Tainted Trail (Ukiah Oregon, #2)
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Tainted Trail (Ukiah Oregon #2)

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Ukiah Oregon, half-man and half-alien raised by wolves, is hired to track a missing hiker. When her trail grows cold, Ukiah discovers the woman has actually been kidnapped. He then stumbles upon another mystery related to the unsolved disappearance in 1933 of a legendary wolf boy. The hiker's abduction may hold the key to Ukiah's past. (June)
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Roc
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Ukiah Oregon is an alien with human DNA. He has existed on this plant for hundreds of years, many of them living with wolves in the Pacific Northwest. Several years ago he was found by a woman in a humane wolf cage and Ukiah came to live with Mom Jo and Mom Lara outside of Pittsburgh. Now he works as a tracker for a private investigator. In his second adventure, Ukiah and Max, his partner, travel to Oregon, looking for a missing hiker. Traveling with them is the uncle of the missing hiker, Max's...more
Ukiah continues to recover his memories of his past finding both his human and alien relatives. Every Time he dies (and he dies a lot) he ages so he quickly moving from a teenager to a young adult.

Any fantasy fan interested in this series should not put off by the term alien. It's very Earth centered with the two forces of alien infected humans; those that retain a human individuality (along with wolf DNA from their first ancestor) and the second group who you might call soulless aliens with onl...more
Drew Doll
I'm so happy that I am finally reading this series.

This is book #2 in the series, and I would say it is marginally better than book #1. Book #1 I rated a 4, Tainted Trail is a 4.5. We see a greater depth of emotional development in Ukiah, but we are still lacking development in many of the surrounding characters. It is nice to meet Ukiah's family, and there is some more development with Max, and we meet and learn about Alicia, but still we don't have the same feel for the characters like we do i...more
amelia cavendish
Ukiah's story continues a few months after Alien Taste left off in Tainted Trail when Kraynak, their cop friend, asks for their help to find his missing niece, Alicia.

In this book, Ukiah returns to the part of Oregon that he was found and finds (literally!) a part of himself, as well as his mother's family.

I enjoyed this book as much as the first, because I love how the characters care about each other and go out of their way to protect one another. I just can't give it five stars because despit...more
Nathan Burgoine
The sequel to 'Alien Taste,' this is the second "Ukiah Oregon" book.

A bit of background for this science fiction / mystery crossbreed: Ukiah Oregon was found wandering in the woods when he was a kid, a 'wolf boy' living feral. He was found by a lesbian couple who used humane traps to work with wolves, and they took him home, and began raising him as their own - after hiring a private eye to try and track down who he really was. The P.I. failed, Ukiah lived with the women as a son, and eventually...more
I bought the entire series in one swoop, a couple of years ago. I've recommended the series and author, Wen Spencer, to friends. But it's been a while since I've re-read the series. It's been long enough that I've forgotten most of the storyline.

I really like how Rennie is fleshing out. I like how Ukiah is finding more of his family, just as he needs them. I enjoy Ukiah's somehow pure love of Indigo; it's like first love without (I hope) the inevitable heartbreak of teenage first loves.

Some of t...more
Janice (Janicu)
This is the SECOND book in the Ukiah Oregon series (not the first like the review below me states). It has been about 3 months since Ukiah found out what he was and met his father's people. He and Max have been asked to help Max's friend Kraynak (who appeared in the first book) find his missing niece Alicia in Umatilla National Park. This is right by Ukiah, Oregon, the place Ukiah gets his name. Not only is there a mystery to what happened to Alicia, but Ukiah's past life in Ukiah seems to be in...more
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Coincidence (a missing person related to a Pittsburgh friend) brings Ukiah Oregon back to the state he came from, and leads to the recovery of some of his lost memories as well as pitched battles with the Ontongard - that would be the opposing, evil aliens. Once again, it's the characters that make this book - distant Native American relatives, Pittburgh Homicide Detective Kraynak, a local (Oregon) PI and her worthless ex, and so forth. More details about the abortive alien invasion are revealed...more
Book 2 in the Ukiah Oregon series. This series is pretty good, but it's not sucking me in the way Tinker did (by the same author.) It's hard to reduce this story to a blurb, but basically, Ukiah is half alien with lots of super-alien powers, but no memory before a few years ago. The bad guy aliens are his enemy, and in this story, they've infiltrated Ukiah's hometown. There's a friend who disappeared (Alicia) that Ukiah tracks near that same town, and also the mystery of his half-human history t...more
I really like this series. Ukiah is such a fascinating character and it's always interesting to see what he finds out about himself in each book. Some of the plot points read like fantasy, but if you accept the original premise, it actually is science fiction.
I hope they reprint these books someday. Our library had to get the first two through Interlibrary Loan.
Dec 08, 2008 Julia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who love *interesting* fantasy
Recommended to Julia by: I read all Wen Spencer!!!
Ukiah goes to Ukiah, Oregon, where he was found as a preteen, to find Alicia, the niece of a Pittsburgh homicide detective and good friend who worked part- time at Bennett Detective Agency. Ukiah meets his mother’s family, though they make it hard on him, and it turns out they have benefited from Ukiah’s birth.
Nice sequel, the relationships and the story develop, maybe too sweetly. The heroes are thrown into new problems, new enemies arise, good for one reading. I do not see myself reading it for the second time. The third book should be even better but I just could not find the interest to continue this series.
Feb 18, 2012 Katie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sci-Fi Fans. Anyone who enjoys entering world so close to ours but yet so different.
Recommended to Katie by: Amazon
What a fantastic series! The world that Wen has created is intriguing and inviting while being just a bit creepy. The characters are engaging. Highly recommend this series. Start w/ Book 1 (Alien Blood) so you can get the full impact of the story.
Ukiah Oregon is a very lovable character and I enjoy reading about him and his friends. I enjoyed this second book of the series very much and the third one is already on my TBR pile!
Nicola Pike
Not so much of Indigo in this story but we find out more of his history and meet the other side of his family.
Just started this series and finding the whole "aliens have taken over your cells" idea a lot of fun.
My personal favorite of the series, delves much more into the history of Ukiah and the Pack.
Frank Taranto
Continues the story of Ukiah and his friends and enemies.
Nice continuation of the story.
Anthea Strezze
review to come later
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