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Bryce Baker grew up in the back country of northern Ontario, Canada. Being close to nature and learning tracking skills had a strong influence on his career in criminal investigation and body guarding. He learned all about his prey and searched for clues. Not so different from the city, tracking the 'bad guys'. It was just another forest to play in. This life experience also strongly influences his writing.
As a child, my upbringing was in the back woods of Ontario, Canada. It was coarse, and for my brothers and I, an opportunity to breathe in the breath of nature. When one plays in the forest it has a tendency to rub off on the soul. I was introduced to the big city as an adult, and this was a shock to my system. But the transformation was complete when my employment developed into a career in Criminal Investigation and Body Guarding. As children we learned to track each other and utilize the environment around us as a map. We learned all about our prey and searched for clues. Not so very different from the city and tracking the 'bad guys'. It was just another forest to play in.
The battle between good and evil has been a given since the beginning of the fall. But in the story of the lives of the Kabe family men, this inherent need to deny evil its victory becomes an all consuming passion. It makes you think: What if the Devil actually could dance? and what if he chose you to dance with? Well, the Kabe men not only saw evil in their life's careers, but in the face of the reality of the Devil, their quest to fight for good over evil took on a whole new element that made it personal. As I read the stories of these purpose driven lives, I couldn't help but take on the emotional role of a family member silently giving hoping that the bad guys fall and everyone lives happily ever after. But this is not a fairytale; this is a tale of the reality of evil and the reality of facing evil in real life. As I read I felt the laughter and shared the joy of these families' lives, but feelings were also felt deep with anxious fear and sorrow of pain and loss. After reading this book I have a new appreciation for the battle we call life and the precious power of life we call love.
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There is a story within this story, it is not a typical, 'good vs. evil'. It has a good pace to it. It doesn't drag on with flowery description but you don't miss anything either. The characters are strong & realistic, carrying on the family beliefs & traits, one of which is a sense of humor, while staying true to the era. You grow with the story.
Often, the things we fear the most are the things we cannot see. The Evil spoken of in this story is illusive at times, but does appear. It's then you will see that he isn't a fantasy figure that your subconscious can just brush off, but a very real character that comes from an infinitely dark place. Like being at the front of the roller coaster, you will meet him 'in the first person'.
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I just finished this book and it was good. It was a quick easy read as it was fairly short and not hard to follow. The story and plot were well done and the main characters (the Kabe boys) were well developed, my problem with them was through the generations they all seemed to be the same person as they really had no different characteristics to stand them apart aside from different time frames. I truly enjoyed the story and it pulled me in quickly. My biggest problem was it was written in first person and because of that fact i felt it lack the detail and dimension this story could have had. My only other issue was the main bad guy that haunts the family had very little air time throughout the story and though the "idea" of him was often talked about, He himself hardly ever showed up and when he did it was vague. The ending was poetic and sealed the deal for me to want to read book 2. Watch for this guys Bryce A Baker he will likely become one of the greats.
I was lucky enough to be at Chapters the other day when the author was doing a book signing and so i picked up his book and got him to sign it. It is not a very long book, 222pages and so i was able to read it in a day. It is a quick easy read, but enjoyable. The story moves along fast, almost too fast at times which i found took away from some of the storyline. My biggest problem with this story was it was written in first person and sadly with this type of story i don't think first person did it the justice third person would have done in details and character development. But regardless it was still a great read and i would recommend it.