FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hyena's Tree by Thomas J. Larson Paperback To Be Published on June 30, 2016
May 7, 2016 - ROSEMOUNT, Minn. -- THEAQ Publishing announced today the forthcoming release of Hyena's Tree by Thomas J. Larson in paperback format. Publication is planned for June 30, 2016.
Set in multiple National Parks within West Africa, Hyena’s Tree is a story of Matt Conners, an American Peace Corps volunteer, who is working with Naabu, a mysterious African game manager. Together they seek to protect the area’s parks and wildlife. Constant vigilance and adaptability are required in this unforgiving environment. With the savanna and wildlife of sub-Saharan West Africa as a backdrop, adventure, love, mystery, and terror rush together in a flood of events, which sweeps the reader in to a wild and beautiful world. This is an old world with a long history and many mysteries. Visitors are rare. Matt and Naabu live and work among lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, poachers and other dangerous animals. Their lives are unexpectedly threatened as they have never been before. Mysteries from a century earlier intersect with greed and terror to engulf innocent Africans and Peace Corps volunteers in a life and death struggle. Will Matt and Naabu survive?
The author’s own adventures of working in West Africa as a Peace Corp volunteer, along with his four decade career in conservation, contribute realism and a passion for wildlife. Using first-hand experience, which ranged from encounters with African buffalo, lions, and crocodiles to Gabon vipers and poachers, Larson has woven his African experiences, biological knowledge, African history, and vivid imagination into a story that engrosses the reader.
Thomas J. Larson is a wildlife ecologist and author of popular fiction.
Larson worked 37 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System. The Refuge System sent him to 20 states and China, feeding his appetite for travel. During his time with the Refuge System he worked on a wetland management district, served as project leader on two national wildlife refuges, and was the chief of the Division of Conservation Planning for an eight state area in the Midwest.
Prior to this career, he joined the Peace Corps and found himself in West Africa working on a joint Peace Corps/United Nations national park development project. The two years spent living in Africa and studying the wildlife made a profound impression on him that influences his writing today.
Inheriting his father’s love of the outdoors, plants, and animals, Larson attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned his bachelor's and master’s degrees in wildlife ecology.
The natural world has always intrigued Thomas. His fascination began on a small farm in southwestern Wisconsin where, at the age of four, he could scan the countryside as he sat perched on the back of a large draft horse, his father walking behind, guiding a cultivator to weed the young crops. The love of nature propelled him into his conservation career and is reflected in his writing.
He now lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota where he, his wife, and twin daughters have ample opportunity to pursue their interests in hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and other outdoor activities.
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