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Always Take Your Rifle by [Jeffries, Sean]
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From the Author

Most of the stories in this book were previously published under the title A Life Spent Afield.  That book didn't sell as well as I would have liked, and I wanted to know why.  My two other books, Eight Days in Africa and Deer Hunter's Devotional, sold quite well in both the eBook market and in their paperback incarnations, so why didn't A Life Spent Afield do equally well?

I asked my readers that question in a blog post on my website.  Several visitors to my site replied and told me that there were two basic problems with the book.  Interestingly, the content of the book itself was great, they told me. The problems were actually at what would seem to be a more superficial level.
First, the title itself made the book sound like an autobiography.  Ok, that's a fair point.  While the stories in the book were indeed autobiographical in the sense that they told stories from my life in the outdoors, the book is far removed from an autobiography.  So I made a bad choice on the name.  After all, who wants to read an autobiography written by someone that they most likely have never even heard of?

Second, the photograph on the cover was not one that conveyed the true content of the book. I made the mistake of choosing a photo that showed a close-up of some sepia-tinted stalks of wheat.  This didn't seem to speak to the sportsmen who came across the book; it just failed to convey that this was a book about hunting. While aesthetically pleasing, it never appealed to my target audience in the slightest. 

In fact, I actually experimented with the cover a little bit on the eBook version.  Instead of the close-up of the wheat, I used a picture of a hunter holding a shotgun, pointing it at some unseen bird flying through the sky.  Sales went up after that, but only slightly.  I was disappointed that they didn't go up more than they did, and I decided to let it be, but in the back of my mind that nagging disappointment never really went away.

Why? Because the stories in this book are for the most part pretty good, and I always hated the fact that not many people were reading them.  And so, what you have in your hands is the repackaged version of A Life Spent Afield.  I've updated several of these stories to bring them up to date and have done a bit minor editing on others. 

The other big change to the book is the addition of a handful of my favorite wild game recipes. Over the years, one of the most popular sections of my website has been the recipes, so I've chosen to include several of the best ones in this book.  I encourage you to give them a try; I don't think you'll be disappointed.

About the Author

Sean Jeffries is a life-long hunter who has a passion for sharing his experiences afield with others. He has kept detailed journals of every hunt that he has undertaken since 2000, and is the owner and operator of the Wingshooters.net website. His previous books include "Eight Days in Africa" and "Deer Hunter's Devotional", both of which are written with the Sportsman in mind. "Deer Hunter's Devotional" is the first piece in the "Hunting For the Heart of God" collection, which will later include a novel and a book of church-related essays. Sean lives in Clover, SC with his wife Micki, their two dogs, and their son Paul.

Product Details

  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Publication Date: February 10, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NEVX5U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,415,299 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Always Take Your Rifle is a collection of essays and articles drawn from the life of the author. The writing style is crisp and makes you want to continue reading. I am not a great reader of this genre; the pieces often lack a unifying theme to connect them to another. This book succeeds by giving us an honest picture of the author as a person. We hear not only of his successes but also of his failures and heartbreaks. It is easy to forget that failure is just as common as success, if not more so. Always Take Your Rifle shows us the many dimensions of the author's life; the time he spends outdoors, his religious faith, even recipes for the foods he likes. I highly recommend it.
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Format: Paperback
This is my favorite of all of Sean's books. These short stories draw you in. They're well written and thoughtfully woven together. Hunting, as you sportsman know, is not wholly like what you see on TV hunting shows, there are ups and downs, misses, lots of hard work, great victories, risk, and the one that got away! Sean does a great job illustrating all of these points and more. This is just a great read. I always try to have it in my pack during hunting season. My first copy wore out so I had to get a second! I recommend this book and buy several and give out to your hunting buddies. They'' really enjoy it.
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