Somebody wants to start vast wildfires in Yellowstone and Sequoia National Parks in this overblown environmental action thriller, a sequel to Goddard's Prey. Featured again is Special Agent Henry Lightstone, a Dirty Harry clone who, formerly undercover with the San Diego Police, now works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department. Lightstone faces assorted adversaries, including ICER, the gang of international industrialists behind the bad guys in the earlier book; the Wildfire Conspiracy, which plans to torch the parks; and the ultraradical Earth-First! movement, which ICER means to destroy by setting it against the Wildfire Conspiracy. The Wildfire Conspiracy, hiring an assassin whose killing blows are too fast for the human eye to follow and whose double-barreled rifle has bores fit for cannon rounds, aims to take out Lightstone's crew as well. Goddard keeps a big stewpot boiling, even recycling the plot of his earlier novel in an overlong courtroom rehash. Can Lightstone stop "the complete destruction-and ultimate resurrection-of the earth by fire," which Wildfire hopes to carry out? Resembling both a weapons catalogue and an oversized comic strip, the tale has a blow-'em-all-to-hell kind of liveliness.
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Goddard's ultimately tepid thriller gets off to a quick start but never manages to build on its initial momentum. US Fish and Wildlife Service covert operations badass Henry Lightstone and his jocular yet equally badass buddies have a knack for stumbling into the right place at the right time--usually just after a firefight has erupted. For their latest adventure in accidental timing (or is it simply dumb luck?), they pick up the trail of the corporate doom meisters from the International Commission for Environmental Restoration (ICER), whose plans to terrorize the worldwide Green movement Lightstone and his team thought they had thwarted in Prey (1992). Thrust into the sequel, however, is a deadly new variable: an assassin hired by Wildfire, ICER's militant environmentalist opposition, to take down both the committee and those pesky F&W agents. Wildfire's man, a six-foot-ten-inch cipher known only as Riser, is the angel of death, but he meets his match in Lightstone and company. Docile guppy guardians these government boys are not: They're more like ultrabutch eco-cowboys, tempting the disapproval of their superiors and telling bad jokes under a hail of bullets. They wrestle hammerhead sharks bare-handed. They crack sophisticated computer systems. They practice karate. Moving his superheroes to a showdown in the Bahamas, Goddard displays his considerable knowledge of everything from endangered species to boating to guns. On matters of detail, the director of the National Fish and Wildlife Forensic Laboratory shows himself to be a Field & Stream Tom Clancy. Women, however, are interesting mostly for their muscle tone. A welter of technobabble, along with some harrowing action sequences and the reappearance of old enemies, can't keep the novel from floundering as Lightstone and his pals zero in on Wildfire's plot to torch Yellowstone National Park. Gets by on swagger and bravura and a steady diet of shoot- outs--but just barely. (Author tour) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.