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"John Ford's stories from his long career as a Maine game warden are offered with humility and good humor, and demonstrate an abiding affection for the land, creatures, and quirky characters of Maine. Ford is an appealing character, a great storyteller, and he's FUNNY." --Kate Braestrup, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Here if You Need Me

"From the serious tracking a murderer to the sublime raising a baby owl retired Maine Game Warden John Ford shares thirty-five of his best stories that will entertain all indoor and outdoor adventurers." --George Smith, outdoor writer and former executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine

"An entertaining book that will leave readers chuckling, speechless or both... The secret to Ford's success is simple: He knows of what he writes. And he kept good notes in a diary during his career as a warden, realizing that someday, someone might want to hear his stories. That's all great news for readers, who will gobble up his collection of stories." --John Holyoke, Bangor Daily News

About the Author

John Ford, a native Mainer, was sworn in as a Maine Game Warden shortly after finishing up a four-year stint in the US Air Force. He spent his entire twenty-year warden career in Waldo County in central Maine. Upon his retirement in 1990, he was elected as county sheriff and reelected in 1994. He has written a local newspaper column since 2002 and is a regular contributor to the Northwoods Sporting Journal. He lives with his wife in Brooks, Maine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Islandport Press; First Edition edition (April 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934031941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934031940
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By mari on June 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you're thinking this would be a great book that you could read in spare time segments, as it's a collection of some of Ford's previously written columns instead of novelized, be advised that you will still have a hard time putting it down.

Mr. Ford writes with a chuckle as he relates his interactions with the mostly good ole boys who are on the other side of the fence, law wise.

He has the rare knack of seeing the humorous side of things while still doing his job without a lot of pontificating judgment. He was likely - and often - to be 'caught' playing golf or having a beer with a perpetrator that he had recently arrested. His firm yet jovial way with someone caught jacking deer, for example, usually left the trespasser of the law admitting their guilt and that the warden was just doing his job. Likewise, a hardnose would soon learn it probably wouldn't be a good idea to mess with this lawman.

There are also some down right hairy accounts of chasing hard core criminals, jail escapees and murders over the mountains, through the forests and swamps and coming face to face with the business end of a shotgun, a murderer on the other end.

This is a book you will thoroughly enjoy, as attested by the fact that after only the first month of publication, it's already into it's second printing.

It's also one of those rare books that, once people have read it, they run out and buy more copies for gifts.
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The obvious is that John Ford has written a book compiled of a series of amusing or touching or dangerous incidents that he lived as a Maine game warden, but that is not why I liked this book and read every word. What I began to sense coming through the narrative was a rural northern New England spirit, something I've always been partial to. The book is about a way of living, about how a man decides to live his life, the rules he follows and what he believes in.

The stories are much bigger than the writing. As a published columnist and author, I read all the time. And I try to read contemporary fiction, but for the most part, I can't get past a few chapters. Why? Because although the writers have educated themselves in the skills of composing prose and know all the tricks of manipulating readers, there is no heart. John Ford's voice has a truth to it and an easily definable spirit, and that's not easy to achieve, so as I read, I began to appreciate the style more and more for these qualities.

The New England spirit I found was one of toughness, decency, kindness, humor, and honor. And whether Ford was facing a shotgun directed at his head or two bouts of cancer, he showed the same courage, calmness and awareness of others. As a warden he instigated some jokes that bordered on malicious, but he also laughed when the same was served to him. We have the portrait of a man's life as much as we have a book about being a game warden. And Ford is willing to give us both sides of himself, the shiny and the rusty. He does not hold back when he's at fault or has acted like a fool, and this verisimilitude fortifies the book's honesty.
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A Great book! Mr. Ford illustrates the multifaceted work performed by Maine's Game Wardens on a daily basis in his book. From catching night hunters to tending to orphaned animals this book is a great insight on what one could expect from a career in the Warden Service. Mr. Ford's experiences range from humorous to somber, and show the love that he has for his fellow wardens and the sportsmen of Maine. I only wish that this book was longer, maybe there will be a part II?
I thank Mr. Ford and all of the members of Maine's Law Enforcement community for the time and effort that they put into their jobs.
-Semper Fidelis
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This is a well written book that's hard to put down.
I startled my wife several times by laughing out loud while reading.
Written in short chapters so it's good to pick up and read to fill "waiting times" - caution where you read this book, as a doctor's office, or emergency room would find you somewhat odd - if you enjoy it as much as I did.
All the stories took place within 40 miles of my house, and I could identify some local boys that came close to Ford's characters.
If you're familiar with hunting and fishing you'll LOVE this book - I very highly recommend it!
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A little rough in places, but with practice Ford portends to get better. Entertaining and a good read. Ford captures the flavor of backwoods rural Maine, where I grew up. And hey--he and I even know some of the same people! He's a warden with a heart.

Eric from Michigan
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This book will have you rolling your eyes...and laughing. And it's all true! John Ford is a beloved and respected local icon who knows how to tell a rollicking, good tale. It was so brilliant of him to take notes of his exploits during his many years as a Maine Game Warden. Each short story is better than the last.
As a former Maine county dispatcher in the 80's, I had the great pleasure of getting to know Game Warden John Ford. He knows people and respects them. And they respect him...(no matter how many times he may have placed them in custody.)
Enjoy this talented man's storytelling, share it with your friends, then get his second book! (A third is in the works!)
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