My name is Gear Bear (and for the record, "Gear" rhymes with "Bear"). I am a small, brown bear who has had the opportunity and pleasure of great travel, and these are my stories.
I am a very lucky bear for so many reasons. I get to travel just about everywhere my friends and family go-but sometimes they get so excited about being someplace new that they leave me behind, forget me, or lose me. I've even been bearnapped! But no matter what happens, I am always ready for a new adventure.
I have a lot of miles under my belt and many stamps in my passport. I've traveled on a canoe down the Wisconsin River-through a nude beach, no less-on the back of a motorcycle to the Sturgis Bike Rally, and on the back of a horse through the Ozark Mountains. I've even had a ghost encounter at a local establishment and a search-and-rescue mission with the help of a US Marshal!
I've traveled by plane, train, and automobile, and more. It seems that no matter where I go or what I do, trouble and adventure seem to follow.
Plants of the Virgin Mountains is a compact field guide to the common plants found in Arizona's northwest corner (and adjoining Nevada and southern Utah). The rugged Virgin Mountain range encompasses plants of the Mohave desert like Joshua tree, creosote bush, and various cacti, to high mountain forest with ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. This elevational gradient adds to the diversity of habitats and their associated plants, making the range of interest to botanists, naturalists, and explorers. Covered in the book are 28 trees and shrubs, 12 types of cactus and cactus-like plants, and 26 species of herbaceous plants ("wildflowers"). Each plant is illustrated with a line drawing and described in non-technical terms, with information added on any human or wildlife use of the plant. An illustrated glossary and a section describing the range's various ecosystems is included. Although not a complete flora of the Virgin Mountains, this book serves as a handy introduction to many of the common (and colorful) plants a visitor to the area is likely to see.
"Smear" picks up where "Black Gold" left off. Still in the Middle East, Agent J. Jones is literally stuck between a rock and a hard place. The once asset turned sabatuer, Dawud El-Hashem has ordered one of his deadly assassins to take Jones out by any means necessary. With the lives of several agents on his secret team in jeopardy, Jones must stop El-Hashem from killing his fellow agents or succumb to the sands of the Empty Quarter. Will he survive? Only time will tell.
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