In February of 1978 an Arctic high-pressure zone of extraordinary proportions extended from Alberta to New England. Temperatures dropped below zero. A small snowstorm slipped down from Ontario into Central New York. At the same time, increasing disturbances in the upper atmosphere spawned a second storm over the Mid-Atlantic Ocean. High altitude southerly winds steered the gathering ocean storm north towards New England, but the dense Arctic air mass slowed its progress. This gave the Atlantic storm time to strengthen and develop.
When the bitter cold air from the north mated with the moisture laden air from the south, record amounts of snow began to fall. But the real killer was the wind. Temperature and pressure differentials between the two fronts resulted in fierce northeast winds that reached hurricane strength on the coast and gale speeds inland. Fifty-four people died.
Lost in that storm, near Jay Peak, Vermont, was a six-year-old child from Virginia named Kelly Martin.
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Joshua lay awake, listening to the wind and the trees. Kelly was asleep. For the moment they were comfortable, deceptively comfortable given the true danger around them. Joshua’s instincts had been proven right. This one was like Cody in more ways than one.
In both rescues, finding the lost parties was only half the battle. Getting them and himself out alive was the hard part. The Wyoming rescue had been in a forest-fire; this one was in a sub-zero blizzard. But for Travis those were only minor details. In both circumstances one bad decision or one freak accident could mean agonizing death. In both circumstances success, indeed survival, had been beyond his control. All he could do was his best. And pray a lot. The rest was up to God and Mother Nature, he knew, but that did not stop him from running the possibilities and the probabilities through his mind, over and over, in an endless search for the right decisions.
Like the fire rescue, this one involved high winds and falling timber. The winds in Wyoming hadn’t been quite as strong as the winds were now, but they had been just as deadly. Joshua lay on his back, listening to the wind and the trees, comparing them to the sound of the wind and the trees on that horrible night five-and-a-half years earlier. It was the same wind. The same incessant roar. The same terrifying, raging air carrying death.
INTENSE, COMPASSIONATE, EXPLOSIVE!
Two thousand miles apart and only one day after an exhaustive winter rescue, Joshua Paul Travis and his estranged wife, Kristian, separately recount and relive their romance, their breakup, and the harrowing search-and-rescue operation near Cody, Wyoming that changed their lives.
Cody is both a sequel and a prequel to Greenwald’s critically acclaimed novel, Frozen Moon. It is a beautifully crafted and dramatically charged novel that will make you smile, make you cry and, above all, make you turn the page to see what happens next.
Friday, August 25, 1972
Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming
For Travis and Macauley, the night comes on with no perceptible difference other than thicker smoke and higher winds. The fires have grown to over seven thousand acres and are spreading fast in three directions. Laura Miller is in sporadic radio contact with the fire crews via the spotter plane. Arthur Marshall searches his maps and his mind for another place to try to make a stand.
The firefighters work feverishly digging and scraping and raking the four foot wide trench down to mineral soil; praying against all evidence and experience that the fire-line will hold.
Sheriff Dugan and Hank Thurston head back to the campsite, worried and disappointed and pretty sure they are going the right way.
Guy Macauley and Joshua Travis and the dogs bang down the Muddy Creek trail in Miller’s Forestry Service jeep. Joshua tries to take note of direction and landmarks, but it’s too damn dark to see much of anything despite the ominous glow in the distance. He wonders how Macauley knows where the hell they are going.
Three miles and fifteen minutes later they are on foot, having gone as far as possible in the jeep.
Dr. Carolyn Barstow sits alone in a corner of the lookout station, waiting and crying and praying.
Kristian lights another cigarette and has another drink.
The good people of Cody, Wyoming and Red Lodge, Montana look out their windows at that same glow in the distance. They are worried about the direction of the fires and their loved ones on the line as they tuck their children into bed and kiss them goodnight.
And two teenagers and their father are out in that dangerous night, lost as hell.
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Damn, Joshua thinks to himself, but it sure is getting dark.
But it wasn’t the darkness that had him worried. It was
the situation. Had this been a regular search for a kid who had just
wandered off, Joshua would have felt good about their chances, even
with the long delay getting to the site. But this was no regular search.
This was a search conceived in evil and born in violence; a quest
laced with overtones of mythology and eerie coincidences. Shake it
off, he tells himself. Concentrate on the task at hand.
He tried telling himself that the girl was probably dead anyway,
so’s they might just as well have a whole damn posse with them, but
he could not operate that way.
Whoever they were chasing had a good sixteen hour jump on
them, but Greywolf said that he might have holed up during the day,
and they were counting on him bedding down somewhere eventually.
It would be difficult, if not impossible, to sneak up on him unless
they caught him napping, but at least the night might make it harder
for him to hit one of them if he was armed.
Greywolf said he would be.
Joshua tried not to think about what might happen to the girl
if her abductor stopped running, or if he caught wind of them and
decided he needed to run faster. He guessed she was probably dead
and that they would find her body at some point. That would be all
she wrote, he thought as they moved hurriedly along behind Buck.
But then Joshua thought about Jenny and Tonks out on track. Dead
or not, he knew he had signed on for the whole ride.
THE WICHITA MOUNTAIN MANHUNT
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The Wichita Mountain Manhunt
THE WICHITA MOUNTAIN MANHUNT is the stunning conclusion to D.M. Greenwald’s Jenny-Dog trilogy.
One child is dead, a second is missing. Joshua Travis and his dog team are asked to help find a Girl Scout stolen in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma. But this search-and-rescue operation unfolds like no other. The logistics are difficult and complicated. The terrain is rugged and dangerous. The circumstances are violent and unfathomable. Worst of all, Joshua must sacrifice his cardinal rule against participating in manhunts.
His decision to do so will have dramatic and irreversible consequences.
Suspense, mystery, action, conflict, and emotion; this book has it all. THE WICHITA MOUNTAIN MANHUNT will keep readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish, and the ending will knock your socks off.