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Romeo: The Story of an Alaskan Wolf 1st Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1593730888
ISBN-10: 1593730888
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About the Author

JOHN HYDE is a photographer, cinematog?rapher and artist who lives in Juneau, Alaska. His work has appeared in countless maga?zines and many films.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bunker Hill Publishing Inc; 1 edition (October 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593730888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593730888
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this lovely book, Hyde details the real life of an unusual lone wolf, & local celebrity, named Romeo & how he interacted with the various beings that visited his snowy, Alaskan territory until his cruel demise at the hands of man. An impish, jovial creature, Romeo enjoyed the company of man & its dogs, always up for a game of chase. He was quite the character. Because of his fate, the writing bears a soft edge of bitter-sweetness.
Hyde crams many factoids on wolves in here. His prose is masculine & direct. There are heavy-handed passages of tree-hugging speckled throughout. I, being a tree-hugger, didn't mind, but it's not going to appeal to everyone's tastes.

The photography of this volume is ethereal & gorgeous & ultimately the reason I purchased the book. Romeo's personality blossoms through those golden eyes. Images of the elegant black wolf against the crisp Alaskan wilderness are breath-taking & will make you want to plan a trip up north.
But what a shame that I'll never get to meet the charming Romeo.
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From the Disneyesque opening chapter to the fateful ending, Romeo: The Story of an Alaskan Wolf is one that will warm your heart while at the same time, dispel the myriad of myths and unbridled misinformation that is so prevelant these days regarding the North American gray wolf.

Author John Hyde's work chronicles the fascinating true life story of a lone Alaskan wolf affectionately named Romeo by the locals. Coupled along with his own personal encounters with Romeo, this book will leave you with an amazingly different perspective of canis lupus.

While the title's main focus is a solitary animal, Hyde also does a very credible job in providing an extremely readable description of the inner workings of a wolf pack; highly social creatures whose members all have a specific role in the pack's survival. From the alpha male and female to the lowest ranking wolf, it provides just the right amount of particulars to educate and inform the reader without getting overly involved with a lot of scientific detail or animal psychology.

The heart of the story however revolves around Romeo's behavior and the relationship he develops with the townsfolk and their dogs . . . a behavior which might be classified as atypical if you were one who held on to the misguided belief that wolves are nothing more than vicious, methodical thrill killing predators. If so, you will be astonished and pleasantly surprised by what this remarkable story describes. Hyde carefully recounts how the citizens of Juneau transitioned from their initial fears of a wild animal playfully interacting with his canine cousins to an almost complete acceptance of this wolf which would eventually became a national celebrity.
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Got this book for my husband who loves Alaska and wolves. I enjoyed the story and pictures too, it will make you laugh and cry. You will fall in love with Romeo! Wonderful writing enjoy it.
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This is such a great story. The author really does a good job capturing the life of Romeo on film and in words. The ending is sad and so preventable. It shows how man has little to no respect for nature and wild animals.
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What a wonderful book. Our tour guide told us about it during our honeymoon to Alaska but we didn't have chance to buy it before we left. My hubby ordered it for me over the holidays and it was such a wonderful gift. It brought back memories of our trip and was such a heartwarming story that was truly touching and beautiful. A must by for any wolf lover or Alaska tourist.
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I bought this book on a whim and must say that it immediately became a treasured book of mine. I didn't know what to expect since I knew very little about wolves or Alaska before I read the story. However, the book is a fabulous mix of heartfelt story, facts (about wolves and Alaska) and beautiful photography. I only wish my dog would have experienced the joy and love of Romeo.
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After returning from a dream trip to Alaska and hearing the locals wonderful story of Romeo the Alaskan wolf, who befriended the people and dogs of Juneau, I knew I needed to know more of the story. Although it had a tragic ending there was much to be learned from Romeo's existence. Thus I found John Hyde's book, which tells, in words and pictures, of his extraordinary experiences with this magnificent animal. A must read for anybody who loves animals.
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Great documentary of one of the most influential wolves in recent years. The book is filled with not only specific information on this magnificent animal's timeline but also information on wolves in general. This book also has some of the best pictures and imagery I've seen in a book of this kind. An easy recommend for anyone who has a love for wolves.
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