Publishers Weekly published an excellent review of Badges, Bears, and Eagles yesterday: "This engrossing memoir by debut author Callan lets readers in on highlights of his 30-year career as a California wildlife officer. With a healthy dose of bravado, he always gets his perps, though he credits his fellow officers, like long-time partner Dave Szody, and the roles they've played in cases brought against poachers and other law-breakers. He recalls stories from back into the 1970's, his memory matched by a knack for pacing and recognition...
Chapter 23, “Bears and Bad Guys,” describes how California black bears were unlawfully killed for their paws, as well as their gall bladders. These were seized from an outlaw’s freezer during the arrest phase of our (1995-1997) undercover investigation.
We had a fantastic book signing yesterday at Redding’s Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness. Thanks so much to Julie, Lisa, and the wonderful Sun Oaks staff who hosted our event. Kathy and I were amazed at the number of people who showed up, some to buy books and others to have their already-purchased copies signed. We sold out in a little over two hours and had a great time. Thanks so much to everyone who came.
Our next public book signing is scheduled for April 26th, at the Redding Costco (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM). Hope to see you there! For those of you from out of the area, you can order Badges, Bears, and Eagles online from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Smashwords, and Walmart. You can also have your local bookstore order a copy for you.
Last weekend, Kathy and I drove over to California’s beautiful North Coast. We were biking through the pasturelands, northwest of Eureka, when we began seeing geese—thousands of them. It seemed that every pasture hosted a healthy flock of feeding little cacklers. “Wait a minute,” I said. “Those aren’t cacklers, they’re Aleutian geese.” Every bird displayed the characteristic white ring at the base of its neck.
Tom Stienstra, columnist and outdoor writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, has writen about Badges, Bears, and Eagles in today’s (3/11/13) issue of the San Francisco Chronicle. He refers to Chapter 7, “Metro Wardens,” where I describe some of the many big cat and exotic animal incidents that occurred in Southern California during the 1970s and early 1980s. At that time, there were believed to be as many captive African lions in the LA Basin as there were wild lions in Africa. Read the story at SFGate.
I am very happy to say that our first book signing event, at the NorCal Boat, Sport and RV Show, was a success. Thanks to the wonderful article in Saturday’s Redding Record Searchlight and all of the nice people who came by, we sold out in three hours. For those readers who have ordered through Amazon, the word I’m getting is three weeks to delivery. Barnes and Noble and Amazon are able to provide ebooks right away.