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The Nest Kindle Edition

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Length: 137 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 1029 KB
  • Print Length: 137 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (May 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CSUY7ZE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,907,129 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was asked to do an honest review of this true story and when I first read the author's short explanation of it, I assumed it was about a family on limited income moving to the country and learning to adjust and survive. Then I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this family settled only about 80 miles southeast of where I grew up in NE Washington and I was very familiar with Spokane, Sandpoint, Coeur d'Alene, Priest River, Newport and everything in between. It is beautiful country, but in some areas fairly heavily settled, but he managed to purchase 135 acres of good land, including the foothills of a mountain range, a 40 acre meadow, a small creek running through it and available water. His credit was good and money seemed to be no object as he built a fabulous dream home, a hangar for his airplane and he found that he had to plow his roads to the main County road so purchased a truck with a snow plow; needed a snow packer if he wanted a decent snow run (he and his family were skiers); and other big equipment to do what he needed to do. He was lucky to find used equipment available to do the work for a decent price. He also was an innocent when it came to below zero weather, and there are precautions that need to be taken for human and machine.

His biggest problem was that he came from the city where there were carpenters and electricians and such highly trained for specialty jobs, but the area into which he moved, jobs were few and far between, people had to be thrifty and so specialists just weren't available. Eventually he ran into a carpenter who had once done special work with oak and Frank hired him to oversee the job of construction for his house.
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This book is a must have for any would-be survivalist,prepper,bush-pilot,fugitive, moon-shiner,Outdoors man, or anyone else who has ever dreamed of taking the road less travelled. The author clearly is some sort of lunatic, but he definitely has a story to tell. All in all, great little read.
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The Nest is a real life adventure of one family that moved from the big city to a rural setting that is miles from the closest store. The pictures were great and added so much to the written descriptions of what the family encounter in the major life changes this move made for the family. The adventure of building a new home with a new baby and not only rural but rural and remote is told with humor and in detail of all the little problems encountered. The story was heart warming, funny at times and worth reading to see what a family can face and nor only survive but have a good life as they survive in the wilderness.
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Exciting and inspiring! After reading about the freedom that comes along with moving outside of the city into a self-sustaining, forested adventure-land, I'm seriously considering doing the same! This story includes (but is by no means limited to) personal plane piloting, rice patty air boat driving, massive gardening, family ski hill construction, liberating entrepreneurship, true love, and SO much more. The Nest is both edgy and family oriented, which is hard to find in most non-fiction. Excellent read!
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I was asked to review this book by the author, who sent me a Word Doc copy of it. I was expecting a story about a family who gave up civilization to move to a wilderness area and carve out a self-sufficient life. We are also middle aged and bought a farm some years ago in order to become more self sufficient, so I'm always interested in reading someone else's story.

However, this is the story of Frank and his wife (and later kids) who moved from Los Angeles to Idaho and built a huge, custom-built home complete with a professional grade kitchen, a built in bar and a solarium. They lived remotely in a small valley, with Frank flying in and out for work in his own airplane. He mentions a live-in ranch manager (whose wife was the family's nanny), professional landscaping, motorcycles, snowmobiles, 3 and 4 wheelers, boats, professionally catered parties and flying to McDonald's for food. It would be wonderful to have money to spend on whatever makes your dreams come true, but I had a hard time seeing how their home and lifestyle helped them realize their dream of getting away from it all.

There are lots of funny stories of stuck bulldozers and stubborn moose, escape artist goats and persistent woodpeckers, which I found entertaining. I enjoyed the many pictures included in the book, and was impressed by the private school Frank and his neighbors started (rated one of the best private schools in Idaho). Frank himself is a likeable guy with a readable writing style, but I have to admit I was disappointed that this wasn't more of a back-to-nature/self sufficiency type book.

I give this book 3.5 stars
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