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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Top Park Ranger Honored

The National Park Service announced the recipient of its top ranger award. The Harry Yount Award goes to the national park ranger who best performs a wide range of duties from resource protection to serving visitors. This year's winner is Lisa Hendy of the Grand Canyon.

As stated in a previous post, national park rangers must be "fluent" in many skills. Grayson Cole the lead in Unleashing Colter's Hell is no different. Ranger Cole is required to protect public safety, conserve park wildlife, know relevant natural and cultural history. Oh yeah, Grayson is required to relate this information to the public in an easily understandable way. No easy task.

Like Grayson, real rangers interact with countless park visitors everyday protecting them from unseen dangers, as well as providing information on nearby don't miss attractions. It's all in a typical day for the men and women who wear the "green and gray."

Do you have a good story about a positive experience with a national park ranger? Tell us about it.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Yellowstone Volcano Patiently Waits to Unleash Devastation

At the heart of Unleashing Colter's Hell, a new novel by Sean Smith, is the Yellowstone super volcano. A volcano that few know about, but when it erupts will destroy the United States as we know it. According to scientists, the volcano unleashing its destructive fury every 600,000 years. The next eruption is overdue!

The earth's core is a chaotic place, volcanoes grow and rattle nearly every day alerting us to pending danger. Yellowstone is no different. Fingers of molten rock thrust toward the surface patiently waiting for the right moment to spew hell on earth.

In Unleashing Colter's Hell, a lone terrorist has acquired the means to trigger an eruption. A park ranger and rookie FBI agent are all that stand between salvation and Armageddon.

Look for the book this winter.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Grayson Cole, Park Ranger, Jack of All Trades

Grayson Cole, the central character in the upcoming novel Unleashing Colter's Hell, is a park ranger in Yellowstone national park. Park visitors often expect park rangers to serve as wildlife experts, emergency responders, and law enforcement. But Rangers are often called upon by park visitors to be therapists, travel agents, and restaurant critics or in reality a jack of all trades. The recent hiring of a new Superintendent at Mount Rainier details some of the varied expectations on a park ranger.

I wrote Unleashing Colter's Hell to entertain, to tell a good story. Yet through telling a good story, I also hope to educate readers on the pressures and demands park rangers face everyday as they work to protect our national heritage.

What expectation do you have of park rangers?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

First Review of Unleashing Colter's Hell

The first review for Unleashing Colter's Hell and in. Tommy Hough with Treehuggers International writes:

"Centered around an Indiana Jones-style central character named Grayson Cole, the novel details a national security risk to the United States, with the story largely occurring at Yellowstone National Park. Sean makes great use of Yellowstone locales, an understanding of the National Park Service and the professionals who work for it, and the volcanic origins and threats posed by the Yellowstone caldera as focal points of the story."

The novel is scheduled for release in December. Stayed tuned.