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unconscious and bleeding. Gus takes her back to his cabin, treats her wounds and once she revives she tells him a chilling story of what has happened.
In the author's note at the front of the book I quote...."There is no impenetrable barrier that separates the "real world" from the "spirit world"..and this forms the premise for this haunting book. I will leave it to the reader to explore this apparent connection.
The author has written a fantastic tale set in the wilds of Alaska. His prose is clear and very descriptive and as I read the book I felt I was right beside Gus as he faces the daily challenges of survival both physically and mentally. I also really enjoyed the relationship between Gus and his best friend Haywood, a sometimes bush pilot who helps Gus on his summer adventure. This is the first of three books in the series and is fantastic. I highly recommend it.
I have rated this book 4 stars.
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Gus O'Neill needed a summer of solitude. He faced inner turmoil and stress. He had purchased land on the Moose Jaw river. With careful planning he could, and would, build a cabin in the wilderness. "Perhaps it was the loneliness that accounted for my occasional feeling that someone else was near." Time flew by. Little did Gus know that events would take an abrupt and sharp detour. A three toed bear was one thing, but finding a nearly drowned beautiful redheaded female, practically on his doorstep of Varmitage, was a horse of another colour. Morgan was thoroughbred sleek.
Surprising twists and unexpected turns await the reader. There are certainty more things on this earth than any one can know or understand. Cabin fever existed before it was given a name. Evil exists under many guises. This is truly an engrossing adventure, a losing oneself, then, restore and regain, oneself story. The details were especially interesting to me, for I have journeyed to, and spent periods of time, on three separate occasions in Alaska. In 1976, we stayed in Eagle River and ventured deeply into the Chugach National Forest. I had a sobering first encounter with a wild sow bear who had two cubs. Was able to avoid detection but it could have been disastrous. We ended up on Kodiak Island for several years.
This story was encouragingly engrossing. It brought back good memories and stirred imaginative embers. Gus was certainly master of his destiny, and thanks to Mike Delany, Trilogy wasn't all bad juju. Thanks for the read.
When Red (Morgan) enters the scene the book turns 180 degrees from building a shelter and survival to other more carnal delights. He trades his axe and hammer for a more useful tool in the new circumstances Red offers. I don't want to give away too much more, but I found the book to be very well-written about a place on earth that I personally love, and the story, while "out there", is captivating and fun. I very much recommend this book.