5 Stars June 19, 2017 By MamaMaisyVerified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is for: Alaska Man: A Memoir of Growing Up and Living in the Wilds of Alaska (Kindle Edition)This was a really interesting account! This book tells one man's story of essentially growing up in the Alaskan wilderness. The author, George was originally from Michigan but always had a dream as a boy of going to Alaska and becoming a fisherman and hunter for a living and for life. His father had owned a hardware-type store and was an experienced pilot. George also leaned how to fly, and started developing the skills that he would later find invaluable. So George was able to convince his parents to go to Alaska as a family to check it out. His brother bought land, and George decided to stay where he had always longed to be. So he and his brother got themselves accustomed to the harsh land, with its unforgiving winters, and untamed landscapes. They really go through so much drama and so many hardships throughout this story, it is incredible! Not only is it a serious feat to be able to fish and hunt and make a living in this area of Alaska, but it is also incredibly difficult dealing with some of the people they come across. There are troopers trying to pick them out on false hunting and fishing accusations (not to mention the times when they are actually in the wrong). There are also such difficult circumstances, that the people of the land are quite brutal, and will steal and fight for precious resources. This team of brothers is pretty scrappy, with the older brother an Army Special Forces Veteran, and with George being willing to fight or shoot anyone who tries to cross him. These tales may be pretty tough, but I also found them inspiring, because I personally am really interested in survival skills and the ability to thrive in the extreme wilderness. Although I personally do not hunt or fish, I know that if I lived in this type of area and climate, it would be an absolute necessity. Aside from the survival and hunting aspects of this book, there is also the backstories of the people involved, so you really feel like you get to know them during these times. Overall, I really enjoyed the read, and I would recommend this book to anyone else who would appreciate the characters and subject matter. Well done.
5 out of 5 stars A great book! I was unable to put it down ...
ByAmazon Customeron June 24, 2016
Format: Paperback A great book! I was unable to put it down at all. I enjoyed reading about all his adventures from taking on the Huge waves of the sea to disarming a man with a pistol. I can not wait until the next book comes. The next book needs to out now George.