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Zach Barlow, a young returned missionary, didn't want Caden Pendleton to join his group of friends on a hunting trip to the High Uintahs. But the newcomer's offer to help pay expenses changed Zach's mind, despite his misgivings. Yet when Caden's temper stirs up trouble in camp, Zach's misgivings turn to regrets. And when Caden is found dead in the woods, shot with a hunter'_s rifle, those regrets turn to raw panic. Zach's hunting camp has become a murder scene, and the murder weapon's owner, a young woman named Bria, is nowhere to be found.
As Sheriff Lee Rutger and his deputies confront the mystery of the dead man and the missing girl, more disappearances follow. Can the sheriff stop the relentless hunter before he himself becomes the hunted?
- Size: 6x9
- Pages: 242
- Published: 08/2011
- Book on CD: Unabridged
- Number of Discs: 7
- Run Time: Approx. 8.5 hrs.
About the Author
Clair M. Poulson retired after twenty years in law enforcement. During his career he served in the U.S. Military Police Corps, the Utah Highway Patrol, and the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Department, where he was first a deputy and the the county sheriff. He currently serves as a justice court judge for Duchesne County, a position he has held for nineteen years. His nearly forty-year career working in the criminal justice system has provided a wealth of material from which he draws in writing his books.
Clair has served on numerous boards and committees over the years. Among them are the Utah Judicial Council, and FBI advisory board, the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, the Utah Justice Court Board of Directors, and the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice.
Other interests include activity in the LDS Church, assisting his oldest son in operating their grocery store, ranching with his oldest son and other family members, and raising registered Missouri Fox Trotter horses.
Clair and his wife, Ruth, live in Duchesne and are the parents of five married children. They have twenty-two grandchildren.
When the top officials of the Apex Coal Company in western
Pennsylvania came to work that Monday morning in May, there was
a broken window in the main office. Inside they found a brick with a
note attached. The note read, Shut the mine down by Friday night, or
you will pay the consequences. There was no signature.
The officials were perplexed. What was this about? they
wondered. What consequences?
The police responded, but they were as baffled as the company
officials. It wasn’t until the police were getting ready to leave that the
general manager booted up the computer in his office. He drummed
his fingers on the desk as he waited for his e-mail account to pull
up. His back suddenly stiffened, and he leaned forward when he
saw an e-mail titled “Earth Militia.” After a moment’s hesitation, he
opened the message, his eyes scanning it quickly, and then he sat back
and groaned. It was a chilling warning, more specific than the note
attached to the brick. He called the cops to come in and take a look.
The pollution from your coal production is destroying the planet. You
must stop your operation, or we will stop it for you. You are killing people,
destroying the environment, and facilitating global warming. If you fail
to cease operations by this coming Friday, you and your kind will face the
penalty of death. It’s better for some to die than for an entire planet to
suffer so needlessly. We are the Earth Militia, and we will not be ignored.
At about that same time, a similar message appeared at the
company headquarters of a large coal-fired power plant in West Virginia. As in Pennsylvania, the group calling themselves Earth
Militia claimed to have delivered the message.
A third threatening message was also delivered to the company
headquarters of one of the largest rail lines in America—a railroad
that hauled millions of tons of coal from mines to customers each
All three companies took the threats seriously, as did each of the
local police departments involved in the various investigations. By
noon that Monday morning, the top officials in each state were in
communication with each other. By early afternoon, the Department
of Homeland Security had been notified.
The threats were not treated seriously there. No one had heard of
the Earth Militia before, so it was reasoned that it could not be a large
enough organization to carry out its unspecified threats. Some officials
even joked at what they considered a feeble attempt by a handful
of lunatics to frighten people.
In an attempt at a response to something they did not take seriously,
Homeland Security simply instructed the companies to be
alert. No further action was taken. Sometime during the course of
that Friday night, an explosion at the Apex mine killed several miners
and forced closure of the mine.
Another explosion occurred at the large power plant in West
Virginia. Some of the night crew died, and the damage to the facility
was extensive enough to force its closure for two to three weeks. The
families of the dead and injured employees at both facilities were
devastated and innocent lives forever changed.
The destruction and death didn’t stop there. Two trains collided
in the Nevada desert. One was carrying coal, and the other was a fully
loaded passenger train. The accident derailed many coal cars, and a
couple dozen passengers were killed or injured on the passenger train.
The investigation soon revealed that someone had intentionally sent
the trains onto the same track. The person responsible for those tracks
was found dead a few feet from his building.
The morning editions of a dozen major newspapers reported that
they had received anonymous e-mails stating that all three disasters
had been orchestrated by the Earth Militia. Each of the major TV
networks in the country received similar statements.
The federal authorities, when contacted, said they were shocked—
that the attacks had come out of nowhere and without warning.
Considerable controversy arose when the affected companies countered
the claims of the Department of Homeland Security. Members
of the Senate demanded that heads roll, and Homeland Security
promised to take immediate action to find those responsible. But as
far as the public knew, nothing ever happened, and many companies
from coast to coast implemented, at considerable expense, enhanced
A month passed before another message from the same mysterious
organization was sent directly to the White House. It stated,
You haven’t seen anything yet. Coal mining and the commercial use
of coal will be eradicated. We will not allow such destructive practices to
continue. Take heed or this country will be brought to its knees.
Homeland Security finally took the matter seriously and went
to work. However, months passed without further incident, and so
public and top government officials relaxed, much as they had in the
years following 9-11.