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Hunter's Moon (Kate Shugak Novels Book 9) [Kindle Edition]

Dana Stabenow
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Guiding becomes a deadly business when Kate Shugak accepts a contract to shepherd a group of German computer executives on an Alaskan hunting retreat. As the fog rolls in and people start dying, Kate and her boyfriend Jack discover how very seriously their charges take the sport. A hunter's moon signals a season of gathering and plenty, but Kate finds herself out of resources and at her most vulnerable. She must find the strength to not only survive, but repay. This time, the guide becomes the huntress.

Editorial Reviews Review

At Taiga Lodge, George Perry's exclusive big-game hunting camp 125 miles northeast of Anchorage, Alaska, the price of admission has a unique flavor. "The charges depend on the customer's attitude," George tells Kate Shugak, who's working as one of his assistant guides. "The more they piss me off, the higher the price." Which means the party of German computer executives that Kate and her colleagues are looking after will be lucky to go home with any money at all. More interested in firing off their expensive guns than in the sport of hunting moose, these guys are a danger to themselves and anyone else within range. But when human bodies start to outnumber moose-head trophies, the resourceful Aleut Indian Kate realizes that the deaths have more to do with financial and moral crimes back home in Germany than accidents in Alaska.

Hunter's Moon, Dana Stabenow's ninth installment in the excellent Kate Shugak series, is enriched with the intricate details of everyday Alaskan life. The author follows the lives of ordinary people as they try to survive the harshly majestic environment as best they can. She shows how people can be tempered and improved by the rugged country, or bent by it to the breaking point. Kate herself might occasionally acquire the mythic proportions of a fictional heroine, but she also embodies the pain and human frailty that make her instantly recognizable as one of us, no matter where we live. --Dick Adler

From Publishers Weekly

Come along on a hunting trip from hell in the harrowing ninth entry of Stabenow's (Killing Grounds) Edgar Award-winning series set in the Alaskan bush. It's autumn in the foothills of the Alaska Range, bear and moose season. Kate Shugak and four other bush residentsAincluding her lover, Jack MorganAhave signed on to guide big-game hunters. But the Alaskan guides respect the land and hunt primarily for meat, placing them at odds with their clients, who are usually more interested in bagging trophies to hang on their walls. George Perry, the pilot who runs Taiga Lodge ("taiga" is Athabascan for bear shit), doesn't like tourists any more than Kate does, but the money and the meat from the four weeks of hunting help them all survive the winter. Their latest party of hunters is worse than usualAa group of arrogant, rapacious German executives who blast Wagner on their boom box, expect everyone to wait on them and carry a mini-arsenal of expensive weapons. When one of them accidentally shoots his own personal assistant, Kate and the rest chalk it up to inexperience and tragic luck. Then another death occurs, and the guides begin to get suspicious; but they fail to recognize what these Germans are really hunting for until it's too late. Gripping and adrenaline-charged, punctuated with extreme violence, both natural and man-made, the plot gives its due to Ten Little Indians and "The Most Dangerous Game," but adds some surprising twistsAall delivered with Stabenow's razor-sharp suspense and gritty prose.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 554 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Gere Donovan Press; 2.2 edition (September 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005R5GFRA
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the Best So Far July 13, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Thanks to a number of reviewers who took it upon themselves to reveal the last 50 pages of this book in spoiler upon spoiler, I already knew that a great tragedy was to come upon Kate Shugak somewhere along in Hunter's Moon.
But even knowing that, I was totally unprepared for the grief that overtook me as a reader; the sobs that tore me apart. For those of us who have followed Kate from the very first book, this story is almost unbearable in its suspense, its heart-pounding intensity, and its gut-wrenching ending. It brings the series to a whole new level, and if I never read another one in the series, I will always remember this book.
The story starts out simply enough: Kate and her lover Jack Morgan, along with Kate's trusty half-wolf, half-husky Mutt, join feisty Old Sam and others as hired guides to a party of largely tenderfoot hunters. They've done work like this before, and they know all the pitfalls of such an escorted hunting trip, but this group of paid participants is more obnoxious than the average amateur: The entire group is from a multinational computer software company headquartered in Germany, and each of the teutonic wilderness wannabees is more obnoxious than the next. Before the first shot moose is cold, there has been an accidental shooting of a human being. And that's only the beginning. It becomes clear in very short order that a mass murderer has signed along for the trip, and that nobody is safe.
As Kate and Jack rely on their wits and their wildnerness savvy to figure out who is doing the killing, the reader is increasingly afraid for their very existence.
This is an amazingly powerful book. I'm glad I read it, but I'm still crying as I write this review. Whew!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Hunter's Moon" March 12, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you don't know the series don't start with this book! If you like the series you'll like this book, if you have any empathy for Kate Shugak it'll break your heart; slow starting with the appearance of a series "filler" book the last half is top notch with a very emotional ending that will give you a changed view of the series heroine.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you loved the series up to now... December 4, 2004
By Telzey
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm writing this review because of all the people who have said they will stop reading the series because of this book.

If you have read the other reviews, you know that a Very Bad Thing happens in this book -- many of the reviews have said exactly what that Very Bad Thing is.

I had a similar reaction. But I already had the next book in hand, and wanted -- needed -- to see what happened after. So I read it, and the next one, and the one after that, and the one after _that_ (and I'll be reading the most recently released as soon as I get my hands on it).

They are worth reading, just as much as the ones before. Yes, a Very Bad Thing happens in this book. Senseless, unforeseen, and devastating. But such things happen in real life too. And people go on, much as this series goes on.

So if you liked the series up to this point, read Hunter's Moon, react, and then keep reading the series. I don't think you'll regret it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm not sure I liked it.... May 20, 1999
I'm having a hard time with this one. After reading almost all the other Kate Shugak novels and enjoying this "Renaissance Woman", this one seemed pointless. A first-time reader would have a hard time figuring out what's going on, as there is no character development, and too many assumptions that her previous novels had been read. Kate's character has been complicated, trying to resolve her Native American heritage,her huge Native family, and "Bush" lifestyle with modern life that others take for granted. There was none of that is this book. Beautiful descriptions of Alaskan wilderness notwithstanding, I was left with a disquiet of pointless killing, and an ending that didn't satisfy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars powerful and emotional February 29, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A powerful book! Although dark and sinister compared to her other books, it's believable and frightening. The ending is extremely emotional and powerful and not for the faint of heart or the romance novel lovers. I can't wait for the follow-up to see what direction Kate takes.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, moving, but first read Stabenow's others... November 22, 1999
By A Customer
This is a powerful and moving book about Kate and the ones she loves. To get the full impact of this latest book, though, a reader should read the previous books in this Alaskan series. I give the author credit for having the courage to "challenge" the reader and Kate to survive the surprising ending. Afterall, if we live long enough, we will all have unbelieveable joy and tragedy in our is what either defines us or "kills" us. Personally, I cannot wait for the next in this series to see how Kate "moves on" with her life!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ship Trap Island in the Alaska Bush June 14, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
What begins as a hunt for Kate and a group of German Executives ends in death. Kate agrees to guide a moose/beer hunt in the Alaska Bush for her friend George. The guides include Jack Morgan, Dimitri, Old Sam and George. They will be responsible for taking a CEO of a German software company and his top executives into the Bush for a real Alaskan Adventure. Tension builds immidiately between Kate and the CEO. The hunt begins to fall apart when one of the members is accidently shot. Shortly after more murders take place and a consipiracy is uncovered.
The plot was action packed and is a real "tape turner." Kate is spunky and displays a great wit. The book has some laugh out loud part - the joke about the bear in the woods is answered in full color. Though there are some fun parts, they are short lived - kleenex are a must! Kate proves to be a character with a conscious even when the world deals her tragedy.
The tape was well read and I couldn't wait to get in my car to hear what happened next!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I don't know how she imagines the plots but I ...
I don't know how she imagines the plots but I know "this could actually happen". Her ability to place the reader in the midst of the action is superb. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Michael Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm hooked!!
This was the first book I read of Dana Stabenow. I am hooked!!!! Wish the main character wasn't to pissed off all the time and was the strong confident and capable woman she is. Read more
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Published 15 days ago by Erica Norton
5.0 out of 5 stars great writing
Love all the Kate shugak series, Hunter moon got me crying. Dana Stabenow, nail it every time but this book was very moving. A must read book.looking forward to the next book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mariana
5.0 out of 5 stars see below
I like the contuning characters i have read 17 of the Kate shugak series. Learned a lot of Alaskian history.
Published 4 months ago by Deanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocker!
I loved the book but was sad that Dana killed Jack. I cried and bummed me out the whole day.
Published 4 months ago by Sharon Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars This one caught me off guard!
I love all of Dana Stabenow books. They are a fast read and since I visited Alaska, I'm fascinated with all of her detail. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jinger Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE do not read the reviews that give the plot and the ending away...
OMG - got hooked with this one that was free - I am now up to the 10th book.

The setting is what grabs you - the characters then reach in and grab you - pretty soon you... Read more
Published 8 months ago by FloB
4.0 out of 5 stars Run for your life adventure
This book was so full of twists and turns that I had a hard time keeping up. The setting is in the Alaskan bush that is the habitat for many wild animals that makes the area a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Matilda de Nada
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart breaker
Dana Stabenow brings all the smells and feelings of Alaska to all her work. Hunter's Moon brings sorrow too, and she writes it so well. Loved the book and love her work. Read more
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More About the Author

Dana Stabenow was born in Anchorage and raised on 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She knew there was a warmer, drier job out there somewhere and found it in writing.

Her first science fiction novel, Second Star, sank without a trace (but has since been resurrected as an e-book), her first crime fiction novel, A Cold Day for Murder, won an Edgar award, her first thriller, Blindfold Game, hit the New York Times bestseller list, and her twenty-eighth novel and nineteenth Kate Shugak novel, Restless in the Grave, was published February 14, 2012.

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