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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479109630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479109630
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sean Smith is an award winning conservationist, whose work has been seen on CNN and NPR, and in the New York Times and National Geographic. Sean is a former park ranger who worked at Yellowstone, the North Cascades, Glacier, and with the Forest Service at Mount St. Helens. He's also an accomplished artist, as well as a private pilot. Recently, Sean began writing political thrillers set in National Parks. His goal is to entertain his readers, but also educate them on the challenges park rangers face every day protecting America's heritage. He currently lives in Western Washington with his wife and two children. Contact Sean at: seanwrites@yahoo.com

Customer Reviews

I loved this book from start to finish.
Park Volunteer
The author is so knowledgeable about the park and crafts a great story with interesting characters.
Patricia J. Banfield
I hope to see the lead character, Ranger Cole, in future novels!
David Gilman Graves

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sands Road on September 5, 2012
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Really enjoyed reading this first novel from Sean Smith. It was hard to put down as he quickly built the characters and their motivation. Several plot twists kept me guessing right up to the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Gilman Graves on November 29, 2012
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Mr. Smith's book is a real page-turner which I had trouble putting down. With great knowledge of the landscape and science of Yellowstone National Park, Unleashing Colter's Hell seems more realistic. It reminded me of a Tom Clancy novel, but set in a national park! It has several twists and turns that are not easy to predict. I hope to see the lead character, Ranger Cole, in future novels!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HeatherG on November 7, 2012
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Just finished this book and enjoyed it so much! The author does a great job of setting the scene and made me feel like I was really there. Makes me look at National Parks in a whole new light. Perfect book for anyone who likes intrigue, politics and/or national parks. Can't wait for Sean Smith's next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seth D. Shteir on October 12, 2012
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This is a nail biting thriller that takes the reader from North Korea to the Yellowstone Backcountry. Sean Smith does a great job engaging the reader with suspense and vivid descriptions of what its like to be a National Park Service Ranger. I'd recommend this book to anybody that loves politics, the national parks and a fast moving page turner that's as good as any James Bond adventure!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By allseasuntrails on November 24, 2012
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Sean Smith's National Park Thriller, Unleashing Coulter's Hell, leads readers outside by going inside our favorite public places including the National Parks and the White House. Spinning faster than a political stump speech, the plot takes Ranger Grayson Cole through his day. His ranger training and personal values champion how he will handle whatever nature and man pack in to a not so typical National Park experience.

This thriller is a must read! It is perfect for a wide range of readers, whether they are armchair nature lovers, seasoned wilderness fanatics, or readers who love suspense and danger, especially when everything is at stake and protecting the public rests on the shoulders of the people we trust. Go outside through this book, Unleashing Coulter's Hell! It also makes a great gift!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kiki on September 27, 2012
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I felt the author was well qualified to write this novel as he has
obviously spent many years in the National Parks as an employee.
He also appears to have done a GREAT amount of research in history,
politics, world events etc. to present such a well documented portrayal
in an intrigueing book that kept me interested to the last page.
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This book is full of interesting information closely tied to a suspensful story line. I would recommend this to any one onterested in current world affairs and a chilling suspense thriller.
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Having just read "Ranger Confidential" [ASIN:0762752637 Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks]], a non-fiction memoir by Andrea Lankford about her service as a National Park Service Ranger, I looked forward to this novel. "Unleashing Colter's Hell" displayed some of the shortcomings typical to new novelists:
1. The author, Sean Smith, completely disrupted the flow of the story by inserting very long explanations into almost every scene in the first half of the book. I skipped large chunks of this novel as a result. (By the way, my Kindle turned out to be the perfect platform for this maneuver, as I could rapidly click through the pages of chaff until the action resumed.)
2. Mr. Smith inserted progressive diatribes throughout the book, and they lacked any hint of subtlety or finesse. Even though I happen to share some of those political views, I dislike being bludgeoned by authors who use their novels as thinly-disguised ideological rants.
3. The best parts of "Unleashing Colter's Hell" were when the author described the operational and employee culture aspects of Yellowstone National Park. Everything else was just way too simplistic, especially his characters.

While I can't recommend this novel, I hope Sean Smith continues to refine his writing skills. He clearly has talent.
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