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A Solitude of Wolverines

(Alex Carter #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  659 ratings  ·  230 reviews
“Both a mystery and a survival story, here is a novel written with a naturalist’s eye for detail and an unrelenting pace. It reminded me of the best of Nevada Barr." —James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Odyssey  

The first book in a thrilling series featuring an intrepid wildlife biologist who's dedicated to saving endangered species...and relie
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by William Morrow
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A SOLITUDE OF WOLVERINES by Alice Henderson is the first book in the Alex Carter mystery series. After the opening scenes in Boston, Massachusetts, the rest of the book takes place in Montana. Dr. Alex Carter is a wildlife biologist who had moved from California to Boston to be with her corporate lawyer boyfriend. However, they are now taking a break in their relationship. When she gets the opportunity to study wolverines on a wildlife sanctuary in Montana, she immediately packs and takes the jo ...more
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars, rounded up
All it took was a comparison to Nevada Barr to get me interested in this book. There’s something perfect about combining nature and mystery.
Dr. Alex Carter is a wildlife biologist, who accepts a job tracking wolverines on a nature preserve in Montana. The locals don’t want her there and within days she’s had threatening notes and been forced off the road. And the sheriff keeps dismissing her concerns.
The book includes plenty of nature descriptions, making the comparison to
"The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will." (Theodore Roosevelt)

It's been the mantra of Dr. Alex Carter throughout her career as a wildlife biologist. She's been the protector of the Wetlands and the mountain regions and anywhere and everywhere that there is a desperate need for animal preservation.

But somehow she's not been able to preserve her relationship with her long-standing boyfriend, Brad. She and Brad had a vision that was unified at one time. Alex moved across
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, giveaways
Wolverines don’t run in bands, packs, or gaggles; they are solitary animals. Wildlife biologist and vegan Alex loves the outdoors and studying different species in their natural habitats. So, when Alex is offered the opportunity to do a population study of wolverines in Montana she jumps at the chance.

The fact that Alex must be onsite for the study within 24 hours is a plus. She wants to put a terrifying experience in Boston out of her mind and the persistent press out of her reach. All Alex ne
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This was an exciting action novel featuring biologist Alex Carter. The story opens with a thrilling beginning. At a dedication ceremony in Boston honouring the opening of a new wetlands reserve for birds, Alex is being interviewed by a female reporter. A shot rings out, and the reporter is badly injured. His next bullet is probably meant for Alex. A distant unknown sniper brings the man down, saving Alex's life. She has flashbacks and nightmares of the terrifying event. Her long-time b
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
4.25 strong female character stars

This book was a fun surprise, it started out in a pretty straight-forward manner with a wildlife biologist starting a new project studying wolverines. Except for an action-packed press conference shooting in the first half, I was engrossed in how Dr. Alex Carter was doing her work trying to track down and monitor wolverines in the wilds of Montana. It was fascinating that an old ski resort had been turned into a wildlife preserve. I enjoyed reading about how she
L.G. Cullens
I picked this book up as a breather after some heavy reading. It served its purpose as an easy read, but I wasn't wowed by the writing, and the plot was a bit contrived for my tase. Nevertheless, if you are looking for an easy read with a touch of the wild, you are likely to be satisfied with this book. ...more
There is quite a lot going on in this book and most of it is unlikely. But it has a few things I love. A female main character who can seriously kick butt, a remote setting and the main character saves animals from the bad guys.

It's the old saying, "I don't care who dies as long as the dog lives."

If you want some suspense in the back country you could do a lot worse.
Alex is a wildlife biologist who has followed her boyfriend to Boston where he pursues a career in corporate law. She's almost killed in the city; since Brad has moved out and doesn't return her calls, when she's offered a job tracking wolverines in Montana for a land trust, she jumps at the chance. But the locals don't want her there. They don't like the idea of the land trust preserving the ecosystem, preferring to use the land themselves for hunting and grazing. There are a lot of nasty chara ...more
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Must read. How is this not a bigger conversation for 2020. I will be following the series for sure
Laurie Murphy
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books, arc
Wow! What a great read. It was suspenseful and entertainingly educational. It grabbed me from the first sentence: "The wetlands dedication was a resounding success until the gunman showed up." and kept my interest throughout.

Wildlife biologist Alex Carter, who does field studies on endangered species and their habitat, narrowly escaped with her life after a crazed gunman tries to kill her at a wetlands dedication. With her nerves frayed and her relationship crumbling, she jumps at the chance to
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
[4.5/5] A Solitude of Wolverines is a thriller with a slight creep factor and environmental undertones.

Y’all know I love a good survival/nature story, and this totally fit the bill. An isolated snowy mountaintop, hiking and camping in a nature preserve while researching wolverines – I mean, this was seriously my jam. I loved learning about wolverines and how they live in their natural habitat.

I loved the main character, Alex. She’s quiet, but she’s also a badass heroine who stands up for what sh
Clare O'Beara
Excellent thriller about a resourceful wildlife biologist who takes a post at a former ski resort, now unmanaged wooded mountain, where she will record the animals over winter. She hopes to see a wolverine - wolverines, I've been noticing, are the new wolves. I previously read a thriller called No Place For Wolverines.

The methods of the research ecologist, setting baited camera traps and collecting hairs etc. are described, and we get a lot of tramping about the mountain. Surprisingly for a sol
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a nearly perfect mystery. Thrilling and a bit of action, a true edge of your seat novel, woven in with beautiful nature and animals. And the characters where written so good. I hope there will be more books like this I would love to read more

What I thought I was getting was a novel about ecology in the wild about wolves which I love. However, this as much as it surprised me I absolutely ended up loving it also even though it ended up to be very different as to what I expected. First of all wolverines have nothing to do with wolves. They are approximately weighing about 35 pounds and are mammals that can take down a moose, elk, deer and they are a member of the weasel family. I don't partic
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If this book isn’t the birth of a long running series, I would be stunned. A definite relative of Nevada Barr’s long running and beloved Anna Pidgeon series, Alice Henderson has created an adventure suspense mystery with a foundation in the natural world. While Anna Pigeon is a parks ranger, Alex Carter is a biologist who studies endangered species in their dwindling habitats. Like Anna, however, Alex is definitely a bad ass.

Proving her hand with action scenes, the book opens with Alex attending
Kayla TM
Oct 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This is a fast-paced thriller set in the rural Rocky Mountains of Montana. Alex Carter is a strong, female protagonist who stands up for what she thinks is right, no matter the consequences. While I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and the information about wolverines, I feel the pace of the story is a bit too fast. There’s barely a moment to breathe between happenings, and when there are genuine moments to get to know the main character and get a feel for things when something isn’t going wrong ...more
Fran Burdsall
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Is the plot a little far fetched? (Maybe...) Is the story somewhat politically correct? (Yes it is...) But is it a good story and a real thriller? (YES!!!) Our plucky wildlife biologist heroine finds herself in the middle of crime and killing in the wilds of Montana but all her life experiences keep her one step ahead as she figures out the bad guys. You have to know there are loose ends as the story draws to a close and the only way to tie them up will be the next installment (book #2). I look ...more
Donna Hines
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
When the hunter becomes the hunted....
Intriguing plot! Quick heated action! Suspenseful!
This was an interesting new book dealing with wolverines in the rugged mountains near a wildlife sanctuary.
Tragedy strikes when Alex uncovers photos that contain more than images of animals as a badly injured man has become seemingly lost.
Seeking answers Alex turns to the police only to uncover she's now become the target.
It's a race against time to not only save herself but these beautiful creatures and catc
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was such an awesome surprise! I knew I was intrigued by the idea of a thriller with a wildlife focus, but was pulled in by so much more.

First of all, I adore Alex Carter. She is an awesome female lead. Unlike a lot of thrillers, our girl was not blindly ignoring every red flag while stumbling dumbly towards a dangerous male love interest. Alex is a wildlife biologist who spends her time boldly studying ecosystems and animals attempting to shut down some major corporate projects threat
Poppy Gee
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved it for all the reasons everyone else is saying. For me, the wolverine parts of the novel were especially fascinating. I love how the writer has combined her passion for science and the wilderness with a thriller plotline. It worked exceptionally well. This is a perfect package of compelling fiction: the creepiness of an abandoned ski resort, the stunning wilderness of Montana, a smart scientist trying to save endangered animals, the gorgeous wolverines who are beautiful, shy, fierce and ...more
Lindsey - Good Vibes and Good Books
I cannot even begin to tell you how much I loved this book. Actually, I can. Because here I am. This was action-packed and totally thrilling. It isn’t you’re average murder mystery. This book is part mystery, part thriller, part survival. You are completely immersed into the depths of the mountains and are alone, fending for yourself while all the odds are against you. This isn’t your slow-burn type of book. It has consistent ups-and-downs which are never the same scenario.

The book focuses heav
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"The words of John Muir floated into her mind: The mountains are calling, and I must go."

I enjoyed this environmental mystery. It takes place mostly in a mountainous region in Montana at an abandoned ski resort that has become a nature preserve. It reminded me (in good ways) of the mysteries of C.J. Box, Nevada Barr, and Christine Carbo.

Dr. Alex Carter is a wildlife biologist. She followed her long-time boyfriend from the Berkley, California area to Boston for his job as a lawyer. But she hates
Engaging credible story & characters w/ love of nature, wildlife biology, & sustainability throughout. No Spoiler.
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Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book held my interest almost from the very beginning. It is an intense read! Indeed a thriller.! I have loved looking at nature, but here you learn how it feels to love the outdoors, to care about endangered species and land preservation.. The characters seem like real people. I do not summarize story as if one is interested, it's online. What I liked about this book: 1. The quote by John Muir. "The mountains are calling and I must go." 2. I chuckled when Portland and Powells Books were men ...more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is so damn good. One of my favorite thrillers I’ve read in a while. I’ve been really into wilderness survival thrillers/fiction lately and this one did it for me. The author is a wildlife researcher and you could tell! I felt like everything about the wilderness was detailed and I really appreciated that. I could tell the author knew what she was talking about.
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book has everything I love! A wilderness setting, a strong female character, and an intriguing mystery! Oh, and I learned a lot about wolverines too! :)
Allyson Abu-Hajar
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Alex Carter is at a wetlands dedication and will be giving an interview. The area was saved to protect hundreds of species of birds from luxury condominiums being built. Not everyone is thrilled with the outcome. As a reporter is interviewing Alex, chaos erupted among the crowd, as a man pushed his way toward the stage aiming a gun at Alex. A game of cat and mouse began as Alex, and the founder of Save Our Wetlands, Christine Mendoza, ran to seek cover. Then another shot, and Alex expecting ...more
Melanie Sligh
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Mountains Are Calling and I must go.

Y’all, it’s books like this that give me trust issues. 😂 I have so much paranoia, and this was drawn out so well. I really didn’t think I would enjoy this book. I thought, this is so not for me. When I received the opportunity to read and review this, I almost passed it up. I’m not going to enjoy a book about snow and conservationism. Then, I read chapter one and had my mouth open the entire time, jaw dropped. Therefore, this book is so for me. 😂

When Alex
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Alice Henderson's love of wild places inspired her new thriller series which begins with A Solitude of Wolverines, and her novel Voracious, set in Glacier National Park.

She has also written media-tie in novels, including official novels for the TV shows Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While working at LucasArts, she wrote material for several Star Wars video games.

She was selected to a

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