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About the Author

Gary P. Hansen has written over a hundred articles for outdoor magazines such as Sports Afield, The American Hunter, Rifle, Guns & Ammo, North American Hunter and many others.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: WestBow Press (July 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144970347X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449703479
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary P. Hansen paid his way through college by writing freelance articles for national magazines. Some of the magazines he has written for include Sports Afield, Popular Mechanics, Rifle, Bow & Arrow, Archery World, Guns & Ammo, American Rifleman, Petersen's Hunting, American Hunter, North American Hunter, Fur Fish & Game, North American Whitetail, Guns, Gun World and many others.

Survival at Starvation Lake was his first novel. It was published on July 19, 2010. Tragically, on the same day his daughter Sarah Miller lost her Marine Corps Engineer husband Paul Miller to a road side bomb in Afghanistan. Freedom has never been free, it has always been paid for with blood. The day after his death it was decided to dedicate the sequel in Paul's honor.

Sarah is a Graphic Designer for Marine Corps Community Services and designed all the covers for Gary's novels.

Before Survival at Starvation Lake was published it was read by over a hundred people. Many of these people were people that weren't know to the author. There were friends of friends. This book is only a novel but many people have emailed that it has helped them understand things that has happened in their own lives. The book is not sad but many men and most women have said that parts of it brought tears to their eyes.

In 2012 a sequel was published called Lost at Starvation Lake. It has won the Silver Metal in the Reader Favorite Awards. It was of course dedicated to the author's late son in law, Marine Corps Engineer Paul Miller. Sarah has remarried. Her new husband is also a Marine and has safely returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

A third book has been published called Mission: Starvation Lake. Although a series, each book is a stand alone book so they don't need to be read in order to understand what is going on.

Customer Reviews

This book was hard to put down, I just had to find out what happened next.
Becky Kay
Gary's writing style makes one want to slow down an absorb all the detail, I really liked the story line and the interaction of the main characters, Great Job.
Steve Wells
The story is preachy, unrealistic and totally unbelievable; the writing is amateurish and reads like a fifth grade essay assignment.
Tender Moon

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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Gentry on October 11, 2010
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What happens when people from two completely different walks of life are thrown into an intense survival situation in the Canadian wilderness? Read this book and discover for yourself!

There are so many great aspects of the book that I enjoyed. The dramatic lengths the two main characters took just to survive was really interesting to me (a self-professed comfort princess). The archaeological findings that back up passages and accounts in Scripture. How the way a Christian treats someone who doesn't know Jesus really CAN make a difference.

Yes, this book is "preachy". Yes, I know this will turn off certain readers. But I believe that if Gary was being true to his beliefs as a Christian and to the calling that God put on his life, how could he write this book in any other manner?

I guess if you're easily offended by the name of Jesus, don't read this book. For those who are not, you will not be disappointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Jones on December 12, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't read it fast enough as I was anxious to read the ending. Always a good sign of a great book. Living up north and loving the outdoors,I could visualize the story as it unfolded. The story seemed as though it could have happened.
I did appreciate how the two were drawn together in adversery, but also how she came to realize the most important aspect in life; a relationship with our God.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ptolemy-12c on February 16, 2012
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This story is about a two strangers thrown into a cooperative struggle for life. In the book you will encounter interesting and factual ways to survive in the wild. The story flows well, its characters are likable, and the adventure is believable. Although I am an atheist, the way the author handles Christian themes ties them convincingly to the characters' personalities, so they were not at all annoying. This tale is well-constructed and a relaxing, entertaining read.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Tender Moon on August 18, 2011
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If this book taught me nothing else, it taught me to diligently read and pay attention to one star reviews. What could have been an interesting story became instead an agenda for the author's religious views (this needs to be stated in the very misleading editorial review). The story is preachy, unrealistic and totally unbelievable; the writing is amateurish and reads like a fifth grade essay assignment. Character development is practically nonexistent and the author uses absolutely no contractions throughout the entire book which makes for awkward and stilted dialog (no one speaks this way in real life). I rolled my eyes so many times while reading this book that I'm surprised they aren't stuck in the back of my head. Be warned!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rosalie Jole on August 21, 2010
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You will want to re-read this book again and again. I loved it.
I am an avid reader of romance novels and usually do not read suspense.

Survival at Starvation Lake is the story of the survivors of a plane crash.
It is possible for two people from extremely different backgrounds to live together in the harsh wilderness of northern Canada,in harmony until they are rescued?
The book touches on some precise traumatic issues, and a few humorous and romantic ones.

Mr. Hansen weaves together events that keep us from putting the book down. He writes with style and class.
I am looking forward to reading more of Mr. Hansens books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Booth on February 29, 2012
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Absolutely loved this book. The characters, who come from very different backgrounds, find themselves having to rely on each other for their survival following a plane crash where they are the only survivors. Would love to see this made into a movie. So glad Gary Hanson has written the sequel...which by the way is excellent as well!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Judi Chesshir - Author of "My Finny Fin Fin" on November 6, 2011
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I really loved this suspenseful story. I was hooked from the start. I enjoyed the survival techniques that the two had to endure, the two different points of view on how to look at their situation, and how questions are answered in the storyline about parts of the Bible that many people today still wonder about. This is an interesting storyline that you will enjoy reading and talking about to your friends and family. I hope the next step for this book is for it to be made into a TV show or movie. What a wonderful way to spread God's message!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve Wells on September 26, 2011
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After experiencing an extreme tragedy in my life, Gary's Book helped me to understand that simpler things in life are so much more important. The thought of coping in the wilderness without our modern conveniences makes stressing over cell phone coverage at the mall a bit trivial as much of our hectic lives are filled with such inconsequential worries. Gary's writing style makes one want to slow down an absorb all the detail, I really liked the story line and the interaction of the main characters, Great Job.
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