As regular readers of this blog will know, Bob Berzins has written several guest blogs here, mostly about goings on in the Peak District but also about other upland areas. This book, written by Bob Berzins, published by Bob Berzins and, because I can’t find an acknowledgement to anyone else in the book, probably the jacket design is by Bob Berzins, is also about the uplands and it has, to me, a distinct Peak District feel to it.
This novel is about wildlife crime in the uplands and members of the National Gamekeepers Organisation need not look for many pats on the back in these pages. And the legal profession does not have many heroes in this book (but a few villains) and landowners (whether Moorland Association or Country Land and Business Association) don’t all come out of it well. But, of course, this is fiction.
It’s a good story which takes the reader along quickly and at the end of each short chapter one is always tempted to start the next, and the next, so the book flies along. Once you start the book, you’ll be trapped, maybe Snared into reading all of it. It is quite long, at 350+ pages but I didn’t feel at the end of it that it was too long. I enjoyed it.
As an account of some of the bad things that happen in the uplands, this isn’t fiction at all. If some people read this book and think ‘That sort of thing can’t really be going on…can it?’ and then discover that it can, not everywhere but in far too many places, then it will jhave served a very usefuil purpose. But even if it doesn’t have that impact, then it is still a good read.
Bob Berzins runs, measures, photographs and campaigns – and now we know he writes books too. Buy a copy of Snared so that Bob makes a tiny amount of money and I think you’ll enjoy reading it.
Snared by Bob Berzins is published by Bob Berzins.