Friday, May 9, 2014

In Velvet Book Review

If you love reading about National Parks, then you will be enthralled with this book called In Velvet written by Burt Weissbourd.
The northwest corner of Yellowstone Park is closed for bear management, and Rachel, a bear biologist, is discovering some very startling animal behavior—grizzlies denning in June, swans at their wintering grounds in summer, what appear to be Irish Elk, an extinct species, with huge palmated antlers. There are also horrific mutations in the young—elk calves with no front legs, earless bear cubs, and eaglets without wings. What has gone wrong? Why is this area closed? Who’s covering up these animal abnormalities in the Park?

A non-stop thriller set in some of North America’s wildest country, In Velvet takes you deep into the hearts of a hard case local detective and a Chicago cop as they take on a corrupt sheriff, a pathalogical poacher, and a lethal black ops manager to solve this ghastly mystery and restore the natural order in Yellowstone National Park.
My Thoughts:

It took me awhile to get into this book, but once I did, I was mesmerized by the subject matter because I have been to Yellowstone National Park twice in my life and love this beautiful park and to think in this story that the government was using the park for a place to make something unspeakable really burnt me up! Thank goodness it's just a story but it will sure get your hairs standing on end!

There is a lot of action going on surrounding several people and I have to say that the only thing I did not like was the way that Rachel was being treated. I don't know why that had to be in the story because I wanted to actually shoot Jen and Rainey. I thought what they did in front of Rachel was really uncalled for and callous. I almost didn't finish the book because of that but decided I wanted to finish it hoping Rachel got her just revenge in the end.

Well, the ending was a surprise and I sort of understand it but still felt like Rainey and Jen got off way too easy. To me, boys being boys and women who follow their path are not my cup of tea, and in no way does it make it right. I know this is just a story but things like this really do happen in real life and to have it glamorized in a book sort of cheapens women.

But, the end was magnificent so I begrudgingly forgave the book but still hold a simmering resentment of how Rachel was treated. Seems like just like the movies, where the good woman is always made to be the punching bag for someone else's pleasure, which is why I don't watch much movies anymore. Hopefully, maybe, these books will stop copying that mentality.

Whatever reaction you have to this book, it is definitely filled with lot's of action and backstabbing going all around for such a small population in Montana & Wyoming. But, there is also magnificent descriptions of the scenery that I remember seeing for myself on my 2 trips out there, so the book was a winner in the end because Rachel did get the last say and for that I hooped and hollered!

Happy Reading!
 About the Author:
Burt Weissbourd is a novelist, screenwriter and producer of feature films. He graduated from Yale University with honors in psychology. During his student years he volunteered at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and taught English to college students in Thailand. After he graduated, he wrote, directed, and produced educational films. He began a finance program at Northwestern University Graduate School of Business but left to start his own film production company in Los Angeles.

He produced films including Ghost Story starring Fred Astaire and Raggedy Man starring Sissy Spacek, which the New York Times called “a movie of sweet, low-keyed charm.” He’s a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 1987, he founded an investment company that he still runs. Inside Passage, his first novel, was published in 2013.

In Velvet is his second novel. Teaser, the sequel to Inside Passage and the second book in the Corey Logan trilogy, will be published in winter 2014. He lives in New York City.
Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.