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Hunter's Moon (Kate Shugak Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1999

4.1 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews
Book 9 of 21 in the Kate Shugak Novels Series

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At Taiga Lodge, George Perry's exclusive big-game hunting camp 125 miles northeast of Anchorage, Alaska, the price of admission has a unique flavor. "The charges depend on the customer's attitude," George tells Kate Shugak, who's working as one of his assistant guides. "The more they piss me off, the higher the price." Which means the party of German computer executives that Kate and her colleagues are looking after will be lucky to go home with any money at all. More interested in firing off their expensive guns than in the sport of hunting moose, these guys are a danger to themselves and anyone else within range. But when human bodies start to outnumber moose-head trophies, the resourceful Aleut Indian Kate realizes that the deaths have more to do with financial and moral crimes back home in Germany than accidents in Alaska.

Hunter's Moon, Dana Stabenow's ninth installment in the excellent Kate Shugak series, is enriched with the intricate details of everyday Alaskan life. The author follows the lives of ordinary people as they try to survive the harshly majestic environment as best they can. She shows how people can be tempered and improved by the rugged country, or bent by it to the breaking point. Kate herself might occasionally acquire the mythic proportions of a fictional heroine, but she also embodies the pain and human frailty that make her instantly recognizable as one of us, no matter where we live. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Come along on a hunting trip from hell in the harrowing ninth entry of Stabenow's (Killing Grounds) Edgar Award-winning series set in the Alaskan bush. It's autumn in the foothills of the Alaska Range, bear and moose season. Kate Shugak and four other bush residentsAincluding her lover, Jack MorganAhave signed on to guide big-game hunters. But the Alaskan guides respect the land and hunt primarily for meat, placing them at odds with their clients, who are usually more interested in bagging trophies to hang on their walls. George Perry, the pilot who runs Taiga Lodge ("taiga" is Athabascan for bear shit), doesn't like tourists any more than Kate does, but the money and the meat from the four weeks of hunting help them all survive the winter. Their latest party of hunters is worse than usualAa group of arrogant, rapacious German executives who blast Wagner on their boom box, expect everyone to wait on them and carry a mini-arsenal of expensive weapons. When one of them accidentally shoots his own personal assistant, Kate and the rest chalk it up to inexperience and tragic luck. Then another death occurs, and the guides begin to get suspicious; but they fail to recognize what these Germans are really hunting for until it's too late. Gripping and adrenaline-charged, punctuated with extreme violence, both natural and man-made, the plot gives its due to Ten Little Indians and "The Most Dangerous Game," but adds some surprising twistsAall delivered with Stabenow's razor-sharp suspense and gritty prose.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Kate Shugak Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425172597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425172599
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Thanks to a number of reviewers who took it upon themselves to reveal the last 50 pages of this book in spoiler upon spoiler, I already knew that a great tragedy was to come upon Kate Shugak somewhere along in Hunter's Moon.
But even knowing that, I was totally unprepared for the grief that overtook me as a reader; the sobs that tore me apart. For those of us who have followed Kate from the very first book, this story is almost unbearable in its suspense, its heart-pounding intensity, and its gut-wrenching ending. It brings the series to a whole new level, and if I never read another one in the series, I will always remember this book.
The story starts out simply enough: Kate and her lover Jack Morgan, along with Kate's trusty half-wolf, half-husky Mutt, join feisty Old Sam and others as hired guides to a party of largely tenderfoot hunters. They've done work like this before, and they know all the pitfalls of such an escorted hunting trip, but this group of paid participants is more obnoxious than the average amateur: The entire group is from a multinational computer software company headquartered in Germany, and each of the teutonic wilderness wannabees is more obnoxious than the next. Before the first shot moose is cold, there has been an accidental shooting of a human being. And that's only the beginning. It becomes clear in very short order that a mass murderer has signed along for the trip, and that nobody is safe.
As Kate and Jack rely on their wits and their wildnerness savvy to figure out who is doing the killing, the reader is increasingly afraid for their very existence.
This is an amazingly powerful book. I'm glad I read it, but I'm still crying as I write this review. Whew!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you don't know the series don't start with this book! If you like the series you'll like this book, if you have any empathy for Kate Shugak it'll break your heart; slow starting with the appearance of a series "filler" book the last half is top notch with a very emotional ending that will give you a changed view of the series heroine.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm writing this review because of all the people who have said they will stop reading the series because of this book.

If you have read the other reviews, you know that a Very Bad Thing happens in this book -- many of the reviews have said exactly what that Very Bad Thing is.

I had a similar reaction. But I already had the next book in hand, and wanted -- needed -- to see what happened after. So I read it, and the next one, and the one after that, and the one after _that_ (and I'll be reading the most recently released as soon as I get my hands on it).

They are worth reading, just as much as the ones before. Yes, a Very Bad Thing happens in this book. Senseless, unforeseen, and devastating. But such things happen in real life too. And people go on, much as this series goes on.

So if you liked the series up to this point, read Hunter's Moon, react, and then keep reading the series. I don't think you'll regret it.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm having a hard time with this one. After reading almost all the other Kate Shugak novels and enjoying this "Renaissance Woman", this one seemed pointless. A first-time reader would have a hard time figuring out what's going on, as there is no character development, and too many assumptions that her previous novels had been read. Kate's character has been complicated, trying to resolve her Native American heritage,her huge Native family, and "Bush" lifestyle with modern life that others take for granted. There was none of that is this book. Beautiful descriptions of Alaskan wilderness notwithstanding, I was left with a disquiet of pointless killing, and an ending that didn't satisfy.
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I started reading the books in this series about 6 weeks ago. I "bought" the first novel in the kindle freebie section. I was smitten and immediately started reading the remaining stories in the series. this is the 9th book in the series. I have to say the novels get progressively better with each publication. I plan to continue reading until I finish the 18th book. I don't expect to be disappointed.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
A powerful book! Although dark and sinister compared to her other books, it's believable and frightening. The ending is extremely emotional and powerful and not for the faint of heart or the romance novel lovers. I can't wait for the follow-up to see what direction Kate takes.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a powerful and moving book about Kate and the ones she loves. To get the full impact of this latest book, though, a reader should read the previous books in this Alaskan series. I give the author credit for having the courage to "challenge" the reader and Kate to survive the surprising ending. Afterall, if we live long enough, we will all have unbelieveable joy and tragedy in our lives...it is what either defines us or "kills" us. Personally, I cannot wait for the next in this series to see how Kate "moves on" with her life!
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I read the entire series from Thanksgiving 2012 to New Year's 2013. I'm copying my review: I love a well-written series, and the Kate Shugak series certainly qualifies! The state and history of Alaska and it's native people play an important role in each novel. I read the entire series between Thanksgiving and New Years and can't wait for the new book! If you enjoy a good exciting story in a gorgeous setting filled with engrossing characters, you don't want to miss the Kate Shugak series!

Check out Dana Stabenow's website for the list of books in order.
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