Now she has returned to the same park as a reporter for the Save the Wilderness Fund to report on cougars she has helped to rehabilitate and release. She gets involved in the search for a missing boy and, instead of acting ...more
Sep 30, 2011 Sonya rated it really liked it
Endangered is a great book. I have always been excited about books that have animals in them, but this book was a good blend of the animal and human story. The story grabbed me form the beginning. The story of mountain lions and a missing boy was very well told. The characters were introduced carefully and in detail so you wanted to know more about them. It was intense story telling and the twists the story took were wonderful. I thought I had figured out the mystery a couple of times, but then ...more
Kate Vale
Jan 10, 2013 Kate Vale rated it it was amazing
When things got really dicey, I wanted to shake the author and demand to know why she insisted on creating every mother's nightmare: the loss of a child in a National Park. By the time I got to the near-the-end scene of sounds (a child's cries, a waterfall) and my own fear that the Summer Westin wouldn't make it time, my own pulse was beating so rapidly I feared I'd never make it to the end of the novel and what I hoped was a happy ending. Thank God--it was!

A great read, even for people like me
Sep 30, 2016 Kaye rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-books-read
I really loved this book and stayed up long into the night to finish it. Set in the wilds of Utah, featuring Summer "Sam" Westin, a writer and wildlife biologist, who helped rehabilitate and release cougars a year ago. When a little boy goes missing, everyone blames the big cats, but Sam knows it's more complicated than that. With the help of the FBI agent Chase Perez, she goes to the high country to save both the cats and the boy.
Cherie O'Boyle
Jun 22, 2015 Cherie O'Boyle rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy Nevada Barr’s mystery series, you’re going to love Pamela Beason’s Summer Westin stories. Stunning landscapes in national parks and wildlands, captivating descriptions of rarely seen wildlife, and fascinating human and animal mysteries. Leaves you wanting to spend the season backpacking with Summer in the country she knows so well.
Aug 21, 2016 Leisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read

Inventive plot, interesting characters, exciting location, kept my interest and attention all the through and left me want to know the characters more.
Susan Pettrone
Jan 23, 2010 Susan Pettrone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sam Westin, star reporter for the Save the Wilderness Fund, finds herself in her element, in the wilds of Utah’s Heritage National Monument anticipating a sighting of Leto, a female cougar who had just survived a bullet shot. This would be the story of her life, Sam was sure of it, and it wouldn’t help readership either to have a picture to post of a cougar with a history like Leto in the park, possibly even with her cubs.

But first she needed to check in with the park ranger Kent Bergstrom. Afte
Jun 06, 2017 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book, fun read set in a national park. The race to find the missing two year old boy. People are blaming the large mtn lions living in the park for killing the boy. So much that a hunt to kill these animals is planned by park officials and local/national officials.
Will read next in series!!
May 23, 2017 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great New Series!

Strong sense of place. Nice mix of mystery, thriller, and a touch of romantic interest. Can't wait to read the rest of the series! Love the strong, yet vulnerable female protagonist.
Oct 26, 2016 Rdurie rated it did not like it
Shelves: crime-fiction, e-book
Not interested in the wildlife angle so I gave up after a couple of chapters.
Connie Siemens
Mar 21, 2017 Connie Siemens rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book, great story that kept your attention to the very end! Loved the characters.
Kim A. Mann
Jan 05, 2017 Kim A. Mann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story

I really enjoyed the story. There were several twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing. I highly recommend it.
Cathy Cole
Oct 04, 2012 Cathy Cole rated it it was amazing
First Line: It was almost time.

Wildlife biologist and freelance writer Summer Westin is on assignment in southern Utah for the Save the Wilderness Fund. As she's about to hike out to her camp, she hears a mother calling for her child and has a little boy run into her, but before she can do anything, the little boy runs toward a man on the other side of the trees. Assuming the man is the child's father, she waves, the man waves back, and Summer heads out for her camp.

She arrives in time to take
Jane Krovetz
Feb 21, 2017 Jane Krovetz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic Adventure and Mystery!

This was a wonderful, exciting adventure full of plot twists, interesting characters and beautifully described settings. I hope to be able to read more about Summer's (Sam's) adventures in future books!
Katharina Renn
Feb 09, 2013 Katharina Renn rated it it was amazing
Summer Westin ist Wildbiologin und schreibt Reportagen, die sie mit Naturaufnahmen verschönert. Gerade ist sie in ihrem Lieblingsnationalpark in Utah, um eine Reportage über die dort lebenden Berglöwen zu schreiben. Das klingt alles sehr schön und beneidenswert, doch schon an ihrem erstenTag lernt sie den zweijährigen Jungen Zachary kennen, der sich etwas zu weit von seiner Mutter entfernte. Als dieser kurze Zeit später als vermisst gemeldet wird, wird Sam klar, dass sie die letzte Person ist, d ...more
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Endangered immediately drops us into the engagement of the story. A story about a child who disappears, wildlife that require protection while hunters loom, people who are tired, hurried, and focused on their own lives. People who are fallible with their good and not-so-good intentions. You will find many levels and many stories here, combined into one page-turning mystery.

Suspense, interesting characters, and settings are skillfully interwoven in this heart-engaging
Aug 28, 2016 Scot rated it it was amazing
First in an outdoor mystery/adventure series featuring a 37 year old wildlife biologist, Summer Westin, who in this well written debut to the series has a gig as a blogger for Save the Wilderness Fund and is covering a check-in on the status of rehabilitated cougars she had earlier helped release back into the wild at a national park in Utah. At the same time she is on site to do this report, a three year old boy named Zach she had briefly interacted with goes missing from his campground, and th ...more
Feb 12, 2017 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book held my attention from beginning to end. There were many possible perpetrators and it was not overly mushy
C.J. Prince
May 10, 2013 C.J. Prince rated it it was amazing
After slogging through "Enemies: History of the FBI", I need a major change of pace. So I immediately thought of Pamela Beason's book sitting in the stack by the side of my bed. Beason's writing is gripping from the first paragraph. (More upon completion.)

"Endangered" is a book you don't want to put down. Summer Westin who goes by "Sam" is a wildlife biologist assigned to photograph and blog about cougars in Utah. When Sam Westin is the last person to have seen missing two and a half year old Za
Jerry Walch
Aug 29, 2016 Jerry Walch rated it it was amazing
They say that you should never judge a book by its cover and I strongly agree with that admonition but it was the cover of Endangered that actually prompted me to buy the book. I had never heard of Pamela Beason and, as a rule, I do extensive research about authors I've never heard of before buying one of their books, but in this case I was so captivated by the cover I bought the book without doing the research and I'm glad that I did. Once I started reading I could,'t turn my Kindle off until I ...more
Oct 01, 2011 Raven rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book free from a Giveaway.

Endangered is a great book. This is a story of rehabilitated Cougars and a missing boy. I don't usually like mystery books because for me the plots usually tend to be easy to figure out and honestly I thought I had figured this one out a couple of times. Yet, when I thought I had it all figured out something new would be presented and would send my thoughts going in a new or different direction. This book is very well written. This was a bo
Oct 07, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Endangered is a wonderful book. I won the book in a Firstreads giveaway. I was intrigued with the premise of the book - child goes missing in an area with cougars, was he kidnapped or killed by the cougars? There was a good amount of information (just enough not too much) about cougars and the need to save not hunt them. I was taken in from the first page. I loved the depth of information given about the characters and it actually left me wanting to know more them. The story took many twists and ...more
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Pamela Beason lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes novels and screenplays and works as a private investigator. When she's not on the job, she explores the natural world on foot, in cross-country skis, in her kayak, or underwater scuba diving.

Beason is the author of nine full-length fiction works: THE ONLY WITNESS, THE ONLY CLUE (books 1 and 2 of the Neema Mysteries); SHAKEN, CALL OF TH
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