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Sentinels: a Florida mythos (The Florida Trilogy) (Volume 3) Paperback – February 13, 2017
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Sean Mcduff, retired English professor, and Jane Green (as spring) Kowechobe, former student and now quite significant other, continue their passion for environmental activism. Jane has presented her thesis on protecting and preserving the new wetlands created by hurricane Vicky, and its concepts have been endorsed by the governor.
Sean and Jane had been rescued earlier from a murderous poacher by a Palmetto Man, thus verifying the actuality of the legend. Now they encounter several assumed extinct denizens of the wetlands, including a member of the Ocalusa tribe, which numbers Jane as a member. But they come to realize that revealing their discoveries would lead to damaging intrusions. Interestingly, the Palmetto tribe anticipates their solution. And then they become the sentinels of the wetlands.
Besides the engaging narrative, McKee presents a cast of interesting characters, some reappearing from the earlier novels. One is a shark-loving scientist, who employed her skills to devastating effect at a resort in The Culprit, as well as a helpful lawman and another nasty poacher guided by the typical greedy politician. Wally, the alligator (a favorite "character"), suns luxuriously on a log while wisely meditating as the river flows. But it is Jules Karlov who really gets the reader's attention. Karlov, a sci-fi polemicist and surprising Nobel winner a la Bob Dylan, has some marvelous solutions to the Malthusian problem of over population, a major factor in environmental destruction.
However, you don't have to be an environmentalist to enjoy Sentinels. The interesting story, the well-drawn characters,and the beautiful descriptions of the natural world as well as the significant subject matter--all have their irresistible attractions.