Once again, Washington State Fish & Wildlife police officer Luke McCain and his partner – a yellow Lab named Jack – are having a busy summer. Dealing with salmon poachers, elk-killing outlaws, and other wildlife issues have Luke looking forward to an early season wilderness hunt with a long-time friend.
Luke's week in the mountains goes from pleasure to business in an instant when he is called upon to help find two teenage boys – one the son of a multi-millionaire Starbucks VIP – who have been abducted at gunpoint during a wilderness survival school expedition. Their captors, and the foreigners calling the shots behind the scenes, are desperate for their ransom money and willing to do almost anything to get it. Trekking through backcountry teeming with dangerous wildlife, Luke must help rescue the missing boys before the kidnapping scheme becomes deadly.
Praise for Cascade Predator:
"Luke McCain is back in action! The iconic Washington game warden and his canine partner, Jack, are tearing around Washington’s central Cascade Mountains in search of an escaped – and maybe dangerous -- Bengal tiger! A fast-paced story, third in a series, that will challenge you to figure out how, and even if, Luke and Jack can pull the loose ends together and nail this case shut. I didn’t want to put the book down."
--Bob Mottram, author and outdoor writer
"Lions and tigers in a conifer-canopied mountain forest, trouble lurking around every corner, an intuitive fish and game cop, and a fast-paced plot that twists from one suspenseful surprise to the next. Cascade Predator is a well-blended stew of Northwest icons, a reflection of Rob’s intimate knowledge of wildlife, outdoor realism, and page-turning curveballs that is just flat tough to put down. This latest edition to the Luke McCain series confirms Rob Phillips's standing as a skilled mystery writer. Already I want to read another."
--Terry W. Sheely, northwest author and writer
Praise for Cascade Vengeance:
"Cascade Vengeance takes readers on a thrill ride through the dual worlds of drug dealing and big-game hunting deep in Washington’s Cascade mountains. Rob Phillips uses his extensive knowledge of the region to tell the fast-moving tale of game warden Luke McCain and his yellow Lab Jack, as they face down poachers, murderous drug cartel members, and feral dogs on the way to the story’s harrowing and heartbreaking conclusion."
--Scott Graham, National Outdoor Book Award-winning author of Mesa Verde Victim
“Rob Phillips delivers another page turner. Cascade Vengeance is full of murder, intrigue and suspense. And just when you think the case is solved, Phillips throws you a curve ball. If you enjoyed The Cascade Killer, you’ll love Phillips’s latest in the Luke McCain series.”
--Pat Hoglund, Publisher of Western Hunting Journal, Traveling Angler, and Salmon & Steelhead Journal
"Cascade Vengeance, the second book in the Luke McCain series, is another hang-onto-your-hat, nonstop action episode with Luke, a Washington State Fish and Wildlife officer, his FBI girlfriend Sara, and Jack his loyal yellow Lab. I felt like I was riding shotgun in Luke’s Ford pickup, bouncing along forest service roads where very bad guys might be lurking."
--Susan Richmond, owner of Inklings Bookshop
“Another fast-paced, exciting chapter in the Luke McCain series that remains true to the Pacific Northwest. Phillips leaves readers with a splendid conclusion, helping us wonder when the next Luke McCain volume will be out. I am truly a fan of Luke and Jack!”
--Vikki J. Carter, Host & Producer of Authors of the Pacific Northwest Podcast
"Rob’s knowledge of the outdoors, his attention to detail, his main characters -- Luke McCain, FBI Agent Sara Sinclair and their yellow Lab, Jack -- all come together for another quick-paced, fun, hard-to-put-down novel."
--Steve Raabe, author of Patrolling the Heart of the West: True Tales of a Nevada State Trooper
"Rob Phillips has done it again! Cascade Vengence is a compelling who-dun-it that pulls you ever forward like great mysteries can do. Luke McCain . . . must unravel a seemingly endless number of potential motives to find the culprits. A great read that leaves you begging for more."
--T.J. Tao, bestselling author of Burn Scar, Stone Scar, and The Vault of Adon