Unleashing Colter's Hell

A National Park Thriller

Fiction - Thriller - Terrorist
324 Pages
Reviewed on 05/26/2013
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Author Biography

Sean Smith is an award winning author and conservationist, whose work has been seen on CNN and heard on 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.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite

“Unleashing Colter’s Hell” by Sean Smith is a top notch, suspenseful thriller of the highest quality. The author’s authoritative life experience and thorough research have enabled him to fashion a story so realistic that you will be waiting for the sound of the explosion to reach your ears. This story consists of at least four distinct sub-plots, interwoven into one remarkably believable tale of extreme religious fervor at opposing ends of the spectrum, and a very real ticking time bomb setting right below our feet in America. The entire scenario is so feasible that I have to wonder if such a thing hasn’t already been tried, fortunately without success. Sean Smith has masterfully cast his characters to make them as sincere and legitimate as any living human being.

The title, “Unleashing Colter’s Hell”, is a reference to the original name applied to what is now called Yellowstone National Park. Numerous authentic details about the enormous Yellowstone caldera and its devastating potential for destroying life on Earth make this superb novel a rather respectable geology lesson as well. Though specific events in the story are fictional, they are absolutely legitimate, genuine concerns. The natural continuance of the caldera’s eruptive cycle is perhaps the single event most likely to end life as we know it today, ushering in an extensive era of apocalyptic conditions on Earth. Far more likely than a meteor crashing into the planet, or a new virus decimating the global population, a Yellowstone eruption is more a matter of “when”, than “if”. Given the ebb and flow of nature’s many cycles, the periodic escalation of seismic volcanic activity, followed by a period of de-escalation, seems more likely than not. This thriller is not only a superb novel of suspense, but it will remain with you as one of the scariest books you will ever read. Don’t be surprised to see “Unleashing Colter’s Hell” making it to the Top Ten Bestseller’s list.

R. A. Quinn

Mystery, intrigue, suspense, history, politics, danger, foreign policy and a hint of romance – Unleashing Colter’s Hell has it all. It’s nicely conceived and executed and keeps the reader involved. The characters are developed pleasingly and are very believable. Author Sean Smith has done a superb job in filling the pages of this novel with an excellent story that captures the reader’s attention and gives them a front row seat to a plot that could be catastrophic to the United States. You will be thoroughly entertained as you fly through the pages of this book. Don’t pass up the opportunity to read Unleashing Colter’s Hell.