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The action, adventure and mystery in the swamp begins with the debut novel of the POACHERS IN PARADISE series, when a lawless ring of manatee-roasting rednecks runs amok in the backwaters of southwest Florida. In a genre similar to that of TV realityMoreThe action, adventure and mystery in the swamp begins with the debut novel of the POACHERS IN PARADISE series, when a lawless ring of manatee-roasting rednecks runs amok in the backwaters of southwest Florida. In a genre similar to that of TV reality shows such as Swamp People, Duck Dynasty, and Moonshiners, the spotlight shines on outlaws who have been operating in remote wetlands in and around the Florida Everglades, eluding capture for years, killing at their whim all manner of protected wildlife - panthers, bald eagles, herons and egrets - and taking deer out of season, alligators without permits, fishing with explosives, and looting artifacts from Indian burial grounds to sell on the black market.But this time, they may have gone too far. When circling vultures lead Federal Fish and Wildlife Officer Jim Sanderson to a heap of rotting manatee carcasses with their tails cut off, he is outraged to the point of abandoning his normal habit of working alone. He knows he needs help, but not from just anyone. He contacts a man with a special set of investigative skills - his long-time professor friend - Dr. Robert Reynolds, a retired wildlife biologist who lives in a double-wide trailer in the small town of Seminole Palms on the western edge of the Everglades.At first, the peace-loving professor is reluctant to get involved, but Officer Sanderson is persuasive, and manages to talk the Doc into helping him with a high risk job.From that point on, their shared adventures escalate from comical to hilarious and dangerous to deadly, as the professor/game warden duo go for a wild ride through the watery wilderness, chasing their quarry through the mangroves, until finally, they come face to face with the armed and dangerous poachers on a remote barrier island.The professor, with his “no guns” philosophy, refuses to carry a firearm, and Sanderson, although an armed and highly competent officer of the law, is precariously outnumbered.Have the two of them come up against more than they can handle? At first it certainly seems so. But the island is full of surprises that rapidly and chaotically shift the upper hand time and time again, until finally, a winning team is determined.Come along for a seriously humorous, off-beat romp in the swamp, loaded with local color and dialect, to find out where the chips fall.