- File Size: 33545 KB
- Print Length: 395 pages
- Publisher: Gun Digest Books (April 30, 2019)
- Publication Date: April 30, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07QNSCH52
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,988 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hidden War: How Special Operations Game Wardens Are Reclaiming America's Wildlands From The Drug Cartels Kindle Edition
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"If you think we aren't facing real, serious, threats to our natural resources from illicit drugs and human trafficking, you need to read Hidden War. It reads like the mission debrief from an action adventure novel, but it's not. Hidden War is the real, first-person story of battles being fought every day to save our wildlands from the ravages of criminals who don't give a damn about the land, the animals... or us." - Jim Shepherd, Publisher/Founder of The Outdoor Wire
"For those who care about the good earth and harbor deep respect for the legacy of icons such as Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir, this book is at once a clarion call for continued action and an eye-popping 'must read'.” - Jim Casada, Ph.D. Editor at Large Sporting Classics Magazine
"Hidden War chronicles the development of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET). Most People have no idea why game wardens are involved in this battle to save the environment, but once you read about these encounters you will realize the total devastation to habitat and wildlife associated with illegal marijuana grows. Wildlife officers are uniquely qualified to work in this remote environment, and Lt. Nores details the dangers, excitement and rewards that go with the job." - Michael P. Carion, Retired Chief, California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife - Law Enforcement Division
About the Author
Since 1992, Lt. John Nores Jr. has served as a game warden with the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). There he co-developed the Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) and Delta Team, the CDFW’s first comprehensive wilderness spec ops tactical and sniper unit, aimed at combatting the marijuana cartel’s decimation of California’s wildlife resources. Lt. Nores and his team have been featured on the National Geographic channel’s television series, “Wild Justice.” In addition, Nores is the author of numerous magazine articles and the book, War in the Woods: Combating the Marijuana Cartels on America’s Public Lands.
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I started to loose interest about 1/3 of the way through. Stories melt together and the prolific use of acronyms turns into alphabet soup. What bothered me the most however, is the focus more on the logistics of tactical operations than on restoring the horrific, environmental damage caused by large scale, illegal marijuana grows. Sure there is mention of the poisons and pesticides, damed up creek beds and mountains of trash but little said of what this means for the overall connectivity of the native plants and animals that live in these areas. We know it's bad, but how bad? And how long does it take for these grow sites to begin to repair?
I also found myself wanting to know more about the men they were apprehending, for the most part undocumented, Mexican laborers. These are not cartel bosses that are being arrested, they are dirt poor farmers. They must be desperate men, driven by greed or abject poverty but that's all the information we're given. It feel like we're given only half the story.
I was expecting more from this book and this is why I gave it only 2 stars.