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The Moose Jaw, his first novel grew out of his hunting, fishing, and river rafting experiences in Alaska. The setting for the book was inspired by Beaver Creek, a tributary of the Yukon River northwest of Fairbanks, which has its source in the White Mountains. One of the main characters, Haywood Jennings, the bush pilot veterinarian who is Gus O'Neill's best friend was created much in the image of Jim Hagee. Jim is Mike's longtime friend and hunting companion. Together they floated 117 miles of Beaver Creek three times, putting in at Nome Creek Landing, and pulling out at Victoria Creek. During these floats they harvested three large moose bulls, two caribou, and countless Arctic grayling. And, yes, they had the occasional dispute with bears regarding rights to a downed moose. Fortunately, they prevailed without recourse to violence. Diplomacy served them just as well...if jumping up and down, waving one's arms furiously, and shouting like mad men can be considered diplomatic. The moose whose skull graces the cover of The Moose Jaw was killed by Jim's son Justin on a float down Beaver Creek in 2003. In 2004 Mike joined Jim, who truly is a veterinarian as well as a bush pilot, as a volunteer at the Skwentna checkpoint on the Iditarod trail during that years "Last Great Race".
On February 1st, 2013, Mike published The Moose Jaw - Book II (The Darkness and the Light), a sequel to The Moose Jaw. Gus, Haywood Jennings, Hard Case Calis, and the lovely Morgan return to Moose Jaw Creek for another adventure. This time their adversaries include a mad genius who has developed an engine that is fueled by the Northern Lights, the FBI, several old Soviet bloc countries, and a host of normal and paranormal creatures that lurk along the banks of the Moose Jaw.
Top Customer Reviews
I don't want to repeat the story line or what other reviewers have said. I will mention that the build up of the main characters was done well; You felt you knew Gus, Haywood, Hard case and could somewhat predict their behavior (so that it was believable). The wild card here is the girl and that is what had me hooked. The vivid description of the back woods, the animals, and Alaska was amazing. The details of every step along the way was believable.
I could not "put the Kindle down" as to lose the emotion of the story, not too much different than waking up from a dream (ok a little, but not that far off). What a great way to spend my day off!
I was so tuned to what was happening that I actually felt as if I was able to steer the plot along. Of course this was not the case, but Mike left just enough hints along the way so that every step of the way was believable, well at least in the way a fictional book can be believable. As I reflect on the story, the interesting thing is that, minus a couple of things (or not), the story could well be non-fiction. It's that good. The ironic thing about the story is that one of the most bizarre things that happens (the brothers) could easily be true.
At least one reviewer said not to read the product description. Although it might give some of the plot away it really helped in the credibility of the story as it went along.Read more ›
I must divulge I live near Morning Rock CO, and have had the acquaintance of the fictional and actual characters of Gus and Haywood - a guest to conversations inclusive of Alaska and drinking Irish whiskey! Even with anticipated familiarity of expected technical accuracy of Alaska, hunting, dressing a moose, goose, or elk, and living in the wild, I did not expect the page turning writing and the subtle development of earthy substance and inclusion of existential spiritual realities so close to native Indian lore.
I am hopeful The Moose Jaw is the beginning of a series soon.
Instead you get what reads like a journal written by a man who spends time alone in the Alaska wilderness. In that regard it's well written, the authors use of imagery was very good. But this book is painfully slow and filled with minutia. Over and over you read how to cook bacon, clean your gun, bait a hook...too much of this and little story. I think this should have been kept to no more then 100 pages to be really effective, and the ending could still have been accomplished as it was written.
It held my attention for the first 1/3 but I kept waiting for something to happen, and nothing really does until the very end. You can do a lot of skimming with this book and not miss a thing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just finished the last book in the series. Read them in order straight through and it was a great read. Loved the details about Alaska bush living and the wildlife. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Turner
Still not sure what to make of this book. But by the end, I couldn't put it down. The Alaska imagery is captivating, and I suspect the story will continue through book 2. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jes253
I am an outdoorsman so it fits my style. It kept me thinking about all the challenges there would be.Published 2 months ago by Darren
once well into the book it was great,,,,hard to put down,,,it just went a bit overboard in building the cabin,,,Published 3 months ago by connie hartford
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