A science-based environmental thriller about trust, love, and deception, and about one woman’s quest to overcome an unforgiving world that has torn her life apart. Indigo Wells is an ambitious and slightly offbeat grad student with two great passions: to secure a PhD in Environmental Science and to marry her mentor, a suave, sexy professor that has been her crush since her first day in college. But her PhD is denied when a multinational corporation attacks her research calling it reckless and damaging to the company’s image and then threatens to pull funding. She seeks advice from her mentor, but he unexpectedly turns against her demanding favors in return for influence. When she refuses, she finds herself dropped from the university. The experience is so jarring, she realizes for the first time in her life she has no one to turn to. At her lowest point, she unloads her despair onto a homeless veteran she often sees on campus. He listens carefully, and then, convinces her to continue her research at a nature center in Florida owned by his brother. She, in turn, convinces the veteran to accompany her on the one-thousand mile drive to Florida and he does. When they arrive, she is immediately infatuated with the brother, a well-built and decidedly interesting Seminole Indian. But things go downhill from there. The brother despises outsiders and is hostile to her. Then, as time passes, the relationship thaws and he introduces her to some age-old Native American customs which she embraces with fervor. When the local authorities engage the brother’s assistance to resolve some bizarre alligator attacks on humans, she chimes right in using science to help solve the mystery. Her research becomes the basis of a successful but unusual legal attack on the company that got her fired from the university. Alligator Park is a story of persistence and determination against overwhelming odds.
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R. J. Blacks began his career as an engineer creating high-tech components for the space industry. His designs have been used both on commercial satellites and scientific missions to explore the universe. He currently lives in Florida and is a member of the local Audubon Society. This is his first novel.
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