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A Solitude of Wolverines

(Alex Carter #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  90 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…It’s so fraught with excitement and wondrous details that it demands to be read in one sitting and savored afterward. Don’t miss it.” —James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Odyssey  

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: 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
Alex is a wildlife biologist who has followed her boyfriend to Boston where he's 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 cha ...more
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
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
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

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
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
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
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 boy
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
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
Angie Boyter
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4+ verging on 5.
“The wetlands dedication ceremony was a resounding success until the gunman showed up.” With an opening sentence like that I was sure this was going to be a really enjoyable read, and I was right. A Solitude of Wolverines has everything a reader like me would hope for in a thriller. First, wildlife biologist Alex Carter is a believable, appealing character, whose ups and downs I can follow with interest and sympathy. Then, there is a wonderful natural setting, beautifully describ
Bobbi Wagner
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by this author and I loved it. I can't wait for the next book to come out. This is a well written story that has characters that bring the story to life. It is a fast paced story that I had a hard time putting down until the end. I loved being pulled in to the story right from the beginning and kept engaged to the end. The characters bring life to the story with each twist and turn that is created. Alex is my favorite character as she is strong and determined. A few times I ...more
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Solitude of Wolverines has so much going on at once - it is also just plain fun. A bad ass woman wandering around an abandoned and isolated resort on a giant wilderness preserve. Check. Snipers. Check. Lions, tigers, bears (and a gorilla?!). Check. Fast paced crazy unrealistic action scenes. Check. The list goes on.

Absolutely over the top and outlandish in some ways while uber realistic and fact driven in another A Solitude of Wolverines somehow managed to pull all these facets together into
Darlene Bouck
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dr. Alex Carter is a wildlife biologist and she is no dummy. I was glad to see that the character was written with a brain. I don’t like when women are written to be helpless. Alex is not helpless! This was very informative about wolverines and life in Montana. It was a thriller with smarts. Hard to put down at the end. It looks like there will be another book by Alice Henderson and I will read it.
Thanks to William Morrow and NetGallery for an early copy of this ebook.
Deborah Hughes
It was a great read. I thought I had an idea where this going but author did a wonderful upturn so that needed to get this book read to find out where we were going with mystery with Alex. I just loved the mystery and the insight into how we get the data on the animals. I hope Alice Henderson keeps writing this series.. Thanks to the author and publisher Williams Morrow for the copy of the book..
Heather Fineisen
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The beginning of a new series featuring animal and land conservation. Interesting facts tied in referencing wildlife and protected lands. A chapter that doesn't really fit until the cliffhanger at the end. Well drawn good guys and bad guys with a few twists and plenty of tension. I will be reading the next entry in the series.

Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley
Laura Medicus
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So enjoyable.
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fans of Nevada Barr and her hard-core National Park Ranger Anna Pigeon meet Alice Henderson's "badass" wildlife biologist named Alex Carter.

Like Nevada Barr, herself a former Park Ranger, Alice Henderson, an author of a science fiction series and suspense novels, is an experienced wildlife researcher. Her previous works include the dystopian series, The Skyfire Saga.

A Solitude of Wolverines (October 27, 2020) is her first book in a new suspense series and is set in Montana, high up in the Rocky
Anne Morgan
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who thinks protecting endangered species and their habitats is for the meek and mild will change their minds within the first few pages of Alice Henderson's thriller A Solitude of Wolverines. Wildlife biologist Alex Carter needs a change of pace from her current life: the city of Boston, a spoiled and obnoxious boyfriend who's "taking a break" from their relationship, and the trauma of nearly being killed at a wildlife preserve press conference. So when a land trust calls asking her to fi ...more
Catherine Lowe
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fans of suspenseful thrillers may expect Alice Henderson’s A Solitude of Wolverines [William Morrow, October 27, 2020] to follow the lines of similar books on the market. However, the combination of environmentalism, suspense, and action strategically placed throughout A Solitude of Wolverines makes this novel distinctly different than others in its respective genre.

The first in the Alex Carter series, a new suspense thriller collection from Alice Henderson, A Solitude of Wolverines follows the
Cathy Cole
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I learned that A Solitude of Wolverines was a mystery with a wildlife biologist as the main character, I perked up. When I learned that the book was written by an actual wildlife biologist, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Now I can say that this first Alex Carter mystery is a winner, and I can't wait to read more.

Wildlife and the wilderness are at the center of this story, and you can really get a feel for the type of conservation work wildlife biologists do. If you love all creature
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
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Plot summary

Alex Carter is a wildlife conservationist with a soul for the great outdoors. Stifled in Boston, in limbo with her longtime boyfriend, and narrowly escaping death in a mass shooting, she leaps at the chance to winter in rural Montana to study wolverines for a land trust and get some space to re-center in Big Sky country. She packs more than her hiking gear with her, however; her near death experience haunts her, especially the mystery behind the second gunman who saved her life. Rea
Celeste Miller
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a fun, fast read. Was it full of completely improbable events? Was it a quiet, nice young wildlife biologist who by the end of the book basically turned into a female James Bond/MacGyver?? All yes. Did that ruin the book for me? No.
If you want an action novel set in the wilderness, with a female main character, dastardly locals, and a random mystery serial killer/sniper thrown in, look no further. I read it in one night. Highly entertaining, but make sure your disbelief button is turne
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
Jean Kolinofsky
Oct 25, 2020 marked it as to-read
After a shooting incident at a Boston park, where Dr. Alex Carter is saved by an elusive sniper, she is ready to leave the city. An opportunity arises when her former advisor from Berkeley calls. The Land Trust for Wildlife Conservation is conducting a study of the wolverine population in Montana. Their current scientist had been called back to England on a family matter. Quarters are provided in an abandoned ski resort on the property.

Alex is more at home roaming the hills than in a city, but
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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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